Equipment, aids and advice
If you require equipment/aids in your home (e.g. rails, shower seat etc) then you can contact your local social services department.
Local centres such as the ones below provide equipment for purchase and/or loan, and offer a wide range of general advice and help. If they cannot help you, they will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can. Please note this list is not exhaustive - there will be other services.
Norfolk Coastal Centre for Independent Life
Woodfarm Lane, Beacon Park, Gorleston
Norfolk, NR31 9AQ
Tel: 01493 663626
Disability Rights Norfolk (DRN)/Norfolk coalition of disabled people
Includes benefits advice and appeal representation.
Tel: 01508 491570
DIAL - Disablement Information and Advice Line
This is a registered charity that provides information and advice on disability matters and a wheelchair loan service. They can assist with completion of disability living allowance.
Tel: Lowestoft: 01502 511333
Tel: Great Yarmouth: 01493 856900
There will also be companies in your local area and online that provide mobility aids and equipment etc.
You may be entitled to benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (formerly Disability Living Allowance) if you need help with mobility and/or care. This has nothing to do with other benefits or income/savings.
‘Employment and Support Allowance’ (ESA) - previously called Incapacity Benefit, is for people too unwell to work. If a medical assessment deems you eligible for the benefit but you have not paid enough National Insurance Contributions to receive it, these may be paid for you.
ME/CFS Support Groups
ME Support Group, Bury St Edmunds
Every third Thursday of each month
Tel: Marilyn 07974 826467
Framlingham and District ME Support Group
Tel: Carole Gorma 0844 887 2461
62 Kings Avenue, Framlingham, IP13 9HD
Tel: 01728 723026
Arlington House, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich
Runs every second Tuesday 2- 4pm