Helpful Places

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Links to other helpful organisations



Action for Advocacy
Information hub for independent advocacy, giving details of different advocacy providers, they also provide some training themselves
www.actionforadvocacy.org.uk

Accessible Guide
Rough Guide have produced a guide book to accessible venues and attractions in Britain. If you hold a Blue Badge, a Disabled Persons Railcard, or are a Mobility customer, you can order one for free.
www.accessibleguide.co.uk

BILD
British Institute of Learning Disabilities provide support and training for people with learning disabilities, their families and professionals.
www.bild.org.uk

Camden Society
A London organisation providing services for people with disabilities
www.thecamdensociety.co.uk

Carers Direct
Information, support and advice from the NHS for carers
www.nhs.uk/Carersdirect

CarersNet
Information about the rights of carers
www.carersnet.org.uk/acts/acts.html

Centre 404
An organisation based in Islington, London for carers of people with learning disabilities. Provides activities and services,
www.centre404.org.uk

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Top ten tips for family carers on ensuring good support and services for adults with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging.
www.thecbf.org.uk/pdf/19_Tentoptips.pdf

Contact a Family
Provides advice, support and information to parents who have children with disabilities
www.cafamily.org.uk

The Disability Law Service
Advice and information to people with disabilities
www.dls.org.uk

Elfrida Society
Islington Based learning disabilities charity, they run lots of different schemes and projects including Siren Arts and Advocacy who run the Wild Bunch Club discos
www.elfrida.com

Heart n Soul
An arts organisation run for and by people with learning disabilities. They run regular accessible and inclusive club nights.
www.heartnsoul.co.uk

Home Farm Trust
Hft are a national charity, providing local support services for people with learning
www.hft.org.uk

HFT holiday guide
Home Farm Trust have produced a guide to holidays for people with learning disabilities and their families. It gives details of some accessible venues as well as some private tour operators.
www.hft.org.uk

Involve Me
Mencap project providing practical resources to support people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to be involved in decision making.
www.mencap.org.uk/involveMe

Mental Capacity Act Resource
User friendly guide to using the Mental Capacity Act, including information around Power of Attorney, transition, managing finances, health decisions, etc. This is the link to the online version, can be printed out or a paper copy ordered from the website.
www.hft.org.uk/Resources/Home%20Farm%20Trust/Family%20Carer%20Support/Documents/UsingMCA-3.8.11%28lo%29.pdf

Luke Clements
Solicitor and expert in the learning disability and autism fields
www.lukeclements.co.uk

Mencap
A national charity for people with learning disabilities
www.mencap.org.uk

Netbuddy
A forum for sharing tips and information for parents or carers of a child with a learning disability
www.netbuddy.org.uk

Valuing People Now
Government Stategy from Department of Health to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.
www.valuingpeoplenow.dh.gov.uk
Valuing people now: a new three-year strategy for people with learning disabilities

Autism Specific Resources

Ambitious About Autism
A national charity dedicated to improving opportunities for children and young people with autism; they also provide education through Treehouse School.
www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

National Autistic Society
Information, support and services for people with autism, as well as for professionals and families. The NAS also campaign and lobby for the rights of people with autism at a local and national level.
www.autism.org.uk

Talk About Autism
An online discussion group run by Ambitious About Autism for parents and carers of people with autism.
www.talkaboutautism.org.uk

We hope that you will find these links helpful. We do not necessarily condone or support all the information and this is just intended as a signposting service.