Category: Caring & Carers

Sure Start Children’s Centres

I was just looking at the website for my son’s scool (check out this entry on ICT and special needs submitted by the IT manager from the school) to see what new links had gone up.  In there is an entry for our local Sure Start centre at Potter’s Gate ( a primary school in Farnham) [...]

Disabled Living

A few months back I picked up a leaflet, probably from my son’s school reception area although I can’t remember now. It caught my eye as it was plugging an event that looked of interest. I put in my work case with the intention of investigating it’s content further during a quiet lunch-time period. Fat chance. [...]

Key Housing Association (Scotland)

Key, based in Scotland, was set up in 1977 by a small group of parents concerned about the lack of good quality supported accommodation, and committed to developing alternatives to institutional care for people with learning disabilities. Carers are still at the heart of Key’s Committee of Management, which now includes people with a wide range [...]

Home-Start International

When our lad was younger we were fortunate to have access to Home-Start. A lovely lady would come to the house for a couple of hours a week and effectively act as a baby-sitter (although we usually didn’t go out!). Its sound trivial but let me tell you those couple of hours where cherished as we [...]

Direct payments

The following is reproduced, with permission from the relevant area of the Directgov website. Does anyone reading this have experience of applying for direct payments? Please post a comment if you have and tell me how it worked out, what the pitfalls are, etc.

Direct payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as [...]

Crossroads Care

Crossroads is a UK-based charity (Charity Registration No. 1069649).  Its aim is to provide a reliable service, tailored to meet the individual needs of each carer and the person they are caring for. They have schemes in most parts of England and Wales, which provide a range of services to meet local needs. If you live [...]


I was recently made aware of the following organisation via the headmaster of the school my son now attends.

Cool2Care was founded in 2007 by Phil Conway, the father of a disabled boy. It is an organisation that brings together families of disabled children with people who want to care for them.

If you’re thinking of working with [...]


Careresnet is a website for carers living in the county of Surrey in the UK. I believe it is run and maintained by Surrey County Council. It contains a lot of useful information and links and is well worth a visit if you are based in Surrey.

I first became aware of it shortly after our son [...]

Carers Association Southern Staffordshire

The Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS) is a registered charity (Registered Charity No: 1086979 ) providing confidential advice, information and emotional support to carers of any age living within the districts of Cannock Chase, East Staffs, Lichfield, South Staffs, Stafford and Tamworth.


Carers Association Southern Staffordshire has been working for carers in Staffordshire since 1996. It became [...]


Carers are people who look after those with an illness, disability or special needs. The work of carers is vital to society and our economy, but it is often unappreciated. Carers make up over 12% of the total UK workforce and their work saves the UK about £57.4 billion per year (1, 2). Furthermore, 3 in [...]