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Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice gives people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem. Our network of charities offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free. Sevices include benefits, work, debt and money, consumer, housing, family, law and courts, immigration, health and more.

Department of Work and Pensions – Applying for Benefits

Guidance on what benefits are available, criteria and how to apply can be found on the website on the following link.

First Contact Plus

Displays contacts for information, advice and support in Leicestershire. Some of the topics include health improvements (smoking, alcohol/drug awareness, active lifestyles, weight management, sexual health, mental health), falls advice, feeling safe, living independently, money/debt advice, work/learning, families and relationships and your home.

Leicestershire County Council – Adult Social Care

Adult social care services provides support in a wide range of ways including protecting adults at risk, supported accommodation and care homes, assessment and eligibility for care and support, looking after someone, working in care, mental health, transport for older and disabled people and living independently at home.

Leicestershire County Council – Eating Well

You can learn about healthier eating for you and your family as well get great tips for losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle. Advice includes for adults, pregnancy and teens amongst other key information.

Leicestershire County Council – Get Active

Regular physical activity is good for your physical and mental health and wellbeing. If you want to be more active, LCC can put you in touch with your local services. This website also contains information about exercise in pregnancy as well as how the whole family can get involved with exercise.

Leicester Eating Disorder Carers Group

A small carers group, run by carers for carers of people suffering from an eating disorder providing support and experiences. Informal monthly meetings at the Bennion Centre, regular input from professional staff.  For carers of all eating disorders patients whether they are on inpatients, outpatients, recently diagnosed or perhaps you are just very concerned that someone you know might have an eating disorder.

Leicestershire Warm Homes

Community based fuel poverty project with help and advice on how to make your home as warm and as healthy as possible.

Lutterworth Share and Care Group

Support for people living with their dementia and their carers in Lutterworth and surrounding villages.  Regular meetings to assist both the individual and their family to adapt to living with dementia improving self-esteem, enhanced mood, reduced symptoms of depression, delay in residential care admission, carers feeling less isolated and more supported.  Includes gentle exercise, trips, coffee mornings etc.

Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service provide patient transport for essential appointments and visits to and from hospital, GP or other medical appointment where confidence or mobility issues can make it difficult or impossible to use public transport, or if people live in rural areas with limited transport. Volunteers provide company and support to people get to/from appointments and can be there to help check patients in and wait with patients before returning home. Volunteers can also take a carer if that helps.

StepChange Debt Charity

Free, confidential, expert debt advice online or over the phone, with guidance for best debt solutions and support as long as is needed.

The Carers Centre

Leicestershire based charity supporting carers with advice and support (for young/parent carers and older carers).

VASL- Market Harborough based Carer support

VASL is a local charity based in Market Harborough, providing services and projects to improve the lives of people in our community. These include support for family carers, young carers, older people who are lonely and isolated, providing volunteer transport to get people out and about, and activities and information to increase mental well-being. We are a volunteer-involving organisation and most of our work is delivered by trained volunteers.