Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Directory of Services

Many children and adults have plenty to say, but are unable to control their mouth muscles to speak clearly. They can use aids such as pictures, written words and technology to help them communicate. This is known as AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). 1Voice takes a family and social perspective on communication and recognises the great need for adult role models to inspire children and families alike. 1Voice promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring. 1Voice is a company and charity organisation who can provide free support with AAC.

3H run a programme offering grants to assist disabled people and their families on low incomes to organise a UK holiday for themselves. The grants are given for the accommodation part of the holiday and are paid directly to the chosen venue. The charity liaise with social workers and caring organisations to assist applicants and to identify those needing assistance. Carers can also be awarded a grant for a holiday away from their caring role.

AbilityNet helps people of any age and with any disability to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education.

They provide a range of services that includes personalised workplace and education assessments, digital accessibility testing, computer support in people’s homes and a wide range of free resources that can be accessed through its website.

Access Adventures is a registered charity that provides residential adaptive sports camps for people with physical disabilities. Their goal is to make outdoor activities accessible and affordable for all. Through these camps they enable people with disabilities to challenge themselves and push boundaries, improving confidence and self-belief. Access Adventures camps include the following adaptive activities: waterskiing and wakeboarding, kayaking, kitesurfing, kite buggying, skiing, handcycling and downhill mountain biking.

At ANDYSMANCLUB, we want to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and create a judgment-free, confidential space where men can be open about the storms in their lives. We aim to achieve this through weekly, free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups for men aged over 18.

Apetito is the UK’s leading food producer for the health & social care sector. They produce delicious, nutritious and highly sustainable food that enables people to eat for health whatever their circumstances. This helps take the strain off cooking for yourself or a loved one with the choice of over 200 meals delivered straight to your door. Meals can be delivered daily by a meal on wheels delivery service, or a regular delivery of meals for your freezer through Wiltshire Farm Foods.

T: 01225 637 889

The Architects Benevolent Society are here to support the architectural community and their families, and can help in a range of ways during working life or retirement.

T: 020 3918 8588

The Cinnamon Trust offers peace of mind and practical help for people with pets who may be worried about what will happen to their pets if they have to go into hospital or when they are no longer able to care for their pet.

T: 01736 757 900

Crisis provide vital help for homeless people so they can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. They offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales assisting with finding a home and settling in, getting new skills and finding a job or help with health and wellbeing.

T: 03006 361 967

Dad Matters has been founded to help support the relationship between children and their Dads.
Dame Kelly Holmes Trust puts world class athletes shoulder to shoulder with young people. Equipping them with a winning mindset and shaping their futures – it’s a teammate like no other. Whether that’s building relationship skills, improving self-esteem or learning to stay focused, our sporting champions help the next generation move forward with confidence.

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust provides life enhancing grants to help people of all ages in need who are ill, convalescent or disabled.

These grants are used to provide medical and household aids to alleviate sickness and make a huge difference to people’s ability to manage at home and live as independently as possible. They do not fund holidays but will provide grants to fund care that enables carers to take a well earned break.

HHUGS is a charity dedicated to assisting Muslim households that have been affected by counter-terrorism, national security and extremism-related laws, policies and procedures, in the UK and abroad.

They can provide practical help with finances, housing, rehabilitation and emotional support for victims and their families. Their services are free, confidential and tailored specifically to the needs of each family.

The NABD was set up in April 1991 by six bikers from Stockport and Manchester who would not accept the idea that disabled people could not ride motorcycles, scooters, sidecar outfits, trikes or quad-cycles. The membership of the NABD has now grown to a staggering 9,000+ individual members and the NABD has directly helped over 11,000 disabled people to enjoy the freedom and independence of motorcycling.

As well as advice and support for disabled riders, the NABD operates a system of financial grants to help with the cost of special adaptation work to motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/sidecar combinations and trikes, necessary to suit the needs of disabled riders. Grants range from £250.00 to £2,000.00, dependent on the type of machine and the particular requirements of the rider.

Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are where the most serious and critically injured people are cared for.

ICUsteps supports patients and relatives affected by critical illness, promotes recognition of the physical and psychological consequences of critical illness through education of the medical profession and the general public, and encourages research into treatment and the prevention of these issues. Founded in 2005 by ex-patients, their relatives and ICU staff, it has helped many former patients, their relatives and medical staff from organisations around the world.

The Katie Piper Foundation can help rehabilitation for adult survivors of burns, severe scars from a traumatic incident such as a road traffic accident, or those with scarring from Necrotising fasciitis. They can also help family members or carers. You’ll find services that work alongside your existing support networks like the NHS.
Provides support and guidance to individuals and groups across the UK in starting and managing Men’s Sheds. Mens Sheds raise awareness of the social and health benefits of Men’s Sheds in reducing isolation, loneliness and in empowering local communities.

T: 0300 772 9626

If you need assistance with your mobility in or out of your home, it can often be helpful to have specific pieces of equipment to help you. The NHS may be able to provide you with everything you need, but you may want additional equipment or need it sooner than the NHS can provide it. Mobility Hire offer long term and short term equipment rental, including mobility scooters, wheelchairs, commodes, hoists, riser chairs and adjustable beds. They can deliver to your home within 1 day. You will have to pay for any equipment you hire from Mobility Hire.

The Motability Scheme provides an affordable, worry-free way for people with disabilities to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance of Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance. The scheme is operated by Motability Operations Ltd, under contract to Motability, a registered charity which provides grants towards the cost of vehicles, adaptations or driving lessons.

T: 0300 456 4566

Oakhouse Foods deliver frozen meals and grocery products and cater for special diets.

T: 0333 370 6700

To design and custom-make equipment to help people with disabilities live more independently. The equipment and adaptations made by our volunteers aims to support mobility, aid at home, manage personal care or enjoy sports and hobbies.

Revitalise is a national charity providing respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people and carers. They currently run three accessible holiday centres in Chigwell in Essex, Southampton and Southport to enable disabled people to access essential breaks with care, and provide inspirational opportunities for volunteers.

Revitalise believe that disabled people should have the same rights, freedoms, responsibilities and quality of life as those without disabilities, and they have been championing this cause for over 50 years.

Rowland Hill Fund supports Royal Mail Workers with grants to help those facing homelessness, life-changing health challenges or unexpected financial difficulties.

SEQUAL stands for Special Equipment and Aids for Living. If you or someone you care for suffers with communication, movement or learning difficulties, then the Sequal Trust may be able to help by providing you with access to specialist communication equipment.

The Trussell Trust is a charity working to stop UK hunger and poverty. They run a national network of foodbanks providing emergency food and support to people in crisis. Their website also has a benefits calculator and grants search option.

Ensuring you maintain a healthy diet is an important part of your recovery, but often, after an injury, doing simple things like preparing a meal can become difficult or very time consuming. Getting to the shops or cooking at home can often turn into a challenge.

Wiltshire Farm Foods was founded in 1991, and have worked hard over the years to create delicious and nutritious frozen ready meals that they will deliver to your door. There is no contract or commitment to order a regular number of meals; you just order them when you need them. You can order them for someone else or for yourself.

YMCA is a national charity that delivers a vast array of support. They provide general support and advice, can assist with accommodation issues, provide family and education support and have a variety of services to promote health and wellbeing. Their website allows you to find local services available to you.