Please note: these are not alternatives to medical treatment, they are complementary to medical treatment. In other words these are extra to medical treatment.

Rainbow. Photo by Martyn Gorman.There is a wide variety of complementary therapies, ranging from ancient systems of medicine, such as acupuncture, to treatments such as massage and aromatherapy. What the therapies have in common is a view that concentrates on the whole person, the 'holistic' approach. They often also require an active participation in making lifestyle changes, for example to diet, exercise or positive thinking.

The list of therapies below is neither an endorsement of their effectiveness, nor a suggestion that they should be tried. It is simply a list of common therapies which are available with contact details should you wish to look into them. What is important when starting anything is that you consult your GP or medical practitioner and that you look for a registered practioner.

  • Most of the websites listed have a 'Find A Practitioner' search, so you can find a registered complementary therapist near you. Plus we have suggestions about how to below.
  • At our Norton Street Information Centre we have factsheets about complementary therapies and different conditions. Please check here, or contact our Information and Advice Officer on 0151 298 2999.

Disclaimer: Complementary therapies are not an alternative to your current medical treatment. You should talk to your doctor before starting any complementary therapy.

  • Acupuncture
    Involves inserting fine needles into specific points in your body, to stimulate the healing process and relieve pain.
    British Acupunture Council www.acupuncture.org.uk
  • Alexander Technique
    Helps people to learn to re-align their body, to release tension and prevent poor posture and associated problems.
    Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique www.stat.org.uk
  • Aromatherapy
    Essential oils of plants are used to massage the body, or to inhale.
    International Council of Professional Aromatherapists www.ifaroma.org
  • Art Therapy
    Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication.
    British Association of Art Therapists www.baat.org
  • Chiropractic
    Manipulation of the spine and joints to restore alignment.
    College of Chiropractors www.colchiro.org.uk
  • Dance Movement Therapy
    Dance Movement Psychotherapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance through which a person can engage creatively in a process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration.
    Association for Dance Movement  Psychotherapy UK www.admp.org.uk
  • Herbalism
    Medical herbalists are health care providers trained in conventional medical diagnosis who use plant-based medicines to treat their patients.
    National Institute of Medical Herbalists www.nimh.org.uk
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    Involves breathing pure oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber.
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust www.hyperbaricoxygentherapy.org.uk
  • Hypnotherapy
    A 'talking therapy' or form of counselling, based on conversation and suggestions made under hypnosis or trance.
    National Hypnotherapy Society  www.nationalhypnotherapysociety.org
  • Indian Head Massage
    The Association of Indian Head Massage (AIHM) is a specialist group of practitioners and tutors under the umbrella of the Association of Reflexologists.
    https://www.bcma.co.uk/indian-head-massage
  • Massage
    A treatment that involves rubbing or kneading the muscles, either for medical or therapeutic purposes, or simply as an aid to relaxation.
    General Council for Massage Therapy www.gcmt.org.uk
  • Meditation
    An ancient method of relaxation which breaks the continuing cycles of stress patterns.
    British Meditation Society www.britishmeditationsociety.org
  • Mindfulness
    A mind-body approach to wellbeing that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety.
    Mental Health Foundation www.bemindful.co.uk
  • Music Therapy
    People work with a wide range of accessible instruments and their voices to create a musical language which reflects their emotional and physical condition.
    British Association for Music Therapy www.bamt.org
  • Osteopathy
    Focuses on the joints, muscles and ligaments and aims to diagnose and treat any mechanical problems affecting the body by massage and manipulation.
    General Osteopathic Council www.osteopathy.org.uk
  • Reading Well
    'Books on Prescription' helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing through helpful reading.
    Reading Agency https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-well/
  • Reflexology
    Involves massaging the feet or hands, applying pressure to reflex points that correspond to all parts of the body. A relaxing therapy, especially suited to problems related to stress.
    British Reflexology Association www.britreflex.co.uk  ;
    Association of Reflexologists www.aor.org.uk
  • Reiki
    A system of natural healing, which involves non-intrusive touch on the various areas of the body in order to channel the 'life energy' from practitioner  to recipient.
    Reiki Association www.reikiassociation.org.uk
  • Shiatsu
    A type of massage based on the idea that good health depends on a balanced flow of energy through specific channels of the body.
    Shiatsu Society www.shiatsusociety.org
  • Tai Chi
    A meditative form of movement, which can be practised on many levels. Can help with relaxation, stress relief and personal growth.
    Tai Chi Union for Great Britain www.taichiunion.com
  • Walking
    Walking reduces the risks of many diseases, for example: heart disease, osteoporosis, certain cancers, diabetes and .
    Walking for Health www.walkingforhealth.org.uk
  • Yoga
    Good for suppleness and strengthening body muscles, yoga is an excellent form of exercise. It will help control movements and breathing, and will encourage muscle relaxation.
    Yoga Biomedical Trust www.yogatherapy.org

Find out more

Visit our Information Centre to read Complemenary Healthcare: A guide for patients.

Many of the links above will help you find a therapist. Plus you could find out more if you:

National organisations

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Chronic pain is a common problem in many neurological conditions. Try asking your GP for help, perhaps this might include physiotherapy, or for a referral to a pain clinic.

Complementary therapies might help you to manage better, and counselling might help as well. Counselling is also available at our centre in Liverpool.

Living With Chronic Pain : The Complete Health Guide to the Causes and Cures for Chronic Pain Our library in Liverpool has lots of useful information about chronic pain, including the book Living With Chronic Pain : The Complete Health Guide to the Causes and Cures for Chronic Pain by Jennifer Schneder.

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus



link: 1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it (Gov.UK)
link: Coronavirus vaccination (NHS)

link: Easy-Read info on Covid-19 vaccination (Gov.uk)
link:
Vaccine conspiracies debunked in South Asian languages (BBC)
link: Easy-Read guide to Coronavirus from Mencap)
link: Stay safe from coronavirus (Easy-Read, Keep Safe UK)
link: information in BSL from the NHS
link: NHS guidance in other languages
link: Video about COVID-19 in Hindi
link: Help for people with a learning disability, autism or both, to use NHS 111 (video by NHS England)


1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it.  A coronavirus is a type of virus. The symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus) are:

  • a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Stay at home for at least 10 days if you have symptoms of coronavirus. Yoou must arrange for a test to check if you have the coronavirus. Ask for a test as soon as you have the symptoms - do not wait. Self-isolate if you have symptoms, or someone you live with has symptoms.

Info updated May 28th from: NHS England and Gov.UK

Emergency Care: It’s really important that for emergencies like suspected stroke or heart attack you call 999 straightaway. With conditions like this every second counts – so don’t delay.

Urgent care and advice: If you need urgent care or advice about a medical condition you can still use NHS 111 (call 111 if you can't get help on-line), or contact your GP practice for help. For BSL use this video interpreter service for NHS 111. Whether you are concerned about a new health problem, or you have a long-term condition and your symptoms get worse, don’t put off getting in touch.

Can I go on holiday in the UK? (Visit England, June 2020)

 Travel advice: coronavirus  (COVID-19) (Gov.UK, June 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers (Gov.UK, July 2020)

Coronavirus advice for customers (ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents, June 2020)

Wash your hands

"Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu." Info from: NHS

"Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to." Info from: Public Health England

At The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity can provide you with help and support for finding employment when you have a long-term condition. We can also help you with benefits advice and legal advice.

Have a look at our employment Frequently Asked Questions.

Here we have listed links to other useful sources of information and support:

  • Coronavirus - what it means for you
    guidance from Citizens Advice on work and staying off sick
    Website: citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees from ACAS
  • Online networking events (Eventbrite)
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides advice and guidance on rights, responsibilities and good practice, based on equality law and human rights.
    Website: equalityhumanrights.com
  • The Equality Commission (Northern Ireland)
    The Equality Commission provides advice and information about the Disability Discrimination Act in Northern Ireland.
    Tel: 028 90 500 600
    Website: equalityni.org
  • Law Centres (England, Scotland and Wales)
    Law Centres provide free legal advice and representation to disadvantaged people.
    Tel: See your local Phone Book thephonebook.bt.com/publisha.content/en/index.publisha
    Website: lawcentres.org.uk
  • ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) (England, Scotland and Wales)
    span title="A-Cass">ACAS aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They offer free advice about employment rights.
    Tel: 0300 123 1100
    Website: acas.org.uk
  • Disability Law Services
    Disability Law Services offer advice and information about employment law to disabled people.
    Tel: 020 7791 9800
    Website: dls.org.uk
  • Jobcentre Plus
    Tel: See your local Phone Book thephonebook.bt.com/publisha.content/en/index.publisha
    Website: direct.gov.uk (search for Jobcentre Plus)
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
    HSE can provide general information and guidance for employers about work-related health and safety issues. They also offer a free leaflet Five steps to risk assessment, which aims to help employers do their own risk assessments. This can be downloaded from their website. There is also a specific section about employing disabled people on the HSE website.
    Website: hse.gov.uk
  • Disability Rights UK
    Disability Rights UK has published an employment skills guide for people with newly acquired disabilities or health conditions.
    Website: disabilityrightsuk.org
  • The Business Disability Forum (BDF) is an employer organisation that offers information, support and advice on disability as it affects business. It can help employers to make sure that their online recruitment tools and processes are fully accessible for disabled people.
    Website: businessdisabilityforum.org.uk
  • Clear Talents can help organisations identify and manage reasonable adjustments for job applicants, employees and students. It is free to use for applicants.
    Website: cleartalents.com
  • The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) is the national trade association involved in securing employment for disabled people. The website offers guidance for employers on disability and work. BASE members work closely with disabled jobseekers and employers to help find sustainable work for the disabled person.
    Website: base-uk.org
  • The Disability Action Alliance brings together disabled people’s organisations with other organisations to work in partnership to change the lives of disabled people.
    Website:  disabilityactionalliance.org.uk
  • The Mental Health Foundation is a leading mental health charity for research, policy and improving services. It offers a range of training and courses for individuals and employers. Remploy Employment Services provides wide ranging support to help employers to recruit and retain talented and motivated disabled people.
    Website:  mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/training
  • Remploy Employment Services provides wide-ranging support to help employers to recruit and train talented and motivated disabled people.
    Website:  remploy.co.uk/info/20013/support_my_employees
  • The Do-IT Profiler has resources for employers to help them to understand specific learning disabilities and their relevance to the workplace.
    Website: https://doitprofiler.com

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Fatigue is more than ordinary tiredness. Just having a rest and a cuppa is not likely to help. You can find advice on how to manage your fatigue:

Managing fatigue

Fighting Fatigue Visit our Information Centre to read Fighting Fatigue: a practical guide to managing the symptoms of CFS/ME by health professionals S. Pemberton and C. Berry and their patients or have a look in your local library.

Cat and computerWe have to stay at home as much as possible during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but there are still many amazing places we can visit online with virtual tours. Or follow cooking or online exercise classes. Find a distraction online. It's all free! Here's an Easy-Read guide to using Zoom  this page was updated February 25th

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How to draw a rainbow / painting (Dad draws)

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When you are stockpiling far too much stuff, and you find it very difficult to get rid of, you have a hoarding disorder. Your home becomes very cluttered and disorganised, and it all starts to take over your everyday life.

People may develop a hoarding problem for many different reasons. Often it may be because of anxiety or depression, or it may be a form of OCD. You may well develop this kind of mental health problem if you are struggling to manage a neurological condition.

Many people with a hoarding disorder do not recognise that they have a problem. Or they may feel it is too embarrassing to talk about.

Hoarding can lead to serious health and safety problems. Hoarding can make it difficult to clean your home. The clutter may cause you to trip and fall. And many household fires involve hoarding - not only is a fire likely to start in the clutter, it can be very difficult to escape from the fire because of all the stuff in the way..

So if you are worried that someone has a hoarding probem, it is important for you to encourage them to ask for help. This does not mean someone just chucking everything out, because this will not help, and is very likely to cause distress. And extra storage space won't solve the problem either. Someone with a hoarding problem needs to have a chat with their GP, or with somebody from a support group.

  • The Brain Charity is able to provide counselling at our centre in Liverpool. Contact our information team on 0800 008 6417 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information and support

National Hoarding Awareness Week Hoarding Awareness Week for 2020 starts on 18th May. This campaign was founded by the National Fire Chiefs Council.

We have put together a list of links to other organisations providing for disabled people who are living at home, including making adaptations to your own home..

  • The charity People Hub can provide you with help and advice about getting the most from the NHS Personal Health Budget scheme, which will give people with long-term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs.

Living aids

There is a huge range of living aids and equipment available that can help people with disabilities to remain independent in their own home. Below are a list of organisations and websites with information on what is available:

  • Assistance Dogs
    Directory of assistance dogs organisations.
    www.assistancedogs.org.uk
  • BT Including You (formerly BT Age & Disability Action)
    Information for people who need extra help with the telephone and Internet.
    https://btplc.com/Inclusion/index.htm
  • Disabled Living
    A registered charity that helps people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence.
    www.disabledliving.co.uk
  • Disability Rights UK (formerly National Centre for Independent Living)
    A national disability organisation led by disabled people, promoting 'meaningful' independent living for disabled people, as well as providing support for carers
    www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/advice-and-information
  • Headway
    Provides information, support, and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.
    www.headway.org.uk
  • MedicAlert
    The MedicAlert Foundation is a registered charity that combines a database of members' medical information with medical ID jewellery, together these support medical authorities in the event of an emergency.
    www.medicalert.org.uk
  • Mencap
    A charity that works in partnership with people with a learning disability, and its services support people to live life as they choose. Provides housing support that meets people's specific needs.
    www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/housing
  • Mobility & Sickness Information Service
    Charity helping improve the lifestyle and wellbeing of disabled people and their carers
    www.masis.org.uk
  • RoSPA - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
    A registered charity providing Health and Safety Training courses, and Accident Prevention advice.
    www.rospa.com
  • SureSafe
    Personal safety devices for use at home
    www.personalalarms.org
  • United Kingdom Homecare Association
    Find a homecare agency - find contact details for homecare agencies that belong to UKHCA
    https://portal.ukhca.co.uk/FindProvider/FindProvider.aspx
  • What3words
    Now you only need three words to quickly refer to any exact location – an apartment entrance, station exit, picnic spot or parking space. Police have urged everyone to download this free app they say has already saved lives
    https://what3words.com/products/what3words-app

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Housing adaptations

Information for people considering adapting their house to improve their independence and ability to remain in their own home:

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Living with a condition

When you're diagnosed with a neurological condition there can be many questions that arise which are concerned with living with a disability or long-term health condition. We have put together some pages here which guide you in the right direction to find out the help you need.

These pages provide links to websites with information for people living with a neurological condition, their families and carers. There is also a page with useful links if you or your loved one has a rare condition.

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Pain is a common feature of many neurological conditions, especially chronic pain.

Monday 18th November 2019, 10.00-12.00
The Brain Charity at Crosby Library for the first monthly meeting of the chronic pain support group.

National contacts

Visit our Information Centre to read our copy of Neville Shone's book Coping successfully with pain. Or you can look for it in your local library.

Different long-term conditions often have many similar symptoms in common. We are putting together some webpages about this for you - please check here for updates.

Each of these pages listed here will have a list of websites where you find more practical help and information to help you manage:

More information

Many neurological conditions cause problems with thinking properly. These are called cognitive problems, and can include having trouble with your memory and concentration. Sometimes this kind of problem is known as 'brain fog'.

Advice

Memory aids

Try good old pen and paper, diaries, calendars, for example from the Alzheimer's Society. And of course there are plenty of handy gadgets too:

Life after stroke. Problems with memory and thinking Visit our Information Centre to read the Stroke Association's booklet Problems with Memory and Thinking.

A trained physiotherapist can help you to manage your neurological condition through movement and exercise specially to suit you. They might use their hands to manipulate your body, or they might show you how to follow exercises yourself.

Physiotherapy can help manage pain and fatigue.

Information for physiotherapists

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy provides factsheets on a number of different medical issues. For copies, contact their Enquiry Handling Unit on 0207 306 6666 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Some of these are also available free online:

Keep Moving Our library has more information on physiotherapy, including a copy of the booklet Keep Moving: Exercise and Parkinson's.

Many neurological conditions cause problems with sleep, and sleep can be disturbed by symptoms like pain or anxiety. Trouble sleeping can in turn lead to tiredness and fatigue, and problems with thinking and memory. Sometimes complementary therapies might help you sleep better. You can also read about alcohol and insomnia.

Narcolepsy is a rare neurological condition which can cause sudden sleep. Other neurolgical conditions such as head injury can also lead to narcolepsy.

insomnia and Other Adult Sleep Problems: The Facts Visit our Information Centre to read the book Insomnia and other Adult Sleep Problems by the neuropsychiatrist Gregory Stores. Or have a look in your local library for this book.

 

 

Many neurological conditions cause problems with swallowing. In medical jargon, this symptom is called 'dysphagia'.

You may get support from someone called a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT). Despite the name, they don't just help with communication problems.

Dealing with swallowing problems Visit our Information Centre to read the Stroke Association's booklet Dealing with swallowing problems.

Lots of neurological conditions cause problems with going to the toilet. It can help if you have your 5 Fruit and Vegetables A Day, make sure you drink enough water, and try and get some moderate exercise. Sometimes complementary therapies might help as well. You might be able to get help from social services with personal care. And of course it's always important to wash your hands properly.

You can get access to disbled toilets in shopping centres and pubs by using a Radar key from Disability Rights UK.

Bladder and bowel

Bladder

Bowel

Personal care

Below the beltOur Information Centre in Liverpool has copies of many useful publications, including the Shine charity's book Below The Belt: Teen-talk: continence, relationships and much more, and the Stroke Association's booklet Continence Problems After Stroke.

Some neurological conditions cause problems with hearing loss, or with symptoms such as 'ringing in the ears', which is known as tinnitus. Your GP will be able to refer you for specialist help. Or learn more about overcoming addiction for the sensory impaired.

Many different neurological conditions can lead to temporary or long-term visual impairment.

link: Genetic Alliance UK COVID-19 Hub

Living with a rare condition"A rare disease is defined ... as one that affects fewer than 5 in 10,000 of the general population. There are between 6,000 and 8,000 known rare diseases and around five new rare diseases are described in the medical literature each week. In the UK, a single rare disease may affect up to about 30,000 people. The vast majority of rare diseases will affect far fewer than this - some will affect only a handful - or even a single person in the whole of the UK."  Source: Rare Disease UK

If you can't find information in our A-Z of neurological conditions, try the links below, or you can contact us and we will have a look for some information for you.

At The Brain Charity's library and information centre in Liverpool, we have information on many rare conditions. You can also read our copy of Contact's booklet "Living with a rare condition".

 

Jeans for Genes Day

Coronavirus: Stay at home

Free activities online: things to do during lock-down

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Doing regular exercise such as walking, swimming, going to the gym or participating in team sports can have health benefits, allow you to meet new people, boost your energy levels and even improve your mood. It could be cycling to work, taking your dog for a walk or playing football with friends

Doing sport differently Our library at our Norton Street centre has more information about sport and leisure, including a copy of the book Doing Sport Differently: a guide to exercise and fitness for people living with disability or health conditions.

Photo top right: Sport England

Coronavirus: Stay at home as much as possible

Staying safe

These are links to websites with useful advice and information about staying safe from crime when you're out and about, staying safe online, and staying safe at home. There are also links about hate crime and disability hate crime.

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Railwayn ticket office

New National Restrictions from 5 November: Travel (Gov.UK)

Britain's Accessible Places to Stay
Published by VisitBritain.
ISBN 0709 581 467
Or have a look in your local library for this book.

Hft
Hft is a national charity, providing local support services for people with learning disabilities throughout England. They produce an annual Holiday Information Guide.
Available to download for free https://www.hft.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FCSS-HIG-BW-edits-2019-reduced-size.pdf

Holidays in the British Isles: A guide for disabled people 2013
Published by Disability Rights UK.
ISBN 978-1903335628
Or have a look in your local library for this book.

Rough Guide To Accessible Britain 2016
6th ed. Published by Rough Guides; available to view for free on their website:
Web: www.accessibleguide.co.uk/the-guide.html
Or have a look in your local library for this book

Rough Guide To Accessible Britain: Family Days Out
View this guide free on-line at www.accessibleguide.co.uk/familydaysout

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National Restrictions from 5 November: Travel (Gov.UK)

the list below was updated June 2020

Publications

A Guide to Financial Help Towards the Cost of a Holiday, Respite Care or Convalescence
Tourism For All has a booklet which has details of trusts and funds that consider applications for financial assistance towards the cost of a holiday. It is available from Tourism For All, price £3.50 or free to members.
Tourism for All UK, 7A Pixel Mill, 44 Appleby Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6ES
Tel. 0845 124 9971
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web www.tourismforall.org.uk

The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2020/2021
(17th edition, March 2020). Directory of Social Change ISBN 978 178482 062 6
Available in public libraries.
There is also a reference copy at The Brain Charity library.
This publication details sources of help and funding for individuals. It is arranged by general charities, charities under specific conditions, occupational charities, service charities and religious charities. There is also a geographical listing of local charities.

Organisations

Turn2Us
Turn2Us is a free website for finding grant providers. It has a grant search facility which provides the details of a large range of grant giving charities. Includes online search of the Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need.
www.turn2us.org.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau
It is sometimes possible to get a grant from local charities or disability groups. Citizens Advice Bureau can provide details of local charities. See local telephone directory for the nearest branch or their website.
www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Other local charities that can provide help

3H Fund
The 3H Fund provides grants to families on low income that include someone with a physical or learning disability so that they can have a modest UK holiday break when funds are available.
3H Fund (Helping Hands for Holidays), B2 Speldhurst Business Park, Langton Road, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0AQ
01892 860207
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.3hfund.org.uk

Lions Club International
Lions Club International British Isles & Ireland, 257 Alcester Road South, Kings Health, Birmingham B14 6DT
Tel.  0121 441 4544
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web www.lionsclubs.co.uk

National Association of Round Table
Round Table, Marchesi House, 4 Embassy Drive, Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1TP
Tel. 0121 456 4567
Web www.roundtable.co.uk

Rotary Club International
Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6PB
Tel. 01789 765 411
Web www.ribi.org

Help for families and children

Support groups for different conditions can sometimes help with sources of funding. Contact our information centre for details of specific support groups. Funds are also available based on past or present occupations, professions, Trade Unions membership and service within the Armed Forces. See the above Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need for details and contacts.

Contact (Contact a Family: For families with disabled children)
Contact can provide information on sources of funding. They also have a holidays, play and leisure factsheet.
Contact, 209-211 City Road, London EC1V 1JN
Tel. 0808 808 3555
Web www.contact.org.uk

Family Fund
For low-income families with disabled children under 17 years old.
Family Fund, 4 Alpha Court, Monks Cross Drive, York, YO32 9WN
Tel. 01904 550055
Web www.familyfund.org.uk

Family Holiday Association
The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.
Family Holiday Association, 3 Gainsford Street, London, SE1 2NE
Tel. 020 3117 0650
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk

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 You can download all of our Holiday Information as a single PDF file. Information updated June 2020  

Please ensure you keep up to date with the latest advice. From all of us at The Brain Charity, stay safe, and if you do choose to go away this year – enjoy the relaxation it brings!

 

photo above left: © Copyright Colin Park and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

 

The Brain Charity has partnered with several life and travel insurance brokers to help you find the best deals if you have a disability or pre-existing condition and need specialist cover.

If you do purchase cover with them via the links below, a proportion of your fee will be returned to The Brain Charity as a commission donation. You will not be charged any extra for this. 

While we only recommend companies we vet carefully on behalf of our service users, we still recommend you do your own research into the risks involved prior to making any purchase. Updated December 2020

The Insurance Surgery

The Insurance Surgery provides life insurance for high-risk customers with pre-existing medical conditions, hazardous occupations, extreme sports/hobbies and standard lives.
Follow this link to get a quote.

The Insurance Surgery

 

Just Travel Cover

Just Travel Cover allows you to compare different travel insurance cover options with no age limit. 
Follow this link to get a quote.

Just Travel Cover dot com 

The Brain Charity also lists these insurance companies and brokers below for information, but has no affiliation with them. Updated June 2020

Insurers

Higos Insurance Services Ltd
Higos Insurance Services Ltd, 2nd Floor, 50 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3JY 

Tel: 01749 834 500
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Saga Insurance
Tel: 0800 069012 Tel: 01843 343246
Web: www.saga.co.uk

Stroke Association
The Stroke Association is an Introducer Appointed Representative of AllClear Insurance Services Limited
Stroke Association Helpline: 0300 3300 740
Web:  www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/help-daily-living/travel-insurance-provided-allclear

Staysure
Over 50’s travel insurance and experts in pre-existing medical condition cover.
Staysure.co.uk Ltd, Britannia House, 3-5 Rushmills Business Park, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7YB
Tel: 0808 2818 157
Web: www.staysure.co.uk/travel-insurance

Brokers

If you are finding it difficult to find suitable cover, a specialist insurance broker will usually be able to help. The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) can put you in touch with a specialist broker.

BIBA (British Insurance Brokers’ Association)
To find a broker telephone Consumer Helpline 0370 9501 790 

Web: www.biba.org.uk
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Association of British Insurers (ABI)
A trade association for the UK insurance industry.
Association of British Insurers, One America Square, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2LB
Web: www.abi.org.uk
Tel: 0207 600 3333
ABI has information on how to complain: www.abi.org.uk/Insurance-and-savings/Tools-and-resources/Making-a-complaint

Additional Information

New National Restrictions from 5 November: Travel (Gov.UK)

 Travel advice: coronavirus  (COVID-19) (Gov.UK, June 2020)

Coronavirus advice for customers (ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents, June 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel (Gov.U.K., ongoing updates)

 

 

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Links to other websites to help you plan your holiday. This list last updated June 2020.

AccessAble - Travel Source
Database of information on accessible accommodation, attractions and destinations (formerly DisabledGo)
Web: www.accessable.co.uk
Tel: 01438 842 710

Accessible Property Register
Wheelchair accessible accommodation and holiday homes.
Web: www.accessible-property.org.uk
Tel: 0800 368 9228 ; E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deaftravel
Provides travel information and advice for Deaf people travelling independently abroad.
Web: www.deaftravel.co.uk

Disabled Holiday Directory
Lists accessible holiday properties.
Web: www.disabledholidaydirectory.co.uk
Tel: 0161 804 9898

The Good Access Guide
A unique directory of accessible leisure pursuits, holidays and travel, transport, mobility products, and daily living services for disabled people, their families and friends. 

Web: www.goodaccessguide.co.uk
Tel: 01502 806 706

Spinal Injuries Association
Have a holiday section on their website with information about holidays in the UK and abroad. Details of accessible accommodation, handy tips and advice on planning a trip.
Web: www.spinal.co.uk/page/holidays
Tel: 01908 604 191

Youreable.com
Online community of and for disabled people.
Web: www.youreable.com

 

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Specialsed holiday providers, the list below was ast updated June 2020

Age UK Holidays
Age UK have partnered with Silver Travel Advisor, the travel review and information site for mature travellers aged 50+ to bring a selection of holiday suggestions and special offers.
For information and advice, call 0800 678 1602

For all other enquiries, call 0800 169 8787 

Web: www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/travel-hobbies/accessible-holidays

The Back Up Trust
A national charity for spinally injured men and women.
Back Up, 4 Knightly Walk, London, SW18 1GZ
Telephone: 020 8875 1805 

Web: www.backuptrust.org.uk
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The Caravan and Motorhome Club
Have a list of sites that have facilities for disabled people.
The Caravan Club, East Grinstead House, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1UA
Tel: 01342 326 944
Web: www.caravanclub.co.uk
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Opening times:
 Monday to Friday:
 March to August - 8.45am to 6pm
, September to December - 8.45am to 5.30pm

 

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UK Breaks

As it stands, most hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks and campsites in England, Scotland and Wales have now been permitted to reopen, meaning British ‘staycations’ are back on the cards. this list was last updated June 2020

Bond Holidays
Holidays for people with disabilities, special needs, carers, friends and relatives. Two hotels in Blackpool and St Annes and luxury holiday homes at Marton Mere holiday park near Blackpool.
The Bond Hotel, 120 Bond Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1HG
Tel: 01253 341 218
Web: www.bondhotel.co.uk
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Gaer Cottages
Committed to tourism for all, six of the nine cottages are suitable for visitors with limited mobility and welcome individuals, families and groups.
Gaer Cottages, Cribyn, Lampeter, Cardiganshire, SA48 7LZ
Tel and Fax: 01570 470 275
Web: www.selfcateringinwales.co.uk
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Irton House Farm
Irton House Farm is set in 240 acres of pasture and woodland and commands probably one of the finest views to be found in the Northern Lakes
Irton House Farm, Isel, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9ST.
Tel: 01768 776380 

Web: http://irtonhousefarm.co.uk
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Joey Dunlop Foundation Holiday Home
The Joey Dunlop Foundation (established 2001) is an Isle of Man Charity whose main aim has always been to create specialist accommodation that will open up the Isle of Man to visitors with disability.
Bookings and enquires to Bruce Baker (Trustee and Chairman) Tel: 01624 6777 41 

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Web: joeydunlopfoundation.com

Ty Glyn Davies Trust
A unique self-catering holiday centre and gardens for people with special needs.
Centre address: The Ty Glyn Davis Trust Holiday Centre and Gardens, Ciliau Aeron, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales, SA48 8DE

Administration address: The Old Farmhouse, Esgair Arth, Pennant, Llanon, Ceredigion,Wales, SY23 5JL
Tel: 0345 094 4364
Web: www.tyglyndavistrust.co.uk

International Breaks

I Need a Holiday Too
Accessible holidays in France. Six luxury purpose built apartments in La Roche Derrien, Brittany, France.
I Need A Holiday Too Ltd, 21 Rue St jean, 22450, La Roche Derrien, Brittany, France.

Freephone from UK 0800 949 6801
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Web: www.ineedaholidaytoo.com

 

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Charities in the UK who organise holidays for disabled people

This list was last updated in June 2020

3h Fund
Organises subsidised group holidays for physically disabled children and adults with the support of volunteer helpers. Provides grants to families on low income with a physically or mentally disabled dependent to have a modest UK holiday break.
3H Fund, Unit B2, Speldhurst Business Park, Langton Road, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0AQ 

Tel: 01892 860207
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Across Charity
Run weekly pilgrimages by Jumbulance to Lourdes between Easter and November, as well as European holidays.
ACROSS, St Mark’s Community Centre, 218 Tollgate Road, Beckton, London, E6 5YA 

Tel: 020 3542 1800
Web: www.across.org.uk
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Merseyside, Cheshire, St Helens and Wigan
Tel: Tony Murphy 07881656974

The Bendrigg Trust
Specialises in courses and activities for disabled people.
The Bendrigg Trust, Bendrigg Lodge, Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 0NR
Tel: 01539723766
Web:www.bendrigg.org.uk
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HCPT
Each year during Easter Week HCPT takes around 2,000 children with disabilities on a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes. There are also groups for adults April-October.
HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust, Oakfield Park, 32 Bilton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 7HQ 

Tel: 01788 564646
Web: www.hcpt.org.uk
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Holiday Homes Trust
Accessible accommodation for families or individuals who are disadvantaged whether through disability, income or circumstances.
The Holiday Homes Trust, Gilwell Park, Chingford London E4 7QW
Tel: 0208 433 7290, or 020 8433 7291
Web: www.holidayhomestrust.org
Office hours 08:30am -1:30pm Monday – Friday.
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Park House Hotel
Park House is run by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation as a country house hotel for disabled people and their companions. 24-hour nursing care is provided.
Park House Hotel, Sandringham, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE35 6EH
Tel: 02032420200
Web: www.parkhousehotel.org.uk
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PHAB LTD
Phab Ltd has a network of clubs throughout England run by disabled and non-disabled people. Phab centrally organises holidays for youngsters during the summer break.
Phab office: Summit House, 50 Wandle Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1DF 

Tel: 020 8667 9443
Web: www.phab.org.uk
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Regional officer (North): Rebecca Hargreaves.
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T: 01254 824 784

Revitalise
Revitalise provides respite holiday care.
An example of the Trust's holiday breaks is Sandpipers, in Southport. Sandpipers:
Tel: 01704 538 388
Web: www.vitalise.org.uk
Head office: 212 Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH

Tel: 0303 303 0145
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Stackpole Trust
Provides self-catering, active holidays for families, or groups, which include people with severe disabilities. They have a hydrotherapy pool and leisure facilities on site including music, art and theatre workshops.
Stackpole, near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
Tel: 01646 623110 

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole
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