Useful Links


To view any of the sites listed below, just click on the relevant organisation's name and your browser should access the site automatically. DAD cannot accept responsibility for information contained in other linked websites. We strongly advise users to check any information before acting or relying on it.

Please note, all the following links on this page will open in a new window.

Alan Shearer Centre

The Alan Shearer Centre uniquely enables people with a disability, and their carers, to share leisure time in a setting which provides wide ranging challenge, leisure, relaxation, respite and therapeutic opportunities.

Alzheimer’s Society 

We campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today.

Autismlinks is dedicated to making those helpful and sometimes vital links, it covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place. This includes charities, support groups, and specialist service providers, are all ready to share advice and experience whenever you need it

The British Polio Fellowship

The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering approximately 120,000 people in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), a neurological condition.

Care and Support Guide

This guide is for people who have care and support needs, their carers and people who are planning for their future care needs.

Carers UK

Carers UK is the leading campaigning, policy and information organisation for carers.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Find out how we provide advice and about our advice partnerships.

Darlington Dolphin Centre

Darlington Learning Disability Live

Darlington Learning Disability Live's website is produced by the Darlington Learning Disability Partnership Board, intended to be a clear and easy way for people in Darlington to access advice and information.


A new interactive Website has been launched to cover deafness and sign language issues.

Department for Works and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for the Government's welfare reform agenda. Its aim is to promote opportunity and independence for all. It delivers support and advice through a modern network of services to people of working age, employers, pensioners, families and children and disabled people.

Directgov is the place to turn to for the latest and widest range of public services and government information.

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK was formed through a merger of Disability Alliance, Radar and National Centre for Independent Living on 1st January 2012


Welcome to Do-it! Search our database for UK volunteering opportunities and find out all you need to know to become a volunteer.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Set up in October 2007, this Commission now takes on the responsibilities and powers of the CRE (Commission for Racial Equality), DRC (Disability Rights Commission) and the EOC (Equal Opportunities Commission).

Everyone Can

Through training and assistive technology Everyone Can helps disabled people speak, live independently, control their environment and have fun!

Huntington's Disease Association

There to help people living with Huntington’s disease to live a better life. They aim to improve care and support services for people with Huntington’s disease, educate families and professionals, and champion people’s rights.

Inclusion North

Inclusion North exists to make inclusion a reality for all people with a learning disability or autism and their families.

The Money Advice Service

Free & impartial money advice, set up by government.

Multiple Sclerosis Society

The MS Society is the UK's largest charity for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - about 85,000 people in the UK.

Multiple Sclerosis Trust

The MS Trust is a leading independent charity for people with multiple sclerosis, their family and friends and for all health professionals.


NECA offers free support throughout the North East of England; for those who are affected by gambling. This can be the client themselves, their families, partners or friends.


Consumer Guides For Older And Disabled People.  RiDC is an independent research charity. They publish practical and unbiased consumer guides for older and disabled people based on thorough professional research. They produce guides and reports on childcare products, household products, mobility telecoms and alarms. Email


We are UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems.

Scope, the disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Our aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.

Sign Community

Introduction to Sign Language.

Shaw Trust

Help people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives.

The National Federation of Shopmobility

The NFSUK aims to provide the public with information on its members and the services they can provide.


Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.


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