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Community Support Groups and Organisations

There are a number of groups and organisations, both local and national, which provide advice and support to different sections of the community such as older people, disabled people or those with learning difficulties.

Elderly People

Age Concern Scotland - The UK's leading charities concerned with the needs and aspirations of older people.

Age Positive - Age positive is a government initiative which tackles age discrimination and promotes age diversity in the workplace

Alzheimer Scotland - Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland's leading dementia charity who provide services and campaign actively to help people with dementia and their families and carers.

Carers - For carers, voluntary organisations and others, related to the national strategy for Caring about Carers, and providing useful links.

Contact the Elderly - Seeks to reduce the isolation for older people who live alone, by providing social occasions such as monthly tea parties.

Dementia Research Group - One of the UK's leading centres for clinical research into dementia.

Help the Aged - A leading national charity for older people.

Independent Age - A philanthropic organisation providing financial support and friendship for older people.

Disabled People

Action for Blind People is a national charity which aims to enable blind and partially sighted people to enjoy equal opportunities in every aspect of their lives through work, leisure, housing and support.

The Disabled Information Advice Line UK provides a link to information for people with disabilities, and to advice providers.

Disability Sport England creates opportunities for participation in sport for people with all disabilities.

Epilepsy Action (British Epilepsy Association) - The Epilepsy Action helpline provides advice and information on all aspects of living with epilepsy. They aim to reply to helpline queries by email within 48 hours.

The National Deaf Children's Society is an organisation of parents, families and carers which exists to support parents in enabling their child to maximise their skills and abilities.

Headway promotes understanding of all aspects of brain injury; and provides information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their family and carers.

Rethink work with people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. They also help everyone affected by severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, to recover a better quality of life.

National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) is the largest UK medical charity for epilepsy. The website offers information about epilepsy and about the NSE, frequently asked questions, personal accounts of living with epilepsy, a message board and more.

NSF Scotland work to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of those affected by schizophrenia and other mental illness, including families and carers.

Royal Association in Aid of Deaf people (RAD) strives to meet the individual needs of deaf children and adults and deafblind people through the provision of services and the use of RAD Centres for Deaf People.

If you need to register as blind, contact the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

Scope helps people with cerebral palsy to achieve equality in society.

See Ability (Royal School for the Blind) works with adults who are blind or partially sighted, and have a range of additional disabilities. The charity works to encourage people's independence and to enhance their quality of life. They are also involved in research projects and training courses for professionals who work with people who are blind or partially sighted.

Winged Fellowship provides respite for carers, and holidays for people with severe physical disabilities.

There a number of recognised groups and organisations who provide advice and support to Users and Carers for people with learning disabilities.

Parents Inclusion Network (PIN)
1 Gordon Street

Tel: 01387-252683
Website: Parents for Inclusion

D&G Advocacy Service
107 English Street

Tel: 01387-247237
Website: The People's Advocacy Service

Princess Royal Trust for Carers
2-6 Nith Place

Tel: 01387-248600
Website: The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

User and Carer Involvement (U.C.I.)
81-85 Irish Street
Dumfries DG1 2PQ

Tel: 01387-25533


Would you like to get out more to meet others for a coffee and a chat? There are four existing groups in Dumfries & Galloway and we are looking at developing more

Dumfries VI group
Where: St George's Church Hall, George St, Dumfries
When: Third Tuesday of every month
Time: 1.30

Dumfries VI Social Club
Where: Venue varies contact Andrea Houston for details tel: 01387 263652
When: Last Friday evening of every month
Time: 7pm

Newton Stewart VI group
Where: Cinnamon Café, Victoria Street, Newton Stewart
When: Last Monday of every month
Time: 2pm

Stranraer VI group
Where: Café Pizzeria, George Street, Stranraer
When: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 2pm

If you would like to speak to someone first before going, then contact your local Visibility Development Worker Lindsay McDowall on 0345 521 8382 (local rate call), email lindsay.mcdowall@visibility.org.uk

Related Information

Contact Details


Duty Social Worker - Annandale and Eskdale

Annan Town Hall
High Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3001

Duty Social Worker - Newton Stewart

Penninghame Centre
Auchendoon Road
Newton Stewart

Tel: 030 33 33 3001


Duty Social Worker - Nithsdale

122-124 Irish Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3001
Fax: 01387 267106

Duty Social Worker - Stewartry

Gardenhill Primary Care Centre
2 Gardenhill Road
Castle Douglas

Tel: 030 33 33 3001


Duty Social Worker - Stranraer

Ashwood House
Sun Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3001

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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