A collection of useful links, ranging from local associations and council support services, through to national bodies and commercial organisations specializing in products for disable people.
Calderdale D.A.R.T. offers an advice/information service for people with disabilities and Carers living in Calderdale. This ranges from simple signposting e.g. address/phone numbers of other services in the area; providing advice and information on a range of issues including welfare benefits; helping you to complete application forms for benefits such as Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance; Attendance Allowance; Income Support; Housing Benefit; Council Tax Benefit; etc.
Tel: (01422) 346040 (Voice/Minicom/Answerphone) or (01422) 346950 (Voice/Minicom) or (01422) 322338 (Fax)
Calderdale Deaf Association
This is local charity that provides support for deaf people who use British Sign Language. It organises social events and clubs. Social evenings are held every Wednesday at Arden Road Social Club, Halifax, from 7.00pm to midnight. The Thursday Club runs on the first and third Thursday of each month at the association’s Halifax office.
4 St James Road
Tel: 01422 342111 (TEXTPHONE)
Community Transport Calderdale
Community Transport Calderdale aims to provide transport for those residents of Calderdale who cannot access existing forms of transport provision for reasons of ill health, isolation, disability, poverty or social exclusion. We help our members access health appointments, supermarkets and other social events important to them.
Disability Support Calderdale
A local group run by and for people with physical or mental disabilities and long term medical conditions who live in Calderdale. We aim to provide information, advocacy and support to help empower and enable people with disabilities to make informed choices. It is a district wide organisation and receive requests for information and support from all over the Calderdale district aiming to improve well-being and welfare rights.
Disability Support Calderdale
St George’s House
Halifax HX3 5BT
Tel: 01422 353613 – Mobile :07990833521
Gateway to Care is Calderdale Council’s first point of contact for adult social care. They offer you practical information and advice which will help you to continue to live independently at home. This may include, for example, help with mobility and confidence after an accident, illness, injury or deterioration in a condition. The Gateway to Care team includes friendly, experienced social care advisors, clinical advisors and social workers who bring their expertise together to make sure you receive coordinated care, support and advice.
Tel: 01422 393000
Textphone: 01422 393398
Text messages only: 07776454642
Halifax and Calder Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society
This is the local branch of a national charity which offers advice, information and support to people who have multiple sclerosis and their families. The branch organises social events and trips to help you to meet other people in the same situation. The branch can offer advice about buying equipment, such as powered wheelchairs, and adapting your home. You can also get financial help towards the cost. The branch has a library of useful publications on multiple sclerosis.
Tel: 01422 206692
There is a national helpline available on 0808 800 8000 or email@example.com.
Halifax Society for the Blind
An independent charity that supports people registered as blind or partially sighted in Halifax and the surrounding area. The charity offers: regular activities (including social afternoons and luncheon clubs); two organised holidays a year; two organised day trips a year; information and advice.
Address: 34 Clare Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2HX
Tel:01422 352 383
Monday to Thursday 9am – 2pm
Heath Stroke Club
Providing services and support for adults living with physical disabilities, including strokes. If you would like more information on Heath Stroke Club call 01422 330320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visits Unlimited offer of bespoke Disability Awareness Training sessions with a difference! Feeling awkward? Unsure of what to say or do? Visits Unlimited is a Halifax-based Community Interest Company (CIC), working with families with disabled children and young people, bridging the gap to enable them to have joyful and accessible days out that stay in their memories forever. From years of talking and listening to disabled people and their families they know that what makes a day out memorable are the little things, such as caring and thoughtful customer service. Providing the best service you can for disabled people will be beneficial for all of you customers: www.visitsunlimited.org.uk
AccessAble aim to take the chance out of going out, providing the accessibility information you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible for you. They’ve surveyed 10,000s of venues across the UK and Ireland, including shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, colleges, universities, hospitals and more. Use AccessAble to find wheelchair friendly venues or check out disabled access and facilities. www.accessable.co.uk – Their website also includes a very useful accessibility symbols guide
Complete Care Shop
The Complete Care Shop is an online shop. They supply a range of products aimed at supporting the lives of disabled and elderly customers and their carers. www.completecareshop.co.uk
DEX – Every deaf child’s wellbeing matters to us and to you!
DEX’s fundamental role is to campaign for a national sign bilingual framework to ensure that all deaf children, regardless of level of hearing loss, have access to their school curriculum in resourced mainstream schools or Deaf schools. www.dex.org.uk
Eventbrite – A Guide To Making Events Accessible
Eventbrite is a website where organisations of all kinds can host event listings and handle bookings, ticket distribution and a range of other event-hosting information. www.eventbrite.co.uk – Amongst the wealth of information on their website, they have a very useful guide for event managers and venues on planning events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions & other activities in the UK that are fully inclusive and accessible: Accessibility Guidelines For Event Organisers
Euan’s Guide – Access Information
Euan’s Guide is a disabled access review website that aims to ‘remove the fear of the unknown’ and inspire people to try new places. The website was founded in 2013 by brother and sister, Euan and Kiki MacDonald, after Euan became a powerchair user. After spending hours of their time making enquiries about access at places they wanted to go, the duo realised that they could not be alone in their search for disabled access information. This idea became Euan’s Guide, a digital charity that is helping to open up towns and cities to disabled people everywhere – https://www.euansguide.com
Disabled Living is a charity which provides impartial information and advice about products, equipment (assistive technology) and services for disabled adults, children, older people, carers and the professionals who support them.
Disabled Motoring UK
Disabled Motoring UK is the charity which supports disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders. www.disabledmotoring.org
Disability Roadmap enables disabled people to access online positive resources and advice to encourage and support them to have a better quality of life.
Dogs for the Disabled
Provide solutions to help people with a wide variety of different disabilities and conditions; from assistance dogs helping children and adults with physical disabilities and families affected by autism, to pet dog autism workshops, and innovative new projects working in schools and residential care settings. www.dogsforthedisabled.org
Enable Holidays are an award-winning disabled holiday specialist that provide accessible package holidays with guaranteed adapted accommodation. www.enableholidays.com
Learning Disabilities in Children
It’s tough for parents to find out their child might have a learning disability. Here’s some useful online info to help you and your child.
The Parkinson’s charity drives better care, treatments and quality of life.
Reading Well is a new website that promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing. The programme has two strands: Books on Prescription and Mood-boosting Books.
RS Components Safety Checklist For Wheelchair Users
This offers lots of helpful information such as: Understanding areas of most concern or particular difficulties frequently experienced by wheelchair users in their own homes. A comprehensive checklist, which includes standards and recommendations, covering all areas of a home (kitchen, bathroom, stairways, etc.) and aimed at improving the overall comfort and safety for those in a wheelchair. Tips and advice on basic wheelchair checks and the importance of regular maintenance. Advice on maneuvering, both inside the house as well as in outside areas and access points, to prevent injuries and accidents. Other helpful resources, downloads, and further information to help maintain a safe and wheelchair-friendly home environment. View The Checklist & Tips
Scope is a national disability charity that campaigns to challenge and change negative attitudes about disability and provides direct services. The organisation was founded in 1952 by a group of parents and social workers who wanted to ensure that their disabled children had the right to a decent education.
Transport For All
Website dedicated to accessible transport in London
Wheelchair Enabling Society
Helping wheelchair users to be as independent and life enriching as possible To break down the barriers both social and physical. To assist.
Wheelchair Enabling Society on Facebook