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Livability gives disabled and disadvantaged people real choice about how they live their lives.
As the UK's largest Christian disability charity, we run a wide and diverse range of services for disabled adults and children helping them to reach their full potential and develop their independence. This complements our Community Engagement work which supports churches to make their communities a better place to live.
Created by the merger of the Shaftesbury Society and John Grooms in 2007, Livability combines a strong heritage as social reformers with a will to innovate and an ambition to put an end to social exclusion.
Our vision is for a society in which people who are blind and partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
Our purpose is to deliver the guide dog service and other mobility services; to break down legal and physical barriers; and to enable people who are blind and partially sighted to get around on their own.
We campaign for the rights of people who are blind and partially sighted to have the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
We undertake quality canine, ophthalmic, psychosocial and technological research that informs our services, policies and campaigning activities.
There are 137 different types of blood cancer, all with different names, symptoms and challenges. You will probably recognise two or three, but many might be unfamiliar and some don ot even sound like cancers. It makes blood cancer hard to understand and can leave patients feeling isolated. We are facing a crisis in awareness: people simply do not know enough about blood cancer.
As the UKs biggest blood cancer charity we knew we had to do something. We want to show patients and their families that their cause has a champion and that – with continued investment in world-class research, thought leadership and patient support – we believe the writing is on the wall for all 137 blood cancers.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them.
They achieve this by funding research to better understand and treat cystic fibrosis, review standards of cystic fibrosis care, and provide information and advice to the CF community.
We work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world leading research and scientists, campaigning for change and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.
Every day 10 million people live with the pain of arthritis. This incredibly common condition affects both young and old. Arthritis not only disrupts young people's education but it can affect their confidence; it forces people out of the workplace and blight a hard earned retirement. Here at Arthritis Care we know what it's like to live with arthritis, we also know there's always something to be done that can reduce its impact on their lives. That's why we're here with guidance, information and support. Working alongside people with arthritis we encourage, inspire and share the practical know-how so they can get on top of their arthritis and get on doing the things they love.
Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association is a national charity dedicated to helping the 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK rebuild their lives.
Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and care services for, disabled children and adults across Scotland.We work with disabled people, their families and carers to provide a mix of services that meet their aspirations at all stages of their livesWe are also a campaigning organisation, committed to using our strong influence to ensure disabled people achieve the same human and civil rights as the rest of society.
Enham Trust is a pan disability organisation that works with close to 7,500 individuals each year throughout the South, giving them independence, choice and control in the cornerstone areas of their lives; housing, care, work and skills development.
At Enham Trust, we see the possibilities - not the impossibilities. We want to make life more positive for the thousands of people we support every day. With your support, we have the power to say 'yes'. Our work enables anyone to say "Yes, I can try that". "Yes, I can do that" or "Yes, I am in control"..
We aim to touch every aspect of the lives of people living with physical and learning disabilities. We offer a number of services for disabled people, putting the power back in to their hands. We ask our clients what they want and build a personal support plan to help them achieve it.
Imagine not being able to move, sleep or smile. Feeling anxious or depressed and struggling to think or remember. Your body not feeling like your own. This is what Parkinson's can feel like.
Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's.
Parkinson's UK is here to make sure people have whatever they need to take back control. We drive better care, treatments and quality of life.
Together we can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's
Sightsavers is a UK-based international charity which fights avoidable blindness and promotes equal opportunities for visually impaired people.
What we do
We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and get equality for people with disabilities.
We help blind people to see, prevent others from going blind unnecessarily, and support people to live independently if their sight loss cannot be undone.
The causes of avoidable blindness go further than eye disease, so we do not just slap a sticking-plaster on the problem – we campaign to make a fairer world and change lives for the long term.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of people affected by epilepsy by promoting public awareness and education, by undertaking research and by delivering specialist medical care and support services.
Bowel Disease Research Foundation
BDRF funds practically-oriented research which increases understanding while delivering direct and demonstrable improvements in the treatment of and survival rates for people with bowel disease. Their method of operation is to invite applications from all practitioners in bowel disease. All bowel diseases are eligible for consideration. Bids received are evaluated by peer review to ensure only the highest-quality projects are approved. BDRF gives priority to projects which offer real hopes of progress for existing patients.
Arthritis Research UK
At Arthritis Research UK, we invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. We believe that by harnessing the power of exceptional science we can overcome the pain, isolation and fatigue arthritis causes, making everyday life better for all 10 million people with arthritis in the UK.
Dementia can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021.
At Alzheimer's Society, we believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
Riding for Disabled Association
The Riding for the Disabled Association, also known as the RDA is a United Kingdom based charity focused on providing horse-riding and carriage driving lessons to people with both developmental and physical disabilities.
At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. Our network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping to up to 28,000 people each year.
Bowel Cancer UK
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK's leading bowel cancer research charity. We are determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. We support and influence research, educate patients, public and professionals about bowel cancer and campaign for early diagnosis and best treatment and care for all those affected.
We are working hard to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults.
Epilepsy Ireland (previously Brainwave - The Irish Epilepsy Association) was established in 1966 by a group of individuals concerned to improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy in Ireland.
Over the 49 years since our inception, we have grown and expanded and now provides a range of services from headquarters in Dublin and from regional offices in Cork, Dundalk, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Limerick, Sligo and Tullamore.
Muscular Dystrophy UK
Muscular Dystrophy UK is the leading UK charity focusing on muscular dystrophy and other related conditions.
They are dedicated to beating muscular dystrophy and other related conditions by finding treatments and cures and to improving the lives of everyone affected by them.
They also have an active role in nationwide lobbying and campaigning for changes to improve the support given to patients and to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy and related conditions. We have also made vital contributions to improvements in peoples quality of life through emotional and practical support and grants towards the cost of specialist equipment, and we provide specialist education and development for health professionals.
Our work has five main focuses:
■ we fund world-class research to find effective treatments and cures
■ we provide practical information, advice and emotional support for individuals with muscular dystrophy and other related conditions, their carers and families
■ we campaign to bring about change and raise awareness of muscular dystrophy and other related conditions
■ we award grants towards the cost of specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs
■we provide specialist education and development for health professionals.
Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland. Alz Scotland campaign for the rights of people with dementia and their families and provide an extensive range of innovative and personalised support services.
The Royal Mencap Society is a charity based in the UK that works with people with a learning disability. Mencap is the UKs leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers. Mencap works collaboratively, fighting for equal rights, campaigning for greater opportunities and challenging attitudes and prejudice.
We do many different things...
•We support people with a learning disability to get a job or take a college course, or we can help them find a place of their own to live in
•We offer advice about things like respite care, individual budgets or transport services
•We run residential/day care services and leisure groups that are so important to so many people with a learning disability, and their families and supporters
•We support people with a learning disability to be part of their local communities
•We lobby the government to change laws so that more and more people with a learning disability can have control over their own lives
Deafblind UK is a membership organisation of, and governed by, people who are deafblind or have both a sight and hearing loss. We champion the rights and interests of all people who are deafblind or have a combined sight and hearing loss and deliver quality services to give these individuals autonomy and control over their lives. Through our work we support equality, independence and choice.
Dogs for Good
We are an innovative charity, exploring ways dogs can help people and communities overcome specific challenges and transform lives.
-We train assistance dogs to support adults and children with a range of disabilities, and children with autism
-We place specially trained community dogs in schools and communities, helping both adults and children overcome specific challenges
-We run PAWS family dog workshops which provide support and advice to parents of children with autism to explore the difference a pet dog could make to their family
We see time and time again the incredible things which can happen when you bring people and dogs together.
Disability Action works to ensure that people with disabilities attain their full rights as citizens, by supporting inclusion, influencing Government policy and changing attitudes in partnership with disabled people.
Disability Action provides a range of services and projects for people with disabilities, their families and carers. All of these activities are funded in different ways and most are available without the need for a referral.
Disability Action provides a range of services that businesses, public authorities and other voluntary and community sector groups can access to ensure that they are meeting the needs of disabled people. These include training services, access consultancy and our Business Support Scheme.
You can keep up to date on disability news including policy developments by subscribing to receive Disability Actions e-newsletters, including the weekly Northern Ireland Assembly Disability Monitor, the monthly Disability Action Ezine or the quarterly Disability and Human Rights Ezine.
We are a UK charity providing a fantastic selection of high-quality audiobooks to some 38,000 people across the UK who find it difficult or impossible to read due to illness or disability. We help a wide range of organisations and individuals and provide our audiobooks on 3 easily accessible formats: through the post on CD, downloaded online and streamed from this website. Members can choose from a range of options to find the service that best suits their needs.
The charity charges a membership fee but this is heavily subsidised.
SeeAbility is a UK charity supporting people with sight loss and multiple disabilities. Our highly trained staff, supported by SeeAbility rehabilitation specialists in visual impairment and speech and language specialists, work to develop the skills of the people we support, enabling them to make the choices they want and enjoy a fulfilling life with as much independence as possible
We share our expert knowledge proactively across the UK to raise awareness and increase access to eye care and vision services.
SeeAbility's Children in Focus Campaign is currently carrying out the most extensive research to date into sight testing for children in special schools in England, as part of our plans to transform eye care for children with disabilities.
You can find out more about our work at www.seeability.org and read our latest annual report at www.seeability.org/annualreport.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People is a UK charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people in the UK with sight loss.
Our work includes:
• campaigning on a range of issues from preventing sight loss through to better transport services for blind and partially sighted people
• supporting others through a range of products and services
• offering training, education and learning
• employment and education services
• promoting accessible services
Our research is linked to the priorities set out in RNIBs strategy. The focus is to provide an evidence base that supports the organisations ambitious goals so that we can have the greatest positive impact on blind and partially sighted peoples lives.
Action on Hearing Loss
AOHL provide a range if support for people with hearing loss and tinnitus including:
- Day-to-day care for people who are deaf and have additional needs.
- Communication services and training.
- Practical advice to help people protect their hearing.
- Campaigning to change public policy around hearing loss issues.
- Supporting research into an eventual cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.
We work with people who share our commitment to changing the world for people affected by stroke - with stroke survivors and their families; with decision makers; with researchers and medics; as well as with our supporters.
Together we will conquer stroke.
We believe that stroke can and should be prevented; and we believe in the power of research to save lives.
We know that with our support people can and do recover well. These beliefs drive us forward to change the world for people affected by stroke.
British Heart Foundation
BHF funds thousands of research projects around the UK that are fighting heart disease.
They also help people millions of people every year with our up to date information about heart disease so the UK public are better informed.
BHF publications offer information for heart patients and also have resources for healthcare professionals.
They campaign for policies that protect heart health and and provide better services for heart patients.
Diabetes UK NI
Diabetes UK Northern Ireland works to Care for, Connect with and Campaign on behalf of the 80,164 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland and their family and friends.
Sense Scotland was formalised as a charity in 1985. It grew quickly, from its beginnings as a small group of families pressing for services for their children, who were affected by deafblindness, many because of maternal rubella. Since then, the organisation has gone on to successfully support thousands of disabled people and their families, in thousands of projects and services, throughout Scotland.
For 30 years Sense Scotland has been working with people who have communication support needs. We believe everyone should have a choice in how they live their life.
Sense International is a global charity supporting deafblind people in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Romania and Uganda. We are one of the world's leading international organisations working for deafblind people and their families.
Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we'll be here. We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. We raise awareness of the issues that matter. And with your support, we'll keep driving change across society until this country is great for everyone.
For people who care about sight loss and the preservation of sight, Blindcare is an equal partnership of charities making a bigger difference because we can help more people, more effectively, by working together.
Blindcare was founded as a consortium of charities more than 25 years ago and became a registered charity in 1993. Our partner charities are responsible for more than 90% of all expenditure for the welfare of blind and visually impaired people. We are a very successful example of charities working together as equal partners to increase awareness and fundraise for a common cause.
Our donors help blind and visually impaired people of all ages and fund research to reduce the occurrence of eye disease in future generations.
National Autistic Society
We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism
We have nearly 20,000 members, around 100 branches and provide:
information, advice, advocacy, training and support for individuals and their families
information and training for health, education and other professionals working with people with autism and their families
specialist residential, supported living, outreach and day services for adults
specialist schools and education outreach services for children
out-of-school services for children and young people
employment training and support and social programmes for adults with autism.
A local charity with a national presence, we campaign and lobby for lasting positive change for those affected by autism in England, Wales/Cymru, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Worldwide People for People
By donating to People for People, you support four charities working together to improve the lives of communities in the developing world.
Please help us in this work by making a regular gift through your pay packet.
Amref Health Africa
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Action Not Disability
Action Not Disability (AND) is formed from six disability charities who promote independence for disabled people. AND gives you the unique opportunity to help six charities at once.
Contact a Family
We support families of disabled children across the UK, whatever their condition or disability. We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.
Bowel and Cancer Research
Provides funding of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation and its continuing support for research from here as well as around the UK
National Deaf Children's Society
The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
We have offices in London, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow.
Deaf Child Worldwide is our international development wing. It's the only UK-based international development agency dedicated to enabling deaf children to overcome poverty and isolation.
We are a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.
At Sense we offer high-quality, flexible services across the UK, using skilled staff and a dedicated network of volunteers with skills in complex communication, orientation and challenging behaviour.
Suppport is taylored to individual needs to be able to be as independent as possible and range respite and flexible packages of support through to registered care and supported living.
We work with children, young people, adults and older people with a progressive sight and hearing loss, offering a range of housing, educational and leisure opportunities.
Sense also has an information and advice team offering information and guidance on all issues relating to deafblindness, including the use of technology. We also offer legal advice and casework.
Epilepsy Scotland works with people living with epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We want to make sure the needs of people with epilepsy are met. This is why we campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma.
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Leonard Cheshire Disability is the Uks leading charity supporting disabled people.
Every year, we support thousands of people in the UK and around the world with physical and learning disabilities to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.
They support disabled people in many different ways, to reflect what they tell us they want. This includes providing care in peoples own homes, in supported rented accommodation, in residential homes, in day centres and through respite services.
We make a difference to the lives of thousands of people by supporting them to develop skills through our employment, education, enterprise, health, volunteering and digital inclusion projects.
We campaign alongside disabled people to bring about changes for the better, and to challenge ignorance and unfairness in society.
Internationally, we are part of a Global Alliance of Leonard Cheshire charities that works to improve the lives of disabled people in 54 countries.
You can help stop MS.
Help fund innovative research, better support and better treatments, until we can stop MS – once and for all
Over 100,000 of us in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS). It's unpredictable, and different for everyone. It's often painful and exhausting, and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. It can make it hard for us to work, and do the things we enjoy. But it doesn't have to be this way.
We're the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers. We understand what life's like with MS, and we support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between. And we're driving research into more – and better – treatments. For everyone.
Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.
£10 could buy lab equipment that will help researchers find new and better treatments for everyone with MS
£20 could help run the MS helpline for one hour, giving someone affected by MS information and emotional support when it's really needed.
Special Olympics Great Britain
Special Olympics GB is a UK charity that uses sport to transform the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, so that they have better physical and mental health, improved confidence, new friendships, better life opportunities and inclusion in their communities.
We are the largest provider of disability sports training and competition in GB, supporting over 10,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities year-round through our 140 local sports clubs run by 4,000 volunteers.
There are more than 1.5 million children and adults in GB with intellectual disabilities (ID).
It is a lifelong condition caused by the way the brain develops, resulting in significant learning/vocational problems.
Children and young people with intellectual disabilities are disadvantaged as they find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate, often leading their lives without ever realising their own potential.
Children with an intellectual disability are socially excluded and 8 out of 10 are bullied.
1 in 2 families with an intellectually disabled child live in poverty.
1 in 3 people with an intellectual disability are obese.
Many experience emotional/health problems associated with inactivity, as well as a shockingly lower life expectancy.
Donations help us reach new athletes, offer more training and competition and transform more lives through sport.
Will you join our team?
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