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Charities - Support and Financial information for Mobility Equipment/Home Adaptations

Thu, 19 Oct 2017

Age UK - Solihull
The charity became a company limited by guarantee in 1996 and is now known as Age UK Solihull. Age UK Solihull's Information and Advice Service is now accessed through Community Advice Hubs which provide high quality Information & Advice to all residents of Solihull and enable access to any services that can meet your individual needs.




Alzheimer’s Society - Solihull
Every penny you donate to Alzheimer’s Society is making sure we can be there for people affected by dementia offering information, care and support to people with dementia, their families, friends and carers. Most people with dementia wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Using equipment and making adaptations to the home environment can help someone to continue to do things for themselves for longer. This can help the person with dementia to stay independent, and can offer family and carers the reassurance of the person’s safety and security.



Breast Friends – Solihull
Breast Friends Solihull welcomes both National Health and Private Sector patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group helps local ladies from the initial diagnosis, when much seems frightening and unknown, all through treatment and recovery. We are a group of positive ladies who have all experienced breast cancer; we meet in a social environment on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.15 pm at the Bridge Club, 909 Warwick Road, Solihull B91 3EP. New members are very welcome to bring along a female friend or relative. Many good friendships are made when ladies get together at our monthly meetings for informative talks from medical professionals or other lighter hearted topics. Afterwards there is an opportunity to chat informally over coffee with other members and share experiences. We also organise enjoyable social events such as walks and meals which allow members to meet up and chat together in a relaxed atmosphere and often include partners and family. On a practical level Breast Friends can offer financial help towards many support services to help women going through this difficult time. Breast friends have 3 electric reclining chairs available for loan to any ladies in need e.g. ladies recovering from reconstructive or any other surgery, anyone of restricted mobility.


Breast Cancer Haven - Solihull
Breast Cancer Haven is the charity that supports women through their breast cancer treatment. From our welcoming centre in Solihull, our counsellors, therapists and health professionals offer you the support you need to help you with your own personal challenges of living with breast cancer. Anyone can come to our centre. There are no geographical restrictions and no need for a doctor’s referral. We offer advice on practical things like money and work, help combating stress, exhaustion and nausea, advice on healthy eating and exercise. Our trained professional nurses, therapists, counsellors and advisers listen to your individual concerns and give you all the practical, emotional and physical support you need in a tailor-made package.


British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (BLESMA)
Since 1932, we have been the only national Armed Forces Charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. Blesma, The Limbless Veterans helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support. In the last year we have provided 1,176 individual grants to 757 recipients to help with the additional costs of disability.


Disabled Living Foundation (DFL)
DLF is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living since 1969. Living made easy's core value is impartiality. It aims to provide comprehensive and independent information about daily living equipment for the public. The site has been developed by DLF's team of occupational therapists and contains a great deal of useful advice for anyone looking to buy products that might help their daily lives, as well as video clips of equipment in use.


Each year the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire, which has around 4,500 members, sets aside £100,000 a year for local charities and Masonic charities, which look after needy Freemasons and their dependants.


Lions Clubs - Solihull
Solihull Lions Club raises money for the various causes and charities. The Community Services Committee fulfills perhaps one of the most important functions of all Lions Clubs. It is here that it is decided who can benefit from our own personal help or from financial help made possible by our fund raising activities.


Macmillan Cancer Support
At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So we’re here to support you and help you take back some control in your life. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you feel more like yourself. Macmillan works together with businesses and organisations to deliver outstanding, mutually-beneficial partnerships. Financial issues can cause worry when someone becomes ill. You may be able to claim benefits to help you in your situation.



Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charitable provider of palliative and end of life care. Our expertise ensures our patients and their families receive the highest quality care and support: in the right place, at the right time, right up to the end. Our nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Marie Curie works in partnership with the NHS, local hospices and a broad range of health and care providers - including social enterprise and commercial organisations. Living with a terminal illness, or caring for someone who has a terminal illness, can put a strain on finances. It can help to find out what financial help is available and how to plan your finances in advance to make the most of the time you have left.



Midland Air Ambulance
Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK. The charity also provides secondary cover to the surrounding areas, such as Warwickshire and mid Wales.

Since 1991, the charity has responded to more than 48,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK.
What is not widely known is that Midlands Air Ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding. Each Midlands Air Ambulance mission costs £2,500 and in excess of £7 million is needed each year to keep its three air ambulances operational, which is donated entirely by the public and local businesses, with four in ten of those we help funded by Gifts in Wills.


Mind - Solihull
Solihull Mind provides a variety of services to those who live in Solihull borough who are aged between 17 and 65. Our services cover three main areas: practical help, e.g. information, help with employment issues, help with forms or dealing with official bodies (advocacy); support, e.g. counselling, and support groups on particular areas of mental health; and social/leisure services, which includes our drop-in services and other activities such as art and sport.


Motability Scheme
The Motability Operations Ltd, an independent company responsible for the finance, administration and maintenance of the Motability Scheme. All Motability Scheme vehicles are leased to customers by Motability Operations, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Motability Operations Limited works under contract to Motability, who is registered charity. The Motability Scheme support people with disabilities in achieving greater independence, through access to affordable, worry-free mobility. Through the Scheme, we lease cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs to people in exchange for their mobility allowance.


Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND)
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning. We are a membership organisation with over 9,000 members forming a powerful national and local network that provides information and support alongside fighting for improved services. We have over 7,000 active volunteers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and around 170 paid staff, all dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by MND, now and in the future.

If you are living with MND or a carer, you may qualify for a range of benefits, entitlements, grants and financial support, such as funding to assist with major installations, including a Disabled Facilities Grant.
Adapting your home can take time and you may need assistance with funding, which can also be a lengthy process. For example, a Stairlift can be helpful. However, if you use a wheelchair, you may need two to use with a Stairlift – one for the ground floor to transfer from a wheelchair onto the Stairlift seat, and another upstairs to transfer back out of the Stairlift seat and move onwards. Other choices may help, such as a through floor lift or downstairs room conversion for ease of access. Hoists can also help transfers to different rooms, or locations such as chair to bed.



Multiple Sclerosis Society
Every day in the UK, 14 people – typically in their 20s or 30s – are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a life-long, chronic condition for which there is currently no cure. Our mission is to enable everyone affected by MS to live life to their full potential and secure the care and support they need, until we ultimately find a cure. The charity offers emotional support as well as practical and financial support including benefits, grants, in work and home adaptations. You don’t need to be a home owner to have adaptations made - landlords must make reasonable adjustments for disabled tenants. Private landlords can apply for financial support for necessary works.



RiDA - 
Research Institute for Disabled (formerly RICA and Ricability) is the trading name of the national research charity. We focus specifically on issues of concern to disabled and older consumers. With grant funding we research and publish free consumer reports. They're all based on rigorous research and provide practical information needed by disabled and older consumers. We also carry out commissioned research work with manufacturers, service providers, regulators and policy makers to improve products and services. On our website you can find information on getting around if you're a driver or passenger or you need a way of getting somewhere under your own steam.


Scope has a major role to play in raising awareness and changing attitudes and behaviours towards disability and disabled people. We want to change society so that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Disabled people face barriers to the support they need at home, in education or at work, and encounter negative attitudes, unnecessary extra costs and huge pressures on family life. We’ll keep working with disabled people, their families, government and businesses.



Shopmobility – Based in Touchwood Shopping Center Solihull
The National Federation of Shopmobility UK (NFSUK) was founded in 1989. The Federation is an internationally recognised organisation with affiliated Schemes across the UK, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. On November 1st 2014 the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) took over the running of the Federation and it is now run as a non-profit organisation. The Schemes aim to promote equality of access and to encourage the independence of people with disabilities (permanent or temporary), through the provision of mobility equipment such as manual wheelchairs, mobility scooters, wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs. The service is free of charge but you'll need to register the first time you hire equipment. This can be done at the Shopmobility reception desk.



Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) – The Armed Forces Charity
SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force. We're ready to help you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity. We will work collaboratively within the organisation and with external partners. SSAFA works with hundreds of service and non-service charities to make life easier for our Armed Forces, veterans and their families. With every new case, our trained volunteers assess what support their client needs and help them to access this assistance. This often involves applying for funds from our partner charities. Last year, our volunteers raised an incredible £14.6 million on behalf of individual beneficiaries. During these visits they provide friendly advice and discuss the support our clients might need. Our trained volunteers can provide practical, emotional and financial support if and when you need it. Our network of local branches means that help and advice is always close at hand. Every day our volunteers seek financial assistance for veterans to help maintain mobility and independence at home. This means we have plenty of experience of successfully finding solutions. Whether your mobility problems are caused by getting older or an existing medical condition, our volunteers are trained to help you get the equipment that you need. Our teams have experience of obtaining the following mobility equipment such as Electronically Powered Vehicles or mobility scooters, Stairlifts and Riser and recliner chairs.





The Royal British Legion
We help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. We also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen. We have opened Pop In centres in association with most of our 16 area offices around the country. Each centre offers a welcoming space for Service personnel, veterans and their families to get practical help and advice and members of the public can find out about the wide range of services and community activities provided by the Legion. The Legion's EPV scheme is available to any Legion beneficiary who has a genuine need for one of our vehicles. Before you apply for the scheme you should check whether you are eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independent Payment (AFIP), or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility component to help fund your mobility needs. You may also be able to use your PIP, AFIP, or DLA mobility component to get a car or mobility vehicle as part of the Motability scheme. To support mobility within the home, we also offer advice and support to receive grants and funding for home adaptations such as Stair rails or a Stairlift, Ramps installed, Doors widened or re-hung, Bathroom and kitchen adaptations.



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