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Disabled Parking - The Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme enables people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park closer to their destination. The scheme is open to eligible disabled people irrespective of whether they are a driver or passenger. For more information, please…

DLA is ending - know the facts

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over. This will happen even if you have an indefinite or long-term award. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send you a letter to…

Do you have a community equipment loaned by the Council or NHS you no longer need?

If so, please call 0844 893 6960 Monday to Friday - 8:40 am to 4:30 pm NRS will collect it FREE of charge Not returning equipment costs social services and the NHS thousands of pounds every year.  This money could be used to make sure…

Do you know anyone that needs help to get online? Free drop-in sessions available

Do you know anyone that would benefit from help getting started with a computer or mobile device? Or perhaps you would like to learn how to do more? Although we are in an age where it seems that everyone is using new technology, there are…

Do you need help at home or to get out and about?

You can hire a "personal assistant" to act as a homecare worker for you. Personal assistants can offer you all that you’ll get from an agency worker, but you’ll also get the continuity, familiarity and ongoing relationship with your assistant. However, if you employ a…

Do you need help to live at home?

If you need help around the home, a good option is to have a care worker come in to your home to help you. To find out about the support that is available to you locally, please click on this sentence for further information and options.…

Do you need help to meet your care needs or to employ a Personal Assistant (PA)?

If you do, you may find it useful to recruit a Personal Assistant to help you get out and about or to help you get involved in the activities you’d like to do. Fo further information and to find out how to recruit a Personal…

Do you need help with shopping? (Help with shopping factsheet)

Shopping for food and other essential items can be very challenging when you are older or have a disability. This advice and guidance page suggests some ways to overcome these difficulties so you can get the things you need to stay well. Use your personal…

Drug and Alcohol Support

There are a number of organisations offering support to people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol and those who are affected by this addiction. Click here for further information about local drug and alcohol services. Click on the services listed on this page to find out about…

End of life care

End of life care should help the person you care for live as well as possible until the last years / months of their life, and to die with dignity. The people providing care should ask them about their wishes and preferences, and take these…