Your district council is a source of information and help related to:
- Council tax discount and housing benefit
- Lifeline pendant schemes
- Some offer grants towards adaptations and equipment
Carers in Herts: 01992 586969 provides information to carers and runs workshops and regular meetings
Breakaway for Carers: 01442 454280 free sitting service in Dacorum and St. Albans areas
Dacorum and St Albans 01462 455578;
Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere 0208 9051158.
Free sitting to provide a break for carers.
Other Support Services
Age UK Hertfordshire
Information Line 0300 345 3446. Provides a huge range of services from Day Centres to carer support groups, from advocacy service and help with paperwork to a handyman service.
Hospital discharge schemes
Offer help in the first few weeks at home. St Albans 01727 850811, Three Rivers/Watford and Hertsmere 01923 436649.
The Alzheimer’s Society provides Dementia cafes, support groups and locations for ‘Singing for the Brain’, and can be contacted on 01923 894222 for West Herts and
01707 378365 for Central Herts including St Albans.
Mind offers advice and support, especially for carers. If you are in Dacorum and Watford/Three Rivers and Hertsmere, you should contact Herts MIND Network on 02037 273600.
If you are in St Albans and Harpenden, contact MIND in Mid Herts
on 01727 865070
For small tasks around the home. St Albans: Anchor Staying Put 01727 846856.
Dacorum: Age UK 01442 259049.
Disability Rights UK
Disability Rights UK works to create a society where everyone with current experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens. Contact their office on 0207 2508181 from Monday to Friday, between 10.00 and 12.30pm and 1.30 and 4.00pm (not a help line), or via their website:
www.disabilityrightsuk.org , or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following helplines are recommended by Disability Rights UK:
- Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) – Tel: 0808 800 0082
- Personal Budgets Help Line – 0300 555 1525
NKS – Access by Disabled People to Public Toilets
The National Key Scheme (NKS) offers independent access by disabled people to public toilets. The RADAR organisation provides keys and a guide to the location For holiday guides for people with disabilities and for the key scheme for disabled toilets. Contact Number 0207 2508191.
- Hemel Hempstead 01442 259259,
- Watford 01923 211020,
- St Albans 01727 819339.
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau
You may also find help in some of the above issues by simply contacting your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
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