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Action on Elder Abuse

This organisation works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults.

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss offers a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Age UK

Age UK, which provides information and advice to older people and also to their relatives.

Alzheimer’s Society

This society works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in the United Kingdom.

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British Deaf Association

The British Deaf Association is a deaf-led charity that campaigns for those who are deaf and use British Sign Language. It is a high profile national charity with a local presence throughout the UK.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross provides valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they're recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house.

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Carers UK

Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends. They offer advice, information and support for carers.

Citizens Advice Bureau

This service helps people resolve legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.

Counsel and Care

Counsel and Care is a national charity working with older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support.

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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

The DWP promotes opportunities and independence for all, helping individuals achieve their potential through employment and aimimg to end poverty in all its forms.

Department of Health

The Department of Health website offers health and social care policy information, guidance and publications for the NHS and social care professionals.

DIAL UK

DIAL is a network of approximately 120 local disability information and advice services. It provides the Disability Information and Advice Line, which is run by and for disabled people.

Disability Rights UK

RADAR is the UK's largest disability campaigning network. It is led by people with lived experience of disability or health conditions.

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FirstStop Care Advice

FirstStop Care Advice is an independent, free service offering advice and information about housing & care options in later life to older people, their families and carers.

Frontotemporal Dementia Support Group

For carers and Frontotemporal Dementia: Pick's Disease, Frontal Lobe Degeneration, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Corticobasal Degeneration and Alcohol-Related Dementia.

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Gov.uk

The Gov.uk website is the best place to find government services and information.

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Mencap

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. They support people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The Mesothelioma Group supports people with mesothelioma as well as providing information about the disease and its treatment.

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National Council on Independent Living

The National Council on Independent Living website provides resources on independent living, direct payments and independent budgets for disabled people and others working in the field.

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Relatives & Residents Association

The R&RA is a national charity that supports older people in residential care and their families & friends. They provide people with guidance and information that can help them make confident and informed choices about their care.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness offers advice, information and support to people affected by mental illness, their families, carers and friends.

RNIB

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost 2 million people with sight loss.

Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service (formerly the WRVS) volunteers deliver personal and practical support to help older people raise awareness of the issues older people face through their campaigns and research.

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Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

SCIE is a charity that works to improve the lives of people using care services by sharing what works well in the sector. The institute publishes information about how to choose care services on its Find Me Good Care website.

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The Patients Association

The Patients Association is an independent charity that works with the Government and a broad range of individuals & organisations to develop better, and more responsive, health services.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers provides information, advice, discussion and support for carers.

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Which? Elderly Care

Which? Elderly Care gives free, independent and practical advice about caring for older people across the UK. This includes dealing with common concerns, options for housing & residential care and how these may be financed.