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Community support groups

Many of these user led community organisations and support groups can be found through Well Aware – an online and telephone (0808 808 5252) resource with information about local suppliers of help and support for people with care needs.

There are also many national organisations which provide sources of support for communities with age or disability needs:

  • Age UK – (formerly Age Concern) a leading national charity for older people.
  • Alzheimer’s Society – the Alzheimer’s Society provides advice and support to people with dementia and their carers.
  • Contact the Elderly – seeks to reduce the isolation of older people who live alone, by providing social occasions such as monthly tea parties.
  • Dementia Research Group – one of the UK’s leading centres for clinical research into dementia.
  • Independent Age – a charity that provides lifelong support to older people on very low incomes.
  • U3A (University of the Third Age)
  • AbilityNet – a charity that offers advice to people with disabilities on all aspects of computer usage for employment, communication, education, or just for fun.
  • Disabled Information Advice Line (DIAL) UK – DIAL provides a link to information for people with disabilities, and to advice providers.
  • Disability Sport England – creates opportunities for participation in sport for people with all disabilities.
  • Epilepsy Action (British Epilepsy Association) – the Epilepsy Action helpline provides advice and information on all aspects of living with epilepsy. It aims to reply to helpline queries by email within 48 hours.
  • The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) – an organisation of parents, families and carers which exists to support parents in enabling their children to maximise their skills and abilities.
  • Headway – promotes understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provides information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their family and carers.
  • MENCAP – working with people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
  • Rethink – helping everyone affected by severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, to recover a better quality of life.
  • National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) – the largest UK medical charity for epilepsy. The website offers information about epilepsy and about the NSE, frequently asked questions, personal accounts of living with epilepsy, a message board and more.
  • Royal Association in Aid of Deaf people (RAD) – strives to meet the individual needs of deaf children and adults and deafblind people through the provision of services and the use of RAD Centres for deaf people.
  • Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) – if you need to register as blind, contact the RNIB.
  • Scope – helps people with cerebral palsy to achieve equality in society.
  • Revitalise – provides respite for carers and holidays for people with severe physical disabilities.
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