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Benefit Advice

Gov.uk - Benefits

 

Gov.uk - Benefits Adviser

 The benefits adviser is an online questionnaire to help you find out which benefits and tax credits,

 you and your family may be entitled to, and if you are entitled to the State Pension.

 

Turn2us

 Turn2us are a charitable service which helps people access the money available to them

 - through welfare benefits, grants and other help.  

 

Fit for Work

Fit for Work is a Government-funded initiative, designed to support people in work with health conditions and help with sickness absence. Being in work is an important contributor to good health. The longer someone is off sick, the harder it is for them to get back to work. Research suggests that being out of work for long periods of time is damaging to social and financial well-being, and health.

 

Fit for Work is a new voluntary service that offers the wider working population access to occupational health advice and support to all employers across England and Wales. You can now refer employees who have been off work for four weeks or more for a free Fit for Work referral on their website. Fit for Work offers free, expert and impartial work-related health advice to all.

 

Debt Advice
Citizen's Advice Bureaux (C.A.B) The national Citizen’s Advice Bureaux website.

South Worcestershire Citizens Advice Bureau Malvern Hills District

Citizens Advice Bromsgrove & Redditch
Worcester Citizens Advice Bureau & WHABAC
Wyre Forest Citizen's Advice Bureaux

Two Pennies Money Advice (working name of Worcester CASH)

independent and confidential money advice service. They are a local charity set up to provide long term support for people in Worcestershire who are in financial difficulties. Their advisors are trained to nationally recognised standards
Stepchange Debt Charity

Stepchange debt charity is the new name for uk's leading debt advice organisation. Previously known as Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) they have over 20 years' experience of helping people become debt free.
The Money Advice Service

are an independent service, set up by government to help people make the most of their money.

They give free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face.
Debt Advice Foundation                                                                           
Debt Advice Foundation is a registered national debt advice and education charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about loans, credit and debt. Because we're a debt charity, you can be sure that the advice we provide is impartial and based solely on what is best for you.
 

Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs is a new organisation offering debt and money advice to consumers via free guides and reports published on their website.  

 

AbilityNet

AbilityNet provide assistive technologies for disabled PC users, such as help with seeing the screen, using your keyboard and mouse and reading and language tools.

 

Ableize
Ableize is a comprehensive UK and Ireland resource of disability and mobility information. Find disability and disabled products and services, sports and the arts plus, children's needs, education, social care and mobility and walking aids. The directory contains the largest disability categories in the UK. Ableize directory is UK based but may contains listings from any country offering shipping, services or information to disabled people in the UK.

 

Able Here

Able Here is a community website for disabled people, as many disabled people would like to talk to other disabled people about their disabilities. For example, a recent stroke survivor might want to talk to other stroke survivors to get help, advice, or just a good chat! Because the real people who can really help you with your condition are the people who have the same disability as you! The website contains various forums, pen pal section, various videos, news  

 

Action for Blind People

Action for Blind People is a dynamic national charity founded in 1857. They are one of the largest charities in the UK working with blind and partially sighted people to enable them to transform their lives. Every year we provide direct support for more than 24,000 visually impaired people. They also run a Welfare rights service for visually impaired people.

 

Active for Kids

At Activate they produce mobility equipment solutions for children.

 

ADDandADHD

ADDandADHD was formed to offer a unique reference point on comprehensive advice on adhd. There you'll find extensive information on ADHD, how to spot the symptoms, the treatments and remedies available, plus advice on the lifestyle changes you might need to make.

 

Advicenow

Advicenow is an independent, not-for-profit website providing accurate, up-to-date information on rights and legal issues.

 

Age UK (the new name for Age Concern & Help the Aged)

Age UK - Hereford & Worcester

the UK's largest charity working with and for older people.

 

Association of Wheelchair Children

The Association of Wheelchair Children's mission is to enable wheelchair-using children throughout the UK to reach their full potential. Their primary objective is to enable independence by providing practical wheelchair skills training, assessment and support to young wheelchair-users and their families. They also work to raise awareness and understanding of disability issues, particularly those relating to wheelchair-using young people.

Currently they have two teams of full time qualified therapists run over 100 training and assessment days all over the UK. Where they find young people in chairs unsuitable for independent mobility they will make sure that they receive a suitable wheelchair upgrade free of charge from the NHS after AWC has trained them. They will then back this up with ongoing advice, advocacy and support. AWC also provides training for professionals who may work with young wheelchair-users and they have begun a programme of awareness raising in schools and colleges.  

 

Barnardos

Barnardos works with vulnerable children and young people, suffering homelessness and other issues.

 

 

Benefits and Work

this site has a lot of useful information on benefits, with various guides and a free forum where users discus benefit problems.  

 

BILD (The British Institute of Learning Disabilities)

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities.

 

British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Service charity. They provide practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

 

Care & Repair England

Care and Repair is an organisation to help improve the housing conditions for Elderly and Disabled people.

 

Carers Direct
Carers Direct is a NHS website setup to give information, advice and support to carers

 

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission is the new health and social care regulator for England. They look at the joined up picture of health and social care. Their aim is to ensure better care for everyone in hospital, in a care home and at home.

 

Changing Places

The Changing Places Consortium has launched a campaign on behalf of the thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, and the many other disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. These are toilets with enough space for disabled people and their carers, and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.

 

ChildLine

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people

 

Citizen's Advice Bureaux (C.A.B)

The national Citizen’s Advice Bureaux website.

 

Local Offices in Worcestershire

Citizens Advice Bromsgrove & Redditch

South Worcestershire Citizens Advice Bureau Malvern Hills District

Worcester Citizens Advice Bureau & WHABAC
Wyre Forest Citizen's Advice Bureaux 

 

Civil Legal Advice (formerly Community Legal Advice)

A free government-funded confidential advice service. get help with legal problems on benefits, tax credits, housing, employment, education or debt, if you’re eligible for legal aid.

 

Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs is a new organisation offering debt and money advice to consumers via free guides and reports published on their website. 

 

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory was set up to connect visitors with a wealth of information and the ability to search for the most suitable counsellor or psychotherapist close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help.

Counselling Directory Disability Page

 

Deaf Direct

They offer a range of services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people of all ages living in the counties of Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire

 

Destination Worcestershire

The Official Tourism Website for Worcestershire, You can find out about all the things to do at the great Worcestershire attractions, the wonderful Worcestershire accommodation providers including hotels, cosy B&B's, great self catering options as well as rural camping and caravan sites on this website. Let us help you make your break in Worcestershire perfect!

 

DIAL South Worcestershire

A free, confidential Disability Information Service for disabled people and their carers, families and friends on a wide range of subjects in South Worcestershire.

 

Disability Action

Disability Action works to ensure that people with disabilities attain their full rights as citizens, by supporting inclusion, influencing Government policy and changing attitudes in partnership with disabled people.

 

Disability Action (Wyre Forest)

The aims of Disability Action is to improve the well being of disabled and non disabled in Wyre Forest.

 

Disability Law Service (D.L.S)

national registered charity that provides confidential and free legal advice for disabled adults, their families and carers.

 

Disability Dates

Disability Dates, the best site for people with disabilities/disabled people. They welcome people from around the world - straight, gay, and from all backgrounds.

 

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK was formed through a unification of Disability Alliance, Radar and National Centre for Independent Living on 1 January 2012. They aim to be the largest national pan-disability organisation led by disabled people.

 

Disabled Go

On their website you'll find detailed access information to thousands of venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland: shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities, hospitals and more. Established over 14 years ago, their mission is to maximise independence and choice for disabled people in accessing their local area and the places we all want to visit. They work on behalf of Local Authorities, top Universities, NHS Trusts and private sector organisations to publish detailed access information on well over 125,000 places of interest across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. They also have a number of prominent strategic partnerships, particularly in the travel and tourism sector, with organisations such as Visit England, Visit London (London & Partners / Greater London Authority), Tourism For All and Open Britain. Developed by disabled people for disabled people.

 

Disabled Parents Network

The Disabled Parents Network (D.P.N) is a national organisation of and for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents, and their families, friends and supporters.

 

DPTAC (Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee)

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee was created by act of parliament to advise the government on making transport in the UK accessible to all. Their main aim being that the disabled can travel anywhere that anyone else can via public transport, within the next ten years.

 

Driving Mobility (the new name for The Forum of Mobility Centres)

The Forum of Mobility Centres is a network of 17 independent organisations covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who offer professional, high quality information, advice and assessment to individuals who have a medical condition or are recovering from an accident or injury which may affect their ability to drive, access or egress a motor vehicle. Although independent, the Centres are recognised by other mobility organisations including Motability and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (D.V.L.A).

 

DWP (The Department for Work and Pensions)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is here to: promote opportunity and independence for all, help individuals achieve their potential through employment and work to end poverty in all its forms.

 

DWP - ESA (Employment and Support Allowance)

This guide to Employment and Support Allowance aims to support the work of advisers, customer representative groups and healthcare professionals. It is suitable for use by anyone who wants in-depth information or products to support their own communications.

 

DWP - Job Centre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is a government agency supporting people of working age from welfare into work, and helping employers to fill their vacancies.  They are part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and play a major role in supporting the Department’s aim to ‘promote opportunity and independence for all through modern, customer-focused services’

 

DWP - The Pension Service

The Pension Service provides all the information needed about pension, pension credit.

 

Guidance on employing disabled people and people with health conditions

 

Disability Confident YouTube page

 

Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)                                    

The UK Government has commissioned a new Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) to replace the EHRC Helpline.

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

On 1 October 2007 the three equality commissions merged into the new Equality and Human Rights Commission:

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

 

GAG (Good Access Guide)

The Good Access Guide is a online guide to life, leisure and mobility.

They are the UK's leading directory of services for disabled people, seniors, and anyone whose life is made easier by better access to goods, services and amenities.

 

Gardening for Disabled Trust

The Trust, was formed 41 years ago, is an entirely voluntary organisation and relies on the energy and determination of the Committee and Trustees. Run from the Weald of Kent, the Trust gives grants to people all over the United Kingdom in order that they may continue to garden, despite advancing illness, age or disability.

 

Glasses Direct

Glasses Direct are a Online opticians who offer vision aids for people with vision impairment as well as proving information on eyesight and vision health, they are also the world’s largest online prescription eyewear store

 

Gov.uk

 

Disabilities

The governments website on disability laws, legislation, information and advice.

 

Gov.uk - Benefits Adviser

The benefits adviser is an online questionnaire to help you find out which benefits and tax credits you and your family may be entitled to, and if you are entitled to the State Pension.

 

Pension and Retirement Planning

provides all the information needed about pension, pension credit.

 

Pension Credit information

 

Pension Credit Calculator

This calculator has been designed to help you to estimate how much Pension Credit you may be entitled to.

 

Gowrings Mobility

Gowrings Mobility is the UK's longest established and leading company producing and supplying wheelchair accessible vehicles.

They design, manufacture and market a wide range of vehicles that have been extensively converted to allow wheelchair users to travel in their wheelchairs as passengers. The company invented the original 'wheelchair passenger vehicle' and was the first supplier of wheelchair accessible vehicles to Motability.

 

Hearing Direct

Hearing Direct offers ALDS for the deaf and hard of hearing. ALDS (or Assistive Listening Devices) allow the hard of hearing to use amplified daily aids, from phones to doorbells.

 

Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing, are proud to offer a complete lifetime hearing care service, from consultation and supply, to aftercare and maintenance. They strive to provide the highest standard of care to each and every one of their customers, which is why they stand out from the crowd.

click here for their hearing aid page

 

HomeCareDirect

At HomeCareDirect there helping people up and down the country to take control over their care at home, either through a personal budget, personal health budget, direct payment or for people who pay for their care themselves.

Imagine being able to choose your own personal assistants to provide your care at home and then organising them around your own routine – with HomeCareDirect that’s a reality!
 

Hypnotherapy Directory

An online directory of UK Hypnotherapists with information listed on the areas of Hypnotherapy covered fees, training and qualifications. The service is free, confidential and easy to use. 

 

INDY Mobility - (The Enabled Living Centre)

Indy Mobility web site contains mobility information and advice, as well as mobility shop stocked with hundreds of quality products, from walking sticks and disabled clothing, to mobility chairs and wheelchairs. Indy Mobility is about independent living, and the individuality of each and every one of our customers. It's about making sure that everything we supply is the best and most suitable mobility product available, and that, as our customers, you have the choice between all the latest mobility equipment to become available, as well as old favourites. They also have a fully qualified Occupational Therapist on site, full time to advise and show you how equipment should be used and which would be best.

 

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of support to disabled people. They supports more than 21,000 disabled people in the UK, and a further 30,000 disabled people in 57 countries around the world.

 

Life Coach Directory

Life Coach Directory provides a huge support network of life coaches, enabling visitors to find a life coach close to them and appropriate for their needs.

 

Livability

Livability creates opportunities for disabled people and brings life to communities. They believe everyone should have the freedom to live their lives and have the chance to use their abilities. They offer a wide range of innovative services to support and empower disabled people throughout their lives. They also provide community organisations with the resources, advice and confidence to impact their neighbourhoods. They are at the forefront of providing vital services and support to disabled people. In partnership with Livability Housing, They work with over 100 local authorities and have a combined annual turnover of over £50 million.

 

Mobility Vehicle Hire Limited

Mobility Vehicle Hire are market leaders in the supply of specifically adapted vehicles to cater for the needs of disabled drivers and passengers. Vehicles can be hired on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and we provide a door-to-door delivery and collection service across the UK. We have a large and exciting portfolio of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and Adapted Cars which are sure to exceed your expectations.

 

Motability
The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to exchange either their Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or their War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement to obtain a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter.

 

NHS Worcestershire

 

NHS Choices (NHS website for England)

NHS Choices is website for England, to give information on health-related services such as hospitals, pharmacies etc.
 

Carers Direct
Carers Direct is a NHS website setup to give information, advice and support to carers

 

 

Onside Independent Advocacy

Onside provides free, independent one-to-one advocacy to people throughout Worcestershire

 

OT Stores

OT Stores in Malvern has a large demonstration showroom featuring a vast array of daily living products including wheelchairs, walking aids, chairs, bathing aids, stairlifts and ramps along with numerous small gadgets all designed to make life easier. A qualified Occupational Therapist is available by appointment to assess visitors if required. Hire of some equipment is also available.

 

Ourway Self Advocacy (Formerly Wyre Forest Self Advocacy)

Self advocacy is about young people with learning disabilities and Learning difficulties. Helping them to speaking up for themselves and having their say. Helping to make big decisions to change things for themselves and other people.

 

RDAC (Regional Driving Assessment Centre)

The Regional Driving Assessment Centre is a charitable organisation dedicated to helping people who are, or would like to be, drivers or travel as passengers in their own vehicle to help maintain an independent lifestyle.

RDAC offer the following services: Driving Ability Assessment, Driving Ability Assessment (learner driver with Provisional licence), Specialist Vehicle Assessment for drivers, Advice on Adaptations for Cars and Passenger / Carer Assessment

 

Rehab Recovery is a free and national helpline assisting people suffering from addiction and mental health problems. You can contact Rehab Recovery on 0800 088 66 86.
 

Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS)

Royal Voluntary Service is a volunteer organisation that enriches the lives of older people and their families across Britain. They support older people by giving time and practical help to help them get the best from life. Their volunteers – ordinary men and women of all ages and ethnicities – love spending time with the older people. Through them, they want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age.

 

Sight Concern Worcestershire

Sight Concern Worcestershire is the new name for Worcestershire Association for the Blind. They are an independent county-wide charity that provides support, information and services to people affected by sight loss.

 

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire

They are working with Sport England, National Governing Bodies of Sport, local authorities, clubs, volunteers, coaches and communities to create more opportunities for everybody to get more active, more often.

 

SSAFA Forces Help (The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families’ Association)

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families’ Association (SSAFA) Forces Help is the leading national charity committed to helping and supporting those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve, and the families of both.  They provide a reliable, caring and trusted service to more that 50,000 people each year.

 

Stepchange Debt Charity

Stepchange debt charity is the new name for uk's leading debt advice organisation. Previously known as Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) they have over 20 years' experience of helping people become debt free.

 

Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.

 

The Money Advice Service

are an independent service, set up by government to help people make the most of their money, we give free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face.

 

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Service charity. They provide practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

 

The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)

The WDSA (UK) was established in 2006 as the UK National Governing Body for wheelchair dance sport and wheelchair dancing within the UK, for those who would otherwise be excluded from dancing.

 

The aim of the WDSA (UK) is to promote and develop wheelchair dancing as a sport and leisure activity across the country and to raise the standard of instruction and competition in the UK and internationally at all levels. We are also looking to making dancing, in whatever form it may be, FUN, exciting and something that individuals who are part of this association and who do wheelchair dance are proud to say “I can do that”.

 

Wheelchair Dance Sport and Wheelchair Dancing is accessible to anyone, with no boundaries in term of age limit or level of ability and you will find a wealth of information, support and advice on this website and with the WDSA (UK) Team. 

 

Therapy Directory

Therapy Directory is dedicated to putting individuals who are searching for a practitioner, in touch with a professional who is both qualified and suitable for their needs. In addition, they are also passionate about increasing awareness of the positive benefits of complementary and alternative therapies.

 

Trading Standards

Trading Standards Central is a one stop shop for consumer protection information in the UK. The site is supported and maintained by TSI, the Trading Standards Institute. This site provides a wealth of information for consumers and businesses, schools, advice and information centres, community organisations, local councils, business support agencies and trade associations.

 

Trip-Ability

Welcome to trip-ability.com, a website dedicated to sharing experiences of travel, entertainment and products with the disabled community around the world.

Across the world there are access issues for people with a disability, we hope to bring you reviews from those who have had personal experiences of service provision within the different categories. In order to grow these reviews we need you to add your own and become part of the community.
 

Turn2us

Turn2us are a charitable service which helps people access the money available to them,

 - through welfare benefits, grants and other help.

 

 

Tutor Hunt

 

Select My Tutor

 

First Tutors UK

 

They are online service for both Tutors and Students wishing to advertise their services.

 

Two Pennies Money Advice (working name of Worcester CASH)

independent and confidential money advice service. They are a local charity set up to provide long term support for people in Worcestershire who are in financial difficulties. Their advisors are trained to nationally recognised standards as set up by the Money Advice Trust.

 

Visualise Training and Consultancy

Visualise Training and Consultancy was established by Daniel Williams after he noticed a lack of public awareness towards those with a visual impairment.

 

WalkswithWheelchairs.com

Is the only UK web-site totally dedicated to providing free information on routes that are suitable for wheelchair users throughout the UK.

The walks on Their database have been tried and tested by wheelchair users, or those knowledgeable about routes in the great outdoors.

 

Worcestershire Advice Network

 

Worcestershire Association of Carers

Worcestershire Association of Carers is an independent source of information advice and support for all adult carers of all client groups in Worcestershire

 

Worcestershire County Council

 

Your Life, Your Choice Worcestershire

Your Life, Your Choice Worcestershire provides information and advice about adult social care and health services in Worcestershire.

 

 

Health & Social Care (Formerly Social Services)

Social Care information from Worcestershire County Council 

 

 

 

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