Birmingham Women’s & 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
W: the3hfoundation.org.uk
E: Contactus@the3hfoundation.org.uk

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.

W: andysmanclub.co.uk
E: info@andysmanclub.co.uk

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.

W: andysmanclub.co.uk
E: info@andysmanclub.co.uk

Apetito operate a hot meals service covering cultural and dietary needs including special requirements like soft foods or diabetic meals.

T: 01225 637 889
W: apetito.co.uk
E: info@apetito.co.uk

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
W: absnet.org.uk/about-us
E: help@absnet.org.uk

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
W: cinnamon.org.uk
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
E: helpline@tcf.org.uk
W: tcf.org.uk

General advice on leaving the hospital and returning home provided by Coventry council, including contact details for University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire hospital social care team (if currently still an inpatient) and Coventry adult social care.
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
W: damekellyholmestrust.org
E: contact@damekellyholmestrust.org

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
W: fnaist.org.uk
E: lisa.hungerford@fnaist.org.uk

Financial aid grant for current and ex grocery industry workers.
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
W: icusteps.org
E: Online form

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
W: katiepiperfoundation.org.uk
E: hello@katiepiperfoundation.org.uk

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
E: admin@ukmsa.org.uk
W: menssheds.org.uk

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
W: mobilityhire.com
E: sales@mobilityhire.com

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
W: motability.co.uk

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

T: 0333 370 6700
W: oakhousefoods.co.uk

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
W: openroadaccess.co.uk
E: info@openroadaccess.co.uk

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
W: revitalise.org.uk

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
E: rowland.hill.fund@royalmail.com
W: rowlandhillfund.org

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
E: info@rmbf.org
W: rmbf.org

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.

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
E: info@thesurvivorstrust.org
W: thesurvivorstrust.org

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
E: enquiries@trusselltrust.org
W: trusselltrust.org

Some patients who are unable to travel unaided are able to arrange their own transportation, including non-emergency patient transport via the West Midlands Ambulance Patient Transportation service. Bookings are taken over the phone and require a minimum of 48 hours notice. Information including NHS number, GP details, date, time and location of appointment will be needed at the point of booking.

T: 01926 310312
W: wmas.nhs.uk

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

T: 0800 077 3100
W: wiltshirefarmfoods.com

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.