Featured Local Information
Purchase equipment privately from local retailers
If you have been given a "prescription" for one or more simple aids to daily living, you will need to exchange it at a nationally accredited retailer. The following leaflet (a .pdf file) provides a list of accredited retailers in Cumbria and further advice and guidance to help you with your equipment needs.
The local retailers directory is provided on behalf of NHS Cumbria and Cumbria County Council.View local retailers PDF
Information and services
Cumbria telecare services
For more information on Telecare services, please contact your local council directly. You can find their contact details by following the link here.
Disabled Facilities Grant
If you are disabled and changes are needed to your home to enable you to continue living there, then you may be entitled to a grant from your local council. The grant can be used for types of work including:
- widening doors
- installing ramps
- adapting heating systems
- lighting controls
- improving access to rooms and facilities
An Occupational Therapist will assess your circumstances and suggest the adaptations required. You can obtain an application form from the housing or environmental health department of your local council.
Please note it is important that you apply for the grant before you begin any work. The maximum grant amount payable in England is £30,000 and this may be paid in instalments or as a full payment when the work has been completed.
For more information about this grant, please visit the GOV UK website by following the link here.
Help with concessionary travel
For more information on concessionary travel, please follow the link here.
Local help to make your home warmer or more energy efficient
Local information - Access to Work
If you want to work, but have a disability that makes working a problem, you may be able to get help from the access to work scheme. The scheme provides practical advice and support to help you overcome work-related obstacles. It can also give you grants towards extra employment costs.
To find out more, contact your local Jobcentre Plus by visiting https://find-your-nearest-jobcentre.dwp.gov.uk/.
Local information - Computer equipment for visually impaired people
For more information, please follow the link here.
Local Information - Delivery of pre-prepared meals
For more information about the delivery of pre-prepared meals, please visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/healthsocialcare/stayathome.
Local information - Disabled persons parking (Blue badges)
For more information on disabled parking, please visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/healthandsocialcare/adultsocialcare/applyforsupport/bluebadges.