Coving a range of topics including benefits, tax, money management, employment, family, health, home and neighbourhood, education, communications, consumer affairs, gas and electricity, travel, discrimination, civil rights, immigration and the legal system.
Information, advice and advocacy.
Singing for the Brain is a service provided by Alzheimer's Society which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment. Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.
Book by Anni Matthews. When Anni Matthews was diagnosed with cancer, she decided to do something really valuable with the experience: she produced a book that is a friendly companion for those who must face the disease. Of huge practical help to anyone diagnosed with cancer and those who care for them, this book is a one-stop guide to making sense and use of the orthodox treatments, complementary therapies, and psychological, spiritual and holistic options available.
Assists people affected by autism with: independent living, activities, an information helpline, employment issues, training for parents of children with autism and the professionals who help them.
Wide-ranging news and resources on all aspects of physical and emotional health.
Wolverhampton; helps local people with sight loss live fuller and more independent lives by offering them facilities and support. Services include a mix of residential, day care and community services.
Website about spiritual matters with a range of topics.
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
Campaigning and advocacy site devoted to reducing road accidents and supporting those affected by traffic-related deaths and injuries.
Information and support for anyone affected by breast cancer.
User led organisation providing vital services and much needed support to disabled people in Brent. The staff and volunteers reflect the racial and cultural mix of Brent. BADP strives to achieve diversity and equality by basing all work on the Social Model of Disability. To this end BADP monitors all its services and support programmes. The Association is governed by a Management Committee that is made up of people with a disability or those caring for a person affected by a disability.
Website to view and upload events organised by charities and community groups, to keep up to date and avoid clashes.
The TSC provides specialist mental health care for post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) to children, adolescents and adults.
To raise awareness of cancer within the BME community and to influence the information, care and treatment of cancer to ensure it is appropriate and sensitive to ethnic and cultural diversity.
Funds research and provides information for patients, health professionals and the public.
Aim to make travel accessible for everyone. Provides information on existing travel facilities and their accessibility features, campaigns for change, encouraging businesses in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries to improve the service they provide for customers with disabilities. Free service.
A network connecting people in 5 world area: the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia; a core program of energy-based healing practices that awaken and empower people. Teams, coordinating groups and multipliers in over 35 countries.
A leading national carer support charity, helping carers: get the best for the person they care for, make the most of their income, stay in paid work, keep healthy, get in touch with other carers for support, find a listening ear, campaign for change.
Book by Jane Matthews. Essential information and support for all those in a caring role.
Health and news for Family Carers in the UK
Charity formed by the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care. Works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. Aims to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.
UK-wide annual awareness campaign. During the week the UK’s six million unpaid carers are celebrated and recognised for the contribution they make to those they care for, and to their communities. Organisations throughout the UK are encouraged to take part and join in by organising events, running information sessions and recognising the carers they work with or support. Carers Week 2013 takes place from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 June.
Carers World Radio is produced with a global audience in mind; committed to providing a platform for carers to learn about developments in policy, services, and help you find out what is available to you in your country.
Book by Nancy Kohner
Book by Gail Elkington and Jill Harrison. Many of the 6.8 million carers in Britain are unaware of the services and financial support to which they are entitled. They may also find it difficult to cope when their lives are dominated by the needs of another. This guide seeks to provide carers with the information they require.
Web-based version of the popular carer support programme, now available via NHS Choices. If you would like Omega to deliver a facilitated group session in your area, get in touch. To find out more about Caring with Confidence, click here.
Book by John Diamond. Diamond was just a common-or-garden Times columnist, a "sometime smoking, unexercised and overweight man of fortyish", and, being an expert hypochondriac, expectantly waiting for his first heart attack. Until 27 March 1997. Then he was diagnosed as having cancer. C is his "attempt to write the book I was looking for the night I got the bad news."
The CHARGE Family Support Group is the UK’s registered charity for people with CHARGE Syndrome and their families. The group’s aim is to create a positive, supportive network of individuals, parents, families and professionals to share ideas, experiences, information and give vital support. Membership is free. The group publishes a regular newsletter and can put families in touch with each other, for instance, to help tackle a particular issue or to find other families living locally.
Confidential helpline service for children and young people, providing support on a wide range of issues including school, bullying, sex, family, drugs and crime.
For children and young people with cancer; provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support for the patient and their family.
Professional Counselling in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Fees are calculated on a sliding scale and are based on income and personal circumstance.
National Charity offering free anonymous debt advice.
Independent advice service for older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support.
Features a search tool for helping you to find a counsellor or psychotherapist near you, plus useful articles and resources.
Independent Charity working to fight crime; anonymous phone line and helpful resources.
Short term respite agency with offices throughout the UK.
Website of the broadcaster and agony aunt Denise Robertson; click the 'Help' button on the homepage to view the site's directory of useful support organisations arranged by topic e.g. disability, health, bereavement etc.
Public health, adult social care, and the NHS.
Charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes.
Alliance of 7 organisations funded by the BIG lottery fund to offer capacity building support and advice to Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in England using rights based principles and business skills, at a time of financial crisis and political opportunity.
Run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for more than 15 years. Addresses the absence of in-depth reporting in both the specialist and mainstream media on issues that affect the lives of disabled people. Focuses on issues such as discrimination, equality, independent living, disability benefits, poverty and human rights.
NHS Choices web page with information on self help books, computer counselling and phone & text services for people affected by depression, anxiety and phobias.
Listed by zone; from April 1st 2009
Series of fact-sheets from the carer support team at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.
A one stop shop for everything that's going on in the community, including clubs, events, activities, as well as care and support services.
Promotes and monitors human rights; to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
Expert Patients Programme Community Interest Company (EPP CIC) provide and deliver free courses aimed at helping people who are living with a long-term health condition to manage their condition better on a daily basis.
Charity with over three decades of experience in helping parents deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. Offers support to achieve the best relationship possible with your children. Includes freephone helpline.
The Fed Centre for Independent Living promotes independence and dignity for all disabled people. It works to identify gaps when services are being planned and developed and to ensure the needs of disabled people are included. The Fed offers advice and support to individuals, to our its member organisations and to other groups involved in disability issues.
Advocates learning disability service policy improvements, raises awareness of related issues, provides information & resources. Directly involves people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, to inform research and activity.
The purpose-built Gem Centre opened in April 2006. It brings together services provided by Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust and Wolverhampton City Council for children and young people up to the age of 19, including some who may have special needs and/or disabilities.
Book by Dr Rami Seth; a GP and surgeon with over 40 years NHS experience, 'Going into Hospital?' offers useful tips and information for those facing a hospital stay. Full of positive ideas, it helps you plan your future, think about what to pack, outlines the dangers of hospital-acquired infections and how to prevent them, and suggests how to maintain good health on your return home.
Published April 2012; this free booklet, a result of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities’ extensive health work, is funded by the Department of Health and provides practical hints and tips for people with learning disabilities, family carers and anyone who supports a person with learning disabilities on how to go about using the NHS, what to expect, real life examples of challenges and how they can be overcome as well as some advice about how to get help and some useful contacts to get more information.
Main hub for all government services and information.
Social network for informal mentoring, where everyone can give and gain. You can search for a mentor, be a mentor, or simply browse the inspirational profiles and stories on the site.
Advocacy group; campaigns for lasting change for people and places in poverty, communities where everyone can thrive and a more equal society.
Free counselling service for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people or those confused about their sexuality and their significant others in Wolverhampton.
Book by Martin Slevin; a touching story of a man’s struggle to care for his mother after her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease.
Spirituality, workshops and self help guides.
Provides practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.
Network of support centres for patients, carers and their families.
Marie Curie Nurses provide care to terminally ill patients in their own homes or in our hospices, while offering support to their families.
Omega factsheet giving advice on how to make the most of your time with GPs, Social Workers etc; how to ask the right questions and get the help you need
Multi-faceted learning disability support organisation
Online resource on this rare form of asbestos-related cancer.
Product reviews, parenting tips and advice
Award-winning site for swapping practical tips and information on all aspects of supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and special needs.
Information on caring, including money and legal matters, and young carers. Includes link to find out about your local carers services here.
For information on carers services in your area.
Help and support whenever you need health advice and information, via web and on the phone, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
Information and signposting service for any health query.
Welcomes people with physical and social disabilities to join a club, make new friends and, if they wish, find partners.
Join to help develop opportunities for parents and carers to be involved in developments affecting their children.
Support and campaigning organisation established to combat rise in preventable youth suicide.
Book by Bren Bren Neale and Amanda Wade
Download or order this booklet offering practical advice on caring for someone with Parkinson's Disease.
Supportive friendships for those with mental health distress, encouraging them to live happier, fuller lives. Includes South Shropshire & Powys.
The British Red Cross provides valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they're recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house.
Working to give a unified voice to disabled people in the region, developing policy and campaigning.
For quality of life of older people in care settings. Gives advice on rights and concerns, listening and emotional support to residents, family and friends.
Provides factsheets with practical guidance on coping and caring for an adult or child with mental health needs.
The aim of Saga Respite for Carers Trust is to give carers a break, by providing hundreds of free holidays a year for carers and their companions.
Confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland.
A developing database of suppliers of care services and products, and help in managing personal care budgets.
Overview of services available to unpaid carers in the Shropshire Council borough; includes contact details.
Wide-ranging provider of news, information, advice on rights, advocacy, housing, employment, leisure, finance and care issues. Opportunities to join, attend meetings and receive newsletters.
Improving the lives of people by helping them to help themselves. This is achieved by providing an excellent environment with qualified Occupational Therapists, Moving and Handling Advisors and Trusted Assessors. Everyone is welcome to use ILP, customers do not require a health or social care referral. Services include equipment hire, moving and handling consultation and advice on adapting houses.
If you provide unpaid help or look after a family member or friend who is ill, disabled, frail or elderly who can’t manage without your support then you are a Carer. You can benefit from information and support for yourself to help you in your caring role; call the Shropshire Carers Support Line on 01743 341 995 (Mon-Fri, 9am- 4pm).
Offers impartial information and advice to young people, helping them make their own decisions. Factsheets and peer support on wide range of topics e.g. legal, sexual, volunteering opportunities.
ACE Centre advisory trust has set up this comparative website for fast changing range of communication aids for those with disabilities. Can arrange assessments and give training on equipment.
The SVP is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need.
Article by Homa Khaleeli on the experiences of carers.
Presentation given by Wolverhampton carer Shirley Crook at an Omega support event in July 2011
Specialist mental health care for post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) to children, adolescents and adults.
Information on hate crime and how to report it.
Provides help and advice on: carers assessments, personal budgets, emergency planning, support groups, benefits, training etc.
Made up of organisations from across the public sector, businesses and voluntary and community sectors; aims to bring together the commitment, resources, energy and skills of the city’s organisations, groups and communities to achieve a shared vision and goal: to improve the prosperity and quality of life for local people and revitalise the city.
Subsidiary of Carers Trust; specifically supporting carers aged 18 and under in the UK