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Age UK

Because there is strength in numbers, Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK – so that we can be here for everyone in later life. We believe that age needs respect. It needs kindness. Sometimes it needs help.


Carers Direct

Carers Direct is a national information, advice and support service for carers in England. Available online at www.nhs.uk/carersdirect and as a free, confidential helpline seven days a week on 0808 802 0202, it provides accurate, relevant information for carers and those who support them.

  • All information on Carers Direct is Information Standard accredited and was developed in conjunction with carers and national carers organisations.
  • Since its launch in Jan 2009, Carers Direct has grown to become a substantial online resource for carers and those who support them. It now has more than 1,000 articles, 12 videos and web tools available on the site.
  • Visitors to the website are regularly surveyed to ensure Carers Direct offers the information they need.
  • Carers Direct provides online blogs and forums for carers.

Further details can be seen by clicking here.

Carers UK

Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring, they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination.
Carers UK is an organisation of carers fighting to end this injustice. We will not stop until people recognise the true value of carers’ contribution to society and carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they need.
They provided information of they last changes to carers services and benefits, and campaign for carers rights.
They provide relevant informaion on carers benefits, carers rights, carers services.
Campaigning for change:
- campaign for the changes that make a real difference for carers
Providing Information and Advice:
- provide information and advice to carers about their rights and how to get support
Gathering hard evidence:
- gather hard evidence about what needs to change. Find out about our research programme
Mobilising supporters:
- mobilise carers and supporters to influence decision-makers.
Transforming understanding of caring:
- want to transform the understanding of caring so that carers are valued and not discriminated against.


CLASP The Carers Centre

CLASP The Carers Centre is a registered charity which was set up in 1994 to provide a wide range of support services for carers living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Please click onto the links to the right to find out about our services.
Carers provide ongoing support to a relative, friend or neighbour who, due to ill health, long term condition or disability cannot manage without their help. Carers can be any age or sex, from all backgrounds and communities.
Caring responsibilities can include providing personal care (washing, bathing, dressing, feeding), cooking, housework, shopping, managing finances, helping with medication and injections, as well as providing emotional and social support. Carers are not paid for providing help, although some may be eligible for benefits.
Services they provide:
- Advocacy
- Befriending
- Benefit Info
- Carers' Rights
- Consulting Carers
- Counselling
- Respite Care Info
- Support Groups


Database and Information Service

The Database and Information Service are an independent information service for parents/carers of children with special needs or a disability in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. They provide information about various organisations and services relevant to disabled children and their families.
If you are a young person with a disability or special needs, or a parent/carer, you can register by filling in a data collection form.
When you join the database you will receive an information pack and a regular newsletter (available on this site).


Down’s Syndrome Association

The Down’s Syndrome Association provides information and support for people with Down’s syndrome, their families and carers, as well as being a resource for interested professionals. We strive to improve knowledge of the condition. We champion the rights of people with Down’s syndrome.
Helpline: 0845 230 0372
(open Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm)

Family Information Service

Leicestershire’s Family Information Service (FIS) provides information, advice and guidance for families who have children or young people aged 0-20 years. They also provide this service to professionals who work with children, young people and families.
The Family Information Service holds extensive information on many useful local and national organisations.


Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Services include:
• Benefits
• Business
• Community and Living
• Council & Democracy
• Council Tax
• Culture & Leisure
• Education
• Environment & Waste
• Health & Social Care
• Housing
• Licensing
• Planning & Building Control
• Planning Policy & Conservation
• Roads & Transport


Holiday Information Guide

There is a Family Carer Support Service Holiday Information Guide 2010

The information includes sections on “before you book” (about national watchdog & registration organisations) , other holiday guides, tour operators, places to stay in the UK and abroad, special interest holidays, insurance, benefits and other financial help. To help everyone make a list of their favourite options, holiday opportunities are illustrated with pictures and symbols that show the kind of activities available.

The Holiday Information Guide can be viewed and downloaded: go to www.Hft.org.uk/Family_Carer_Support and click on the link to the 2010 Holiday Brochure.

For a free copy of this 36 page guide please send an A4 self addressed envelope with 81p worth of stamps to FCSS, Hft 5 – 6 Book Office Park, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7 FL. (You are welcome to ask for more than one copy: stamps for two/three copies - £1.11, for four copies - £1.59)


Bond Holidays –Great holidays for everyone – accessible hoildays – 01253 341 218

"Here at Bond Hotels we provide specialist accommodation, transportation and equipment for the disabled visitor. We are committed to raising the general public's awareness of the difficulties on a day-to-day basis. we tirelessly campaign throughout the country in order to raise funds and highlight our mission, which is to provide affordable, comfortable quality holidays for people living with disability, so that they can feel safe in the knowledge that their every need will be catered for."


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Leicestershire CareOnLine

Leicestershire CareOnLine is an award winning website and service designed to help vulnerable adults in the community, such as Older People, People with Disabilities and Carers to use computers and the Internet. They provide support and services for...

- carers
- disabilities
- older people
- health
- learning disabilities
- meantal ill health
- social care
- advice and help
- housing
- home safety
- local work
- finding groups
- entertainment
- shopping
- travel
- computers
- games
- your story
- have a chat
- families


Leicestershire County Council

Leicestershire County Council's website - Local authority website covering Leicestershire.
Information on:
- jobs
- education
- services
- roads and transport
- environment
- libraries
- schools
- leisure and tourism


Leicestershire LINk

Leicestershire LINk is an independent network, which brings together people, organisations, community groups to give them a voice in improving Health and Social Care services. Leicestershire LINk is here to find out what people like and value about local services, identify gaps in services or to say how existing services can be improved.
The LINk will work closely with the Local Council or NHS Trusts and Hospitals. We will also work in partnership with LINks in neighbouring counties. There are seperate LINks for the City of Leicester, Rutland County and other surrounding counties.
The LINk joins people together to influence how services are run.
Click here to view the May 2011 newseltter.


The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Information, advice and support for carers. The Trust's has network of approximately a hundred Carers Centres in the UK.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was created on the initiative of HRH The Princess Royal in 1991. At that time people caring at home for family members or friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses were scarcely recognised as requiring support.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 144 independently managed Carers' Centres , 85 young carers services and interactive websites, www.carers.org and www.youngcarers.net, The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to over 400,000 carers, including over 20,000 young carers.
In addition, The Trust also acts independently in the interests of carers through:
• Research, development and consultation
• Influence on national, regional and local policy
• Partnerships with other national organisations
• Information through interactive websites, providing advice and access to support groups



Scope provides information about Cerebral Palsy for both sufferers and carers.



Vitalise is a national charity providing short breaks (respite care) and other services for disabled people, visually impaired people, and carers.

We offer inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest, most diverse volunteer programmes in the UK.


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