When you need to find something out to help you with your caring role where do you go? It isn't always easy to find things out without spending hours on the internet getting lost down a rabbit warren of information and links. Here's a quick "go to" list from our community of carers.
Websites recommended by carers
Ask Sara - Advice, support and products that make daily living easier
NRS Healthcare - Disability and mobility Aids
RIDC.org.uk - Research Institute for Disabled Consumers
Turn2Us - Benefits advice
Special Kids Company - Special needs clothing and accessories for children
Mental Health Forum - Support with mental health issues
Different Strokes - For younger stroke survivors and their families
Fledglings- Toys, clothing and sensory products (online shop supporting the charity Contact)
HFT - Supporting people with learning disabilities - supported living, domiciliary care, respite and residential care (nationwide but not established in all areas)
Headway - The brain injury association
Meningitis Now - Formerly Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK, now merged
What would you add to the list? - drop me a line email@example.com
Where else can I go to find reliable information?
Online communities - condition specific and local Facebook Groups can be a great place to ask a question. Most areas will have a local parent carers Facebook group too
Local carers organisation
Citizens Advice Bureau
Local professionals eg Social Worker, Social Prescriber, Link worker, Health Visitor
Local Council website or information and support website. For young people (0-25) try searching for your county or Local authority and "Local Offer"
The key thing to remember is that information can quickly become out of date, even on the internet. Quite often asking a community of people in the same situation can be the quickest route to an up to date answer. Connecting with and chatting to a network of people can also help you find out about things you didn't even know to ask about. That's why the Mobilise community of carers are central to everything Mobilise does.