Access to Advice

Inclusion

Surrey Coalition

Surrey Coalition are a not-for-profit organisation with members living across Surrey and North East Hampshire. They promote the rights of disabled people to have equality of opportunity and to live independently.  https://surreycoalition.org.uk/

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/

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://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/

SEND Advice Surrey

Provides impartial, confidential and free support to empower parents, children and young people

:https://sendadvicesurrey.org.uk/

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.

Website: www.familyvoicesurrey.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyVoiceSurrey/

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

Royal Mencap

Royal Mencap provide information, advice and support.

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

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

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK is itself led by people with diverse experiences of disability and health conditions, from different communities. They work with allies committed to equal participation for all.

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/

Benefits and Work​

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

Action for Carers

Action for Carers can help with benefits advice, advocacy, give practical guidance on moving and handling, and provide a wealth of information and free resources. They can also signpost you, and the person you care for, on to relevant specialised sources of support.

https://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/how-we-help/money-matters/

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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