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Blue Badge disabled parking scheme (NHS Choices)

Blue Badge disabled parking scheme If you have severe mobility problems that make using public transport difficult, you may be able to get a "Blue Badge" parking permit for your car. This lets you park closer to places you wish to visit, such as in…

Elefriends website and app (MIND)

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

How to volunteer (NCVO advice)

Volunteering opportunities come in many shapes and sizes. Some volunteer a few hours regularly, others when called upon by an organisation. You could volunteer in your neighborhood, online or in other countries. This guide will help you find out what is possible and how to…

How to volunteer? (NHS Choices)

Volunteering is a rewarding way to use your spare time. There are many people, charities and organisations who could benefit from your support. First of all, decide what kind of volunteering would suit you. Think about the sort of organisation you'd like to volunteer for, the activities you'd like…

Loneliness and making social connections (NHS Choices)

Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation - and it can have a serious effect on health. But there are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out. For more information, visit the NHS…

Motability scheme (NHS Choices)

Motability scheme The Motability scheme allows some disabled people getting DLA, PIP or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement to obtain a car, powered wheelchair or scooter. The scheme uses some or all of your mobility benefit payments to cover the cost of "contract hire" or "hire…

NHS help with travel and transport costs (NHS Choices)

NHS help with travel and transport costs You may need help getting to and from hospital appointments, and with transport costs if you’re on a low income. Help with travel costs can include hospital transport. For more information, visit the NHS Choices website. 

Online forums

Online forums are a great place to have a chat, make friends and share your experiences and opinions.  Useful links to get you started are  Age UK Chat,Friends in Need,Gransnet,Netmums,Twitter,

Plan your bus journey (Staffordshire County Council)

Journey planners If you don't know which bus you need to catch, an online journey planner is provided by Network West Midlands.  The journey planner also includes other transport options as well as buses. Journey Planning advice could also be accessed by phone on 0871 200 22 33…

Should I volunteer? (NHS Choices)

There's good evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and the people and organisations they support. Volunteering involves spending unpaid time doing something to help other people or groups, other than (or as well as) close relatives. Evidence suggests that volunteering brings health benefits to…
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