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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.
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.
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.
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK's leading bowel cancer charity. We're determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed, that's almost 42,000 people every year. Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer with more than 16,000 people in the UK dying every year. However, it shouldn't be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However, this drops significantly as it develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
Bowel Cancer UK support and fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care. Our vision is a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer but we can't achieve this alone. Support us. Take action. Because you can help save lives. Today.
We are the British Heart Foundation and we fund research to beat the world's biggest killers. We fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. We also offer support and information for the people affected by heart and circulatory diseases and campaign for polices that protect heart health.
We've helped transform survival rates but heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 people in the UK, causing heartbreak on every street. Which means our work is still as urgent and vital as ever.
"Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular Dementia. Diabetes. They're all connected, and they're all under our microscope."
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.
We are Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
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.
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.
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.
We are Leonard Cheshire – supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life – opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.
Like our founder, we believe that diversity creates a world of possibility. Through pioneering research and innovation we’re building a fairer, more inclusive society.
One that recognises the positive contributions we all make, and where we are all proud to play our part.
Leading by example, we do everything humanly possible to empower people to live their lives as freely and as fully as they choose.
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
MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity providing care and support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND), as well as funding research into finding a cure.
MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided. There is currently no cure or effective treatment for MND and the average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 14 months.
We provide a variety of services across the country; one-to-one counselling; benefits advice; complementary therapies; communication aids loan; equipment loan; support groups; information service; accessible holiday accommodation; and grants which can help with costs associated with the illness.
MND Scotland also funds research throughout the UK which is taking us closer to a cure and improves the lives of those living with the condition.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
No one should have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation that arthritis causes.
We're the 10 million people living with arthritis, the friends, parents, carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, fundraisers, volunteers and supporters all united in our ambition that no one should live with the relentless pain. It's a big ambition, and we can't do it without you. Join us today.
Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK have joined forces to become Versus Arthritis, joining award-winning care with outstanding medical research.
We are working hard to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults.