Organisations that provide help support or advice

Everybody in logoThe Council works with a wide range of organisations that support people from diverse backgrounds or with specific needs.  We are happy to publish the details of reputable organisations with these aims. 


Local, regional and national organisations supporting specific areas of equality

National Equality and Diversity Organisations Groups and organisations supporting people with impairments and long term health issues to overcome disability.


Disability groups

Ability Net - Ability Net is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Body Positive Cheshire and North Wales - Formally established in 1998, the philosophy of Body Positive Cheshire and North Wales is to provide good quality services to anyone affected by HIV and AIDS.
 
British Cycling - Disability Cycling - has a wealth of information on Paralympics, events, hand cycles, newsletters and articles.

Can Be Done - Wheelchair accessible tours and holidays.

Chapter - Supports mental health and wellbeing.  The project works on a GP referral basis with people who are at risk of mental ill health, to prepare them to re-enter employment.  For more information contact them on 01244 344409.

Cheshire Dyslexia Association - Local charitable association which is open to all members of the public.  It was formed by a group of parents and teachers in 1972.

Cheshire West and Wirral Crossroads - Carer support network.

Mind - Chester and District Mind, local branch of national mental health charity.

Office for Disability Issues  - Government department responsible for leading on the elimination of discrimination against disabled people, help people find out about their civil rights and to see more clearly how useful the internet can be as a source for information.

DIAL House - Provides a free, confidential and independent advice and information service.  Helps people to seek their rights under the Disability Discrimination Act. Equally important is the provision of information and advice to employers and the wider community about rights and responsibilities.

Deafness Support Network - Deafness Support Network (DSN) was created in 1974 following local government reorganisation to became the service provider organisation for D/deaf people in the county of Cheshire; its districts; and in the unitary authorities of Warrington and Halton.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) - UK disability charity providing advice and information on equipment (Assistive Technologies) for independent living. They provide completely free, impartial advice and information.

Fieldfare - Works with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone.

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

Institute on Independent Living - Promote the opportunities of persons with disabilities to gain more personal and political power, self-determination, full participation and equality through information, training materials, consultancy and technical assistance. The institute works in cooperation with other organisations which support these aims at local, national and international level, including self help groups in developing countries.

IRIS Vision Resource Centre - Registered charity based in Crewe, they offer practical help, support and information for people with poor sight.

Justmobility - Provides a forum for disabled motorists to buy and sell vehicles that have been expensively modified due to their disability. They also offer free advertising to help sell all types of mobility aids from wheelchairs, to seats, to hoists, to walking frames, to stair lifts. You can also find an online directory of Shopmobility Schemes in the UK here.

Mobilise - Mobilise is a UK charity that promotes mobility for disabled people.  Represents the interests of disabled drivers, passengers, scooter and wheelchair users, as well as their friends, families and carers.

Mobility Roadshow - The motor show for disabled people. The Mobility Roadshow aims to give anyone with a mobility problem - drivers, passengers, adults or children - the chance to see what is available, to help solve that problem and most importantly to try out and evaluate the options in a 'no pressure' environment.

Motability Scheme - Established to provide disabled people with safe, reliable and affordable cars. Cars account for 99% of the Scheme's activities, with powered wheelchairs and scooters making up the balance.

PromoCon - PromoCon provides a national service, working as part of Disabled Living, Manchester to improve the life for all people with bladder or bowel problems by offering product information, advice and practical solutions to both professionals and the general public.

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation - Promotes equality for disabled people. Their aim is to encourage and enable people with disabilities to increase their independence and mobility and improve their life skills.

Riding for the Disabled Association - Helps provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride and/or carriage-drive to benefit their health and wellbeing.

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) - Formed in 1977. It now has nearly 700 members including individuals, organisations of and for disabled people, corporate and public sector organisations. Although they work with organisations of all types, RADAR is itself an organisation of disabled people.

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) - Offers information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems. 

Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) - have a vision of a world where deafness and hearing loss are not barriers to opportunity and fulfilment. They are the largest charity representing the 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK.

Tourism for All - National charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all.

Vision Support - Vision Support is a Regional Charity recognised as the leading provider of local support and services to people of all ages living with a vision impairment in Cheshire and North Wales.

Wirral Autistic Society - Supports people nationally with autistic spectrum disorder.

Youreable - Provides a wide range of information, products and services for people with disabilities.


Gender specific issues

Chester Women’s Aid - National domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. Works to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

West Cheshire Multicultural Women's Group - For the benefit and support of women of diverse backgrounds resident or working in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston. Activities include a weekly women's only swimming class, social events and cultural awareness-raising workshops in schools and colleges.
  • Address: C/O CHAWREC, 2 Hunter's Walk, Chester, CH1 4EB.
  • Email: fmbho@zoom.co.uk.

Age related

Age UK  - Supports and campaigns on behalf of older people.
  • Address: 314 Chester Road, Hartford, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2AB
  • Telephone: 01606 881660/2/3
Children Today raise funds to provide special equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. 

Live! aims to work with children and young people, with and without disabilities, to promote choice and inclusion.
 
New Scene Youth Centre - Integrated youth group. The Dingle Recreation Centre is unique in Cheshire as it is the only recreational centre which offers a range of facilities and activities exclusively for people aged 50 and over. With its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, the Dingle is a great place to call in for tea and toast and a chat with new or old friends.

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via www.ticketsource.co.uk

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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