Useful links

A list of contacts which might be useful in providing additional information:

A website showing accessible and adapted property for sale or rent.
website: www.accessible-property.org.uk/

ARC is a membership organisation, which supports providers who deliver services to people with a learning disability to promote real change.

Represents social work and social workers in the UK.
Telephone: (0121) 622 3911
Email: info@basw.co.uk

website: www.basw.co.uk

This website offers the opportunity for disabled people who employ PAs, however they are funded, to share information based on their experiences and provides a safe forum to discuss/share ideas.
website: www.beingtheboss.co.uk

Hotels and holidays especially for people with disabilities and special needs.
website: www.bondhotel.co.uk

website: www.biba.org.uk

Care Focus Somerset is an employer led organisation funded by Skills for Care and Somerset County Council to support and develop the social care workforce in Somerset.
website: www.carefocussomerset.org

The Care Quality Commission is the new health and social care regulator for England.
website: www.cqc.org.uk

The CRB’s aim is to help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable to work with children or other vulnerable members of society.
0870 90 90 811

This is a social networking site specifically for anyone working in the Care sector. You can join this online community by visiting their website and registering free.
website: www.carersconnectint.com

An organisation which provides carers, those supporting them and others with national and local information about the benefits to which they are entitled.
website: www.carersuk.org

For advice on a wide range of subjects from housing and health, to debt and consumer issues.

This is a very useful magazine for anyone working on or connected to the health and social care sector. It has informative articles, debates, features and online blogs discussing developments, news and policies related to caring.
website: www.communitycare.co.uk

Deaf 24/7 website gives a Directory of British Sign Language and deaf related resources.
website: www.deaf247.co.uk

is an organisation run and controlled by disabled people and whose aim is to promote independent living.
website: www.disabilityrightsuk.org/

Championing equality and human rights for all.
website: www.equalityhumanrights.com

In Control is a social enterprise set up to change the social care system into one of self-directed support. They have had many successful pilots in the UK and have now taken their models to Australia.
website:www.in-control.org.uk

ILA is an organisation of disabled people providing a comprehensive range of personal assistance services. ILA aims to enable people who need personal assistance, to be able to live independently in the community and take full control of their lives.

The Independent Living Fund helps disabled people in the UK to have the choice to live inclusive and independent lives in their community by providing cash payments to over 21,000 people.

tel: 0845 601 8815 or 0115 945 0700
Textphone: 0845 601 8816
email:funds@ilf.org.uk

For young people from ethnic minority communities to find out about transition. This website is especially for young people with a learning disability and their supporters and families. Although it is especially for people from minority communities with a learning disability, any young person at transition stage may find it helpful.

tel:01246 541675

website: www.nmhdu.org.uk

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) has information pages on their website on Independent Living and the Independent Living Strategy.
website: www.officefordisability.gov.uk

PA Pool provides members with a browsable database of PAs and PA Users, where information about each person, plus who or what they are looking for, can be accessed at the click of a button. Unlike conventional advertising, you can register and search the database whether you are recruiting or looking for work and then contact available people instantly.

website: www.papool.co.uk

People First is an organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties to raise awareness of and campaign for the rights of People with learning difficulties and to support self advocacy groups across the country.
tel: 020 3 1760 960
website: www.peoplefirstltd.com

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK.

Website: www.carers.org

UNISON is a public sector union with more than 1.3 million members
website www.unison.org.uk

(part of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers)website: www.youngcarers.net

An organisation which provides information and support for carers. Shop4Support is a website for anyone who needs support in their lives. It helps you find local services, information and equipment and enables you to be in control.
website: www.shop4support.com

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