Contacts & Links

Listed is some information that might be useful to you, your carer and your family. If need further information on any of these points please telephone the helpline on 0333 366 1045.

For clubs and support groups in the Thurrock area visit

For clubs and support groups in the Basildon area visit

To complete a benefit check to see if you are receiving the correct benefits or to see if you can claim any benefits visit or

For information for disabled people on benefits, employment, independent living, disability rights, health & support and much more visit

For information for carers on support services and assessments, carers rights, working and caring, Carers Allowance, etc visit  or Carers UK on 0808 808 7777 or at or by email or Carers Direct on 0300 123 1053 or at or Essex Carers Support/Supporting Carers in Essex 0300 770 8090 or 01255 474410

Would you like to know sources of funding for installing a stairlift in your home or some help towards the cost of other adaptation.  DFG Finder tool shows the Disabled Facilities Grant contact information for every council. Also included is information about other sources of funding for adults and children with disabilities.  Visit for more information.

A guide to home adaptations and grants available for disabled people visit

Holidays and breaks for Special Educational Needs (SEN) for children and adults contact Break Charity on 01603 670100 or Email:

The Essential Guide to Travelling with a MedicalCondition visit

The SCOPE website lists details of other DIAL groups located across the UK.

For health advice call NHS 111 or

For sight tests in your own home contact Specsavers Healthcall on 0800 198 1132 or visit

For information on training and job brokerage for disabled people speak to Papworth Trust on 0800 952 5000/01268 663221 or Email:  or The Lightbulb Co. on 0845 031 0066/01268 270648

To gain discounted rail travel for disabled people enquire at your local station or Tel: 0345 605 0525 or visit          

For your local Social Care Department call; For Essex 0345 603 7630 or  for Thurrock 01375 652652 and Southend on 01702 215008

For an online Self OT assessment and advice on equipment and adaptation visit or Tel: 0300 999 0004

For any problems relating to older people contact Age UK on 0800 678 1174 or visit or Independent Age 0800 319 6789

For expert care and emotional support for cancer patients contact Macmillan Tel: 0808 808 0000 or visit

Follow this link to A Guide to UK-based FreeMental Health Helplines by Cassiobury Court.

For advice and information on issues relating to disabled children contact SNAP. Telephone 01277 211300 or visit

Families in Focus will help with any issue facing families with disabled children.  Tel 01245 353575 or visit

Are you a Carer and need a few hours to yourself.  Secure Sitting Service can supply a reliable person to sit with your disabled relative/child/friend to allow you time to do what you want knowing they are in safe hands.  Tel 01702 544461 Out of Hours 07703 515242, Email: or visit

For various information relating to motoring for disabled people including information on reporting medical conditions to DVLA, purchasing vehicles, road tax exemption, etc contact Disabled Motoring UK at or by telephone on 01508 489449.

Looking for a Motability vehicle or just to rent a suitable vehicle for a short time.  Have a look at the Allied Mobility Site at or telephone them on 0800 587 9610.  For local information on Motability Vehicles speak to Essex Ford or Toomey Motors or visit their websites.

Looking for Insurance for your mobility scooter or wheelchair visit  or telephone 01730 233101 to see if they can help.

Having trouble getting travel insurance?  Visit Fish Insurance at or call them on 0333 331 3804.

Have you thought about alternative therapy treatment. If you would like to find out more please see the therapy directory at Tel: 0844 803 0245