Disability, mental health and loss of sight or hearing

Mental health

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health services and physical health care to patients in Oxfordshire. Their teams, made up of psychologists, community mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, provide mental health services to adults in the community.

If you feel you need a referral, please contact your GP.

To find out more, call 01865 901000 or email enquiries@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Dementia support

Dementia Oxfordshire is a new service to help you with advice on all aspects of dementia and the support that is available locally to help people to live well with dementia. There are a variety of activities, support groups and services to support people with dementia and their carers – such as memory cafés, community clubs, singing groups and telephone advice services.

Find out more about what is going on, and the support available, at www.dementiaweboxfordshire.org.uk or call the local helpline on 01865 410210, available 9am to 6pm, or email info@dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk   

Community-based dementia advisers and support workers are available across Oxfordshire. They provide tailored information, advice and support to help people live well with dementia.

Your doctor, district nurse, memory clinic and other professional service can refer you to them or you can contact them yourself by calling Oxfordshire County Council’s Social and Health Care team on 0845 050 7666.

Dementia Web

Their 24-hour helpline can give you information about local dementia support services, visit www.dementiaweb.org.uk or call 01865 410210 to find out more.

Oxfordshire Dementia Empowerment Group

If you live with dementia and want to talk to others about issues that affect your life, join Oxfordshire Dementia Empowerment Group. The group is run by and for people with dementia in Oxfordshire.

To join or to find out more, contact Claire Ward on 01993 893573.

Shared Lives

The Shared Lives service gives vulnerable and disabled adults the opportunity to live as independently as possible. Adults in Oxfordshire who need care and support can be supported to live in their own home or share a home with a Shared Lives carer.

Visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/what-shared-lives-scheme call 01865 897971 or email SharedLives@oxfordshire.gov.uk to find out more.

Sensory Impairment Teams

Oxfordshire County Council’s Sensory Impairment Teams provide specialist services for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired.

Call 01865 894925 or textphone 0303 003 0555 to find out more about the services.

Voluntary organisations

Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action is the main organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Oxfordshire. Visit www.ocva.org.uk or call 01865 251946 to find out more.

Age UK Oxfordshire works with older people and provides advice and information as well as day services. It offers opportunities for older people to take part in activities and to volunteer.

Age UK’s national helpline is open 8am to 7pm, seven days a week, including bank holidays. Call 0800 169 2081 or email helpline@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

Age UK Oxfordshire,
St Edmund House,
39 West St Helen Street,
Abingdon OX14 5BT

Tel: 0345 345 1276
Email: admin@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

Age UK Banbury Office
5 White Lion Walk,
Oxon OX16 5UD

Tel: 01295 278040
Email: banburyoffice@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society Oxfordshire
Room on Ground Floor,
The Abbey Resource Centre,
Audlett Drive,
Abingdon OX14 3GD

Tel: 01235 531989
Email: oxfordshire@alzheimers.org.uk

Unlimited Oxfordshire

Unlimited Oxfordshire is a voluntary organisation and registered disability charity that is run by its members and supports people with physical difficulties, including sensory impairments. The organisation campaigns with and on behalf of Oxfordshire residents, promoting their interests and working to resolve access issues and many other aspects of daily life.

Telephone: 0800 044 8192
Email: info@unltdox.org.uk
Website: www.unltdox.org.uk

Guidepost Trust’s Independent Living Centre

Guidepost Trust’s Independent Living Centre provides free information on ways to help people with disabilities and older people increase and maintain their independence. The Centre can tell you about organisations and products, and allows you to view and test out equipment.

To find out where to hire a wheelchair, find accessible holiday accommodation, a local or national support group for a particular illness and much more, call the Centre’s information line on 01235 524857 or visit www.guidepostsilc.org.uk

Crabtree Place,
Audlett Drive,
Oxfordshire OX14 3GD

Tel: 01235 524857
Email: ilc@guidepoststrust.org.uk

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind supports children and adults who are blind or partially sighted.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Bradbury Lodge,
Gordon Woodward Way,
Oxford OX1 4XL

Helpline: 01865 725595
Email: admin@oxeyes.org.uk
Web: www.oxeyes.org.uk

Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre

The Centre offers support to those living with hearing loss. It has no set opening times. To make an appointment or for more information, email info@deafdirect.org.uk

St Ebbe’s,
Oxford OX1 1RL

Tel: 01865 243447
Text: 01865 243447
Email: info@deafdirect.org.uk

Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind can help you find a range of information; from recovery and support groups to community mental health teams. It holds up-to-date contact details for a wide range of services as well as information and links about mental health.

Contact the mental health information and advice line on 01865 247788, 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday or visit www.oxmindguide.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness is a national charity that offers support, information and advice to people affected by mental illness such as depression and schizophrenia. There is a service in Oxfordshire to support carers looking after people with mental illness. For more information, phone 01865 904499, email oxfordshirecarers@rethink.org or visit www.rethink.org


Restore supports people with mental health issues in Oxfordshire to get well and get work. They provide a range of mental health support services including coaching, recovery groups, employment workshops and training.

Manzil Way, Cowley Road,
Oxford OX4 1YH

Tel: 0845 250 0518
Email: information@restore.org.uk


Response provides anyone suffering mental health issues in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas with care, home support and housing. Visit www.response.org.uk or call 01865 397940 to find out more.