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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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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z0-9

Provides assessment for and training in assistive PC technologies for users with restricted mobility (hand functions).

  • The Sett
  • High Street
  • Wimborne
  • BH21 4AT
  • Telephone: 01258 858066
  • Fax: 01258 858066

Aims to improve the quality of life of blind, partially sighted and disabled people of all ages by providing a free postal library of unabridged recorded books on MP3 CD disks, USB memory sticks and cassettes that can be played back on a commercially available listening device.

  • New Road
  • Western Turville
  • Aylesbury
  • HP22 5XQ

Accessible outdoor activity centre for people with disabilities where they can stay with their families, carers or friends. Activities include riding, carriage driving (indoor riding school), rock climbing, abseiling, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, orienteering, swimming, (indoor pool complex with Jacuzzi and steam room) and camping on Exmoor in the summer. Fully accessible accommodation. Bursaries are available.

  • Wistlandpound
  • Kentisbury
  • Barnstaple
  • EX31 4SJ

Calvert Trust Kelder provide tailor-made outdoor activity days and breaks, adult respite care packages and self catering lodge holidays. Welcome guests of all ages and abilities.

  • Kielder Water & Forest Park
  • Hexham
  • NE48 1BS

Helps parents and professionals with information on where to start if they think their child is having problems at school; what to do if they are having trouble getting an assessment for their child; where they can get professional legal help if needed at any stage during the assessment, statement or appeals procedures; how to choose the right special school and post 16 further education colleges; post 19 (adult) homes and educational establishments. Runs a local support group and produces publications including free information sheets on various autism spectrum disorders and other special needs topics. Helpline open Mon-Fri, 10am-4.30pm.


Aims to campaign for the right of all children to the best in state education regardless of their race, gender, home circumstances, ability or disability.

  • 11 Wilderton Road
  • London
  • N16 5QY

Offers opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs. Centres include independent residential and day schools, specialist colleges of further education and adult communities where individual abilities and qualities are recognised and nurtured.

  • c/o Muir and Addy
  • Muir Building
  • Belfast
  • BT4 2LT

Details organisations and companies providing services and products. Lists campsites with accessible facilities.

  • Greenfields House
  • Westwood Way
  • Coventry
  • CV4 8JH

Tour operator and organiser of leisure 'days out' for disabled and less agile people. Aims to enable those who have disabilities, to have access to the same holiday and leisure facilities as those who are able-bodied, if at all practical. Co-ordinates accommodation, transport and visits to most areas of the world.

  • Congress House
  • 14 Lyon Road
  • Harrow
  • HA1 2EN

Aims to provide a boating experience for children, young people and adults with disabilities, along with their families, friends, carers, on the local inland waterways.

  • Lock View
  • Burnt Mill Lane
  • Harlow
  • CM20 2QS

Helps young people under 21 years who have any form of cancer or leukaemia, and their families. Aims to improve treatment and clinical care, promote research and support children and their families by providing accommodation near to the hospital where the child is being treated. Provides care and counselling, short term holiday accommodation for crisis breaks, cash grants in cases of individual need and supports local nursing teams.

  • No. 1 Farriers Yard
  • Assembly London
  • Filton
  • W6 8JA

Aims to attack and defeat the disease of cancer in all its forms, and promote its cure by research into its causes, distribution, symptoms, pathology and treatment.

  • Cancer Research UK Angel Building
  • 407 St John Street
  • London
  • EC1V 4AD

Carries out research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of cancer.

  • Cancer Research Angel Building
  • 407 St John Street
  • London
  • EC1V 4AD

Aims to transform the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs, enabling them to live independently and enjoy an enhanced lifestyle.

  • Mill Lane
  • Heyshott
  • Midhurst
  • GU29 0ED

Information and advice for people with disabilities, particularly for those with cerebral palsy. Also have a small lending library with resources about cerebral palsy and resources for children about disability. Open 9am - 1 pm. Mon - Fri with answer machine.

  • Head Office
  • Westerlea
  • Edinburgh
  • EH12 6HY

Provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy and helps educate health professionals about best practice in diagnosing and treating the condition.

  • Unit 10
  • Chiltern Court
  • Chesham
  • HP5 2PX

Aims to develop and promote new initiatives that will help people remain independent and in their own home and campaigns at a national level for improvements in services.

  • The Renewal Trust Business Centre
  • 3 Hawksworth Street
  • Nottingham
  • NG3 2EG

National co-ordinating body for home improvement agencies in Scotland. Home improvement agencies are sometimes called 'staying put schemes' and provide advice to older or disabled home owners on adaptations to maintain independence.

  • 135 Buchanan Street
  • Glasgow
  • G1 2JA

Co-ordinating body for home improvement agencies in Wales. Home improvement agencies are sometimes called 'staying put schemes' and provide advice to older or disabled homeowners on adaptations to maintain independence.

  • 2 Ocean Way
  • Cardiff
  • CF24 5TG

Guide to care and the rights of older people. Includes information and guidance to help empower preferred lifestyle choices. Register for regular e-newsletter.

Website containing information relating to care and care provision in older age. Contains a nationwide listing of care providers.

  • 19 Ash Street
  • Ash
  • GU12 6LD

CareAware is a non profit making public information and advisory service specialising in issues relating to funding long term care for older people.

  • P.O. Box 8
  • Manchester
  • M30 9NY

Care website which provides information regarding, care homes, care products and services and care fees. Has a search engine which allows users to search for care homes according to location or facility.Also provides listing of career and job options for carers and care homes which are for sale.

  • Tomorrows Guides
  • Unit 4
  • Hungerford
  • RG17 0DY

Website designed to provide information to professionals in the long term sector including residential and nursing homes, dementia care, assisted living and homecare.

  • Hawker Publications
  • Culvert House
  • London
  • SW11 5DH

Relieves stress experienced by carers and enables disabled people to stay in the community.

  • 32-36 Loman Street Rugby
  • London

Exists for all individuals who act as carers for disabled, elderly or frail people. Offers advice and information on all aspects of caring, to both carers and professionals. Runs over 120 local support groups, and campaigns and lobbies policy makers for a better deal for all carers. Range of publications available including the quarterly magazine, 'The Carer' which explores issues related to disability. Advertisements for second hand equipment may be placed. Helpline open Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm, 2-4pm.

  • 20 Great Dover Street
  • London
  • SE1 4LX

Provides respite holidays for older and disabled people, with care if required. Holiday accommodation provided has been inspected to meet accessibility criteria. Has experienced and trained consultants that can advise owners of holiday accommodation on the suitability of their properties for disabled visitors.

  • Cae Gwynne
  • Bro Waldo
  • Clynderwen
  • SA66 7NQ

Government funded organisation which provides grants to low income householders to help pay for improvements in home insulation, room heating and water heating. Contact the organisation for information on the criteria regarding eligibility for help.

  • 24 Birch Street
  • Wolverhampton
  • WV1 4HY

Provides a multitude of projects and therapies for people with learning disabilities and their carers including: day centre; theatre; art studio; horticultural and animal project; one-to-one therapy sessions; training sessions for professionals.

  • Cottons Farmhouse
  • Whiston Road
  • Cogenhoe
  • NN7 1NL

Promotes the involvement of people with learning difficulties in arts.

  • Community Base
  • 113 Queens Road
  • Brighton
  • BN1 3XG

Promotes the use of technology to help children whose educational progress is hindered by their disabilities. Central resource for pupils with physical disabilities, and is supported by the inner London boroughs. Manned by a team of advisory teachers with backgrounds in mainstream and special schools, they assess the needs of pupils from nursery to the end of secondary. Loan equipment and train staff and pupils how to use it, and they take care of maintenance and review the situation every year.

  • Charlton Park Academy
  • Charlton Park Road
  • London
  • SE7 8JB

Umbrella organisation for over 50 Jewish community service organisations. Provides a forum for meeting and discussion and organises conferences and seminars. Publishes Directory of Jewish Social Services covering the whole of the UK, and a newsletter, Central Line; co-ordinates the Jewish community's plan for disaster response (Jewish Emergency Support Service); provides the Jewish social services Ombudsman - an independent arbitrator for complaints against welfare organisations.

  • 17 Highfield Road
  • Golders Green
  • London
  • NW11 9LS
  • Telephone: 020 8458 3282
  • Fax: 020 8731 7462

The centre has a display of products for easier living including specilised equipment for vision and hearing. A children's assessment room is available and small aids suitable for children. They offer a refurbished computer scheme for parents on a low income and either child or parent has a disability.

  • Heol Fargoed
  • Bargoed
  • CF81 8PP

Provides information on accessible design, and acts as a training body on the accessibility of the built environment. Committed to the provision of buildings and spaces that are safe, convenient and enjoyable to use by everyone, including disabled people. Services include: information and advice by letter, telephone, fax and email; advice on Part M building regulations and the Equality Act; training on legislation and design; in-house training; design guides; handbooks and factsheets. Publishes a quarterly journal called 'Access by Design'. Has a specialist reference library.

  • 4th Floor, Holyer House
  • 20-21 Red Lion Court
  • London
  • EC4A 3EB

Aims to improve the quality of peoples lives and obtain improvements in functional ability. This charity, and the Learning Development Centre treats children with many mild neurological dysfunctions (for example, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder or educational under achievement).

  • The Old Coach House
  • Church Road
  • Eccleston
  • CH4 9HT

Runs MA in Disability Studies and has a thriving community of postgraduate students and welcomes those who would like to submit a PHD proposal in a disability related subject.

  • School of Sociology and Social Policy
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds
  • LS2 9JT

Aims to tackle disadvantages and promote social justice.

  • Camelford House 3rd Floor
  • 89 Albert Embankment
  • London
  • SE1 7TP

Concerned with spreading good practice enabling older people to lead fulfilled and independent lives, improving services for older people and developing public policies which further their interests. It has an extensive reference library, which is open to the public by appointment, and an information service dealing with enquiries related to research on older age issues.

  • Tavis House
  • 1-6 Tavistock Square
  • London
  • WC1H 9NA

The Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE) is an independent centre, set up in 1982, actively supporting inclusive education as a basic human right of every child. The Centre is funded by charitable donations, with additional income from sale of publications and small grants for research or other projects. CSIE's work is driven by a commitment to overcome barriers to learning and participation for all children and young people. Key activities indude lobbying and campaigning, research, training, consultancy and dissemination of information.

  • The Park Centre
  • Daventry Road
  • Knowle
  • BS4 1DQ

Aims to help thousands of homeless young people with accommodation and advice and assists them with finding a job and a permanent place to live.

  • Central House
  • 25 Camperdown Street
  • London
  • E1 8DZ

Aims to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and on-going support, and provide support for their families.

  • 2nd Floor Offices, The Lyric Buildings
  • King Street
  • Carmarthen
  • SA31 1BD

Aims to help people with cerebral palsy to express themselves through sport and recreation by providing opportunities at all levels of ability. Committed to catering for all needs, from the first introduction to sport through to involvement with international teams in World Championships. Offers the chance to become involved for the pursuit of excellence or just for fun and enjoyment.

  • 5 Heathcoat Building
  • Nottingham Science Park
  • Nottingham
  • NG7 2QJ

CHEC is a small charitable business run to give work opportunities to adults with physical disabilities. CHEC designs, prints and sells a wide range of promotional & gift items.

  • Haywards Heath Road
  • North Chailey
  • Lewes
  • BN8 4EF

Provides an authoritative first point of reference for those involved with individuals with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Aims to be an easily accessible source of information and current developments within this field. Provides and sources support, advice and information, in addition to raising public awareness of challenging behaviour.

  • c/o The Old Courthouse
  • New Road Avenue
  • Chatham
  • ME4 6BE

National organisation run by disabled people. Some people do not respect the rights of disabled people. Deaf and blind people with learning disabilities are often forgotten about. Fights for the rights of learning disabled people, especially people with learning disabilities who are deaf or blind.

  • 4th Floor, Calls Landing
  • 36-38 The Calls
  • Leeds
  • LS2 7EW

Provides information, support and counselling for anyone who has a disfigurement (and their families). Runs social skill training workshops and regional events around the UK. Publishes a number of practical self help style booklets.

  • The Squire Centre
  • 33-37 University Street
  • London
  • WC1E 6JN

Aims to give the public confidence in the integrity of charities. Commissioners are appointed under the Charities Act, 1993 principally to further the work of charities by giving advice and information and checking abuses. Maintains a public register of charities, investigates misconduct and the abuse of charitable assets, and takes/recommends remedial action. Provides advice to charity trustees about their roles and responsibilities. Information and most services are free.

  • PO Box 1227
  • Bootle
  • L20 7YX

An internet directory of charitable organisations.

  • The Charity Library
  • "West Winds"
  • Hinksey Hill
  • OX1 5BW

Lend tandems to people (children and adults) with disabilities or special needs for free, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own.

  • Available on request

Professional and educational body and trade union for the UK's chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Provides members and the public with advice and produces and sells a range of publications in addition to two professional journals.

  • 14 Bedford Row
  • Chancery Lane
  • London
  • WC1R 4ED

Offer online centralised directories which are kept up to date and provide a route to contact the desired people/organisations. Users can find out what services there are for people with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties in their local area, or any area, by clicking the map or typing in a postcode.

Independent living centre. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

  • Dean Row Centre
  • Ringstead Drive
  • Wilmslow
  • SK9 2HA

Investigates all aspects of accident prevention and children's safety. Networks information between professionals in health and local authorities, government departments, voluntary organisations, professional bodies and the commercial sector. Initiates research and provides training, information and resources for childcare workers and parents.

  • The Biscuit Factory (Unit J106)
  • Tower Bridge Business Complex
  • London
  • SE16 4DG

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year they train about 6000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.

  • Clare Charity Centre
  • Wycombe Road
  • High Wycombe
  • HP14 4BF

Provides information, emotional and practical support and training to anyone affected by childhood acquired brain injury including the child or young person themselves, their family and the professionals involved with them.

  • Unit 1 The Great Barn
  • Baynards Green Farm
  • Bicester
  • OX27 7SG

Offers confidential service for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, at any time and under any circumstances. Helpline open Mon-Sun, 7-10pm, Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm, and Tues adn Wed, 1-4pm.

  • Barclay House
  • 37 Queen Square
  • London
  • WC1N 3BH

Provides flights and holidays for sick and deserving children of all ages, for example children who require medical treatment abroad, or who have missed out on childhood experiences due to illness or who are socially deserving.

  • 15 Arbury Avenue
  • Cheadle Heath
  • Manchester
  • SK3 0QA

Charity that aims to ensure every child's growth is regularly assessed, and cares throughout life for the children who do not grow enough or grow too much. It is the umbrella organisation for the Growth Hormone Insufficiency, Turner, Syndrome, Iugr/Russel Silver, Bone Dysplasia, Sotos Syndrome, and Premature Sexual Maturation patient/parent support groups.

  • 21 Malvern Drive
  • London
  • B76 1PZ

Promotes action for the relief, directly or indirectly, of poverty among children and families with children.

  • 30 Micawber Street
  • London
  • N1 7TB

Helps children and young adults who have suffered abuse, neglect and deprivation. Provides residential therapeutic homes and a variety of non-residential and community based services where the care, emotional health, and educational needs of each child is met, often for the first time in their lives.

  • 210 Borough High Street
  • London
  • SE1 1JX

Telephone helpline for children and young people providing confidential counselling for any child with any problem, 24 hours a day. Where a child is in danger, ChildLine works with other helping agencies to ensure the child's protection.

  • Weston House
  • 42 Curtain Road
  • London
  • EC2A 3NH

Helps all children, young people, adults and families affected by a metabolic disease.

  • CLIMB Building
  • 176 Nantwich Road
  • Crewe
  • CW2 6BG

Aims to fight and improve treatments for children who suffer with leukaemia.

  • 51 Great Ormond Street
  • London
  • WC1N 3JQ

Provides a support network for children with arthritis and their families. Provides practical help and support through a network and area family contact, and provides various educational and recreational opportunities.

  • Ground Floor
  • Amber Gate
  • Worcester
  • WR1 2AH

Charity registered in 1975 and, in the years since, have helped hospitals with the funding of vital pieces of equipment and have given support and understanding to many families, both local and further afield. Aims to give support and understanding to parents and families and to improve facilities for children at heart units.

  • 23 Hesketh Drive
  • Heswall
  • CH60 5SP

Provides emotional support to families of children affected by liver disease. Supplies information fact sheets and are active in the promotion of research.

  • 36 Great Charles Street
  • Birmingham
  • B3 3JY

Voluntary Society of the Church of England. Christian organisation which works with and for children and young people regardless of race, creed or culture. There are over 70 projects throughout England, including nine services for young people with disabilities.

  • Edward Rudolf House
  • Margery Street
  • London
  • WC1X 0JL

The Children's Trust, Tadworth is a national charity providing care, education and therapy to children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs. Services include the UK's largest rehabilitation centre for children and young people with acquired brain injury; short breaks; nursing care for technology-dependent children (e.g. on long-term artificial ventilation) and a residential special school for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) - The School for Profound Education.

  • Tadworth Court
  • Tadworh
  • Surrey
  • KT20 5RU

Aims to improve the quality of life for children/young people affected by cancer, providing emotional and practical support that complements and adds value to the services provided by the statutory authorities. Activities: Providing a confidential "listening ear" for anyone who is or ever has been affected by a child with cancer. The family centred care includes: Holidays, Plan Therapy, Be-friending and Bereavement.

  • Child Care Centre
  • 62 Walter Road
  • Swansea
  • SA1 4PT

Organisation which aims to help provide temporary care for pets whilst their owners are in hospital, or look after pets whose owners have died.

  • 10 Market Square
  • Hayle
  • TR27 4HE

Adult education college which organises a wide variety of courses for deaf people. Provides lipreading courses for people with acquired deafness and runs a number of professional training courses for people who wish to work in a deaf related field.

  • Keely Street
  • Covent Garden
  • London
  • WC2B 4BA

Aims to relieve the problems of beneficiaries in retirement, including loneliness, suffering, hardship and distress. Everyone who has been a Civil Servant at anytime and is retired, together with their partners, is a beneficiary of the Fellowship and is entitled to turn to it for help or take part in its activities. Membership available.

  • Suite 2
  • 80A Blackheath Road
  • London
  • SE10 8DA

Offers and provides support to individuals and families concerned with all forms of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD). Provides a national helpline with information and advice, emotional support for carers and to link families with similar experiences. Financial support for families in need. Promotes good quality care for people with all forms of CJD, and promotes research into CJD.

  • P.O Box 346
  • Market Daryton
  • Shropshire
  • TF9 4WN

British based charity working in Romania to help churches, schools, older people and the 300-bed Brasov Children's Hospital. Provides grant for churches, pastors, widows' pensions, and so on, and ship humanitarian aid.

  • 46 Hazell Road
  • Farnham
  • GU9 7BP

Postal lending library of mainstream children's books with added Braille. The books all have Braille (or Moon), print and pictures, making them suitable for children with sight loss and sighted children and adults to share. There are over 13,000 books, including tactile board books, simple stories for young children and books for newly fluent readers.

  • 61 Princes Way
  • SW19 6JB

National charity offering unbiased information and support for all those with, and affected, by cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

  • Green Man Tower
  • 332 Goswell Road
  • London
  • EC1V 7LQ

Provide immediate financial aid, support, counselling and holidays for people under 21 who have cancer. CLIC Sargent Social Workers are based at cancer treatment centres in the UK and help families from the day of diagnosis.

  • Horatio House
  • 77-85 Fulham Palace Road
  • London
  • W6 8JA

Website that gives guidance on self certification for compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act for clinics.

  • 5a Stanhope Square
  • Holsworthy
  • EX22 6AP

CLOTHING SOLUTIONS (FOR DISABLED PEOPLE) is a project which aims to both understand and meet the clothing needs of disabled people. Clothing Solutions is a registered charity no. 1120118, and offers information, advice and a garment production/alteration service. We can offer solutions to most clothing and dressing issues whether concerning, shape, size, proportion, access and fastenings, fabric technology and care. We supply beanbags, with the unique breathable and waterproof liner. Removable cover.Shapes designed for support, helps posture and comfort.

  • Unit 13
  • Inspire Bradford Business Park
  • Bradford
  • BD10 0JE

Self-help support group for those people who have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (also known as Peroneal Muscular Atrophy, and hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy) and their families. Offers a service of support, advice and information.

  • 3 Groveley Road
  • Southbourne
  • BH23 3HB

Aims to promote social welfare in mining communities to mineworkers and ex-mineworkers and their families, as well as coalfield communities. Activities include: providing a social work team to offer advice and pratical assistance, running day centres and a convalescent home, Offers various schemes including: holiday grants, motoring assistance, medical equipment loan service, and financial assistance.

  • The Old Rectory
  • Rectory Drive
  • Whiston
  • S60 4JG

The professional body of Occupational Therapists. Aims include maintenance of the highest possible standards of service to users of occupational therapy; education, development and support of its members; promotion of research and innovation in the profession and the involvement of all members in decisions about the profession. Provides information on occupational therapy as a career and how to access occupational therapy services.

  • 106-114 Borough High Street
  • Southwark
  • London
  • SE1 1LB

Information and advisory service for individuals and their carers who have or are about to have a colostomy. Provides rehabilitative support on a personal and confidential basis. Free leaflet and listings of local contacts available for members. Arranges visits in hospital/home on request.

  • Enterprise House
  • 95 London House
  • Reaging
  • RG1 4Q1

Provide assistance to ex-service men and women of all ranks of the services and merchant navy suffering from mental health problems due to their service career. Offer up to three weeks respite care and counselling in one of their treatment centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey. Have a network of 12 welfare officers who visit in home or hospital and can help with war pensions and appeals.

  • Tyrwhitt House
  • Oaklawn Road
  • Leatherhead
  • KT22 0BX

CALL Scotland provides services and carries out research and development projects, working with all those involved in meeting the needs of children who require augmentative communication and/or specialised technology, perticularly in education. CALL provides an Assessment and Support Service for children with communication support needs in schools in Scotland; training and CPD for staff; loans of equipment for evaluation; and information service open to all.

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Paterson's Land
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • EH8 8AQ

Supports communication and learning needs of children and adults who need Alternative and Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology. Work with families, schools, residential homes and local community groups. Offer assessments, advice, training and ongoing support.

  • Suite 107 Ulverston Business Centre
  • 25 New Market Street
  • Ulverston
  • LA12 7LQ

National organisation concerned with the needs of people with complex communication needs. Can provide information and support on augmentative and alternative communication systems. Members include people who use augmentative and alternative communication and their families and enablers, as well as people from all disciplines that work with people who have complex communication needs. It is the UK branch of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Encourages and supports the establishment of augmentative and alternative communication user groups for both adults and children.

  • Leeds Innovation Centre
  • 103 Clarendon Road
  • Leeds
  • LS2 9DF

Matches the interests, experience and skills of these volunteers with people throughout the UK who need their help, for example homeless people, young offenders, carers and disabled people. Offers support to students with disabilities who need extra help to attend college. CSV volunteers are available year-round to work in return for accommodation, food, pocket money, travel expenses.

  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 3JH

COMPAID Trust is a charity that was founded in 1986. The setting up of the Trust followed a great deal of research and experience acquired working with residents of Seven Springs Cheshire Home. Lorna Ridgway MBE, founder of the Trust, realised the potential of computers to assist people who, for various reasons, are unable to speak and/or express themselves. The computer, and where necessary, specialist software and input devices, allows many people to communicate, be rehabilitated and/or develop their skills. Computer Aid for speed impaired & disabled people, transport for special needs.

  • Paddock Wood
  • Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • TN12 6BU

Scheme which enables people who are unable to ride for whatever reason, to enjoy the pleasure of cycling. In bushy park in SW London.

  • 29 Teddington Park
  • Teddington
  • TW11 8DB

Travel and holiday companion service providing companions, carers and nurses for anybody requiring care and assistance with travel, holidays and cruises. Arranges accessible holidays worldwide, transport, wheelchairs, disabled aids, plus insurance that covers almost every medical condition. Assignments are on a one to one basis, or for small groups.

  • 91 High Street
  • Uppermill
  • Saddleworth
  • OL3 6BD

Nationwide organisation of bereaved parents offering friendship and understanding to other bereaved parents after the death of a son or daughter from any cause. Personal and group support. Quarterly newsletter, postal library and range of leaflets. Provides support for bereaved siblings and grandparents. Befriending rather than counselling.

  • 14 New King Street
  • London
  • SE8 3HS

Supports families affected by congenital CMV. Provides information on congenital CMV to the public, GPs, hospitals, and social workers.


Runs art classes for physically disabled people. Organises exhibitions of member's art work. Holds training days for potential class leaders and helpers, Occupational Therapists and carers from resource centres, nursing and residential homes. Talks given on request. A magazine is published three times a year which is available on tape.

  • Cox Lane Centre
  • Cox Lane
  • West Ewell
  • KT19 9PL

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

Aims to relieve the loneliness and isolation of elderly people living alone with limited support from family, friends and statutory services and to bring companionship into their lives. Local groups organise monthly group outings into 'hostesses' homes. There are approximately 230 groups nationwide.

  • 2 Grosvenor Gardens
  • London
  • SW1W 0DH

Provide a wide range of services for children and young people.

  • Gregory House
  • 49 Mecklenburgh Square
  • London
  • WC1N 2QA

Every year hundreds of thousands of UK citizens suffer from digestive disorders ranging from food allergies to digestive cancers. Core is the only national charity that covers the entire range of digestive disorders. Core relies on donations to fund this work.

  • 3 St Andrews Place
  • London
  • NW1 4LB

Has a showroom for independent living and mobility equipment. They have adapted vehicles available for assessments and driving tuition.

  • North Buildings
  • Royal Cornwall Hospital
  • Truro
  • TR1 3LQ

Protects and preserves the health of babies deemed to be at risk from cot death, in particular by the free provision of respiration monitors on medical referral.

  • 1 Browning Close
  • Thatcham
  • Berks
  • RG18 3EF

Provides a national forum for the discussion and development of a wide range of policy and practice issues relating to service provision and support for children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs.

  • National Children's Bureau
  • 8 Wakley Street
  • London
  • EC1V 7QE

Aims to use high-quality live music as a therapeutic agent for patients and residents in hospitals, hospices and homes, and to improve the quality of life for all who live therein.

  • Case House
  • 85-89 High Street
  • Walton-on-Thames
  • KT12 1DZ

Regulatory and supervisory body of the following professions: Chiropodist, Dieticians, Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers, Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers.

  • 184 Kennington Park Road London
  • SE11 4BU
  • Telephone: 020 7582 0866
  • Fax: 020 7820 9684

Find help and support in your area with Counselling Directory, you can search for a counsellor by postcode, town or county. Every counsellor listed on the directory is fully qualified and insured or a member of a professional body. This is a freee an confidential service.

  • Coliseum
  • Riverside Way
  • Camberley
  • GU15 3YL

Introduction agency of temporary or long-term live-in care and companionship for older people and those convalescing in their own home. Have a pool of "cousins" to deliver a service to meet exact requirements.

  • Aviation House
  • Cross Oak Lane
  • West Sussex
  • RH1 5EX

Compiles a national register of makers and runs an information service providing details on training, exhibitions and business practice.

  • 44a Pentonville Road Islington
  • London
  • N1 9BY

Introduced in the UK in January 1988. Following many months of research and fact-finding it became the first force-wide scheme. In the meantime the charity, Community Action Trust, had already been set up by several businessmen, led by Lord Michael Ashcroft. Crimestoppers was the scheme adopted by the charity and a few businesses subscribed funds to get the project started. Lord Ashcroft has maitained his support for Crimestoppers Trust and is chairman of the trustees. The name was changed in June 1995.

  • P O Box 324
  • Wallington
  • SM6 6BG

Helps homeless people fulfil their potential and transform their lives, and helps them to overcome problems such as addictions and mental health issues.

  • 66 Commercial Street
  • London
  • E1 6LT

Aims to promote public awareness and research of Crohn's disease and related disorders.

  • Parkgate House
  • 356 West Barnes Lane
  • Surrey
  • KT3 6NB

Multi-racial, women's drop-in resource with advice and survival information for women on a wide range of issues. These include; anti racism, disability rights, immigration, welfare benefits, restart, housing, prostitution, employment, divorce, custody, anti lesbian discrimination, rape and violence.

  • 25 Wolsey Mews
  • Kentish Town Road
  • London
  • NW5 2DX

Independent living centre. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

  • The Aztec Centre
  • 28 Boulogne Road
  • Croydon
  • CR0 2QT

Offers personal and confidential help to all bereaved people and those who care for them; information on financial, practical and bereavement issues; support groups; publications; national and local training for bereavement volunteers and organisations.

  • PO Box 800
  • Richmond
  • TW9 2GW

Self-help and support for families of excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies and young children. Helpline open 8am-11pm, 365 days per year.

  • 27 Old Gloucester Street
  • London
  • WC1N 3XX
  • Helpline: 0845 122 8669

Our company "Cubic Architectural Services", is a specialist provider of architectural design solutions to disabled clients, the majority of our work comes direct from solicitors following compensation claims, with this area of our work we are happy to cover the whole country via our Midlands based office.

  • Lymedale Business Centre
  • Hooters Hall Road
  • Newcastle under Lyme
  • ST5 9QF

Aims to provide blind and partially sighted people with a comparable range of magazines to that available in print for sighted young people. People unable to read magazines due to other physical disabilities may also be eligible for this service on payment of postage. They also help organisations meet their responsibilities. Applications should be made through local Social Services department.

  • 18 Crowhill Road
  • Bishop Briggs
  • Glasgow
  • G64 1QY

Promotes Cued Speech, the communication tool for hearing-impaired people based on sounds of speech. Runs courses for individuals, teachers and other interested parties. Assists hearing people who have speech and language difficulties. Liases with international organisations concerned with Cued Speech.

  • 9 Jawbone Hill
  • Dartmouth
  • TQ6 9RW

Aims to increase awareness of, and provides support and information about CVS. Foster networking of parents and professionals to share experience and knowledge. Promotes medical research about CVS, to serve as a resource centre for information with affiliates in USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Italy and Spain.

  • 77 Wilbury Hills Road
  • Letchworth
  • SG6 4LD

Charity involved in cycling related training, bringing cycling to disabled people, encouraging people with poor health to take up cycling and working with excluded communities to help them make cycling part of their lives.

  • 3 Priory Court
  • Buttermarket Street
  • Warrington
  • WA1 2NP

Supports children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. Improves current methods of treatment and help promote early diagnosis in children. Activities include: medical research; raising public awareness; providing information support and advice; fundraising; campaigning; financial support; respite care.

  • 1 Aldgate
  • Second Floor
  • London
  • EC3N 1RE
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