You’ll find a list of nationwide support groups and charities below, if there are any you know of that we don’t have on the list please get in touch and let us know. Thanks.
Amputation Foundation can assist amputees with a long list of support needs and information that will be relevant to starting a new life as an amputee which will include:
- Benefits Information
- Legal Information
- Prosthetics Centre Advice and Information
- Education, retraining and much more.
BLESMA are the only national Service charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives, offering financial and emotional support to them and their families. “Since WW1 we have worked tirelessly to guarantee that our limbless veterans are not failed, forgotten or to left to fend for themselves.”
Click here for more information.
BrAG was set up by Finding Your Feet as an alliance of amputee support groups. It’s for representatives from every charity, group and Facebook group which is solely in existence to support the amputee community in the UK, to come together and share what we’re doing for the benefit of the amputee community. If you’re a representative of a group or charity and would like to join please get in touch.
Limbcare aim to create a Supporters Club by bringing individuals and groups together under the names of Limbcare UK and Limbcare International and create and maintain a dedicated website offering a wealth of information to everyone, including the limb impaired , their families, friends, carers, employers and medical professionals. To see all the services they offer please go to their website here.
Limbless Association is a national charity with over 30 years experience supporting amputees in the UK. The LA established the Limb Loss Legal Panel; a consortium of leading law firms in the UK specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and legal case where catastrophic injury and amputation occur. It’s aim was to provide Limbless Association members with the highest quality legal advice on a free initial-consultation basis.
LimbPower was launched in November 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation.
The charity LimbPower have created 29 lifestyle and physical activity resources for amputees and people with limb difference.
Introduction to Exercise & Warm Up�Dynamic Exercises�Circuit Training & Stretching�Agility, Balance & Coordination�Strength & Conditioning
Accessing Sport – What we offer
Move More for Children – Exercises to get child amputees more active
Move More at Home – Exercises for amputees
Move More at Work – Exercise for amputees
Physical Activity and Sport Matrices for Upper Limb Amputees
Physical Activity and Sport Prostheses Matrices for Lower Limb Amputees
Why Is Exercise Important
Doing Things Differently
Feel Good With Yoga
Salutation to the sun for amputees
Amputee Travel Toolkit
LimbPower Dance Resource
LimbPower Cycling Guide
LimbPower Gym Guide
LimbPower Running Guide
Encouraging more disabled people to volunteer in sport
Amputee Sport and Physical Activity Survey 2016
LimbPower NDSO Insert
limbPower’s Running Blade Guide
How to make the Most of your Limb Centre Visit
Top Tips for Winter
Top Tips for Summer
All resources are available to download for free from the LimbPower Website.
Limbs4Kids are an Australian organisation offering advice and support for children and young people with limb differences and their families. Here is a really useful factsheet they have prepared on helping pupils understand limb difference.
Poppy Scotland aim to help as many people in the Armed Forces community as possible.
“We support people of all ages, whether difficulties have arisen during time in the Armed Forces or many years later. We also help the families of ex-Servicemen and women, including partners, widows, widowers and children.”
Find more information here.
Reach is a UK charity helping children with upper limb differences live life without limits. They recognise that different families want different levels of support, and tailor their approach to suit them. Reach provides resources, support and practical advice for families.
Steel Bones is a voluntary charity working to connect the amputee community, create friendships and provide an extensive proactive support network. They share the latest news on stump health, promote healthy and active lifestyles, signpost useful services, therapists, personal trainers and sports clubs as well as providing flexible career opportunities through partners and associates.
Steps is a national charity working for all those whose lives are affected by childhood lower limb conditions. Steps provide families with information, guidance and support. This might be following ante-natal diagnosis of a serious leg condition at the 20 week scan, it might be in the early weeks or months of a child’s life, when a significant problem has been identified, it could be during treatment, when nothing seems to be going right, or it might be in the years after apparently successful treatment, when futher complications have arisen.
Thousands of disabled children are waiting for their childhoods to start while they struggle to get a wheelchair that meets their needs. The fantastic guys at Whizz-kids provide disabled children and young people under 18 years with vital mobility equipment including powered wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs, trikes and buggies. Further information and the application process can be found on their website. If you are a wheelchair user but would like to develop your skills and confidence when using your chair out and about, they can help! They offer training sessions where you can explore new environments and build your confidence. You can find them here.
They also run free of charge activity clubs, camps and wheelchair skills training across the UK for young people aged 8-25 who have difficulties with mobility, giving them opportunities to build friendships and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future. Activities include; art projects, curling, visits to local attractions including the Kelpies and Safari Park, archery, visit from birds of prey experts and much, much more!
Their aim is to work with young people to develop confidence, independence and new skills. As part of this they also find and support work placements for young people, so if you’re a budding designer, gardener or lawyer get in touch and they can help to find a work placement for you.