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Support Groups and Organisations

There are a number of groups and organisations, both local and national, that provide advice and support to different sections of the community. Below are just some of the organisations set up to assist:

If you know of any other groups that you feel should be included on this list, please email details of the group to social.services@rbwm.gov.uk.

If you think you, or someone in your family might benefit from any service provided by Social Services and you would like us to contact you by phone or email, please click the following link and complete the Social Services Contact Us/Self Referral Online Form and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Elderly People:

  • Action on Elder Abuse - Research and advice service for the prevention of abuse of older people.
  • Age Concern - The UK's leading charities concerned with the needs and aspirations of older people.
  • Age Positive - Age positive is a government initiative which tackles age discrimination and promotes age diversity in the workplace
  • Alzheimer's Society - The Alzheimer's Society provides advice and support to people with dementia and their carers. There is a local Alzheimer's group in Maidenhead.
  • Carers - For carers, voluntary organisations and others, related to the national strategy for Caring about Carers, and providing useful links.
  • Contact the Elderly - Seeks to reduce the isolation for older people who live alone, by providing social occasions such as monthly tea parties.
  • Counsel and Care - Free advice and help for people over 60, their friends, carers and relatives.
  • Dementia Research Group - One of the UK's leading centres for clinical research into dementia.
  • Help the Aged - A leading national charity for older people.

Disabled People:

  • AbilityNet - are a charity that offers advice to people with disabilities on all aspects of computer usage for employment, communication, education, or just for fun.
  • Action for Blind People - is a national charity which aims to enable blind and partially sighted people to enjoy equal opportunities in every aspect of their lives through work, leisure, housing and support.
  • British Council for Disabled People (BCODP) - was set up by disabled people in 1981 to promote full equality and participation within society. They are an umbrella organisation that represents some 130 organisations run and controlled by disabled people.
  • Disabled Information Advice Line (DIAL) UK - DIAL provides a link to information for people with disabilities, and to advice providers.
  • Disability & Carers Service (Department for Work & Pensions) - benefits advice
  • disABILITY.ie - on-line information service for people with disabilities or special needs and their families and friends.
  • Disability Rights Commission - an independent body set up to stop discrimination and promote equal opportunities.
  • Disability Sport England - creates opportunities for participation in sport for people with all disabilities.
  • Epilepsy Action (British Epilepsy Association) - The Epilepsy Action helpline provides advice and information on all aspects of living with epilepsy. They aim to reply to helpline queries by email within 48 hours.
  • Epilepsy Society - Epilepsy Society's specialist helpline is here to help anyone affected by epilepsy. Calls are received from people with epilepsy, their families and friends, as well as professionals such as doctors, nurses, care workers, teachers and employers.
  • The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) - is an organisation of parents, families and carers which exists to support parents in enabling their child to maximise their skills and abilities.
  • Headway - Promotes understanding of all aspects of brain injury; and provides information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their family and carers.
  • Keep Able - Provides mobility and lifestyle ideas.
  • Maidenhead and District Talking Newsapaper Association. Bringing the Maidenhead Advertiser to the visually imparied. Tel. 01628 635385. Email info@maidenheadtn.org.uk
  • MENCAP - Working with people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
  • Rethink - Helping everyone affected by severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, to recover a better quality of life.
  • Royal Association in Aid of Deaf people (RAD) - strives to meet the individual needs of deaf children and adults and deafblind people through the provision of services and the use of RAD Centres for Deaf People.
  • Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) - If you need to register as blind, contact the RNIB.
  • Scope - helps people with cerebral palsy to achieve equality in society.
  • SeeAbility (Royal School for the Blind) - works with adults who are blind or partially sighted, and have a range of additional disabilities. The charity works to encourage people's independence and to enhance their quality of life. They are also involved in research projects and training courses for professionals who work with people who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Vitalise (formely Winged Fellowship) - provides respite for carers, and holidays for people with severe physical disabilities.

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Modified: 2015-01-30
Published: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:06:24
Author: Simon Arthur
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