There are a number of organisations in the United Kingdom that provide support for stroke victims and their families.
Telephone: 0300 100 1234
Relate offer a free online counselling service. By clicking here, you can chat online to a relationship counsellor for about 30 minutes. Counselling can give you new ideas, another perspective, more confidence or a chance to think differently about things that are happening for you at the moment. You can visit the service once or a few times.
A network of information and advice lines and services for people with disabilities, mostly in England and Wales. Offers information on access to local facilities and services, including social support, sport and leisure. Their website has a search facility to find local services.
Helpline: 0845 130 7172
Run by and for younger stroke survivors, this charity provides information and support services across the UK.
Helpline: 0300 3300 639
Provides information, advice and peer support for disabled people throughout the UK who are parents or hope to become parents.
Helpline: 0808 800 2244 FREE
Provides practical support, information and services to people affected by brain injury, their family and carers, through their website, helpline and network of local groups and branches.
Helpline: 0845 123 2372
Information and support for parents of children with weakness or paralysis on one side of the body – whether or not it has been caused by stroke. Also has an online message board.
Helpline: 020 8922 2222
Operating in and around London, this charity has a variety of support services for the elderly and infirm. Services include stroke clubs and support for people living with dementia and those who are caring for them.
Helpline: 028 9032 0184
Supports patients and carers of those affected by chest, heart or stroke illness. Provides information, advice and runs a network of support clubs. Also has support services for younger stroke survivors.
Telephone: 020 8667 9443
Promotes the integration of people with physical disabilities through a network of clubs, events and holidays.
Provides welfare assistance and practical and emotional support services to serving and former members of the armed forces and their families.
Jobseekers helpline: 0845 601 5878
Employment services helping disabled people return to the jobs market. Services may include training and rehabilitation to help prepare for long-term employment. Their website has a dedicated job seekers section.
Helps disabled people to come off benefits and get back into work. Includes helping people to access government-funded employment programmes.
Many of the organisations providing information and support to people who have had a stroke also offer services to their carers. Others are dedicated to meeting the needs of carers alone.
Helpline: 0845 300 0336
Information and local support for people affected by all types of dementia and their carers. The website has information on coping with memory loss.
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Telephone: 01483 203066
Offers Independent Care Advisers who assess requirements for care, whether at home or in a residential setting, and can advise an individual and their family on the options available locally.
Helpline: 0808 802 0202 FREE
Offers confidential UK-wide information, advice and signposting for carers, through a freephone helpline open seven days a week and online guidance.
Telephone: 0808 808 7777 FREE
This charity campaigns for justice for carers. Their local branches provide a variety of support services, ranging from money advice and advocacy to emotional support and befriending.
Advice line 0845 262 1863
Provides an information and advice service for older people, their families and carers, focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services. This is integrated with local support, including one-to-one and group befriending schemes. From the website you can download factsheets and locate local services.
Telephone: 0845 450 0350
Runs local schemes in much of England and Wales to support carers of a relative at home. Services may include a sitting service to give respite to the full-time carer for a few hours per week.
Telephone: 020 7820 1343
Information and advice for older people and their relatives and carers to help them make informed decisions about housing and care needs. You can link to their searchable database of retirement housing and care homes.
A website with information, advice and support for those who have questions relating to the challenges arising in looking after an elderly parent, older friend or relative.
Telephone: 0844 800 4361
This charity has a UK-wide network of Carers’ Centres providing information, advice, advocacy and emotional support, including services for young carers too.
Telephone: 0845 124 9971
Provides information to older and disabled people and their carers on accessible holiday accommodation, travel and leisure and a range of other facilities and services. You can search their online directory of accommodation, accessible tourist attractions and respite care.
Helpline: 020 8288 5291
The professional association of private agencies that provide homecare, or domiciliary care, including nursing care at home. Advice is available on choosing a homecare provider and you can search for agencies online by postcode.