Useful Contacts

Hate Crime:

We are trying to work with the local Community Support Officer for Totnes, Jason Vasey, to raise the awareness of crimes against disabled people. This can include name-calling, knocking over on bikes and skateboards, abuse, obstruction and actual assault.
If you have any concerns or would like to talk to someone from our team, then please get in touch using the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Or you can contact Jason Vasey directly:


Jason Vasey ( 30077),
Totnes Police Station,
Ashburton Road,
Totnes. TQ9 5JY.
Telephone: 07971290297 or 08452 777 444

Or – e-mail him: Jason.vasey@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Your concerns will be treated sensitively and confidentially. We must make a stand against Disability Abuse, which is now a crime, just like racism, and carries stiffer penalties.

www.recom.org.uk
ReCOM is a forward thinking charity which is helping people get on-line in the UK.They help the disabled and disadvantaged enhance their lives by providing access to information technology, by providing affordable refurbished computers available to charities, community groups and individuals across the country. To cover the costs incurred in refurbishing the computer equipment they charge £90 for a Pentium 4 PC or a laptop, with a windows operating system and a 3 month non-accidental back to base warranty including parts and labour. The basic cost excludes delivery; orders of up to 3 systems can be delivered for £15 per system.

 

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Are you having difficulties paying your water bill? Then check out this link to find out if you are eligible for some free help.

http://www.water.org.uk/home/resources-and-links/paying-for-water/south-west-water

Disability Rights UK
Publishers of the Disability Rights handbook and a leading authority on social security benefits for disabled people. Includes advice pages on benefit rights.
disabilityalliance.org

The Winter edition of Charity Commission News is now available on their website at: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/About_us/About_the_Commission/newslist.aspx

Are you having trouble connecting to the internet?

There is now free IT support in rural areas

The Rural Connection project aims to provide free satellite broadband installation into many homes and businesses in four key areas of Devon and Somerset that currently do not receive broadband or where speeds are very slow. To check eligibility and apply for the free installation click on the link below, or ring Tooway Direct on 0844 8740602.

http://www.toowaydirect.com/regional-offers/devon-somerset-rural-connection

Transport for Your Community - Just Ask
TFYC is for the many people, especially in rural Devon, that may live miles from the nearest bus route, or are unable to afford taxi fares or are physically unable to use the public transport services provided. Transport for Your Community provides transport to shops, services and leisure activities where no transport or no suitable transport is available. Their services include: Ring & Ride, Shopmobility, Community Buses, Community/Voluntary Cars, Devon Wheels2Work and Vehicle Hire.
For more information and contact details of your local scheme, visit www.tfyc.org.uk, call on 01392 382123 or email admin@tfyc.org.uk

Re-claiming of Travel Costs to NHS Appointments:

You may be entitled to claim back travel costs to NHS appointments.
Here is the form you will need to send in. You can only apply if your savings are less than £16,000.

 

 

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Money Saving Expert - Benefits Check up Tool
Many families are entitled to cash from the government but are unaware of their eligibility. In some cases, even those earning up to £70,000 may get help. Sadly, over a million low income pensioners are failing to collect their pension credit.
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/benefits-check#sf


Age UK Benefit Calculator
More than £5 billion of means-tested benefits go unclaimed by older people every year – the online calculator allows older people to check there are receiving all they are entitled to:
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/money-matters/claiming-benefits/?itc=0&ito=3088&itv=1010446381513

The Devon Personal Assistant Bank supports people with disabilities to recruit Personal Assistants (PAs). Our website brings PAs and people who want to employ a PA together. To join or find out more please visit: www.devonchoiceandsupport.org.


The 'Young Adult Network' run by Living Options Devon is aimed at disabled people who are under 25 years and the organisations who work with them. It offers opportunities to share information, peer support and campaigning and also the chance to be involved in local and national consultations about issues affecting disabled people. For further information visit:
https://www.facebook.com/LivingOptionsDevonYoungAdultNetwork

Tramper’ all-terrain mobility scooters are now available to hire in your area at Berry Head National Nature Reserve (Torquay), Stover Country Park (Bovey Tracey) and Dame Hannah Rogers Trust (Newton Abbot).
The scheme is run by the charity Living Options Devon, and has been supported with a grant from Natural England as part of its Access to Nature programme, funded from the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme. Full details about the scheme, the sites, and how to become a member can be found on the website www.countrysidemobility.org or by telephoning 01392 456522

 

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