Monthly Archives: June 2010

Social Welfare Training


Contact Form:
Telephone: 0117 951 4337

Welcome to Social Welfare Training. We provide quality welfare benefits training and consultancy based on legal rights. We can also provide courses on immigration and debt advice.

Our courses are delivered by experts on an in house or an open basis.

In house courses are tailored to your organisation’s goals using pre course discussions. We work with you to identify current knowledge levels and where you want to be. From this, learning objectives are set. Courses can be booked directly by e mail or ringing 0117 9514 337.

Social Welfare Training is run by Neil Arnott who is a Legal Aid Welfare Benefits Supervisor and trained teacher. 

Social Welfare Training’s services are-

  • legal rights based- grounded in Social Security Law. We explain legal rights and how to enforce them.
  • high quality- regularly updated, produced by experts with over 20 years experience, reviewed by a Senior peer reviewer for the Legal Service Commission, delivered by experts.
  • accredited- the Solicitors Regulation Authority has authorised us to award Continuing Professional Development(CPD) points for solicitors.
  • well reviewed- 96% of participants tell us our training is excellent or good.
  • part of ongoing learning- our courses are one part of a package which includes free newsletters, discussion, Benefit rate posters and downloads.
  • cost effective- competitively priced.

Find us on Twitter: @s_w_training

Fieldfare Trust (closing)

Fieldfare TrustWebsite:
General email enquiries:
Email (by location):

Address: Volunteer House, 69 Crossgate, Cupar, Fife, Scotland KY15 5AS

Fieldfare is in the process of winding up. Click here to read Trustees Statement

Fieldfare works with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone. For countryside service providers Fieldfare provide advice and training services, supported by research into national standards for accessibility under the BT Countryside for All Project.

For members of the public Fieldfare run projects which can enable the public  to take action locally, provide information on accessible places to visit and run events like the Fieldfare Kielder Challenge which encourages young people to get active in the countryside.

Chill 4 Us Carers and Ex-carers Forum



Contact Form:

Address: Chill4 Us Carers, 157 – 159 Reepham Road, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5PA

Telephone: 01603 340193 

Chill4us Carers is based in Norwich, Norfolk.

Chill4us Carers supports Carers and Past Carers 24 Hours a Day.

We are a free peer support community offering help for carers and support with others who find themselves in the caring role. There is no need to feel isolated or afraid of the internet, as we are all there to support carers, and past carers, whether the problems be with benefits, disability, care of the elderly or children. Our 24 hour chat room is there for fun and support and we have an arcade with over 600 free games, a carers discussion board and a free daily carers newspaper

Carers forum is about information, humour and fun, but most of all support and concern for one another. Members have experience in all aspects of Care needs. If they can’t answer your questions or solve your problem they will know someone who can.

The forum  community is for adult Carers who look after a family member, partner or friend in the UK.


Find us on Face Book Carers Chill4us  and Twitter   

Chill4us is a  Registered Charity 1161492 run by volunteers.

Shropshire Family Information Service

Telephone: 01743 254400
Address: Shropshire FIS, Mount McKinley, Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6LG

Shropshire Family Information Service (0-19) provides free information, advice and support on all aspects of family life, whether you are expecting a baby or the parent or carer of a teenager.  Services include:

  • Childcare Information
  • Family Support
  • Finance and Benefits
  • Brokerage Service
  • Service Directory
  • Resource Library
  • Outreach Sessions
  • Childcare Careers and Training
  • Childcare Providers
  • Related Agencies


Find us on Face Book @ShropshireFamilyinfo

Perry Riding and Driving Group

Perry Riding & Driving GroupWebsite: and
Location: Yeaton, Baschurch, Shropshire.
Contact: Jane Barker
Telephone: 0845 450 6714
Address: Perry Cottage, Yeaton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

The Perry Group currently offer therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy (physio on horseback), carriage driving with purpose built vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs and vaulting (gymnastic movements on horseback), along with stable management and equine facilitated learning programmes tailored to individual Care Plans.

At the moment the Perry Group is situated in the small village of Yeaton near Baschurch with outdoor facilities only. A move to Much Wenlock is planned within the next few years and the facility will then comprise of a outdoor riding areas, an off road carriage driving track and a large indoor arena with purpose built facilities such as a hydraulic mounting ramp, a Changing Places toilet, a passenger lift to ensure all internal areas are accessible, therapy rooms and a room to house the mechanical horse canter simulator.

Note: This information was updated 11th May 2014 and as the new project progresses we hope to update regularly and give news on our website of future developments.


Guide Dogs

Telephone: (General Enquiries) 0118 983 5555 

Telephone: (Supporter Care Enquiries) 0800 953 0113 Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Telephone: Children and Young People’s Services 0800 781 1444

Telephone: Adult Services 0345 1430229 (if calling from a landline), or please contact your local team if calling from a mobile. To find the number click this link


Address: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, RG7 3YG

Guide Dogs offer help in the following ways:

Independence – We have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life.  We also deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children – including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills.

Research – Guide Dogs carries out research that provides sound scientific evidence on which to base our services, campaigns, policies and operational procedures (the way we do things). We fund ophthalmic research projects, and carry out canine research in-house.

Equal Rights Campaigning – Visual impairment is a fact of life for thousands of people, and with an ageing population many more will be affected by sight loss in the future. We campaign alongside visually-impaired people for rights that most sighted people take for granted. These include access to services and transport, freedom of mobility, and provision of better rehabilitation services. Working closely with guide dog owners, service providers, other voluntary organisation and MPs, we’ve won major victories and have successfully lobbied to influence policies and legislation.

Advice and Services – Find out what services and support are available in your area. Guide Dogs has created the first ever comprehensive directory of support and services available to blind and partially sighted adults and children across the UK. It includes details of social, health, rehabilitation, mobility and education services, and voluntary organisations, grouped by region.


Find us on Face Book @guidedogsUK and Twitter @GuideDogs

Charity registered in England and Wales (209617) and Scotland (SC038979)

Fibromyalgia Action UK (Fibro Action and FMA UK)


Email: Due to the fact that we receive a lot of unsolicited emails, would you please ensure you use the word ‘fibromyalgia’ in the subject line of your email message.

Contact Form:


Telephone: National Helpline 0300 999 3333 (10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday)

                     Benefits Helpline 0300 999 0055 (10 am – 12 pm Monday and Friday)


Address: Head Office, FMA UK, Studio 3007, MillEnd Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS


On 1st July 2015 The trustees of FibroAction and FMA UK announced the merger of the two organisations in to a new entity, Fibromyalgia Action UK.

Our is to help and support people affected by fibromyalgia and raise much needed awareness of this chronic condition of widespread pain and fatigue.

The FMA is a registered charity administered by unpaid volunteers. The majority of volunteers are also fibromyalgia sufferers who work extremely hard, despite their condition, in order to forward the cause of fibromyalgia.

FMA was established in order to provide information and support to sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline.

In order to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia, an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been set up to bring greater awareness and education of the illness and related problems associated with the condition.

It also aims to encourage NHS and other funding for new research projects. At present there is very little research being carried out in the UK and sufferers are told there is no cure. We hope that will be a statement of the past.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often described as head to toe. It may be worse at some times than at others.

It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used the most. The fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness. It may come and go and people can suddenly feel drained of all energy – as if someone just “pulled the plug”.

Do you have Fibro & need support? Please feel free to join our Fibromyalgia UK community forum by using the link below;

Supporting Fibromyalgia UK helps us in the fight to beat Fibro


Find us on Face Book @ukfibro and Twitter @fmauk

Fibromyalgia Action UK (FMA UK) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1042582)




Address: EQUIP,  1 Freebournes Court, Newland Street, Witham, Essex CM8 2BL

EQUIP Mainline01376 318730

EQUIP (Education and Quality in Practice) was formed in 1996 by the amalgamation of the North Essex components of the Essex Medical Audit Advisory Group (MAAG) which had been in existence since 1990 and GP Education in Essex, which had been in existence since 1992.

Prior to April 1996, the organisation had worked across the whole of Essex, but with the division of Essex into North and South Health Authorities, EQUIP took the lead role in co-ordinating audit and education programmes in primary care in North Essex working within the NHS family.

In August 2017 EQUIP  was incorporated and is now Essex EQUIP Limited.

EQUIP aims to improve the quality of care in chronic diseases in general practice through education, anticipatory care and audit by developing and utilising all the skills within the practice team.

CCGs or practices can commission specific training ranging from accredited Health Care Assistant and Receptionist courses to specific clinical courses such as minor operations and anticoagulation courses through to employment law.

This website has been created with the involvement of medical staff and members of the public.

Find us on Twitter @EssexEQUIP

Carers Contact Centre – Telford & Wrekin



Contact Form:
Telephone: 01952 240209 Fax: 01952 250362  

Address: The Glebe Centre, Glebe Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1JP

Carers Contact Centre moved to the above address on 16th December 2013.

Carers Contact Centre offers free support, information and advice to carers in Telford & Wrekin

  • Confidential one-to-one support
  • Someone to listen to you
  • Group Support
  • Information and Advice
  • Carers Activities, such as walks and pamper days
  • Quarterly Carers Newsletter

If you are providing help to a friend, relative or neighbour with practical, personal or emotional support, you are a carer.

Carers Contact Centre is part of Telford and Wrekin CVS and provides a service on behalf of Telford and Wrekin Council.



Address: The Glebe Centre, Glebe Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1JP

Telephone:  01952 916035

Follow us on Facebook @telfordcarerscentre and Twitter 

Carers Centre is part of Telford and Wrekin CVS. Registered Charity No. 702589

Bridgnorth Buddies (closed)

Website: N/A

Contact – Sharon Morris (07790 780631) or Mags Osborne (07968 544182)

Do you have a child/teenager with additional needs or a disability?
Would you like to meet other families in a similar position?
Bridgnorth Buddies is a locally–based support group for families whose child/teenager has a physical or mental disability and/or additional needs. The group began about 5 years ago when a few parents got together and realised how helpful it was to share experiences and swap useful information.

We meet regularly for support, organise activities for all of the family and have a really good time. To find out when we’re next getting together, why not have a look at our Activities & Events page.

Shropshire Disability Network have been informed today (30th June 2014) that Bridgnorth Buddies has recently folded.