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Carers Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is £66.15 a week to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You need to be aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours…

Carers' assessments

If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member, you may be eligible for support from your local council. This support could include being offered money to pay for things that make caring easier. Or the local authority might offer practical support,…

Carers' breaks and respite care

Your carer's assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Equally, the person you care for may also want to have a break without you. See Accessible day trips and activities for help planning their trip. Replacement care and respite care Replacement…

Caring for children with complex needs

If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment that needs a lot of additional support for them to live day to day, they might be described as having "complex needs". A child might have complex needs from birth, or following…

Caring for someone with autism

If you care for someone with autism, their wellbeing will be your main concern but don't ignore your own needs. Getting help and support and the occasional break will be good for you as well as the person under your care. Benefits and help for…

Ceiling Hoist Users Club

Educating accommodation providers in the provision of ceiling track hoists. CHuC (the Ceiling Hoist users Club) was set up by the late Sue Maynard Campbell MBE, M.D. of Equal Ability CIC, to promote the interests of those disabled people who need to use hoists and…

Challenging behaviour

Some behaviours that a child or young person uses can be challenging to the people around them e.g. parents, carers, teachers and other professionals. By using these behaviours the child or young person isn’t trying to upset or distress others : they are giving a…

The Changing Places Consortium

A campaign to make accessible toilets more available to everyone The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor…

Charitable Funding

Equipment for children and young people with additional needs is expensive. There are various organisations available that offer funding in specific circumstances. Some (but not all) are means tested, and there are usually restrictions on what can be applied for. Here are a couple of useful…

Chickenpox vaccine

The chickenpox vaccine protects against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox. The chickenpox vaccine is not part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule. It is currently only offered on the NHS to people who are in close contact with someone who is particularly vulnerable…
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