Regional and National Links

Disability Rights UK
Run by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions.
Independent Living Factsheets by Disability Rights UK

Shaping our Lives
Shaping Our Lives is a national organisation and network of user-led groups, service users and disabled people.

Wiltshire & Swindon Users Network
Formed by people who use health and social services, to promote user involvement and support people to have a voice.

Wiltshire People First
A disabled people’s user led Self Advocacy (speaking up for yourself) organisation, with a Management Committee made up of people with learning difficulties.

Independent Living Centre (Semington)
Free, impartial advice, to elderly and disabled people, offering practical solutions for easier living, within the Wiltshire, Bath and Mendip areas. You can book an appointment with their Occupational Therapist to see and try a wide range of products.  They have a part-time Benefits Adviser available to help with claims and are happy to provide information to carers, family, friends and professional staff.

West of England CIL
WECIL (The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) is a charity run by and for disabled people in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

Disability Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
A user led and membership organisation for people of all ages living with a long term health condition or disability, their carers and families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

DOTS Disability (Dorset)
A Community Interest Company, established in 2007 by disabled people, older people and carers. The social enterprise arm of the charity Access Dorset, providing access to consultation with disabled people from across the impairment groups, training and Occupational Therapy services.

Living Options (Devon)
Living Options Devon (LOD) is a user-led charity championing needs and rights, and providing vital support so people with disabilities and Deaf people (who use British Sign Language (BSL)) are empowered to live the life they choose.

SpectrumCIL (Southampton)
A user led organisation run and controlled by disabled people.

Healthwatch Wiltshire
Healthwatch Wiltshire is a local independent service which exists to speak up for local people on health and care. Our role is to make sure that the health and care system in Wiltshire reflects what local people expect and need.

Skills for Care
Provides practical tools and support to help adult social care organisations and individual employers in England recruit, develop and lead their workforce.
Skills for Care Information Hub

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council
An independent, voluntary organisation which is managed and run by parent carers, for parent carers.

Wiltshire Council
We suggest you go to the main contact page on their website and contact the relevant department from there, or call them on 0300 456 0100

Your Care your Support
This website has been developed by Wiltshire Council and Healthwatch Wiltshire to provide people with information about care and support services in Wiltshire and to provide information about what services are available within your community.

Social Care Jargon Buster
Useful when trying to understand terminology used by county councils and other professional organisations.

Wiltshire Online
Wiltshire Council has made a commitment to help adults across Wiltshire get confident with the basics of computers and the web.  It doesn’t matter whether that’s a laptop, desktop, tablet or smart phone – we want to make sure that everyone who wants to take that step into the digital age can access the support they need to do so – for FREE.  Wiltshire Council has a large team of volunteers called digital champions, who provide free, basic computer support to people in their local community.

Computer Access in Libraries
All Wiltshire libraries provide access to computers with an internet connection.  Library members can book up to two sessions a day on a computer for free.

Department of Health
The government department responsible for public health issues.