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Agencies providing support and information

  • 3hFund: A charity which makes it possible for disabled people, children and adults to have a memorable and fulfilling holiday enabling the carer to have  a break from caring. Can provide grants to families on a low income with a physically or mentally disabled dependant to have a modest holiday in the UK.
     01892 860207 Grant Programme 01892 860219 Web:
  • Able Community Care: Arranges live in carers for an elderly or disabled person in the UK. Tel: 01603 764567 Web:
  • AbilityNet: Helpline and a range of other services to enable disabled adults and children to use computers. Information service and assessment of IT needs for individuals at home or in the workplace. Ability Net has a project called It Can Help which provides free computer help for disabled people. Volunteers will visit people with disabilities in their own home to help with hardware or software problems and give assistance in gaining confidence in using a computer.
    0800 269545 Web:
  • Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID): Information service for deaf and hard of hearing people, families and carers. Information on deafness and hearing loss, including hearing aids, education, communication, benefits, services for deaf people, tinnitus.
    Information Line:
    0808 808 0123 Textphone 0808 808 9000 Web:
  • Aidis Trust: The Aidis Trust specializes in assistive technology for the disabled. The aim is to help people, regardless of their disability, to gain the most from today’s computer technology. Independent charity with over 35 years of experience working with assistive computer technology. Provide Free advice and technical support to disabled people and people who support them across the UK.
    Freephone Helpline
    0808 800 0009 Web:
  • Benefit Enquiry Line: Information relating to benefits for people with disabilities
  • Break: Holidays, short breaks, respite care, for people with learning disabilities and children with special needs.
    01263 822161 Web:
  • Canine Partners: Assists people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and better quality of life through the help of specially trained assistance dogs.
    08456 580480 Web:
  • Contact A Family: Helpline and other support for families caring for children with disabilities or special needs. Range of factsheets and information packs covering issues such as benefits, special educational needs and health. Maintains national/regional databases of parent support groups. Tel: 0808 808 3555 Web:
  • Disability Law Service: Legal advice helpline for disabled people, their families and carers.
    020 7791 9800 Web:
  • Disabled Motoring UK: Provides mobility information service to the public giving basic information on topics such as Blue Badge, Motability, Driving and signposting to relevant organisations.
    01508 489 449 Web:
  • Disability Rights UK: Promoting meaningful independent living for disabled people. 
    Disability Rights UK also runs:
    Disabled Students Helpline: 0800 328 5050
    Personal Budgets Helpline: 0300 555 1525
  • Disabled Parents Network: Organisation of disabled people who are parents or hope to become parents.
  • Disabled Living Foundation: National information service and helpline on equipment and adaptations for people with disabilities. Equipment demonstration centre. Publishes directory of equipment, a series of daily living guides and specialist resource packs.
    0300 999 0004 Web:
  • Dogs for the Disabled: To provide trained dogs to help persons with disabilities (other than registered blind or deaf).
  • English Federation of Disability Sport: To promote the mainstreaming of disability sport where appropriate. To act as a first stop shop for information and advice on all aspects of disability sports.
    01509 227750 Web:
  • Equality Advisory & Support (EASS): Advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales
    0808 800 0082 Web:
  • Gardening for the Disabled Trust: To provide appropriate assistance and practical and financial help to disabled people wishing to take an active part in gardening. Grants made to help with the design of special gardens. Information, advice and assistance to disabled gardeners living in their own homes or in small sheltered units, encourages disabled gardeners to exchange plants and seeds and share experiences.
    Web: Or write for details - PO Box 285, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 9JD. 

  • Happy Days Children’s Charity: Provides holidays and day trips for children with special needs.
    01582 755999 Web: 
  • Independent Living Fund: National resource dedicated to the financial support of disabled people to enable them to choose to live in the community rather than in residential care.
    0845 6018815 Web:
  • Life Train: Focuses on the development of young people and disabled people, training and courses to help develop life skills and residential centre.
    01372 360875 Email: Web:
  • Outsiders Sex and Disability Helpline: Outsiders is a safe community of people across the UK who share a wide range of physical and social disabilities. Many are looking to change their lives around, make new friends, enjoy life to the full and find partners. Club membership costs £27.50 per year or £14 if not working. Please see website for full details.
    Outsiders Sex and Disability Helpline: 07770 884985 or 07074 993527
  • Peter le Marchant Trust:  Provides trips and holidays on special boats for physically disabled children and adults on the inland waterways.
    01509 265590 Web:
  • Pets As Therapy: Provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues.
    01844 345 445 Web:
  • PHAB: Via a network of clubs across the country Phab promotes and encourages people with and without disabilities to come together on equal term to achieve complete integration within the wider community. Over 260 clubs enjoy a wide range of activities and holidays. 
    020 8667 9443 Email: Web:
  • Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People: Provides rehabilitation, convalescence, holidays and other needs and general welfare of disabled people.
    01372 841100 Web:
  • Riding for the Disabled Association: To provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride and/or carriage drive to benefit the health and well being.
    0845 658 1082 Web:
  • Scope: Telephone and other information services on all aspects of disability.
    0808 800 3333 Web:
  • Seap Advocacy: Independent health complaints advocacy with a range of services covering a number of areas in the South of England, providing advocacy on issues which include health complaints, mental health, disability.
    0330 440 9000 Web:
  • Seeing Dogs Alliance: Provides professionally reared dogs to anyone wanting to achieve or maintain personal mobility while remaining truly independent.
  • Sex and Disability Helpline: (run by Outsiders) To discuss concerns relating to sex/relationships and disability.
    07074 993527
  • Short Breaks Network: Short break schemes link disabled children with families and individuals who can provide them with short term care on a regular basis. This can be anything from an evening a week to a weekend a month. Most children who use the service have a learning difficulty although they may have a physical disability, complex health care needs or a sensory impairment.
    01749 689259 Web: 
  • Skill - National Bureau for Students with Disabilities: Helpline offering information and advice on disability issues in post-16 education. Issues covered include applying to further and higher education, financial assistance while studying, examination arrangements, disclosing disability, looking for work, benefits and community services for students with disabilities.
    0800 328 5050 Web:
  • Tourism for All UK: Tourism for All UK contains the knowledge gained over the past 35 years in providing information to the public, especially to people with disabilities, on where their specific access needs can be met so that they can fully participate in travel and leisure.
    Tel: 0845 124 9971 Web:
  • Update: Scotland's national disability information service, including telephone advice. Information on local and specialist support and advice agencies in Scotland.
    0300 323 9961 (Area served Scotland) Web:
  • Vitalise: Vitalise is a national charity providing short breaks (respite care) for disabled people, visually impaired people and their carers.
    0303 303 0145 Web:
  • You Can Do It: National service which teaches blind, deaf and disabled people how to use computers with a particular focus on internet and email skills. Teach learners in their own homes on their own computers.
    020 8673 3300 Web:

Useful websites

  • - includes a step by step guide to DLA benefits and what to do if you are turned down and think the decision is wrong.
    Advice on claiming ESA support and other benefits
    Free computer guides covering how to use the internet and social media, online courses and information on home tutors.
    Information regarding reconditioned computers and laptops available to those on certain benefits.
  • - help for children with communication difficulties.
  • - information, help and support to assist with independent living.
  • - under Medical section click on 'support groups' for wide range of support groups relating to disability.
  • - links page, useful links relating to disability.
  • - Whizz Kidz aim  to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them - giving them the chance to develop their full potential. they provide disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, and life journey services, giving them opportunities to build friendships and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future.  Provide equipment for young people up to the age of 18 and services available for wheelchair users up to the age of 25.
  • - information on benefits, travel, education, housing, health, equipment, discussion forums

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