Useful links


https://www.stockport.gov.uk/groups/stockport-user-friendly-forum-stuff


https://www.stockport.gov.uk/groups 


http://solidaritydropinstockport.webs.com/


Stockport Wellbeing Centre

Solidarity Drop-in is one of the user groups of Stockport Wellbeing Centre.

http://www.stockportwellbeing.com/ Stockport Wellbeing Centre

www.stockportwellbeing.com/

Wellbeing is important to us all. We want to feel good about ourselves, to get the most out of our lives and feel connected to other people. Wellbeing means feeling more than just happy and confident, it means feeling able to cope when things get tough in our lives or when our physical health suffers. Wellbeing Stockport provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. We work with you to help you make the necessary changes to improve your wellbeing and quality of life. A wide range of Wellbeing Services hosted by Disability Stockport in spacious well equipped premises in the centre of Stockport. About 22 groups operate, most are free for anyone to attend.




Stockport User Friendly Fellowship  are user groups of the Wellbeing Centre. Oasis Building, Mental Health Unit, Poplar Grove, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, SK2 7JE email: [email protected] tel. 0161 483 1010 ext. 0199 , mobile: please leave a message 07845928227


http://www.stockportmind.org.uk/ MIND Stockport & District

www.stockportmind.org.uk/

Stockport Mind is an independent adult mental health charity. Mind uses the Wellbeing Centre for a number of its activity groups. We are affiliated to National Mind and we are also a registered company. We offer friendly, accessible support and information to people in mental distress and work with others to promote well-being in our local community.


Stockport organisations

Organisations based in and/or operating within Stockport or nearby

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/benefit-appeals-help/contact-help-with-benefit-appeals Stockport Council Help with Benefit Appeals team

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/benefit-appeals-help/contact-help-with-benefit-appeals

Find advice and information about how to appeal benefit and tax credit decisions. Our team provides an appointment service for residents of Stockport along with a dedicated service for the local NHS community mental health teams.


https://www.stockport.gov.uk/debt-advice Stockport Council Debt Advice team

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/debt-advice

Find advice and information about dealing with debts, bailiffs/enforcement agents and how to manage money. Our team provides a specialist debt advice appointment service which is available for queries about multiple debts or if you have received a warrant of eviction. We are qualified debt advisers and Approved Intermediaries of the Insolvency Service for the purpose of Debt Relief Order applications.


https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/housing-benefit Stockport Council Housing Benefits

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/housing-benefit

Information on who can claim Housing Benefit and how to do so.


https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/council-tax-support Stockport Council - Council Tax Support

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/council-tax-support

Information on who can get a reduction in Council Tax and how to apply.


https://www.stockport.gov.uk/school-grants Stockport Council - Free School Meals and Clothing Grants

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/school-grants

Find out if you can apply for free school meals and clothing grants.


http://www.stockport.gov.uk/services/advicebenefitsgrants/slas/ Stockport Local Assistance Scheme

www.stockport.gov.uk/services/advicebenefitsgrants/slas/

The aim of the Stockport Local Assistance Scheme is to: provide a safety net in an emergency, when there is an immediate threat to health or safety; to help people to settle into new accommodation after for example, a stay in hospital or temporary accommodation; to help support people to continue to live independently when they are facing difficulties. To be eligible for support from the SLAS applicants need to undergo a four stage application process that determines: their age, household type and benefit/income status; whether or not they have a local Stockport connection, or if one is needed; their qualifying circumstances or need for immediate assistance; the priority of their need and whether there is sufficient money in the budget or not.


http://stockportcab.org.uk/ Stockport Citizens Advice Bureau

stockportcab.org.uk/

Citizens Advice Stockport advisers provide generalist advice to thousands of people every year in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. Our advisers also provide advice in specialist areas like debt and employment. Advice is independent, free, confidential and impartial. We use the evidence of our clients experiences to campaign for positive social and policy change.


http://www.gmlaw.org.uk/contact-us/ Greater Manchester Law Centre

www.gmlaw.org.uk/contact-us/

Greater Manchester Law Centre (steering group) is an organisation that will aim to provide free legal advice and representation to the residents of the entirety of the Greater Manchester region. Our work will focus on the needs of clients who for multiple reasons of exclusion cannot access legal help from private solicitors. We expect to provide in-depth case work to a specialist level in: Welfare Benefits, Employment, Housing, Discrimination, Human Rights, Debt, Education, Community Care, Mental Health, Immigration and Asylum, Public Law.


http://home.btconnect.com/stockportcu/ Stockport Credit Union

home.btconnect.com/stockportcu/

Stockport Credit Union is a financial co-operative that provides financial services to people who live or work in Stockport. We are a savings and loan co-operative, which means that if you save with us you can borrow from us. We are run by our members for our members and we are not trying to make profits for other people.


https://www.mycaremychoice.org.uk/home Stockport Council Adult Social Care

https://www.mycaremychoice.org.uk/home

Welcome to My Care My Choice, the website for Stockport Council Adult Social Care. My Care My Choice has information about local services, groups and activities, as well as advice about looking after your wellbeing and independence. If you or someone you know needs some help with managing day to day life, My Care My Choice can help you find out about what kinds of support are available.


http://disabilitystockport.co.uk/ Disability Stockport

disabilitystockport.co.uk/

Disability Stockport is a voluntary organisation which assists and supports people with physical disabilities and/or sensory loss or impairments.


http://www.walthewhouse.org.uk/ Walthew House

www.walthewhouse.org.uk/

Walthew House is an independent local charity supporting people in Stockport who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing or who have dual sensory loss. The charity is named after John Walthew, who founded the charity in 1882.


http://www.thewellspring.co.uk/ The Wellspring, Stockport

www.thewellspring.co.uk/

The Wellspring is based in Stockport town centre, but we support people not just from Stockport, but from surrounding areas including Manchester, Tameside and Salford. We also engage with people from all over the country. The Wellspring provides services to homeless and disadvantaged people 365 days a year. We aim to support people out of homelessness and to become independent of services.


http://www.stockportmegroup.co.uk/ Stockport M.E. Group

www.stockportmegroup.co.uk/

The Stockport ME Group is an independent registered charity, run by volunteers, whose aim is to help improve the quality of life for all ME sufferers, their families and carers. The group actively campaigns for improved services for all sufferers, e.g. NHS and statutory benefits.


http://www.headwaystockport.org.uk/ Headway

www.headwaystockport.org.uk/

Headway South Manchester and Stockport promotes the understanding of all aspects of brain injury, and provides support and information for the head injured, their families and carers.


http://www.pipstockport.org/ Parents in Partnership Stockport

www.pipstockport.org/

PIPS is an independent local parent carer forum in Stockport run by parents for parents, carers, grandparents and family members who have a child/young person between the ages of 0 & 25 years with a disability or/and additional needs. We work in co-production with the local authority, education, health, social care and other providers to ensure the collective voice of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs are heard during the design, development, delivery and review of services to help create services that meet the needs of families. PIPS offers an opportunity for families of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs to come together, to share information and to provide support to each other.


http://www.signpostforcarers.org.uk/ Signpost for Carers

www.signpostforcarers.org.uk/

Signpost Stockport For Carers is committed to supporting unpaid carers of all ages to fulfil their own needs as individuals. Established in 1986 as an independent registered charity, the centre strives to improve the quality of life of those caring for others. This includes young carers from the age of 6 years old.


http://www.webs.com Carers Voice Stockport

www.webs.com

The aim of Carers' Voice is to welcome all unpaid carers to join us and pass on their views and experience, ensuring their voice is heard in the right places. Caring can be isolating and our meetings help carers to feel supported and valued. Local Authority and NHS take carers' views seriously and this aids them to make strategic decisions on matters of policy and budgeting. Carers' Voice always welcomes new members of all ages, there is no charge to join and the group also welcomes professionals with a carer remit. Carers' Voice is based with Disability Stockport/Centre for Independent Living, a voluntary organisation that assists and supports people with a disability and their carers.


http://www.ageuk.org.uk/stockport/ Age UK Stockport

www.ageuk.org.uk/stockport/

Age UK Stockport is a local registered charity and all our efforts and resources are used for the benefit of people within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport


http://re-dish.org/about/ Re:dish

re-dish.org/about/

Welcome to Re:dish, a charity based in Reddish which aims to improve the lives of everyone by promoting a co-operative and cohesive community.



Other organisations

http://www.motability.co.uk/ Motability

www.motability.co.uk/

The Motability Scheme provides an affordable, worry-free way for people with disabilities to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance. The Scheme is operated by Motability Operations Ltd, under contract to Motability, a registered Charity.


http://www.carersuk.org/ Carers UK

www.carersuk.org/

Making life better for carers.


https://www.rethink.org/ Rethink Mental Illness

https://www.rethink.org/

Welcome to Rethink Mental Illness. We help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives.


https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/advice-and-support-services Mencap

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/advice-and-support-services

Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. We want everybody to have the opportunity to achieve the things they want out of life. That's why we are here, to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers.


https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/ Epilepsy Action

https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/

We exist to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy


http://www.autism.org.uk/ National Autistic Society

www.autism.org.uk/

Website of the National Autistic Society


http://www.cafamily.org.uk/ Contact a Family

www.cafamily.org.uk/

Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children. 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.


http://england.shelter.org.uk/our_work Shelter

england.shelter.org.uk/our_work

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We are here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.


http://www.boycottworkfare.org/ Boycott Workfare

www.boycottworkfare.org/

Boycott Workfare is a UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive welfare. Workfare profits the rich by providing free labour, whilst threatening the poor by taking away welfare rights if people refuse to work without a living wage. We are a grassroots campaign, formed in 2010 by people with experience of workfare and those concerned about its impact. We expose and take action against companies and organisations profiting from workfare; encourage organisations to pledge to boycott it; and actively inform people of their rights.


http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/home-alternative/info-advice/ Fuel Poverty Action

www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/home-alternative/info-advice/

Campaigning and offering information and advice on fuel poverty.


https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en Equality and Human Rights Commission

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en

Our job is to help make Britain fairer. We do this by safeguarding and enforcing the laws that protect people???s rights to fairness, dignity and respect.



Information resources

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/betteroff-stockport Better Off Stockport

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/betteroff-stockport

BetterOff is a service for people who live in Stockport and who may be eligible to claim benefits and/or need some support to get a job. BetterOff will show you the benefits you are entitled to and will help you to apply for them online. BetterOff also provides information on how to search job vacancies and volunteering opportunities near you and tips for searching and applying for jobs, succeeding at interviews and finding childcare.


https://sailadvice.org.uk/ Stockport advice and Information for Life (SAIL)

https://sailadvice.org.uk/

Citizens Advice Stockport is the lead partner of the SAIL partnership. SAIL self-help questions give advice and information on the following topics; benefits, consumer, debt, family and relationships, health, housing, immigration and asylum, legal, work and other


http://www.tfgm.com/journey_planning/Tickets/Pages/tickets_concessionary_faqs.aspx Transport for Greater Manchester - Low fares and free travel for disabled people

www.tfgm.com/journey_planning/Tickets/Pages/tickets_concessionary_faqs.aspx

If you live in Greater Manchester and you are disabled, you may be able to get a Concession Plus pass which allows you to have free travel at all times on buses, local trains and Metrolink trams in Greater Manchester, and on local buses elsewhere in England between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.


https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/ Citizens Advice Benefits pages

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/

It's important to make sure that you get all the help that you're entitled to. These pages give you information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran. There is also information about council tax and housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits.


http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/ Benefits and Work

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/

At a time when most politicians seem proud to treat sick and disabled claimants with harshness and suspicion, independent and accurate information about how to claim and keep your benefits is vitally important. Benefits and Work, was launched in 2002 (and became a limited company in October 2006) by advice worker turned barrister Holiday Whitehead and benefits writer and trainer Steve Donnison, to provide just such information. NB This is a subscription based service.


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-personal-independence-payment-toolkit-for-partners/the-personal-independence-payment-pip-toolkit Department for Work and Pensions PIP Toolkit

https://www.gov.uk/government/... (more)

As part of wider welfare reform, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people who were aged 16 to 64 on 8 April 2013 or reach age 16 after that date. This was initially for new claims only. This toolkit provides information to individuals and organisations that support PIP and DLA claimants. It equips you to offer up-to-date information about PIP or direct claimants to other sources of help.


http://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/how-win-pip-appeal Advice Now - How to win a PIP appeal

www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/how-win-pip-appeal

If you made a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you didn't get the award that you think you were entitled to, you don't have to give up. This guide will help you decide if you should challenge the decision. It, and the accompanying tool, will help you ask the DWP to look at their decision again. This is called a 'mandatory reconsideration'. If they don't change the decision straight away, this guide shows you how to appeal the decision and win. (You must ask for a reconsideration before you can appeal). This guide is for everybody who got thinks the DWP made the wrong decision about their application for PIP.


http://jobseekersanctionadvice.com/ Job Seeker Sanctions Advice

jobseekersanctionadvice.com/

This website is independently owned and operated by three female, ex DWP civil servants who launched it in order to offer a self help facility to members of society who are unemployed and believe they have been subject to an unfair or illegal Jobseeker Sanction or Disallowance and who need free, relevant, up to date written advice, as well as effective 'fill in the blank' templates in order to allow them to challenge the financial restriction placed upon them. See in particular, the very useful How to Guides page.


http://www.edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/node/32 Benefits interviews - Be accompanied

www.edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/node/32

Ediburgh Coalition Against Poverty details your right to be accompanied at interviews at Jobcentres and other DWP offices.


http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/help-with-health-costs.aspx NHS in England - Help with Health Costs

www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/help-with-health-costs.aspx

Although treatment on the NHS is free at the point of delivery, there may still be some costs (for example, your journey to hospital). However, much or all of the cost can be reclaimed, which should ease any added stress. These pages explain in full detail how to claim the money to which you are entitled.


https://www.turn2us.org.uk/ Turn2Us

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.


http://www.lawforlife.org.uk/ Law for Life

www.lawforlife.org.uk/

We are a charity working to equip ordinary people with the knowledge, confidence and skills that they need to deal effectively with everyday law-related issues. Find out more about us, the work that we do, and why we do it

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runs every Monday from Disability Stockport Wellbeing Centre 23 High Street, Stockport, SK1 1EG We offer low cost food and drink, and the opportunity to meet new friends!


For more information contact Natalie Best 07800618561 [email protected]