The links below are signposts to just some of the many useful websites available today.
On 4 September 2014, Mark Harper, Minister of State for Disabled People, launched “The Accessible Britain Challenge” which aims to motivate communities, including employers, service providers, local businesses and community/disabled groups to do more to be inclusive and accessible by engaging and working with disabled people to remove barriers that get in the way of them being full and active participants in their community. The Minister has written to local authorities, businesses, trade bodies and disability originations seeking their support and involvement.
Action for Carers
Information and campaigning for carers.
Action on Elder Abuse Works to protect, and prevent the abuse of, vulnerable older adults.
A charity dedicated to improving the lives of older people.
Blue Badges in Surrey
Information on the Blue Badge parking scheme.
Crossroads Care Surrey
The leading provider of respite breaks to unpaid carers in Surrey.
Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (in PDF format)
What you need to know about making changes to your premises.
Disabled Access Information Guide.
Support group for people with dysphasia in Surrey.
Elmbridge Community Link (ECL)
A local charity to enrich the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Healthcare in Surrey
NHS gateway to healthcare in Surrey.
Information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Aims to safeguard vulnerable adults against abuse.
In response to the to the Home Office Missing Children and Adults – A Cross Government Strategy, the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board has approved a Surrey wide protocol in relation to missing adults who are receiving care services.
Shaping Our Lives
User involvement in support services.
Shaping Our Lives Networking
Listing of Member Organisations
Sight For Surrey
Help for visually impaired people in Surrey.
Surrey Access Forum
Linking access groups in Surrey.
Surrey County Council
Information on all council services.
Surrey Community Action
Support & information to voluntary & community groups.
Surrey Disability Register
Surrey Disability Register (which replaces SALDR) helps anyone with a disability or impairment living within Surrey to be independent and to lead a fulfilling life.
Forum of Carers and people who Use Surrey & Border Services including mental health services. FoCUS is supported by Surrey Coalition & NB Consultancy. Follow the link to Surrey & Borders web site to complete a membership form.
Surrey Police Hate Crime Unit
Hate crime should always be reported to the police. The link takes you to the correct place on their website.
Surrey Care Association
Information for Surrey Social Care Providers.
Surrey Fire & Rescue
Stay safe in your home – information to help people protect themselves from fire and other accidents.
Surrey Independent Living Council
Provides information and support about direct payments in Surrey, as well as support & training, and PA Finder.
South East England
South-East Network of Disabled People’s Organisations (SENDPO)
The South-East Network of Disabled People’s Organisations (SENDPO) is one of the latest examples of a movement of organisations run and controlled by disabled people that has taken a leadership role over the last 40 years to advance the human rights of disabled people.
Advice for Under 25s
Citizens Advice Bureau offer advice for young people under the age of 25.
British Heart Foundation
Information on living with a heart condition.
Disabled People – Directgov
Information of disabled people on the government web site, Directgov.
Equality Advisory & Support Services
The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
Equality & Human Rights Commission
Aims to end discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.
Information & help on mental issues.
Office for Disability Issues
The centre of disability expertise across government.
Government Advice for Over 50’s.
Patient Advice & Liaison Services – PALS
Information & help with health services.
Disabled People’s International
A network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people.
United Nations Enable
UN website providing information and news on the human rights convention of disabled people.
Disability Equipment Service
If you need to buy or sell disability equipment, then the Disability Equipment Service is an easy to use website, now with national coverage.
Disabled Living Foundation
Impartial advice on daily living equipment.
European Network on Independent Living
A European wide network of disabled people
get WiS£ is a welfare benefits information, advice and support service being provided through a partnership of five organisations in Surrey.
Halow are a Guildford based charity that supports young people from the Surrey and some of the surrounding area, aged 16-35 with a learning disability.
National Centre for Independent Living
Campaigning for the rights and equality of disabled people.
Pathway to Independence
This website helps you to create your own Pathway to Independence.
Now Disability Rights UK formed through a merger of Disability Alliance, Radar and National Centre for Independent Living. Aiming to be the largest national pan-disability organisation led by disabled people.
Right to Control
A short film about the Right to Control, a new legal right for disabled people – giving them more choice and control over how they use some of the social care, housing and employment funding they receive, to help them live the lives they choose.
SILC PA Finder
A free service helping people to find and recruit a Personal Assistant in Surrey.
Drop-in first stop shops for information, advice, advocacy and other services, which is run by disabled people for disabled people and carers.
The Old Moat & Queens Park Horticultural Services
Part of the Richmond Fellowship, they offer support for people with mental health issues.
Help to access money available through welfare benefits, grants & other financial help.
Your Home Care & Human Rights
This guide explains how your human rights protect you when you use home care services. It also explains your rights to home care and can help you to use your rights to make sure you get a good quality service.
Blue Badge Parking Information
Searchable maps of Blue Badge parking at Direct.gov.
Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
Advise the UK Government on access for disabled people to transport.
This website aims to inspire visitors to Britain’s wonderful towns, cities, countryside and coast to find those memorable experiences which enhance our lives.
Tourism For All
A national charity dedicated to making tourism accessible to all.
A UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike.
Traveline South East
For public transport journey planning within Great Britain.
The urban walking route planner.
Transport for All
Transport for All has been championing the cause of accessible transport in the capital for two decades.
Transport for London
Transport for London have launched a new ‘Turn up and Go’ assistance service for mobility and sight impaired customers at all London Overground stations. Staff will provide assistance without the need to book in advance. This gives greater choice and flexibility for making spontaneous journeys; the service is already in place on London Underground. This web site should help you plan your journey.
Travelling by Air
Using airports with sensory impairments.
Flying with Diabetes
Travelling by air for people with Diabetes.
Travelling by Air with Children who have Autism
UK Airports assistance for those with autism.
Travelling by Air via Gatwick
Information on facilities for disabled people if you are travelling via Gatwick.
Travelling by Air via Heathrow
Information on facilities for disabled people if you are travelling via Heathrow.
Find wheelchair-accessible toilets and parking spaces.
UK airports that offer a changing area for disabled passengers and their carers to use.
Every one should have a say in how their lives are run, whatever their abilities and circumstances. However, not every one is able to express their views and make clear their needs. An advocate will listen, understand your needs, make clear your rights & will then support you in speaking up for yourself.
Independent advocacy services, facilitated self advocacy groups and resources for people with learning disabilities. Also Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DOLS)
For people with mental health needs living in mid & east Surrey.
For generic mental health advocacy, drugs advocacy, independent mental health advocacy and independent mental health advocacy.
Surrey Disabled Peoples Partnership
For people with physical or sensory impairment across Surrey.
For people with learning difficulties.
A charity providing art groups for people with disabilities.
Get Active Together With Better
Get fitter and stay healthy together with free weekly member drop in sessions, providing additional support and guidance for disabled people.
Walking Basketball caters for people of all ages, all sizes and all physical abilities.