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Useful contacts

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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Aims to establish and manage community homes and workshops where people with learning disabilities and carers can live and work together.

  • 71 Garstang Road
  • Preston
  • PR1 1LB

Outdoor cente for people with disabilities. Organises activity holidays and self catering holiday homes for people with disabilities.

  • The Lake District Calvert Trust
  • Little Crosthwaite
  • Keswick
  • CA12 4QD

Charity that provides information and supports people with Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, their families and carers. Produces newsletters, holds an annual family conference, and co-operates with research relevant to the Syndrome.

  • 10 High Cross Road
  • Rogerstone
  • Newport
  • NP10 9AD

Law Centres provide free legal representation, irrespective of a claimants financial position and can therefore represent clients at tribunals where legal aid is not available. Law Centres can advise disabled people how to enforce their rights under the DDA, but will also advise on general matters such as employment, housing, welfare benefits, racial/sexual harassment, immigration, education and environmental rights. Inquirers should look on the website for the details of their local law centre.

  • Law Centres Network
  • Floor 1, Tavis House
  • London
  • WC1H 9NA

Operate a telephone helpline to help adults with learning and career queries by providing information, advice or signposting on careers or learning related issues. Helpline open Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, Sat, 9am-12pm.

  • Freepost
  • Learn Direct

Provide free advice to lease holders, landlords, professional advisers and others on the law affecting residential leasehold property. Activities include providing free advice on the leasehold system, service charges, right to information, general management, forfeiture and possession, extending leases, buying freehold, and common hold. Advice is given on a self-help basis-to enable and empower callers to address their own issues. Lease cannot provide long term support or direct help. Publications includes advisory leaflets and lists of professional advisor.

  • Fleetbank House
  • 2-6 Salisbury Square
  • London
  • EC4Y 8JX

Voluntary sector provider of support services for disabled people. Support almost 20,000 disabled people in the UK, offering services to meet a wide range of needs. Support more than 255 locally run projects for disabled people and their families, in 57 other countries, through Leonard Cheshire International.

  • 66 South Lambeth Road
  • London
  • SW8 1RL

LEPRA is a health and development charity fighting diseases of poverty by improving access to health and rehabilitative care whilst helping people to improve their quality of life.


Organisation founded by people running pubs who wanted to support others less fortunate within their industry. They aim to equip people to be self-reliant and achieve their personal best. They achieve this through running independent schools, providing support and care for people who have worked in the licensed drinks trade and are facing difficulties.

  • Heatherley
  • London Road
  • Ascot
  • SL5 8DR

Aims to offer support and face to face counselling for young people with experience of drug or substance abuse. Run a needle exchange service and a national helpline, open Mon-Thur, 4pm-8pm. Also produce a wide range of publications related to substance abuse.

  • Suite 2A Basil Chambers
  • 65 High Street
  • Manchester
  • M4 1FS
  • Telephone: 0161 200 5486

Trade Association and advisory body for the lift and escalator industry. Aims to assist disabled people with items such as stairlifts and lifting platforms. The Association draws upon expertise from a range of the Committee's experts, dealing with issues such as technical standards, education and training. Wherever possible, the Association will offer advice on any of these subjects.

  • 33/34 Devonshire Street
  • London
  • W1G 6PY

Promote the general welfare and rehabilitation of people of all ages without limbs through amputation or otherwise. Provide advice and information to people born without limbs or who have had an amputation. Promote rehabilitation through a home/hospital visiting service. Membership and a quarterly newsletter (20 pounds per year).

  • Unit 10 Waterhouse Business Centre
  • 2 Cromar Way
  • Chelmsford
  • CM1 2QE

Provides holidays, tours, accommodation and travel suitable for people with disabilities.

  • 2 St Philips Place
  • Birmingham
  • B3 2RB

Works in the field of preventative education. Encompasses the areas of health and personal and social education, with particular expertise and experience in alcohol and drug education and demand reduction.

  • 257 Alcester Road South
  • Kings Heath
  • Birmingham
  • B14 6DT

Provides a postal and internet based audiobook library to anybody who finds it difficult to read due to illness or disability. Members can download, stream and borrow MP3 CDs and we have a huge selection of both adults and children's section to choose from. We also support the National Curriculum from key stage 2 - A Level.

  • 12 Lant Street
  • London
  • SE1 1QH

Livability offers a wide range of services to around8,000 disabled people and their families. We run residential care homes and services that support people in their own homes. Our school and two colleges provide education and therapy for young people with special educational needs. We operate a number of wheelchair accessible hotels and holiday homes in some of the UK's most popular tourist destinations. We also have a brain injury rehabilitation centre, supporting people who have acquired brain injuries back into the community.

  • 6 Mitre Passage
  • London
  • SE10 0ER

National Christian charity working with disabled people to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life through the provision of care, employment and housing. Groom's Holidays is one of several operating divisions of John Grooms. It offers a wide range of accessible accommodation around England and Wales, including a fully accessible river boat on the Norfolk Broads. Following the merger of the John Grooms Association for Disabled People and the Shaftesbury Society the Grooms Shaftesbury charity has been formed. See Grooms Shaftesbury for further details.

  • Head Office
  • 6 Mitre Passage
  • London
  • SE10 0ER

A free postal lending library of Touch to See books for adults and children with sight loss. Special versions of pictures with raised surfaces come to life when fingers feel them. Soundtracks direct the fingers, telling the stories of the pictures and describing their features. Colour versions are included which can be shared with sighted friends and family. The Library Catalogue is extensive and covers fun, exciting and informative topics designed for all ages. You can view the catalogue on the website or phone and ask for a copy to be sent.

  • Unit 8 Kingsclere Park
  • Kingsclere
  • Newbury
  • RG20 4SW

Provide information via their website on local physiotherapists throughout the UK.

  • 28 Alexandra Terrace
  • Exmouth
  • EX8 1BD

LOOK provides emotinal support and information on any issue relative to visual support. Links to families in the same area or other people with the same eye condition.

  • National College for the Blind (RNC)
  • Venns Lane
  • Hereford
  • HR1 1DT

Online magazine second hand equipment may be placed. Includes a section on wheelchairs and transport equipment.

  • Enquiries
  • 1 Lindsay Street
  • London
  • EC1A 9HP

Provide advanced training to fellow practitioners on specialist diagnosis and assessment using the DISCO framework. They also assist statutory organisations throughout the UK to develop their own diagnostic services for children and adults with autism and other social and communication disorders.

  • Elliot House
  • 113 Masons Hill
  • Bromley
  • BR2 9HT

Information about playing tennis with a disability. How to get started with a local camp. Where disabled people can play and information about specific impairment teams.

  • National Tennis Centre
  • 100 Priory Lane
  • London
  • SW15 5JQ

National charity with 30 Regional Groups. Provides support for those who suffer with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Arranges social and educational meetings.

  • St James House
  • Eastern Road
  • Romford
  • RM1 3NH

Provide information and support to people with lymphoedema. Run a telephone helpline and produces a quarterly newsletter and a wide range of fact sheets. Works to raise awareness of lymphoedema and campaigns for better national standards of care.

  • St. Luke's Crypt
  • Sydney Street
  • London
  • SW3 6NH
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