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Abbeyfield helps thousands of older people every day
Our charity was set up in 1956 to help alleviate the overwhelming loneliness and isolation experienced by so many older people, leaving them vulnerable and feeling unable to cope alone.
We now have 500 Abbeyfield homes, where older people can enjoy their later life without the worries of running their own home, supported by our staff and dedicated volunteers.
But we also open our doors to older people from the local community so they, too, can benefit from Abbeyfield’s wide-ranging support and friendship.
In addition, our specialist care and innovative dementia care homes are places where every resident is treated with respect and dignity – and is encouraged to live a fulfilling later life, not just be cared for.
Every older person deserves to live a good, happy and rewarding later life. With an ageing population, Abbeyfield is building for the future so we can be there for all those who’ll need our help.
Registered Charity No. 200719View website Watch video
Addaction is a major national drug and alcohol treatment charity in the United Kingdom. We aim to ensure that all drug and alcohol users can access appropriate treatment, regardless of what stage their substance use has reached.
We help people who are affected by drug use, and help to prevent the downward spiral of addiction before it is too late.
We tackle substance misuse in four main ways:
- Developing specialist services for young people
- Providing accessible community-based projects which respond directly to the wide range of each community's needs
- Reducing drug-related crime through work with offenders on probation or parole and prison-based projects
- Providing a national education programme including our free booklet the Parents Guide to Drugs
Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Every year, we help over a quarter of a million people though our information and advice service and offer vital support to those who have no-one to turn to. We operate at a national and local level to inspire, enable, support and speak up for older people across the UK.
Registered Charity No. 1128267View website Watch video
There are over 700,000 people with dementia in the UK, and more and more people are diagnosed each year. Although there is as yet no cure for dementia, good support networks can make the world of difference to people with dementia and their families. Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland's leading specialist dementia charity helping people with all kinds of dementia, their families and carers, and campaigning to improve public policies. We provide practical services around Scotland including day care, home support, counselling and support groups. From our central office Edinburgh, we produce a wide range of information leaflets about research, drug treatments, service options and other caring issues. We also run a confidential freephone 24-hour Helpline.View website Watch video
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them.
There are currently 700,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025. This is why we need your support so urgently to help people today, and to find a cure for tomorrow. Payroll giving is one of the easiest and most flexible methods of charitable giving, providing a reliable and vital stream of income. Giving regularly through your pay allows us to plan for the future and help care for the 700,000 people living with dementia.
Through our branches, we touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers. Through campaigning and lobbying we strive to influence government policies and raise awareness of the challenges faced by people affected by dementia. Through our research programme we work to improve the knowledge we have about dementia and its treatment - and to pursue the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
Registered Charity No. 296645View website Watch video
Every day 10 million people live with the pain of arthritis. This incredibly common condition affects both young and old. Arthritis not only disrupts young people’s education but it can affect their confidence; it forces people out of the workplace and blight a hard earned retirement.
Here at Arthritis Care we know what it’s like to live with arthritis, we also know there’s always something to be done that can reduce its impact on their lives. That’s why we’re here with guidance, information and support. Working alongside people with arthritis we encourage, inspire and share the practical know-how so they can get on top of their arthritis and get on doing the things they love.
Registered Charity No. 206563View website Watch video
Autism NI (PAPA)
Autism NI (PAPA) is Northern Ireland’s main Autism charity. Formed in 1989, the charity supports a network of 30 branches and local support groups across Northern Ireland (NI).
Autism NI carry out vital work within the Autism community and works to provide life changing services for the 20,000 people affected by Autism throughout NI including free advice and information, a helpline and support for parents and carers, and a wide range of training courses throughout NI.
Registered Charity No. XR 22944View website Watch video
We are the ones carers trust to take action and provide help and advice for the millions of people caring for a family member or friend. We are the ones carers trust to ensure that the enormous, yet unpaid, contribution they make to society and to those they care for is fully recognised, appreciated and valued.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction could not cope without them.
Through our local centres and online services, we provide access to desperately-needed breaks and respite support, information, advice, education, training and employment opportunities. We help carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing and support them so they do not feel isolated. We run play and support schemes for young carers.
Registered Charity No. SC015975View website Watch video
There are an estimated 6.4 million people in the UK providing unpaid care and support to ill, frail and disabled friends and family members. There are 1.25 million carers caring for over 50 hours a week.
Families provide the majority of care in the UK, outstripping social care services and private care providers combined. This contribution is worth an estimated £119 billion a year to the UK economy – more than the total cost of the NHS.
Carers United is a unique consortium of the leading carers charities united to help carers. Each charity is committed to supporting people who care for others by providing helplines, advocacy, short term breaks, information, advice and practical help. Carers United are Carers UK, Contact a Family and Carers Trust.
Catch22 is a local charity with a national reach. We work with young people who find themselves in difficult situations.We believe every young person deserves the chance to get on in life - no matter what.Whatever the reason for their situation, we help them out. We work with their families and their communities wherever and whenever young people need us most. As young people become more positive, productive and independent, the whole community benefits.
Registered Charity No. 1124127View website Watch video
Changing Faces supports and represents more than one million people across the UK with a condition or injury affecting the appearance of their face or body.
People that contact us might be worried about their child being bullied; they might be struggling with harassment or discrimination at work. We provide emotional and practical support which raises confidence and improves mental health.Backing this up is our consistent campaigning and advocating for face equality – equality for everyone whatever they look like.
Registered Charity No. 1011222 & Scotland SC039725View website Watch video
Child Bereavement UK
In the UK, when a baby or child dies, or a child is bereaved, many of those affected are unable to access good quality support which meets their individual needs. Child Bereavement UK believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our aim is to make sure they do.
Registered Charity No. England and Wales: 1040419 and Scotland: SCO42910View website Watch video
Registered Charity No. England No. 234343View website Watch video
Epilepsy Scotland works to enable people with epilepsy to maximise their choices in life. In its dynamic new role, Epilepsy Scotland lobbies for better services to meet local needs and campaigns against the stigma of epilepsy by raising public awareness. Services include relevant literature and information on epilepsy, a video and reference library, an interactive web site, and a helpline for people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Epilepsy Scotland provides training courses in epilepsy management and offers a community support service for adults with epilepsy and additional community care needs. There is a network of support groups and branches.
Registered Charity No. SC000067View website
About one in every hundred people in the UK has epilepsy and many more are affected, especially close family. Our vision is a full life for all affected by epilepsy.
Together we make a real and lasting contribution to people’s lives in every way that we can. We inform and connect people, campaign and raise awareness.
Our pioneering medical research and expert medical services reduce seizures. We are committed to better understanding epilepsy, improving diagnosis and treatment and making a seizure-free life a reality for all those with epilepsy. With expertise in brain imaging, genetics, pharmacology, epidemiology and psychology we are always at the forefront of medical research in the field.
We have a network of over 200 specially trained volunteers who assist people in finding information and who can share their own experiences. We provide expert specialist residential, respite and social care and we are always here for people needing emotional support with our much valued helpline and forum.
Donate to Epilepsy Society and give hope to the future
Registered Charity No. 206186View website Watch video
Fair Havens Hospice
Fair Havens Hospice – part of Havens Hospices - is based in Westcliff-on-Sea and cares for adults throughout the communities of Southend, Castle Point and Rochford suffering a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. Fair Havens provides an In Patient Unit, Day Care Centre, Macmillan Community Nursing Team, Hospice at Home and Bereavement and Family Support. It costs £2.1 million each year to run with much of this coming from charitable donations.View website
Fire Fighters Charity
The Fire Fighters Charity
Firefighters put their lives on the line to save people like you and your family – every minute, every hour. No matter how dangerous the situation, brave firefighters will take action. The Fire Fighters Charity is here for every one of the UK’s serving and retired members of fire and rescue staff and their families. No other organisation provides such a full package of high quality support, exactly tailored to the needs of firefighters, support staff and their dependants. Our helpline and rehabilitation centres help firefighters get back on their feet after injury, illness, trauma and problems in their lives. Every year we help more than 5,000 people in the fire service community. We need you to help us continue our vital work. It costs over £9 million every year to keep The Fire Fighters Charity running, and we are completely reliant upon donations and fundraising, so your support is very much needed. Your support can help us keep firefighters fit, healthy and happy so they can continue saving lives.
Charity Reg. No. 1093387. Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC040096
When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their loved one’s illness, Havens Hospices can help. We’re here to make the journey as comfortable as possible, controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for adults, babies, children and teenagers at the end of their lives. Our specialist care is free – for as long as is needed – within the home and at our two hospices.
We’re a registered charity – not part of the NHS – and receive limited government funding. Our hospices can only exist because of the support and generosity of the community.
Together, we’re ‘Making every day count.’
Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens Hospice and Little Havens Hospice.
Registered Charity No. 1022119View website Watch video
Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care. We believe that hospice care should be available to all those who need it, in the place of their choice. Everyone matters, throughout their life and right up until the moment they die and no-one should die in avoidable pain, suffering or emotional distress. We champion and support the work of more than 200 hospices across the UK, so that they can deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life limiting conditions, and support their families. We provide a wide range of services to help local hospices care for more than 120,000 people, and their friends and family every year.
By supporting Hospice UK you can choose to give a percentage of your donation to one of our members so it can directly benefit your hospice of choice too.
Registered Charity No. 101485(in Scotland No. SC041112)View website Watch video
Independent Age is a growing charity empowering older people across the UK to live more fulfilling lives. Founded 150 years ago, we are an established voice for older people and their families, committed to making a positive impact through the ‘ABC’ of advice, befriending and campaigning.
We address the three poverties affecting older people: financial poverty, poverty of information - ensuring they access the benefits they are entitled to, and poverty of social contact - offering befriending services to help alleviate loneliness.
Registered Charity No. 210729View website Watch video
An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. A further two percent of pregnancies are ectopic (growing in the wrong place) and another one in 600 are molar. For many women and their partners, these pregnancy losses, however early, represent the loss of a baby and they can be very unhappy, frightening and lonely experiences.
The Miscarriage Association acknowledges the distress associated with pregnancy loss and strives to make a difference for anyone it affects. We do this by:
- Offering support and a listening ear, through a staffed helpline, online support, telephone volunteers and support groups
- Providing clear and accurate information, through the helpline, on our website and in a range of leaflets
- Promoting good practice in the way pregnancy loss is managed in hospitals and in the community.
- Supporting research into the impact, causes, treatment and prevention of pregnancy loss
- Raising public awareness about the facts and feelings of pregnancy loss and working to reduce the taboo
We help people through.
Registered Charity No. 1076829 (England & Wales), SC039790 (Scotland).View website Watch video
National Kidney Federation
The National Kidney federation is very unique as it is actually run by Kidney Patients for Kidney Patients. Apart from Ten paid members of staff, all other personnel are either Kidney patients or carers of Kidney patients.
In the UK at the moment 10000 people are waiting for an organ transplant 90% of them needs a kidney.
Please can you help our charity so we can give Kidney patients a brighter future?
Registered Charity No. 1106735View website Watch video
Pact - Prison Advice and Care Trust
Supports the families of prisoners, those coming out of prison, and prisoners themselves.
Pact seeks to minimise the harm caused by a prison sentence on the offender and the family outside.
This is done via a number of parenting programmes and relationship courses in prisons; by running courses for those who work with families affected by imprisonment; by running prison Visitors’ Centres; running resettlement projects for those leaving prison.
Registered Charity No. 219278View website Watch video
Richard House Childrens Hospice
Richard House Children’s Hospice supports families in London whose children and young adults are at risk of death from a life-limiting health condition. The care provided is extremely specialist and can include care for children with complex health needs, respite care, recreational trips, sibling and parent befriending groups, end of life care and bereavement support. They support families to live for today, creating positive memories for tomorrow. All care provided by Richard House comes at no cost to the families that use the hospice.
Registered Charity No. 1059029View website Watch video
Royal Voluntary Service
Royal Voluntary Service is a volunteer organisation that enriches the lives of older people and their families across Britain.
We support older people by giving time and practical help to help them get the best from life. Our volunteers – ordinary men and woman of all ages and ethnicities – love spending time with the older people. Through them, we want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age.
Registered Charity No. 1015988 & SC038924View website Watch video
Saint Francis Hospice
SAINT FRANCIS HOSPICE is an independent charity and one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. We serve the population of Brentwood, Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex. We are a large hospice, but our focus is on care of the individual, their family and those who care for them. All our services are provided free of charge to those using them.
Saint Francis Hospice has been embedded in our community for over 30 years and we are strongly reliant on voluntary income from many generous local individuals, organisations and businesses who fundraise for us or make donations.
We have to raise more than £7 million of our £10 million annual budget from voluntary sources and every donation is important to us. In addition, we have a skilled workforce including 800 volunteers who help to keep costs down and add huge value to what we do.
Registered Charity No. 275913Watch video
Samaritans provides 24 hour confidential emotional support to anyone experiencing distress, despair, or suicidal feelings. When most other services close down and there's nowhere else to turn, Samaritans is always there. Samaritans responds to nearly 5 million contacts each year to help people going through a particularly difficult time in their lives to find the strength to carry on.
People call Samaritans for a variety of reasons such as bullying, loneliness, isolation, relationship problems, financial worries, exam stress or illness. Not all people who contact Samaritans are suicidal or have active suicidal thoughts. Samaritans are there for all people who are concerned or upset or angry and just want to talk to somebody to offload everything they could not say to parents and friends.
We proactively target people who are at an above average risk from depression, despair and suicide such as young people, the homeless, the elderly, people in prison or on remand and people who live in rural areas.
Registered Charity No. 219432View website Watch video
Sickle Cell Society
The Sickle Cell Society is a national organisation which was formed in 1979. The Society’s mission is to enable and assist individuals with a sickle cell disorder to realise their full economic and social potential. The Society provides advocacy, information, advice and counselling, financial assistance, respite support services, holds talks, seminars and training.
Registered Charity No. 104 6631View website Watch video
Somebody Cares – One donation, four charities, helping thousands - is a unique consortium of four very different charities (Addaction, Homeless Link, Prisoners Abroad and NAT) helping those affected by HIV/AIDS, substance misuse, homelessness and UK nationals imprisoned overseas.
From providing direct services to campaigning for change, we provide services to thousands so your donation helps in so many ways.
Be SOMEBODY who CARES – Thank You.Watch video
St Raphael's Hospice
St Raphael's Hospice offers the best of palliative care to terminally ill patients living in Wimbledon, Merton, Sutton and Cheam. The Hospice is completely free of charge to its patients, regardless of the extent of services they receive and patients of all faith or none are welcome at St Raphael's. Our services include Home Care, a Day Care centre and an In-patient centre. The cost of providing our Hospice service has now reached over £50,000 each week, and we depend on the generosity of our supporters to enable that care to continue.
Registered Charity No. 1068661View website
Stroke is the killer disease we’ve ignored for too long in the UK. It wrecks the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year. Yet too few people understand stroke or see themselves at risk and take steps to prevent it. Although the number of people dying from stroke has halved over the last 20 years we are still investing too little in research to prevent and treat stroke and support people to make the best recovery they can. We’ve regarded it as an inevitable, older person’s disease although stroke affects many younger people. We’ve given up on stroke survivors too early and accepted that not much can be done in the long term - despite evidence showing that people are still making steps on the road to recovery years later.
We are the Stroke Association. We believe in life after stroke. That’s why we campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery. It’s why we fund research to develop new treatments and ways to prevent stroke. The Stroke Association is a charity. We rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke.
Our message is clear: If you believe in life after stroke; if you want to support people to make the best recovery they can, but believe prevention is better; if you believe in the power of research to save lives and prevent stroke - then we are your cause.
The Stroke Association – changing the world for people affected by stroke.
Registered Charity No. 211015View website Watch video
Terrence Higgins Trust
More people than ever before are living with HIV in the UK, reaching an estimated 86,500 people in 2009 - a three-fold increase since 2000. Around 65,000 people are accessing HIV care and one in five of these is aged 50 years or over. Since 2000 there has been a three-fold increase in the number of individuals accessing care and a four-fold increase among older individuals.
Terrence Higgins Trust was one of the first charities to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV and AIDS ever since. It strives to help and empower people affected by HIV and to prevent the spread of the HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) through a range of services across England, Scotland and Wales.
We work to reduce the numbers of people infected through education programmes, we provide quick, confidential HIV testing and a range of practical and emotional support for those affected. We also campaign tirelessly on behalf of all those living with HIV to eradicate the stigma and prejudice which still surround the virus.
Registered Charity No. 288527View website Watch video
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.
A local charity with a national presence, we campaign and lobby for lasting positive change for people affected by autism and provide services in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, such as:
- information, advice, advocacy, training and support for individuals and their families
- information and training for health, education and other professionals working with people with autism and their families
- specialist residential, supported living, outreach and day services for adults
- specialist schools and education outreach services for children
- out-of-school services for children and young people
- employment training and support and social groups for adults with autism.
We want a world where everyone understands autism and people living with autism get to live the life they choose.
Registered Charity No. England and Wales (269425) and in Scotland (SC039427)View website Watch video
Young Womens Trust
Young Women's Trust supports and represents over one million women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty.
We provide services and run campaigns to make sure that the potential of young women don't go to waste and that they can contribute fully to society.
Our vision is a society which respects and listens to young women, actively encourages their self-confidence and where they have the opportunity to be financially independent and participate fully.
Registered Charity No. 217868View website Watch video