Access to Advice
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.
SDPP - Surrey Disabled Peoples Partnership
Funded by Surrey County Council to provide Advocacy Services to all disabled people and older persons in Surrey.
Surrey County Council – Information for Carers
Guidance for carers, on health, legal or money matters and carer breaks and useful links:
Action for Carers Surrey
Enabling carers to have a voice and realise a life outside caring : https://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/
East Surrey Carers Association
Free confidential and independent advice and information to support Carers:
Family Voice Surrey
Speaking up for families of children and young people with additional needs in Surrey.
Citizens Advice Surrey
Caterham and Warlingham:
Reigate and Banstead:
Royal Mencap provide information, advice and support.
Provides online health advice on Easy Read:
Information in easy read for people with a learning disability or on the autism spectrum:
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:
Guidance on self-isolation:
Guidance for employers and businesses on providing advice to staff:
Guidance on infection prevention and control:
Guidance covering decontamination and cleaning of environments in the community:
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.
Benefits and Work
Free information on getting the benefits you are entitled to:
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.
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:
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: