Access to Work can help you if your health or disability affects the way you do your job. It gives you and the person you work for advice and support with extra costs which may arise because of your needs.

Blue Badge Network - The primary object of the Blue Badge Network is to assist all disabled people, and their families, of all ages.

Blue Badge Scheme - Permits disabled people to park where others may not.  Read this comprehensive article.

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Clothing. - adapted and designed to meet a range of needs

Customer Services Centres across the Dumfries & Galloway Region - Dumfries and Galloway Council has a network of 15 Customer Services Centres across the region. Customer Service Centres are often the first point of contact to access the services and facilities available to the public. The centres have been designed to provide a wide range of services with highly trained staff who are available to answer any customer queries or to direct customers to the correct service within the Council and or its partners.

Disabled Living Foundation The Disabled Living Foundation, a national charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of disability equipment and mobility products for older and disabled people.

Disabled Parking – Blue Badges Dumfries & Galloway Council’s information and contacts for Blue Badges.

Dogs for the disabled Dogs for the Disabled is a pioneering charity that trains specially selected dogs to carry out a range of practical tasks to assist disabled children and adults in order to achieve greater independence.

Equality and Human Rights Commission - To protect, enforce and promote equality across the seven "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Good Access Guide The online guide to life, leisure and mobility. The UK's
leading directory of services for disabled people, seniors,
and anyone whose life is made easier by better access to goods, services and amenities.

Lost For Words - RNIB

National Federation of Shopmobility UK exists to support and promote its affiliated Schemes to existing and potential customers, and encourage the development of new Schemes. In addition NFSUK will do whatever it can to facilitate public access and offer related guidance and information.

OpenBritain.Net. - Service Finder

Open Space research centre focuses on inclusive access to outdoor environments for everyone, including disabled people. Tel 0131 221 6177

Radar The National Key Scheme offers independent access to disabled people to around 7,000 locked public toilets around the United Kingdom.

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) Shopmobility in Dumfries is a scheme which provides free of charge electric scooters and manual wheelchairs to allow people with mobility difficulties to access shops and town centre facilities.

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Arts & Entertainment

Art & Craft South West Scotland’s website is designed to inform both artists and makers and the general public about art-related events taking place in southwest Scotland.

Disabled Photographers’ Society The online Gallery of the Disabled Photographers society Enabling Photographers since 1968

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association where you can find out what's on and what's happening here in the arts.

The Cinema Exhibitors Association A national card which entitles a disabled person to have one free ticket for someone to accompany them to the cinema. Tel: 0845 123 1295

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Community Planning

Community Planning A number of public sector organisations are statutory partners in Community Planning. These include the local authority, health board, fire, police, enterprise agency and transport partnership. In addition to the statutory partners, Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) typically involve other public, voluntary, community and private sector partners. Further information on how Community Planning works in practice is available on the Scottish Government website.

D & G Council Commmunity Planning brings together all the major public and voluntary agencies in our area, working with each other and with local communities to deliver better services for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries & Galloway Compact - A partnership agreement between voluntary, community and public sector bodies in Dumfries and Galloway.

Building Healthy Communities - A region wide project based on the 'Healthy Living Centre' concept.

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Finance, Benefits & Advice

Citizens Advice Scotland - Online information service

Disabilities - Help and Support Information and advice on help and support including aids and adaptations, disabled parking, assessment needs, specialist equipment, Occupational Therapy Service, home repair grants, care call and additional support needs.

Disability Living Allowance - sometimes referred to as DLA - is a tax-free benefit for children and adults who need help with personal care or have walking difficulties because they are physically or mentally disabled.

Disabled Students Allowance - The disabled student allowance provides financial assistance towards provision of special equipment and other general expenses for students with disabilities.

Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service (DAGCAS) objectives are to ensure that individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, or of the services available, or through an inability to express their needs effectively, and to exercise a responsible influence on the development of social policies.

Financial Inclusion & Benefits Advice (FIBA) - D&G Council FIBA website with Financial and Benefits Advice Online.

Financial Support guide from Directgov has a wide range of disability-related financial support, including benefits, tax credits, payments, grants and concessions.

Scottish Poverty Information Unit Disability and Poverty.

The People’s Advocacy Service believe that all people who are faced with vulnerability are entitled to have an advocate, someone who can help them to say what they want, when relating to or seeking to access, services.

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Education and Training

Ability Net Ability Net is a national charity helping disabled adults
and children use computers and the internet by adapting
and adjusting their technology.

Barony College: Specialists in Land Based and Animal Care education and training.

Disabled Students Allowance provides financial assistance towards provision of special equipment and other general expenses for students with disabilities.

Dumfries and Galloway College- The main campus is situated in Dumfries, the College has another campus in the town of Stranraer, 75 miles to the west of Dumfries. Our College is located in the beautiful south of Scotland, the gateway to three countries - Scotland, England and Ireland; the perfect location to learn, live and explore.

Education and Learning - Local information on education services for children, young people and adults, as well as our library, museum and archive services.

Enquire Advice and information to families of Scottish children who need extra help at school.

Lead Scotland Linking Education And Disability – a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled adults and carers in many areas of Scotland.

Outside The Box Outside the Box Development Support provides training, advice and on-going assistance to people from communities in Scotland who want to make changes.

Skill Scotland Skill Scotland operates an information and advice service, provides volunteering opportunities, informs and influences key decision makers, runs conferences and works with its members. Tel: 0131 475 2348

University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus -The Dumfries Campus is part of the University of Glasgow, just two hours from the city in the southwest of Scotland. Here, in this beautiful part of the country, we offer you the best of both worlds: the benefits and resources of a large city university, in a small and friendly setting.

University of the West of Scotland - Students on the campus have easy access to all facilities and the staff: student ratio means class sizes are small. The campus is easily accessible by foot, car or bus from the town centre. With a population of 38,000, Dumfries is big enough to enjoy city-like facilities, yet remains small enough to retain a friendly ambience.

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Business Gateway was created specifically to offer free assistance and advice to people starting up or growing businesses in lowland Scotland. The service is supported by Local Authorities, Scottish Enterprise and other partner organisations.

Disabled Workers Co-operative The Disabled Workers Co-operative is a registered charity that helps disabled people to help themselves.

Employers’ Forum on Disability The Forum has developed a systematic model for effective change on disability. Our vision is of a society where the full potential of people with disabling conditions is recognised in every workplace.

Job Centre Plus -;src=879418;type=helpppl2;cat=homehlp2;ord=1;num=0123456789?Help and advice on job hunting and extra support.

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Families and Childcare

Disabled Parents Network provides information, advice and peer support to disabled parents, their families and supporters.

Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood Internationalis the UK's national information charity on disability and parenthood and the publisher of the international journal on disabled parenting, Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthoood International.

Childline - Freephone 0800 1111

Child Poverty Action Group provides information for people that are either disabled with children or have disabled children.

Contact a Family Scotland Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability. Volunteer parent representatives are all parents of disabled children and offer peer support and local signposting.

For Scotland’s Disabled Children is the campaign to secure rights and justice for disabled children, young people and their families in Scotland

Family Fund provides timely grants to families with severely disabled children, based on families' views and needs.

Kindred provides advocacy and information on services available to children with additional support needs and their carers. also provide a ‘listening ear’ helpline: 0131 536 0583

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Friendship, Relationships, Networks

An Aurora An e-magazine for disabled females.

BBC Ouch Ouch is a blog site from the BBC that reflects the lives and experiences of disabled people.

Disabled United Community, dating and fellowship site for disabled persons.

Disability Now An online magazine for disabled and everything disabled.


Hospitals in Dumfries & Galloway Region.

Health Improvement Team is part of the Directorate of Public Health, NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

NHS, Equality & Diversity - As a public body, NHS Dumfries and Galloway is subject to equality duties in regard to race, disability and gender. According to these duties, NHS Dumfries and Galloway must take a proactive approach to promoting equality of opportunity and good relations and eliminating discrimination and harassment on grounds of race, disability or gender.

User and Carer Involvement (UCI) - "ensuring that people who have mental illness, dementia or learning disabilities, and their carers have a voice..."

Cheast Heart and Stroke Scotland

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Adaptations and Aids at Home - If a person is visually impaired, hard of hearing or has other disabilities for which he/she may need adaptations to his/her home then Social Work Services may assist in overcoming difficulties subject to an assessment of personal needs to determine eligibility.

Housing - Dumfries and Galloway Council’s information on housing services in the authority, including council housing, information on benefits and housing repair services.

Private Landlords - As part of a National Registration Scheme, private landlords must first of all Register themselves and their properties with their local Council. This Register can be viewed on-line at Landlord Registration Scotland.

Residential Care Homes or Nursing Home Care may be available for eligible older people and people with disabilities who are unable to manage at home following a care needs assessment. Details of Residential Care Homes can be found on this link.

The House Key aims to provide good quality information about housing support services throughout Scotland. Housing support services are mainly provided by local authorities, housing associations and voluntary sector organisations. They help a wide range of people to live independently in the community, by providing practical support and advice.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council – Equality Impact Assessments – Links to summary documents.

Disability Equality Duty - 45,000 public bodies across Great Britain are covered by the Disability Equality Duty (DED), which came into force in December 2006. The DED is meant to ensure that all public bodies - such as central or local government, schools, health trusts or emergency services – pay ’due regard‘ to the promotion of equality for disabled people in every area of their work.

NHS – Equality Impact Assessments - As a public body, NHS Dumfries and Galloway is subject to equality duties in regard to race, disability and gender. According to these duties, NHS Dumfries and Galloway must take a proactive approach to promoting equality of opportunity and good relations and eliminating discrimination and harassment on grounds of race, disability or gender.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway is required to develop, publish and implement equality schemes setting out the steps it will take to meet its duties for promoting equality and diversity.

The Disability Discrimination Act is a piece of legislation that promotes civil rights for disabled people and protects disabled people from discrimination. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people face.

WestMark wheelchair services

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Local Organisations

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary Our community promise comes as a result of much listening to and talking with our communities, and others who have a vested interest in making Dumfries and Galloway a safer place to live.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Dumfries and Galloway is the third largest region in Scotland. It covers 2,380 square miles and has an estimated population of 148,030 - that's around 60 people a square mile compared with the Scottish average of 168.
People live mainly in small communities of 4,000 or less or in the countryside. The biggest town is Dumfries with an estimated population of 37,110, followed by Stranraer with 10,600 and Annan with 8,240.

Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service - Dumfries and Galloway is one of 8 Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland. The Fire and Rescue Service forms part of Local Authority services that are provided to a range of rural communities, covering a wide geographical area.

Dumfries & Galloway Federation of CVS - The Federation acts as a focus for joint activity for Councils of Voluntary Service in Dumfries & Galloway and facilitates effective representation of and consultation with the voluntary sector and community sector.

NHS, Dumfries and Galloway provides health care and promotes healthy living for the people of Dumfries & Galloway.

Volunteer Action Dumfries & Galloway has information about how to volunteer, what organisations there are to become involved with, volunteering opportunities and news and links to other relevant websites.

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Cue and Review Recording Service - Transfer of certain newspapers and magazines to tape for person with visual impairments, membership fee applicable. Tel 0141 563 0306

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Other Organisatons

DGSEN - Dumfries and Galloway Social Enterprise Network

Inclusion Scotland is a consortium of organisations of disabled people and disabled individuals. Through a process of structured development we aim to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect our everyday lives as disabled people in Scotland. We aim to encourage a wide understanding of those issues throughout mainstream thought in Scotland. In short, we want to reverse the current social exclusion experienced by disabled people through civil dialogue, partnerships, capacity building, education, persuasion, training and advocacy.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) - aims to support people to take voluntary action to help themselves and others, and to bring about social change

Scottish Disability Equality Forum works for social inclusion in Scotland through the removal of barriers and the promotion of equal access for people affected by disability. We are a membership organisation, representing individuals with any type of impairment, disability organisations and groups who share our values. We aim to ensure the voices of people affected by disability are heard and heeded.

Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) The Commission has a vision of a modern, outward-looking and fairer Scotland – where human dignity, equality and participation are guaranteed for all.

Social Care Alba - Website for this Social  Care Organisation

United Kingdom’s Disabled People’s Council The United Kingdom's Disabled People's Council is the UK's national organisation of the worldwide Disabled People's Movement.

Update is Scotland's National Disability Information Service. Helpline: 0131 558 5200

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The Scottish Government

United Kingdom Parliament

UK Office of the European Parliament

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Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research - Carry out research that is relevant to the lives of people with a range of impairments and which attempts to advance the rights of disabled people.

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Self Directed Support

Scottish Personal Assistant Employers (SPAEN) is a national support organisation providing advice, training, advocacy and support on the practicalities of employing a personal assistant.

Self-Directed Support Scotland (SDS) The Scottish Government’s website. This is a one-stop-shop for information about Self-Directed Support for service-users and health and social support professionals alike.

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Social Work

Alternative Providers of Care - There are a range of organisations that provide services for people with learning disabilities in Dumfries & Galloway.

Direct Payment Support Service - Direct payment money is paid by the Council to individuals who have been assessed as needing care services. You can use this money to buy the care you need which was identified in your assessment. Direct payments are given to allow you to have choice and control over the care you receive. Social Care and Health - Details of the social care services provide by the council, as well as information on health matters.

Explaining Outcomes for Users and Carers - Information for Carers and those assisted by Carers.

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Sport & Leisure

DG1 - Dumfries Splash Club was set up over 15 years ago by a group of parents of young people who had special needs. The Club’s aims today are to promote the enjoyment and freedom of water and help further the aqua skills of all ages of people who have a physical or learning disability.

Paths for All is a national charity promoting walking for health and the development of multi-use path networks.

Scottish Disability Sport - News, views & updates on all issues affecting disability sport in Scotland.

Scottish Countryside Access Network brings together over 200 people who work across Scotland on outdoor access and related issues.

Visit Scotland - If you are planning a holiday in Scotland and have a mobility impairment, then there are a number of ways to choose accommodation and activities that are suitable to your needs in this website.

Paralympics GB is the responsible for the selection, preparation, funding and management of Britain's teams for the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. The site information on all Paralympic sports including rules, eligibility and the classification of athletes.

Riding for the Disabled Association are dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Wheel Power - Is the national organisation for wheelchair sport in the UK. The wheelchair sports covered are archery, athletics, basketball, bowls, cue sports, fencing, handcycling, powerlifting, racing, racquetball, shooting, sledge hockey, swimming, table tennis, tennis, wheelchair rugby and winter sports

Wheelchair Curling is a resource for wheelchair curlers and their supporters. Although it has a Canadian bias, the site contains useful information on the sport worldwide and provides links to other international wheelchair curling organisations, including British Curling.

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Autobility We specialise in the supply of disabled vehicles, wheelchair accessible vehicles, wheelchair cars and do not trade in any other vehicle types.

Disabled Persons Railcard
A web site on how to make travelling by rail easier and how to apply for a disabled persons rail card.

Mobilise An on line magazine for disabled drivers that have formed a club.

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) - MACS provides advice on accessibility, in relation to transport and works with private and public operators on the planning and regulating of transport facilities to ensure that they are accessible for those with a disability

National Association for Bikers with a Disability The NABD was set up in April 1991 by six bikers from Stockport and Manchester who would not accept the idea that disabled people could not ride motorcycles, scooters, or trikes, membership now tops 5000

Premier Taxis accessible taxi service.

Scotrail site includes information about disabled assistance on trains.

Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance (SATA) is an alliance of transport users, planners and operators who share the common aim of making public transport in Scotland fully accessible to disabled people.

Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. Our vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. Every day we are working on practical, innovative ways of dealing with the transport challenges that affect us all.

Taxicard scheme allows residents of Dumfries and Galloway with serious mobility impairment to travel in taxis at a reduced rare. To qualify applicants must have a long term or permanent illness or disability, which prevents them from using or significantly limits their use of public transport.

Traffic Reports Frixo provides current Road Traffic Reports. It's a free service aimed at giving live traffic news and information. Frixo specialises in traffic news and reports making it easy to use whether you're about to make a journey or out and about using our mobile service.

The Disabled Motorists Federation was established over 40 years ago with the original intention to give advice to disabled people (irrespective of the nature of their disability) and their carers on issues relating to motoring and transport matters.

Transport and Streets - D & G Council information on getting around and about in the authority, including information on public transport services, parking and car parks, and advice on road safety.

Wheels Within Wheels services are available for a variety of private and corporate work. A Member of Scotland Unlimited, we are dedicated, caring professionals running a unique, professional private hire service. We are the only disabled access taxi service run and owned by a disabled taxi driver in South West Scotland. Our taxi has been purpose built to the requirements of the owner.

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Travel & Holidays

Access at last We are making life accessible for people wanting to travel
all over this beautiful world, no matter what physical ability a person has.

Can Be Done Holidays are travel agents specialising in holidays for disabled, you can book through local travel agents although not in Dumfries.
Holiday Care.

Disabled Car Club - Website of the Disabled Car Club

Disabled Passenger Travel Rights in the EU This site gives details of all your travel rights within the EU under recent legislation.

Disabled - Website giving details of wheelchair accessible campsites and tourist venues in D&G, Scotland and the UK.

Tourism for All Information to people with disabilities and older people in relation to accessible accommodation and other tourism services.

Wheelchair Travel offers adapted vehicles for rental also taxi service to and from destination or a meet and greet for disabled travels from abroad also continental use.


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