Access to Advice

Advocacy

SDPP - Surrey Disabled Peoples Partnership

Funded by Surrey County Council to provide Advocacy Services to all disabled people and older persons in Surrey. https://advocacyinsurrey.org.uk/

SCIE - Social Care Institute for excellence

Find an IMCA, A list of independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) providers for local authorities across England and Wales can be found:

https://www.scie.org.uk/mca/imca/find/

Carers

Surrey County Council – Information for Carers

Guidance for carers, on health, legal or money matters and carer breaks and useful links:

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/care-and-support-for-adults/looking-after-someone

Action for Carers Surrey

Enabling carers to have a voice and realise a life outside caring : https://carers.org/partner/action-carers-surrey

East Surrey Carers Association

Free confidential and independent advice and information to support Carers: www.escsa.org.uk

Family Voice Surrey

Speaking up for families of children and young people with additional needs in Surrey: www.familyvoicesurrey.org

Citizens Advice Surrey

Oxted: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxted-district

Caterham and Warlingham: www.caterhamcab.org.uk

Reigate and Banstead: https://www.carbs.org.uk/

Mole Valley: www.citizensadvicemolevalley.org.uk

Health

Easy Health

Provides online health advice on Easy Read: www.easyhealth.org.uk

NHS

Information in easy read for people with a learning disability or on the autism spectrum:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/learning-disabilities/about/resources/er/

Corona Virus

At the moment Surrey County Council is not planning on issuing its own Surrey guidance as everything is changing so quickly that it would be difficult to ensure everything is kept up to date.  However Surrey County Council have been sending the Surrey Care Association the links to national guidance to share with you, they are as follows:

Guidance for social and community care settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Guidance on self-isolation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing

 

Guidance for employers and businesses on providing advice to staff:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

 

Guidance on infection prevention and control:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

 

Guidance covering decontamination and cleaning of environments in the community:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

Benefits

In Control

A national charity working for an inclusive society where everyone has the support they need to live a good life and make a valued contribution: www.in-control.org.uk/#

Benefits and Work​

Free information on getting the benefits you are entitled to: www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/index.php

Law and Rights

Mental Capacity Act / Liberty Protection Safeguards

In July 2018, the government published a Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which passed into law in May 2019. It replaces the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a scheme known as the Liberty Protection Safeguards (although the term is not used in the Bill itself). Visit the links below to learn more:

https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/easy-read-guide-pdf-16-pa-2cc.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mental-capacity-act-making-decisions

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-capacity-amendment-bill-easy-read

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/mental-capacity-act

Care Act 2014

This factsheet describes how the Care Act and supporting guidance place a series of new duties and responsibilities on local authorities about care and support for adults: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-part-1-factsheets/care-act-factsheets

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