Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Directory of Services

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1st Voice can provide you with free support with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). 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.

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 direct 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.

T: 01892 860207

AbilityNet helps older people and disabled people of all ages use computers and the internet to achieve their goals at home, at work or 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 was founded to provide fun adaptive programmes, hoping to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities by giving them access to sport and outdoor adventures.
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 operate a hot meals service covering cultural and dietary needs including special requirements like soft foods or diabetic meals.

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

BSEVC provides community transport and day trips, the community transport is available around Ipswich and mid Suffolk for those who have mobility issues, or for those who cannot access local buses. The service is suitable for wheelchair uses and all at an affordable price. They also have an advice service on general transport within the area, providing information on local and connecting buses and trains. The day trips are provided from Stowmarket train station, taking the community to the seaside, shopping centres, museums and cathedrals. This is available to all. Over 60’s can access this service at a small cost of £5. The BSEVC website also provides a directory of services for local areas that provide information on health and wellbeing services.

Cambridge Dial-a-Ride is a non-profit organisation which provides local transport services that are safe, affordable and accessible to community groups and to individuals who have difficulty in accessing public transport. Dial-a-Ride is a membership organisation and requires a yearly membership fee of approx £10.00. Dial-a-Ride can provide access to appointments, day centres, community groups, family visits and frequent group travel to the large supermarkets around Cambridge.

Camms Meals on Wheels takes pride in providing meals that are good quality and nutritious, at an affordable price. The service is available to the elderly, infirm and those who are temporarily unable to prepare meals for themselves. Meals are delivered by the same friendly and experienced driver, leaving the family in peace of mind knowing they will receive a regular visit from a friendly face, as well as a nutritious hot meal.

Camms Meals on Wheels will deliver to Cambridge and some surrounding villages.

Carers in Bedfordshire provides a range of services for young and adult carers around the county. Grants are available from the charity that can be used in a variety of ways including for day trips, stress relieving therapies, short breaks, adaptations and equipment for the home, as well as gym memberships, driving lessons and training and wellbeing services including counselling.

They also arrange drop in sessions where carers can meet and socialise with others in a warm and friendly environment. During these sessions, carers will have access to stress relieving treatments, support from experienced staff, signposting services, arts and crafts, transport and child care.

Every day 6,000 people become carers. Many don’t know how or where to get help with what can be tough, frightening, financially difficult and very lonely.

Caring for someone you love can be extremely complicated – the maze of rights and entitlements, filling in paperwork, getting a break, managing your feelings about caring for someone can all be complicated.

Carers UK is on hand to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone. Carers UK is here to listen, to give you expert information and advice that’s tailored to your situation, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are.

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
E: Online Form

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children from a month old and and from any cause. Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. TCF offers support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.

T: 0345 123 2304

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.
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.

T: 01225 683084

East Anglian DriveAbility has been created to help keep individuals with disabilities mobile and independent. They offer specialist advice on driving with disabilities, including amputees and those who have suffered from a brain injury.

DriveAbility offers services such as specialist driving tuition, motorcycle assessments, and a hire service for aids and adaptations.

They provide support when choosing a car, powered scooters or wheelchair. They also provide guidance on charities that may offer financial help, and provide information on local and national adaptation suppliers and fitters.

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 enable carers to take a well earned break.

T: 020 7998 8817

Do you live in Uttlesford? Uttlesford Frontline is a website that lists over 180 local health and wellbeing services which deliver in Uttlesford, face to face. Find details quickly and easily for disability, older people, mental health, family, addiction, wellbeing, transport and advisory services.

You can also download the ‘Frontline Public’ app, giving you access to benefit and housing advice services, carer support, patient support groups and many other services.

Financial aid grant for current and ex grocery industry workers.

The Hamelin Trust is an Essex-based charity, offering a diverse range of person-centered support to disabled individuals of all ages. The Trust runs The Exchange Service, which provides daytime and evening activities including leisure/recreation, practical tasks, education, personal skills and development, health and beauty. The Exchange location is wheelchair accessible and they have a variety of rooms and spaces to suit all needs, including a sensory room, computer and teaching rooms, two main large areas suitable for physiotherapy and mobility exercise and rehabilitation. They also have quiet areas where users can learn a musical instrument or work on communication development. The Hamelin Trust also provides a hydrotherapy pool which is fully wheelchair accessible with a ceiling hoist, allowing hoisting from changing rooms directly into the hydro pool.

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.
ICUsteps is a support group for patients and families who have been affected by critical illness and who have likely been treated in an ICU. ICUsteps 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.

T: 0300 30 20 121
E: Online form

Independence at Home was founded in 1965 and has been improving independence, comfort, safety, dignity and quality of life for people with long term illness and disabilities by providing grants for those in financial need.

A grant could be put towards a variety of areas including mobility around the home and community, recliner chairs, wetrooms or even a car hoist.

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.

T: 0300 365 0055

The Matthew Project has been helping people live fuller lives, free from drug and alcohol misuse for more than 30 years. The charity has a Christian ethos.

Provides support and guidance to individuals and groups across the UK in starting and managing Men’s Sheds. Men’s 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 both short and long term equipment rental including mobility scooters, wheelchairs, commodes, hoists, riser chairs and adjustable beds. They can deliver to your home and you will have to pay for any equipment you hire from Mobility Hire.

T: 0800 111 6234

The Mobility Trust is a charity that provides powered wheelchairs and scooters to severely disabled adults and children who cannot obtain them through any of the statutory sources or purchase such equipment themselves, allowing individuals to live their lives to their full potential. As well as providing funding, the charity will also arrange and fund for an assessment to be completed by a Senior Occupational Therapist to ensure that the equipment is correct for the individuals clinical need.

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

The National Association for Bikers with a Disability (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 NABD help disabled people to enjoy the freedom and independence of motorcycling by providing advice and support for disabled riders. The NABD also operates a financial grant system 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.

The Nancy Oldfield Trust provides accessible boating on the Norfolk Broads offering excitement, freedom and adventure. Activities include, motorboats, sailing yachts, rafted canoes, fishing and bird watching. Trying new activities helps improve self confidence and increase environmental awareness.

Also, on site is a fully accessible bungalow that sleeps up to 10 people. This is available for groups who wish to travel and stay for a week or a few days, taking advantage of all the activities.

The Norfolk Millennium Trust aims to offer unpaid carers a better quality of life, by providing grants for practical items like wheelchairs, laptops, household equipment, home improvements, hobbies and short breaks. Applications must be supported by a professional referee who knows about your caring situation and has the knowledge and skill to give you a meaningful opinion on your request.

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

T: 0333 370 6700

Open Road Access (ORA) provides wheelchair accessible vehicle rental from one day to one year. They offer a fully flexible, personalised service to help get you out on the open road.

T: 0300 045 4505

Papworth Trust is a Cambridgeshire charity, providing care and support services to those with disabilities. They deliver compassionate and professional care tailored to the needs of the individuals and their families, whilst promoting independence and social inclusion. The care programs provide flexible support from a couple of hours per week, to daily support all year round and also a day service providing access to leisure and learning activities.

Other services include housing, supporting disabled individuals to live an independent life with advice and support on employment opportunities, volunteering, learning and development.

Power2Inspire was established in 2013 when the founder John Willis participated in a mixed ability triathlon relay as an individual who was born without fully formed arms and legs. With his passion for sport and his determination to ensure that no one is excluded from sports, John set up the charity and created the Power House Games and Festivals of Inclusive Sports.

Current sports include badminton, golf, hockey and tennis. These festivals are available to everyone, with the aim to encourage and inspire those with disabilities to participate and have fun through sport.

If you or a family member are struggling to come to terms with an addiction, then you may wish to get impartial addiction advice to help you, or the people you care for to get the right kind of help.

This private company offers a free advisory service to help you to take your first step on the road to a happy, healthy and addiction free life, but on going treatment services are charged for. If you have private medical insurance it is possible that it may meet the cost of treatment.

Offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. We provide advice on marriage, LGBT issues, divorce and parenting.

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.
Financial support for those working in the retail industry.
Revitalise provide 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.

T: 0303 303 0145
E: Online form

Road Victims Trust is a charity dedicated to providing emotional and practical support to those affected by a fatal or life changing road traffic accident. This includes practical support by supporting and advising on areas such as funerals, benefits, notifying authorities and general support when making decisions during this confusing and distressing time. The emotional support is provided with a free and confidential weekly session, allowing the time and space to express any feelings and to make sense of what has happened. This can be provided over the telephone, face to face at home or in the office, and is available for as long as is needed. Telephone support can also be provided to those living outside the area.

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

T: 0345 600 4586

The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Their help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support.

T: 020 8540 9194

The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

They are carefully trained to put aside any personal beliefs. They won’t give you a label, a diagnosis or a prescription and want you to feel safe while talking to them, so you can talk about how you’re really feeling and feel safe knowing its all completely confidential.

Their service is free and operates 24 hours a day.

The Sequal Trust aims to bridge the communication gap for disabled people by providing suitable assistive technology to people who need it most. 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.

Streetforge Workshops is a small charity based in the Suffolk countryside, which offers day services to adults with various disabilities including those with multiple disabilities and mild mental health problems, sustained from a brain injury or long term condition. The aim of Streetforge is to enhance quality of life, and enable the people using the service achieve a sense of purpose through social skills, social enterprise and through undertaking various activities including: art and crafts, computer skills, cookery, horticulture, woodwork and joinery.

The Survivors Trust is an umbrella agency for rape and sexual abuse support services in the UK. TST provide information, advice, support and therapy to men and women who have experienced sexual exploitation, abuse and violence.

T: 08088 010 818

Brachial plexus is a complex network of nerves, coming from the spinal cord that supplies the arm, hand and part of the shoulder with all its movement and feeling.

Many people need help coming to terms with a Brachial plexus injury and how to live with it. The website operated by TBPIG is designed to provide adults with information and support in coping with a TBPI, and to help achieve a better understanding of the impact these injuries may have on the individual and their family.

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.

T: 01722 580 180

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

T: 0800 077 3100

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.