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Useful organisations

This section of DLF Data contains details of numerous voluntary organisations, Government agencies, support groups and other contacts that may be useful to older and disabled people and their carers. If you find any information that is incorrect please email Data Services to let us know which 'Contact' is incorrect and what information needs changing. If you would like to be added to the database please complete these questions.

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Family Support and Welfare

Works with over 100,000 children, young people and their families in more than 400 projects nationwide. Provides information and advice, and works with families, parents groups, homesitting, playgroups, befriending, playschemes.


  • Tanners Lane
  • Barkingside
  • Ilford
  • IG6 1QG

Helps children and families in crisis within the community. Range of services include: adoption and fostering; counselling; family therapy; child psychotherapy; play groups and after-school groups. Homeless teams offer practical assistance to refugees, families living in bed and breakfast accommodation and the travelling community.


  • 73 St Charles Square
  • London
  • W10 6EJ

  • Telephone: 020 8969 5305
  • Fax: 020 8960 1464

Links with a network of more than 1,000 self-help and mutual support groups for families caring for children with special needs and disabilities. Local groups usually cover a range of special needs, but more than 400 are run nationally for families where children have a specific, sometimes rare disorder. Offers support and training to parents involved in running these groups both locally and nationally. The information and advice service links families together and encourages mutual support between parents. Provides a helpline and publishes a quarterly newsletter, range of leaflets, and the CAF Directory of specific conditions and support groups. Helpline open Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.


  • 209-211 City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 1JN

Provide support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children.


  • PO Box 63
  • Swaffam
  • PE37 9AT

Assist families and individuals to overcome the effects of poverty in tangible ways, providing practical, emotional and financial support. Promote professional social work practice and training.


  • 24 Angel Gate
  • City Road
  • London
  • EC1V 2PT

Advise families with children in public care, involved in child protection procedures or receiving family support services. Train and advise social workers, lawyers and other professionals about family and childcare law and good practice. Responds to central and local government proposals on family and childcare policy and practice. Helpline open Mon-Fri, 9.30am-3.00pm.


  • Family Rights Group
  • Second Floor The Print House
  • London
  • E8 3DL

Aims to support families who have a child born with Goldenhar Syndrome. Have a family contact list, family meetings, and appropriate up-to-date information mailed when received. Als


  • 43 Bemersley Road
  • Cornhill Norton
  • Stoke on Trent
  • ST6 8JF

Aims to help families with young children who are finding it hard to cope by visiting them regularly in their own home. The volunteer helps the family to cope with the pressure they are facing, reducing the potential for family crisis or breakdown.


  • The Home-Start Centre
  • 8-10 West Walk
  • Leicester
  • LE1 7NA

Family self support group, looking to meet the needs of their children and young adults who have a learning, physical and/or sensory disability.


  • The Irish Centre
  • Pretoria Road
  • London
  • N17 8DX

Provide support for parents under stress and facilitate and maximise a family's capacity to care for its child, thereby making a contribution to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Activities include accredited parenting courses run nationwide, development of innovative projects which provide support to families, information and publications on a variety of family issues and in -house training and consultancy for professionals working with families.


  • 520 Highgate Studios
  • 53-79 Highgate Road
  • London
  • NW5 1TL

Aims to trace adult members of families with whom contact has been lost, for the purpose of reconciliation. Adoption enquiries are not included, nor searching for friends. Correspondence by mail only.


  • 101 Newington Causeway
  • London
  • SE1 6BN

Aims to give advice to grandparents who have lost contact with or who are bringing up their grandchildren. Gives specialist advice on welfare benefits and family law. Co-ordinates support groups.


  • Moot House
  • The Stow
  • Harlow
  • CM20 3AG

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