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Birmingham City Council
KIDS Family Group offers specialist support groups for families of children with additional needs who are 0-5 years old, that have a disability, development delay or Special Educational Needs (SEN). They operate across all ten districts in Birmingham and offer parents/carers advice, information and workshops on: Sensory play, autism awareness, positive wellbeing for parent/carers, healthy eating, sleep workshops, support with the EHC process, promoting positive behaviour and more. For more information visit their website, Facebook page or call 0121 362 4580.
Support for Parents and children who have needs based on multiple criteria, such as physical or mental health, financial issues, Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) issues, school attendance or parenting and boundary setting advice.
Independent Living Team
Support for people without children aged 18+. This can be help around physical or mental health, support to maintain a tenancy or support for older members of the community who require help.
Health and Wellbeing Service
Support for those who need help to lead healthier lives. This can include confidence building, dietary and exercise advice, support around issues of social isolation or support to help people lead happier lives. Currently delivering the Ageing Better Hub in Tyburn Ward – providing activities and initiatives for the collective benefit of older people.
Carers, family and friends emergency planning booklet – Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
The ‘Planning for the Future’ booklet is available to provide information about some of the things that carers and families may need to think about when looking to the future. It also contains information on emergency planning should it be needed.
Information includes children’s health, healthy eating, weight management and advice for parents.
Change for Life is a campaign offering support for people wanting information on healthy eating, getting active and improving their wellbeing. There are links to local activities and local supporters.
Health Exchange help you make choices about your lifestyle so you can improve your health and the way you feel about yourself. They work with people and their communities to achieve better health and wellbeing.
Forward Carers is a West Midlands based carer support service, here to make a real difference to the lives of people caring for an elderly frail, sick or disabled family member. Forward Carers can help you find useful information about how to look after yourself and manage your caring role, with advice and tips designed with carers across the West Midlands in mind. As well as this, you can find out about all of the support and services available in your area by going to the Local Services section of the website.
If you’re a carer, the Carers Direct helpline advisers can give you information on topics such as: carer’s assessments, benefits for carers, direct payments, personal budgets, taking time off work and starting or going back to work. Call the helpline at: 0300 123 1053.
DISC provides dementia information and support for carers in Birmingham, offering help and advice for people to find services that can make life easier for carers and the person they look after. Carers
We provide support in many areas, these may include mental health and wellbeing, and helping individuals understand how to cope with difficulties. We aim to help carers plan strategies of support for themselves to make caring that little bit easier. We help carers achieve respite and get support from statutory organisations, such as social services, so that carers can access respite.We also help carers achieve respite and breaks from caring by supporting individuals to make applications for funding, so that they can get a holiday, or help and enable carers to access activities and groups within Birmingham so individual carers can get a regular break from their caring role.
Mental health community links
Bethel-Rapha (Restoring Aspirations in People through Health Activities) Programme is a free service that aims to develop better mental health and wellbeing amongst Birmingham residents. One of the ways we intend to do this is by providing a Listening Service for those aged 18 and above. Individuals can access five 50-minute listening sessions. Delivered by Bethel Health and Healing Network.
Birmingham Healthy Minds is an NHS primary care psychological therapies service that works closely with Birmingham GPs. They offer advice, information and brief psychological talking therapies for people aged 16 and over, who are often feeling anxious, low in mood or depressed.
Birmingham Mind is the largest independent mental health charity providing services in and beyond the City of Birmingham’s boundaries. Services include Accommodation with Support, Crisis Cafe, Partnership Services, Recovery & Employment Service, Residential Care, Support In Your Own Home, Wellbeing & Resilience Sessions for Carers, Wellbeing Service
Other useful health, social care and wellbeing links
Birmingham Connect to Support is an online information and advice guide, community directory and marketplace for citizens of Birmingham. This website is intended for all residents who want to find out about local groups, activities and services within the community.
Route2Wellbeing provides a range of links to support and organisations including: Advocacy, befriending, parent and family support, outreach, carers support and more.
The Waiting Room provides a range of links to various support and organisations focused on health and wellbeing. It can support you to self-navigate to information for over 24 types of health and wellbeing support including supporting families, lifestyle, faith communities, carers and more.
The majority of GP practices offer online services, including appointment booking, ordering of repeat prescription, and access to summary information in records.
NHS Choices provides a comprehensive health information service with thousands of articles, videos and tools, helping you to make the best choices about your health and lifestyle, but also about making the most of NHS and social care services in England.
British Heart Foundation help people millions of people every year with up to date information about heart disease so the UK public are better informed.
Smokefree is a public health campaign initiated and supported by Public Health England. They offer support for people who want to quit smoking and links to local Stop Smoking Services.
You are four times more likely to quit smoking with a combination of stop smoking medication and behavioural support. You can get free advice, one to one support and access to a range of nicotine replacement therapies (for just the cost of a prescription). Birmingham has nearly three hundred GPs and local pharmacies that provide stop smoking support.
We deliver day opportunities and befriending to older people in our three day centres; Oscott, Onneley and our specialist dementia centre, Seymour. We offer a wide range of activities, including; lunch clubs, tea dances, extend exercise classes, IT classes, tai chi, film and book clubs and day trips. At Seymour, we provide sensitive, supportive personal care for people with dementia.
We provide Information and Advice (I&A) to people aged over 50 living in Birmingham. Providing specialist information and advice (I&A) ensures people are given support to access the maximum income they are entitled to, for example applying for: Attendance Allowance; Pension credit; Housing Benefit; and Council Tax benefit.
Age Concern Birmingham Community and Wellbeing Centres (Day Services). All centres offer personalised support to people aged 55 and over who are physically frail or have mobility issues, dementia, depression or a long term health condition.
Ageing Better Birmingham is promoting lots of events to help isolated older people get involved with activities across the city of Birmingham.
Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better is a Big Lottery Fund (BIG) investment looking to fund community-led approaches that enable older people who are most at risk of social isolation and loneliness to lead more fulfilling lives across 15 local authority areas in England.