Miscellaneous

We have lots of useful websites listed below and are constantly updating this list so check back for more and please get in touch if you know of any we can add.

We’re all using computers and accessing the internet more just now.  AbilityNet have a fantastic website full of resources to help you navigate your way around the world of computers. They even have volunteers who will contact you for one to one help with any computer issues you have, whether you need help setting up or think you have a virus. Or just need some advice. Check them out here.

Specialist insurance company providing insurance for Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs and other disability and mobility equipment.

More info here.

The Citizens Advice Bureau offer free and confidential advice on a wide range of topics including:

Benefits, work, debts and money, consumer, relationships, housing, law and rights, discrimination, tax, healthcare, education.

Advice can be provided online, by telephone or in person in any of their bureaux.

You can find a Citizens Advice Bureau in most towns.

Did you know that you can self refer or be referred to your local Community Link Worker. They are based in local GP surgeries and are known as Social Prescribers.

They can help with many different topics including mental health, financial and housing. They provide advice and enable you to identify and access relevant resources or services in your community.

If you’re looking for help or advice then please contact your local GP surgery for more information.

Disability Information Scotland have some great Information Guides on all sorts of topics from Benefits to Housing Adaptions and lots more. They also have a great Directory provides access to information on thousands of disability organisations and support groups for all areas in Scotland so you can narrow your search down. Check it out here.

“We understand both the difficulties that a disabled holiday maker can face and the worry that this causes. Our job is to take away that worry by providing you with all the support you need at every step including choosing, booking, preparing to go, travelling, holidaying and coming home.

We count it a privilege to be trusted with arranging your holiday so please do give us the chance to impress you by calling us on 0161 804 9898

Check out their website here.

With a huge range of equipment available to help make life that little bit easier, sometimes it can be confusing. How do you know what is available? Where do you go to buy equipment?  How do you know what is right for you? How do you know if a supplier is reputable? DLF provides all the answers to these questions, they are the UK’s leading source of impartial information and expert advice on independent living. They have an unparalleled range of information on daily living equipment and other useful advice for people who might need some help in living their life to the full.

Find out more here.

Enable Holidays offer Mobility Scheme customers a 10% discount whenever they book an overseas accessible holiday with them.

The award-winning team at Enable Holidays is dedicated to the needs of disabled holiday-makers. As experts in their field, they know exactly what kind of detail is required to get it right for you. Enable Holidays’ overseas packages are tailor-made and prices include:

  • Guaranteed adapted room upon confirmation of booking
  • Return flights with airport assistance
  • Adapted taxi transfers between resort and airport
  • In-resort rep service in most areas
  • Financial protection for your peace of mind ABTA (W7335) and ATOL (6261)

Find Out More – call the accessible travel specialists at Enable Holidays on 0871 222 4939 or visit enableholidays.com, where you can also view the online borchure. Use the code ‘Motability’ when booking to receive the discounted offer for Motability Scheme customers.

Euan’s Guide makes it easier for disabled people to find great places to go. The charity was founded in 2013 by Euan MacDonald, who is a powerchair user, and his sister Kiki. As Euan’s access requirements changed, both went in search of recommendations for accessible places to go, but a platform for this kind of information didn’t exist. Built as a friendly and honest alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls before visiting somewhere new, Euan’s Guide now has thousands of disabled access reviews and listings for places all over the UK and beyond.

Check out their website here.

Living made easy is Europe’s largest trusted online comparison site for daily living equipment (sometimes known as disability equipment or assistive technology). It is used predominately by disabled adults and children, older people, their families and carers who are looking for equipment to make everyday tasks easier.

It is designed and run by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) – a national charity.

Check out their site here.

‘My Life, My Money Lanarkshire’ is a free app with local information, advice and support on welfare and money worries in Lanarkshire. It provides an easily accessible, comprehensive resource of information, advice and guidance and can signpost you to where you can get help.

It can be downloaded here.

The aim of the National DID Card is to remove the need for individuals to carry their paper documentation with them at all times. The card will have a photograph of the cardholder and will only be issued to disabled people who are in receipt of some form of disability allowance or medical evidence to support your application.

The card can be used as proof that they are in receipt of an eligible benefit and therefore entitled to gain entry at concessionary rate. Many establishments, theatres, museums, attractions, leisure facilities etc. offer concessionary prices for disabled people and in some cases offer free entry to another person assisting the disabled person.

Apply here.

The Advice Centre is open daily Monday to Friday offering advice, advocacy and support on a wide range of topics including welfare benefits, money worries and debt, housing, food and fuel as well as support for carers.

The new advice facility can be found on the hospital’s main concourse area.  More info here.

The Patient Advice and Support Service can:

  • Help you to give feedback or comments, raise concerns, or make complaints about the treatment you have received from the NHS.
  • Help you to prepare if the NHS offers a meeting to discuss a complaint or concern.
  • Help you write letters and make phone calls.
  • Help you access your medical and clinical records.
  • Help you to understand your options with regard to treatment, care and support

For more information about the advice and support they offer, check their website here.

The National Entitlement Card (NEC) gives free or discounted access to most types of public transport. Scottish residents aged 60 and over can travel for free on most local and national bus services in Scotland. You may also be entitled to free rail travel.

The National Entitlement Card doesn’t just offer national transport concessions but some Scottish councils are now using the card for other services such as library/leisure memberships, cashless catering in schools and taxi travel for disabled people.

More info here.

What is the Access Card?

Information, Evidence, Discounts and Opportunities for Disabled People

The Access Card is a card like no other, we translate your disability / impairment into symbols which highlight the barriers you face and the reasonable adjustments you might need.

This then informs providers quickly and discreetly about the support you need and may gain you access to things like concessionary ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.

Its all based on your rights under the Equality Act and providers responsibilities.

All for just £15 for 3 years!

Apply here.

The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make them for you whether you have a CEA Card or not.

To apply for a card and for more information, visit their website here.

The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership has developed the Thistle Assistance Card and App to make using public transport easier for older people and those with disabilities or illness.

The card and App, is supported by a wide variety of voluntary organisations across Scotland and by most bus, train, tram, ferry and airport operators. It is credit-card sized and comes with a supply of peel-off stickers, which advise the driver or conductor of your disability and the help you need in an easy-to-read format.

The Thistle Assistance Card and App were developed with the help of transport providers and users to provide a useful means of displaying the right information for the passenger, with symbols indicating the type of disability and a short message indicating the help required that could be read at a glance by bus drivers, train and tram conductors and other staff. The card comes with an information leaflet showing customers how to use the card and highlighting that it has no monetary significance – it is purely an information card.

The card is available to all people who require it through bus companies, libraries, health centres and on request, with no eligibility criteria required. For more information please e-mail [email protected] or call 0131 524 5153.

To download the App please use the following links for both Apple and Android enabled devices: Apple App Store and Play Store

Website – https://www.sestran.gov.uk/projects/the-sestran-thistle-assistance-card/

Blue badges, mobility scooters and wheelchairs, accessible public transport, taxi and private hire cars.   Find useful links on their website here.

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.

Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) is the UK’s leading snowsport charity. We have been teaching disabled people to ski and snowboard for over forty years. We believe that taking part in adaptive snowsports has the power to transform a person’s relationship with not just their disability, but all aspects of their life.
Experience the power of powder on an Adaptive Snowsport Holiday with DSUK!

For more information please check out their website here.

The Homelands Trust-Fife is an independent Fife based charity working to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by disability, people with life limiting conditions and their carers, through the provision of luxury holiday accommodation.

Homelands Trust – Fife
14a Links Road, Lundin Links, Fife, Scotland, KY8 6AT

Telephone: 01333 329039

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.homelands-fife.co.uk/about-us

 

MobilityCareAids.Co.Uk can help transform how you live your life, making it easier for you to get on with day-to-day life. Whether you have mobility issues or if you are wheelchair bound they 0ffer a wide range of independent mobility aids, from walking sticks and frames to rollators, bathing aids to a whole variety of clever and helpful mobility aids.

You can see their full range of product on their website here.

Inclusive Furniture provide accessible picnic benches specially designed so that wheelchairs fit snugly in the gap provided – Bringing Inclusivity To The Table.

You’ll find their website here.

Makers of height adjustable high-low profiling & bariatric beds & bed lifters; suppliers of riser-recliner chairs.

  • Manufacturers of electric height adjustable / high-low & traditional profiling beds, bed lifters, and bariatric beds, for the modern home environment – all made to exacting Class I Medical Device standards
  • Widest & most versatile choice of specifications for high low / height adjustable beds and bed lifters available in the UK

Check out their website here.

 

If you’ve wondered how to cover your prosthetic when you go for a shower or a paddle in the sea then these are ideal.

  • Easy to use
  • Have a comfortable non-restrictive Neoprene seal
  • Come in Adult and child sizes
  • Latex free
  • Used and recommended throughout the NHS
  • BUY NOW

 

Jo’s Odd Shoes Facebook Group was set up to benefit amputees and anyone else who only wears one shoe for whatever reason. They don’t charge for their services (only p & p) and it gives people the chance to either get some shoes for free or have a clear out of the shoes that they don’t need.

To get in touch please contact them here.

Solo trainer store is a unique trainer store that not only sells pairs but will also sell single trainers to amputees.

For more info check out their facebook page here.

“The organisation was established in 2011 by Dr. Stephen Hetherington, who began his career as an orchestral musician. It was Stephen’s own hemiplegic daughter, Amy, who alerted him to the lack of instruments available to disabled musicians.

Our Objective
​To remove the barriers to music making faced by physically disabled people, and to enable undifferentiated participation in musical life, whether at school, in the home or in a professional ensemble.”

Email: [email protected]

Find out more information here.

DISABILITYMATCH.CO.UK

#1Site for UK Disabled Singles – find your match today!

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More info here.