Charities that support the disabled and their families

There are two charities with an excellent list/database of Manx charities. These are Circa, www.circa.org.im, tel:613713, email enquiries@circa.org.im and Connect2Charity, www.connect2charity.im, tel: 640655, email info@connect2charity.im.

The list below is alphabetically organised giving contact details of charities providing services for those with disabilities and their carers. If you know of more, please let us know.

ACTION4AUTISM IOM email: michelletaylor@manx.net

AGE ISLE OF MAN Tel:631740 19 Drinkwater Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1AT www.ageisleofman.org.im

Alzheimers Society, Isle of Man Branch Tel:613181, or Isle of Man helpline tel:621399 (open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday), or email:IsleofMan@alzheimers.org.uk

Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust (IOM) Friends Tel: 852486 email: ivanbratty@manx.net

Arthritis Care Ellan Vannin Tel: 497767 email: arthritiscareev@hotmail.com

Autism in Mann Tel: 816333 email: autisminmann@manx.net

Autism Initiatives Isle of Man Tel: 814801 email: jo.jordan@autisminitiatives.org, www.autisminitiatives.org

Ballamona Association for Mental Health Tel: 675833

Brahma Kumaris offer meditation and relaxation opportunities without charge at 20, Appledene Court, Woodlands View, IM2 2BU. See www.brahmakumaris.org/uk/whatson and put Isle of Man in the location choice to find the programme of courses.

BreatheEasy, British Lung Foundation Support Group meet once a month – Manx contact is Viv Osland on tel: 855008

British Heart Foundation Isle of Man Tel:896107

British Red Cross IOM Branch Tel: 624839/639310

Care in Mann Tel: 628500

Circa Tel :613713

Citizens Advice Bureau Ramsey branch Tel:813466, Douglas Tel:626863, South Tel:833976

Clinch (for those with learning disabilities) Tel: 625328

Coeliac Group Isle of Man Tel: 845730, www.coeliac.org.uk

Crossroads Care, www.crossroadsiom.org Tel: 673103, email: kharris@crossroadsiom.org

Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man, www.cruseisleofman.org, Tel:668192, email: iomcruse@manx.net

DHSC Services, Day Services For Adults with Learning Difficulties Tel: 624305

Douglas Coal Fund Tel: 622193

Downs Syndrome Association (IOM Branch) Tel: 834173, email: tinkler@iom.com

Faith in Action for Mann Tel:487768

Familial Spastic Paraplegia Support Group Tel: 664284

Friends of Robert Owen House www.robertowenhouse.org Tel 623314, email: froh@manx.net (Raises funds for this safe haven providing accommodation to relatives supporting Manx patients at the Liverpool Cardiothoracic Unit, Broadgreen Hospital).

Friends of the Manx Diabetic Centre, www.diabetes.org.im Tel:822936, email: secretary@diabetes.org.im

Hospice Isle of Man, www.hospice.org.im Tel: 647400, email: admin@hospice.org.im

Hyperactive Childrens Support Group Tel:814113

Isle of Man Alcohol Advisory Group (now called Motive8), http://www.motiv8.im/alcohol-advisory-service Tel: 627656, email: aas@iom.com

Isle of Man Cripples Guild Tel: 620920. All referrals are by Medical Practitioners.

Isle of Man Health and Care Association promotes health and well-being and assists residents in obtaining access to the best health and social care available Tel:652571 email:office@iomhaca.im www.iom-haca.im

IOM Live at Home Schemes Laxey and Lonan Tel: 625157, North Douglas Tel: 627778, Northern Tel: 307760 or Tel: 244256, Onchan Tel: 625157, South Douglas Tel: 625157, Western Tel: 843012. For the south, see Southern Befrienders Limited further below.

Joey Dunlop Foundation – Provides NAS scheme M3i holiday accommodation Tel:482905, email: kevinquirk@hotmail.com

Kevin Gray Memorial Charity Limited – provides and runs the hyperbaric chamber. Tel:676622

Leonard Cheshire Disability Isle of Man provides innovative services that give disabled people the opportunity to love life their way. Tel:817071

Macular Society – find the local branch at www.macular.im

Manx Asthma Association Tel:852577

Manx Blind Welfare Society Tel:674727 email: enquiries@mbws.org.im

Manx Carriage Driving 4 Disabled Tel: 497833 email:janetthommeny@manx.net

Manx Deaf Society Tel:202875 email: iomdeafsociety@gmail.com

Manx Diabetic Group Tel:492955? www.manxdiabeticgroup.im email: joclague@gmail.com

Manx Dyslexia Association Tel:616309 email: manxdyslexia@gmail.com

Manx Gateway – Social club for the mentally handicapped. Tel:482905

Manx Heart Support Group Tel:611273

Manx Mencap Tel:677289 email: mencap@manx.net

Manx Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Tel:861715

Manx Workshop for the Disabled Tel:620149? email: david@mwfd.co.im

Manx Stroke Foundation www.manxstrokefoundation.org email: info@manxstrokefoundation

ME Support IOM offers support and advice to those touched by Me/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Tel: 670435 or see www.mesupportiom.org or email: mesupportiom@manx.net

The Island’s mobile library service carries over 4,000 books and takes 10 different routes over a 2 week period. For more details tel: 640650 email: mobile@familylibrary.im or view www.familylibrary.im

Motor Neurone Disease Association Isle of Man Tel:801355 email: mndassociation@manx.net

Multiple Sclerosis Society IOM Branch Tel:452207 for the MS Support Officer email: mssocietyiom@manx.net

N.A. Narcotics Anonymous Tel:409536 email: mybrookexxx@yahoo.co.uk

Netbuddy is run by Scope (UK charity). This facility provides an invaluable online community for parents of disabled children to swap tips and advice www.netbuddy.org.uk

Osteoporosis Society – Isle of Man Branch Tel:676694

Parkinsons Disease Society (Isle of Man) Tel:897504

Phab Youth Club – Provides an opportunity for those with and without physical disabilities to socialise on equal terms. Tel: 619803 email: v.kennaugh@doe.gov.im

Pisces Swimming Club for the Disabled Tel:825616

Praxis Care Group Tel: 619803 Supports those with a mental illness or learning disability by promoting their independence and encouraging their integration into the wider community. Tel: 619803 email: info.adminiom@praxiscare.org.uk

Remap – Provide one-off aids that are not commercially available. Tel:825903 email: dru@iom.com

Riding for the Disabled Association Tel: 851997 email: mcnamaraiom@manx.net Facebook page – RidingfortheDisabledIsleofMan

Royal National Institute of Blind People Tel:677626 email: julie.lee@mib.org.uk

Sailing for the Disabled: Provides sailing opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities on a modern large cruising yacht which has special adaptions to assist those less mobile.

Membership is available to those with disabilities and also to helpers without. Also provides sailing to organisations and groups who assist people with disabilities.

www.sftd-iom.com Tel. 471666 Email Membership@manx.net

Scope, a UK charity run Netbuddy. This facility provides an invaluable online community for parents of disabled children to swap tips and advice www.netbuddy.org.uk

Service Users Network (SUN) Tel:616188 Provides a fortnightly social club for mental health service users and anyone with an interest in mental health, and access to support and advice. Tel:616188 email: serviceusersnetwork@manx.net

Skils – Promotes independence and education for the learning disabled resident on the Isle of Man. Tel:485999 email: skils@manx.net www.skils.info

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – Forces Help Tel:824888

email: isle.man@ssafa.org.uk

Southern Befrienders Limited – provides a befriending service for lonely, elderly people in the southern communities. Tel:833025 email: southernbefrienders@manx.net

Special Olympics IOM – Provides Winter and Summer sport programmes for any disability.Tel:853850

Stroke Association – information, advice and support service (UK). Tel: 0303 3033100 www.stroke.org.uk

Stroke Association, Isle of Man branch – Contact Irene Cannan Tel: 399068 or 616885 email: irenecannan@stroke.org.uk

The Childrens Centre – The Community Farm provides a nurturing and educational environment, helping people grow whilst reconnecting with the countryside. The Farm is open to the Islands community and offers an increasing range of services to meet the communitys need.Currently, children from primary schools follow a programme that links to and enriches the curriculum and they learn how to grow their own produce. Young people from secondary schools work in small groups to improve social and communication skills whilst learning and developing new skills and knowledge.

The Community Farm received a 120,000 donation from Manx Mencap to help develop activities for people with learning disabilities. The Farm is now wheelchair friendly with new paths recently installed. For more information regarding The Community Farm, please visit The Childrens Centre website on: www.thechildrenscentre.org.im/what-we-do/community-farm Tel:676076 email: info@thechildrenscentre.org.im

The Manx Stroke Foundation Tel:824361 email: terry@manxstrokefoundation.org

The Silver Line, helpline for older people offering friendship, advice and support Tel: 0800 3288 888

The Stroke Association Tel:616885 email: clare.wilson@stroke.org

United Response – Isle of Man Advocacy Service available to adults with learning difficulties. Tel:629777 email: isabel.miller@unitedresponse.org.uk

Veterans Welfare Service deal with all Pensions relating to service in the Armed Forces and any welfare needs (Tel: 687047). The Veterans UK helpline number is tel:0808 1914218 and they have a selection of relevant leaflets. See www.veterans-uk.info

Without Wings IOM provide help to autoimmune arthritis sufferers. Email: withoutwingsiom@gmail.com? See www.withoutwings.weebly/com/