Advocacy and Legal
POhWER offers independent advocacy services throughout England. It works with older people and disabled people who have mental health issues, sensory impairment, physical condition, and autism.
Mencap offers a range of personal and unique services for people with a learning disability, families and carers. Mencap’s Empower Me service gives personalized advocacy support for people with a learning disability, helping to develop skills, confidence and knowledge needed to voice concerns and secure rights.
Information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran. There is also information about council tax and housing costs, national insurance etc.
Use an independent benefits calculator to find out: what benefits you could get, how to claim, how your benefits will be affected if you start work. These are free to use, anonymous, and have replaced the Benefits Adviser service.
A free to use resource which provides clear and comprehensive information on all available UK welfare benefits as well as guidance on benefit applications, appeals, emergency assistance & legal help.
Driving and transport
Disabled Motoring UK is the charity which supports disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders. They work with government and businesses across the UK in order to improve parking, refuelling, and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the goods and services that they need.
Supports with applying for a disabled persons bus or railcard if you have a condition that makes it hard to get around. You don’t need to have a physical health problem - people with learning disabilities can apply too. Someone else can apply on your behalf, if you need help with the application. You’ll be able to travel for free by bus, or get 30% off your train tickets. Your nearest Citizens Advice can help you with the application if you need it.
The Motability Scheme enables anyone in receipt of a higher rate mobility allowance (such as the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment or the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance) to use their mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. The Scheme provides flexible and hassle-free access to a brand new, reliable vehicle of your choice – giving you greater freedom, everyday.
Autism Forward is a new charity which is focused solely on helping autistic adults reach their full potential in life by funding specialist long-term mentoring to enable them to prepare for, find and maintain employment and create a more inclusive workplace for all.
Gov.uk - Access To Work
Provides information on help you can get at work which isn't covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments through Access To Work. You need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one. You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.
They provide resources, references, tools and outline good practice to ensure that people with learning disabilities and autism have increased choices and quality of where they live.
An independent, regional charity that provides high quality services to support autistic people based in Hampshire.
Over the years, the charity has developed and delivers high quality services that meet the diverse needs of people on the autism spectrum in Hampshire and the surrounding area. We provide autism focused Training, Domiciliary Care, Supported Living services, Mentoring and a Community Access Team that responds to an average of 12,000 requests for help each year.
The London Autism Group Charity
London Autism Group is a charity dedicated to helping anyone in London and its neighbouring Boroughs with an interest in Autism. We began with a Facebook group, to offer advice and support to those who came to us. Now, with the launch of London Autism Group Charity, they aim to bring a wide range of targeted support, to eventually offer help at every stage of an Autistic person's life.
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CASPA is a unique, rapidly growing and award winning charity that was set up in 2002, providing support to autistic children and young people, and also to their families. We run social clubs, specialist trampolining and technology projects, holiday programmes, and residential trips that all focus on enabling our young people to access what they are entitled to - fun, friendship and an independent future. Our families can access advice, information and support, as well as be able to form valuable friendships with each other. We are based in the London Borough of Bromley and currently work with around 300 children and young people every week in various venues across the borough.
Kent Supported Employment
Their Specialist Employment service provides a range of services from school employability and work experience programs to supporting students and adult jobseekers into work experience, Supported Internships, Supported Apprenticeships, self-employment and paid employment. We thrive on our specialist knowledge and experience of services for SEND students, other vulnerable learner groups and adults with a disability or disadvantage.
Across Kent and beyond they work with Local Authorities including adult social services, schools, colleges, training providers, Job Centre Plus, employers to professionally support service users with physical/learning difficulties, autism and other barriers.
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Mind empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them through their infoline which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call. Their Legal Line which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates. Their website also contains useful information to support people.
The Elfrida Society
To represent the voice of people with learning disabilities they deliver services such as one to one community advocacy, care act advocacy and health advocacy. They have user lead consultation groups and specialist advocacy for parents with learning disabilities. Along with sports activities for people to exercise, meet people, learn new skills and have fun.
Turning Point provides a wide range of health and well-being services including support for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and alcohol and drug use needs.
United Response are a national charity that supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities to take control of their lives.
Relationships and Friends
Love4Life is a friendship and dating service for people with learning disabilities and autism. They organise workshops and social events that help you make friends and build relationships in a relaxed atmosphere.