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Helpful Charities

14 October 2017

Helpful Charities

We have identified charities that we feel offer further support and specialised services that may be of benefit to you, our supporters. If you are struggling in any area of life that we at Nerve Tumours UK may not specialise in dealing with then you may want to seek help from one of the charities listed below that does. 

Feel free to visit their website or get in contact with any charity listed below that will be able to support you. 

Association of Lipspeakers

The Association of Lipspeakers (ALS) is the professional body that represents lipspeakers. It aims to promote lipspeaking and its good practice and encourage the further development of lipspeaking as a communication service. 

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Association of Lipspeakers with Additional Sign

The Association of Lipspeakers with Additional Sign was set up to separate lipspeakers who can sign from those who can’t. This will make it easier for deaf people to find the support professional that best matches their needs. This makes it clearer and easier for deaf people who specifically need a lipspeaker who can use signs to support meaning.

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#AttentionUK is a campaign about one of the few mental health disorders that hasn’t become less stigmatised in the UK over the last decade. That disorder is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD.

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Autistica are the UK’s leading autism research charity. Our vision is a long, healthy, happy life for autistic people and their families

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British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport help blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport. They encourage adults and children to participate in activities at all levels, from grassroots to the Paralympic Games. British Blind Sport prides themselves on making a visible difference through sport as they know that taking the first step into participating in a sporting or recreational activity can change lives for the better.

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Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. 

They run a free and confidential helpline which runs 7 days a week for 7 hours each day for anyone who needs to talk about life's problems. They also support those bereaved by suicide through their Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP)

Help is at Hand is also a great resource which they offer for those who have been bereaved

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Carers UK

Carers UK is the national membership charity for the millions of people who look after older, ill or disabled family and friends in the UK.

At some point in our lives, we’re all going to care or need care ourselves. It can happen suddenly – a birth, an illness, an accident – or it can start slowly, as our loved ones grow older and live longer with disability.

However it happens, Carers UK is there with support, information and advice, campaigning for lasting change and innovating to find new ways to make life better.

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Cerebra is the charity dedicated to helping families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together.

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Changing Faces

Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for everyone with a scar, mark or condition on their face or body that makes them look different.

They provide advice, support and psychosocial services to children, young people and adults. They challenge discrimination and we campaign for Face Equality: a world that truly values and respects people who look different.

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Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

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Citizens Advice

They give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward - whoever they are, and whatever their problem.

Their network of charities offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.

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Citizens Advice Scotland

Ciutizens Advice Scotland give free, independent, confidential, impartial advice.

We look at the problems people bring to their advice services and campaign for change where it’s needed most.

We work for a fairer Scotland where people are empowered and their rights respected.

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Connection Coalition

Connection Coalition is a cross-sector network of organisations, charities, companies and groups united in the belief that we can build a better future for everyone by building strong relationships and connected communities. 

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Contact a Family

Contact is the charity for families with disabled children. Contact's website provides advice and information about any concern you might have about raising a child with additional needs or a disability.

The charity’s online shop is full of practical products for your child and family. You can also call Contact's free helpline on 0808 808 3555 between 9:30-5pm Monday to Friday or email

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Disabled Living

Disabled Living offer free, impartial information about services for disabled individuals and those that support them. This includes advice about products and equipment from our specialist Equipz team.

Within our charity, we provide services that support those with bladder and bowel problems (Bladder & Bowel UK) such as a free helpline, as well as providing sensory rooms (Redbank House), exhibitions across the UK (Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions), equipment solutions, training courses and an online shop.

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Embracing Complexity

Embracing Complexity's mission is to help people living with neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions (NDCs) achieve the best outcomes they can by ‘working together’ to better understand their needs, join up services & support and accelerate action to create a future where people with neurodevelopmental conditions and their families enjoy the same opportunities and experiences as the rest of society.

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Epilepsy Sparks

Affected with epilepsy & psychiatric comorbidities? Epilepsy Sparks bridges the gap between patients, neurologists, researchers, & scientists!  You can find support, info & access to the latest research on their website.

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ERIC provides information and support to families about bowel & bladder conditions including bedwetting, daytime wetting and chronic constipation & soiling.

Their website provides resources and information and their freephone helpline is open 4 days a week on 0808 169 9949

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Face Equality International

Their aim is to improve the life prospects of any person anywhere in the world who has a facial difference or disfigurement, an unusual-looking, scarred or asymmetrical face (or body) from any cause.

The mission of Face Equality International (FEI) is to mobilise the many groups and organisations, big and small, national and international, which support and represent people with facial differences and disfigurements and thereby to create the critical mass and solidarity needed to gain global attention for the campaign for face equality.

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Family Fund

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

They believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same choices, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as other families. Beginning with those on low incomes, and considering all conditions against our own eligibility criteria (based on the social model of disability), they aim to make a difference to outcomes for disabled or seriously ill children and young people and the lives of the families raising them across the UK.

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Genetic Alliance

They are the national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by rare, genetic and undiagnosed conditions. They are an alliance of over 200 patient organisations.

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They are a leading career management and personal development organisation operating in the North West of England.

Their mission is to empower young people and adults with the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential in life and work.

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Mind Infoline

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Mind won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

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National Autistic society

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. Since 1962, we have been campaigning for autistic people’s rights and providing support and advice to autistic people and their families.

They are here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic adults and children.

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NRCPD exists to protect the public by regulating communication and language professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people.

Search their registers to find your local interpreters for ; deafblind people, lipspeakers, notetakers, sign language interpreters, sign language translators and speech to text reporters.

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PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide are the national charity dedicated to prevention of young suicide. Sadly, suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 in the UK.

PAPYRUS run a free and confidential suicide prevention helpline HOPELINEUK. This service provides advice and support for those struggling with thoughts of suicide as well as providing advice to concerned others such as Teachers, G.P.’s, Carers, and Parents.

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PAWS-GIST is a UK based alliance of medical specialists, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GIST) Cancer UK and Patients. They have created a specialist clinic for Wild-type & Paediatric GIST patients.

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Scope is a national disability charity that campaigns to challenge and change negative attitudes about disability and provides direct services.

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Shaw trust

Whether you need help accessing education, finding and keeping the right job, developing your career, or you want to get healthy and well, Shw Trust can help you.

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Shout offer mental health crisis support through text messaging.

Their service is free and confidential to text from the following major networks: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone

These include – BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff.

Some Android phones issue a warning that you will be charged for texting them, provided you are on one of these networks this warning is incorrect and you will not be charged.

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The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers.

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The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is a charity whose vision is for a world with good mental health for all. Its mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

Prevention is at the heart of its work, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it happening in the first place.

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Turn 2 us

Turn2us is a national poverty charity helping people when times get tough by providing practical financial support.

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The Sequal Trust

The Sequal Trust is a communication aids charity that provides funding towards speech aids for disabled people that have communication disorders and severe learning difficulties.

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When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. Whoever you are and whatever you’re facing, they won’t judge you or tell you what to do. They’re here to listen so you don’t have to face it alone.

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Financial issues - free debt advice that is based on a comprehensive assessment of your situation. Provision of practical help and support for however long it’s needed.

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