Whats in this section?

Whats in this section?

Services developed in partnership with the voluntary sector

Adult Social Care usually works with and funds voluntary and community organisations and charities to deliver preventative care services. These are a vital form of support and help to maintain independence, social inclusion, and delay or avoid the need for more formal services.

Examples include:

  • day services, day care, lunch clubs and social groups;
  • befriending, visiting and telephone contact services;
  • support schemes to help people being discharged from hospital;
  • support for carers;
  • respite care or short breaks;
  • advocacy, information and advice; and
  • handyperson / handyman schemes.

You can search for these local services in our Useful Contacts section.

Healthy lifestyles

Staying fit and healthy is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. Ageing doesn’t have to mean the end of exercise!

Here are some tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle: 

Healthy eating – we all need a balanced diet and exercise to ensure that we have good physical and mental health.

Stopping smoking – use the NHS stop smoking tool to get daily tips for success to stop smoking, visit the NHS Choices website

Leisure centres offer many opportunities for getting active and healthy. For details of what’s on, visit your local leisure centre’s website, or check our Useful Contacts section for activities you can join.

Libraries and community hubs

Libraries can provide much more than just books and are often a valuable source of resources for people of all ages. Some regions will have community hubs which include a network of well-connected community buildings that will provide spaces, services and activities for people in their local area. Details of some mobile library services can be found in our Useful Contacts section.

Day care centres

Many older people can feel lonely or isolated without an opportunity to fill their days with meaningful activities. Research has shown that one way to reduce loneliness and promote wellbeing and independence is regular social contact and activities.

Day care centres give people the chance to meet new people, take up an activity or receive specialist services such as chiropody or hairdressing. There is a wide variety around the country, supporting older people, people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and dementia. Day opportunities can be as important for carers as those attending as they allow for a regular break from caring. Attendance may be free or chargeable, transport and meals must usually be paid for. Find a Day Care Centre 

Meals on wheels

Meals on wheels are ready meals delivered to your home. There are frozen meal services and freshly-cooked hot meal services. Frozen meals can be delivered in bulk and kept in your freezer until required, whereas hot meals should be eaten immediately. Councils may be able to arrange meals delivered to your door, though you would need to be assessed as eligible for meals on wheels and it wouldn’t necessarily be free. National and local commercial companies also provide meals on wheels or home delivery meals at a charge. Find a Meals Service in your area.

Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme is a national arrangement of parking concessions that allows badge holders to park close to their destination, either as the driver or passenger. The Blue Badge Scheme is also open to organisations that care for disabled people meeting the qualifying criteria. Apply for a Blue Badge.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy provides advice, assessments and solutions for people who are living in their own home and require physical assistance. They provide advice and solutions such as equipment and adaptations. You may be referred to these services following an assessment by your local adult social care or health professional. Find an Occupational Therapist.

Special equipment

There is a range of equipment, daily living aids or home aids available to make life easier and to improve safety and independence, such as stair rails, raised toilet seats, shower stools etc. These simple items are often referred to as ‘simple aids for daily living’. Find companies that sell Daily Living Aids.


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