Cost of Living Expenses

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Cost of Living Payments

If you claim benefits, you may be able to get an extra £650 from the UK Government, paid over two Cost of Living Payments.*

The first payment will be £326. The second payment will be £324, paid later in the year.

Find out what you will get and when you can get it by searching ‘Cost of living support’.

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*Eligibility criteria apply. COLERP(A4) 07/22

Arty Party


Telephone (Mobile): 07825 070368

Arty Party is an arts organisation working from Telford and Shropshire. We provide training and showcase members’ creative expression through a range of art forms.

Learning disabled artists are supported to express their experience of being in the world through a working partnership with skilled person-centred facilitators who navigate the art making journey.

The learning disabled artists harness this process by creating their own art and running their own events.

Arty Party listens to the voice of its members, and uses this voice to help shape the direction of the company. Together we listen, learn, facilitate, create, develop, share and celebrate.

If you would like to become a Member of Arty Party, or find out more about what we do, please contact us on 07825 070 368

Registered Charity (Charity Number: 1142517)

Hands Together Ludlow


Email: Use this contact form


Address: Hands Together Ludlow52 Broad St, Ludlow SY8 1NH

The primary aim of Hands Together Ludlow is to provide aid for the vulnerable in and around the town of Ludlow in Shropshire, recognising that existing charities and statutory agencies are increasingly under pressure themselves due to financial restraints.

We work through three parallel streams of activity:
1. Networking with existing providers,
2. Coordinating volunteers to provide short-term assistance,
3. Establishing projects to meet longer term needs.

The following Charitable Purposes statement summarise the work of Hands Together :
 The relief of people in need by reason of youth, old age, ill health, loneliness, dysfunctional relationships, disability or financial hardship, living in Ludlow and the surrounding villages.

A secondary purpose, or method of achieving the primary purpose, could be defined as follows:
• The advancement of community development and the promotion of effective and efficient use of existing charitable resources by building a network of volunteers linking to caring agencies and local businesses in order to fill gaps of provision where they occur.

Registered Charity Number 1171979

Bowel Cancer UK



Telephone: 020 7940 1760. We’re open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Address: Bowel Cancer UK, Unit 202, Edinburgh House,170 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5DP

We provide expert information and support for everyone affected by bowel cancer and we’re here for you at every step. We also educate the public and professionals about the disease. We run training, workshops and study days for healthcare professionals and have a dedicated team of volunteers who give free awareness talks across the UK.

We campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care. We’re leading change for younger bowel cancer patients, campaigning to improve survival and quality of life for those with advanced bowel cancer and working to improve early diagnosis by ensuring people are getting the right test at the right time.

Our research strategy puts patients and their families at the heart of our research programme ensuring they can help shape the future of bowel cancer research. We are committed to funding research that improves the prevention, early detection and treatment of the disease. 

We run training, workshops and study days for healthcare professionals. We also have a dedicated team of volunteers who give free awareness talks to workplaces and community groups across the UK, spreading the word about symptoms, risk factors and bowel cancer screening.

On this website page you will find out more about our work includin The bowel cancer screening programme is run by the NHS. Please contact your local screening service for more information:

  • England: 0800 707 60 60
  • Northern Ireland: 0800 015 2514
  • Scotland: 0800 0121 833
  • Wales: 0800 294 3370

Find us on Facebook @bowelcanceruk and Twitter @bowelcanceruk

Registered charity number (England and Wales) 1071038 Scottish charity number SC040914

Read Easy -Shropshire Hills



Telephone: 07707 762653

Address: N/A

Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups.

Our readers and volunteer reading coaches meet twice a week at approved local venues to work for just half an hour at a time through a structured, phonics-based reading programme, which takes up to two or more years to complete. The confidential one-to-one nature of our service is vital to encouraging people to come forward to ask for our help. Many adults are deeply embarrassed and ashamed by the fact that they are unable to read and, with bad memories of school, would fear a return to a classroom setting, where old feelings of failure could be reawakened. By working instead with one dedicated volunteer coach, a supportive and trusting bond develops between the pair, which helps motivate the reader to complete the course.

Read Easy offers 100% confidential, FREE, volunteer-led one-to-one approach which allows people to learn in privacy, at their own pace, and with the understanding support of their own dedicated reading coach. Usually, a coach and reader would meet twice a week for half an hour in a private space within a public venue. Even in these extraordinary times when covid restrictions limit face to face meetings, some of our coach and reader partnerships have continued to ‘meet’ remotely using a tablet, laptop or phone. We may be able to loan a tablet to a new reader who does not have such a device.

We have trained coaches available in our area which covers the towns of Bishop Castle, Church Stretton, Clun, Craven Arms, Knighton, Ludlow and Pontesbury and everywhere in between. We are now looking for new readers.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot for somebody to ask for help with their reading. We know that it is likely to be a partner, family member, friend, employer or support group who encourages them to get in touch.  If you know directly or indirectly someone who could benefit from help with their reading, contact our local co-ordinator, Amana, who can be reached on 07707 762653 or by email –


Follow us on Facebook in Shropshire at @ReadEasyShropshireHills or nationally @ReadEasyUK and Twitter @ReadEasyUK

Registered Charity Number 1151288

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)


Email: Please make the topic of your enquiry clear and your email will be directed to the correct place. Please do not send personal information to this email address.

Telephone: 01743 277500 (main switchboard)

Address: Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, William Farr House, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XL

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG was created as a single commissioning organisation on 1 April, 2021 and is responsible for planning and buying a wide range of health and care services for the whole of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. These include GP and primary care services, hospital care, community healthcare and mental health services.

We also have a duty to monitor these services to ensure they provide a high level of care and are value for money. We are clinically-led and work closely with the 51 GP practices across the county who are all members of the organisation. This enables closer links to our patients, allowing us to develop more personalised local health services.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we actively encourage people living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to get involved and help to shape our plans. We work with a network of other NHS organisations, NHS England, independent providers, the third sector, and neighbouring health organisations for cross border patients.

Dwalf Sports Association UK (DSAuk)


Contact Us:

Telephone: 01246 296 485 Mobile: 07889 922 736

Address: Dwalf Sports Association, Polaris Building, Wreakes Lane, Dronfield S18 1PN

Dwalf Sports Association mission is to make regular sporting opportunity accessible and enjoyable to anyone and everyone of restricted growth in the United Kingdom, regardless of their race, colour, ethnic origin, gender, location, sporting ability or financial support.

Aims & Objectives

  • To promote and develop sport for persons of restricted growth and to enable them to enter and compete in sport on an equal footing.
  • To promote recreational sport for the the benefit of any persons of restricted growth.
  • To promote competitive sport for dwarf athletes both in the United Kingdom and Internationally.
  • To provide opportunities for dwarf athletes to train for and compete in the World Dwarf Games, the Paralympic and the Olympic games.

Eligibility Statement

Persons with any type of dwarfism are eligible to compete in events. Height shall not exceed 5 feet 0 inches (152.4 centimeters) for persons with a disproportionate dysplasia and 4 feet 10 inches (147.3 centimeters) for a proportionate short stature due to medical reasons.

There are nine DSAuk regions operating throughout the UK: Find out further information about regions at this link;

Regions events include a brilliant selection of varied and fun activities including Multi-Sports Days, Soft Play, Swimming, Skiing, Athletics, Football, Cycling, Shooting, Boccia, Badminton, Picnics, Social Gatherings and Beach Parties.

Follow us on Facebook @DSAUK and Twitter @dwarfsportDSAuk

Registered Charity, number 1041961




Telephone: 079464 019764

Award-winning Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.

Our workshops can assist you in meeting the legal requirements of the Accessible Information Standard (AIS), as well as meet CQC fundamental standards (person centred care, dignity and respect).

In addition to the work we do with the public and private sectors, during the coronavirus pandemic we launched a community program, open to members of the general public. These are free courses for the general public to promote inclusion. For further details, see our latest community workshops.

Relay UK

Email: or use the contact form at this link

Telephone: 0800 7311 888

Textphone and Relay UK app: 0800 500 888 

We’re open:

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm
  • Saturday, 9am–6pm
  • Sunday, 9am-1pm
  • Public holidays, 9am-5pm (closed Christmas Day)

Address: (Post) Relay UK Team, Internal Box 14, Telephone House, 170 – 175 Moor Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 1BA

We’ll aim to get back to you in five working days from receipt of your letter.

British Sign Language (BSL)

Use the SignVideo BSL interpreting service to contact us. Find out how to contact us with BSL.

Our app makes those all-important phone calls easier. Simply type what you’d like to say and our assistant will relay the conversation in real-time. Watch our animation to find out how we can help you.­

Relay UK brings relay services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired people right up to date with the latest app technology.  You don’t need any special kit – just download the app from the App Store or Google Play onto your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Conversations are easy to manage and relaxed. For fluent communication with anyone, anywhere, use Relay UK. Visit this page to know how to download Relay UK app.


The Sleep Charity


Telephone: 01302 751416

Address: Kale Lodge, Woodfield Park, Tickhill Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8QN

The Sleep Charity, incorporating The Sleep Council (is our voluntary advisory board) provide advice and support to empower the nation to sleep better. We campaign to improve sleep support and access to high quality information, raise awareness of the value of a good night’s sleep and promote understanding around the complexities of sleep. We want everyone to share our vision that sleep is a vital component of health and wellbeing and that everyone living with sleep issues should have access to effective, consistent, evidence-based support.

Sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing yet it is estimated that 40% of the population suffer with sleep issues and many do not get the support that they need. 

We have a wide range of courses on offer for both families and professionals. We have trained NHS staff from leading hopsitals including Evelina Hospital, Great Ormond Street and Sheffield Children’s Hospital. We provide a range of “Sleep Workshops” for parent/carers, professionals and young people.

We aim to:

  • Provide access to high quality information and advice to deal with most sleep issues
  • To ensure everyone understands the value of a good night’s sleep
  • To campaign for improvements to the support available
  • Make a positive difference to the lives of those we work with by campaigning for improvement to the support available
  • Provide accredited training for professionals so they can offer sleep support to the people they work with

NB:  “The Sleep Council’ is our voluntary advisory board. The Advisory Board helps to shape the future of sleep support nationally and plays a vital role around providing advice, challenge and scrutiny on key issues and programmes.

The professionals’ expertise spans across sleep, sport science, nutrition, menopause, mental health, sleep research, primary care, public health, sensory processing, CBTi and medical sleep disorders.

Find us on FaceBook @TheSleepCharity and Twitter @TheSleepCharity

Charity Number 1150585