Community support groups and organisations
There are a number of groups and organisations
both nationally and within Tower Hamlets that provide advice and
support to vulnerable, disabled or elderly people and their
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care and support organisations in Tower Hamlets (Excel
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- Age Concern - The UK's leading
charities concerned with the needs and aspirations of older
- Age Positive - Age
Positive is a government initiative which tackles age
discrimination and promotes age diversity in the workplace.
- Alzheimer's Society - The
Alzheimer's Society provides advice and support to people with
dementia and their carers.
- Carers - For carers, voluntary
organisations and others, related to the national strategy for
Caring about Carers, and providing useful links.
- Contact the
Elderly - Seeks to reduce the isolation for older people
who live alone, by providing social occasions such as monthly tea
- Help the Aged - A leading
national charity for older people.
- IndependentAge - A
philanthropic organisation providing financial support and
friendship for older people (previously known as RUKBA).
- AbilityNet - are a charity that
offers advice to people with disabilities on all aspects of
computer usage for employment, communication, education, or just
- Action for Blind
People - is a national charity which aims to enable blind and
partially sighted people to enjoy equal opportunities in every
aspect of their lives through work, leisure, housing and
- Alzheimers society -
Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to
improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in
England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Disabled Information Advice Line
(DIAL) - DIAL provides a link to information for people with
disabilities, and to advice providers.
- Disability Sport England -
creates opportunities for participation in sport for people with
- Epilepsy Action (British Epilepsy
Association) - The Epilepsy Action helpline provides advice
and information on all aspects of living with epilepsy. They aim to
reply to helpline queries by email within 48 hours.
- Headway - Promotes
understanding of all aspects of brain injury; and provides
information, support and services to people with a brain injury,
their family and carers.
- Keep Able - Provides mobility and
- MENCAP - Working with people
with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
- MIND - Mind is the leading
mental health charity in England and Wales who works to create a
better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.
- MS society - The MS Society
is the UK's largest charity for people affected by Multiple
Sclerosis (MS) - in the UK. They are a membership
- National Society for
Epilepsy (NSE) - is the largest UK medical charity for
epilepsy. The website offers information about epilepsy and about
the NSE, frequently asked questions, personal accounts of living
with epilepsy, a message board and more.
- Parkinsons society - Have
networks across the UK with nurses and specialist advisors that
offer support and advice. They are fund research and campaign.
- Rethink - Helping everyone affected
by severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, to recover a
better quality of life.
- Royal Association in Aid of Deaf
people (RAD) - strives to meet the individual needs of
deaf children and adults and deaf-blind people through the
provision of services and the use of RAD Centres for Deaf
Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) - If you need
to register as blind, contact the RNIB.
- Royal National Institute for deaf and
hard of hearing people (RNID) - trained, dedicated and professional information
line officers who provide free, confidential and impartial
information to deaf and hard of hearing people, their families,
friends, and professionals in Tower Hamlets.
- Scope - helps people with
cerebral palsy to achieve equality in society.
- SeeAbility (Royal School for the
Blind) - works with adults who are blind or partially sighted,
and have a range of additional disabilities. The charity works to
encourage people's independence and to enhance their quality of
life. They are also involved in research projects and training
courses for professionals who work with people who are blind or
- Spinal injuries association -
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national
charity for spinal cord injured people. They are unique in that we
are a user led organisation with all our Trustees being spinal cord
- Stroke society - The Stroke
Association is the only UK wide charity solely concerned
with combating stroke in people of all ages. It funds research into
prevention, treatment and better methods of rehabilitation, and
helps stroke patients and their families directly through its
Rehabilitation and Support Services.
- Vitalise - provides respite for
carers, and holidays for people with severe physical
Employment & training for adults with a disability
There are a number of organisations in Tower Hamlets that assist
with employment and training for adults with a disability, these
- dito – working with adults with disabilities
of all kinds
40-50 Southern Grove, E3 4PX
- Shaw Trust – working with people with learning
St Peter’s Centre
Reardon Street, E1W 2QH
- The Tower Project - working with people with
disabilities of all kinds and none
45-55 Whitehorse Road, E1 0ND
- Apasenth – working with people with learning
disabilities from the Bangladeshi community
The Brady Centre
192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU
- Vopel – working with people with learning
disabilities from the Bangladeshi community
The Garrett Centre
45 Blythe Street, E2 6LN
Tel: 020 7739 9272
- Working Well Trust - working with people with
mental health difficulties
359 High Street
Stratford, E15 4QZ
Tel: 020 8519 9196
Other useful links:
- Wise Owls is run by, and for,
the over 45s / 50s and is dedicated to tackling ageism.
Please contact the organisations directly,
although access to many of these services is via a community care
assessment, which will include an assessment of needs related to
employment or vocational support opportunities.
To make a referral for a community care assessment, contact the
council’s Social Care Team:
6th Floor Anchorage House
2 Clove Crescent
London E14 1BY
Tel: 020 7364 3838