Telephone: 0121 634 2748

Age Concern

Age Concern is the UK’s largest charity working with and for older people. Their web site contains a wealth of useful information.

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia. To contact the society email telephone 020 7423 3500 or visit

Carers UK

Carers UK provides high quality advice and information to Care Givers and the professionals who support Care Givers. There website is or they can be contacted through their helpline – CarersLine. They provide information and advice on, for example benefits and tax credits, and how to complain effectively and challenge decisions. Their free phone number is 0808 808 7777 and they are open on Wednesday and Thursday 10am -12pm and 2pm – 4pm.
Fatigue, Stress and depression are real side effects of family care giving. is an informative website offering ways to cope with caregiver stress. Visit to complete an online stress assessment test and identify resources allowing you to cope with your senior care related stress level.


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulate, inspect and review all adult social care services in the public, private and voluntary sectors in England. Any organisation that provides care is required to be registered by CQC and their inspection reports of these businesses can be viewed at

Counsel and Care

Counsel and Care is a national charity getting the best care and support for older people, their families and Care Givers. They do this by providing advice, information and financial support and by influencing policies, services and funding. They have a very informative website and also provide an advice line 0845 300 7585.

Help the Aged

Help the Aged was set up in 1961, and is now the leading international charity for older people. Visit their website at

Huntington’s Disease Association

The HDA is a UK charity that supports people affected with Huntingdon’s disease. It provides information and advice to families, friends and health care professionals whose task it is to support Huntingdon’s Disease families Website

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Currie Cancer Care employs many nurses, doctors and other health care professionals. It provides care to in excess of 25,000 people with cancer every year, along with supporting their families. Their website is


MENCAP is the UK’s leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and careers. Their website is

Multiplesclerosis Society

The MS Society is the charity dedicated to helping people affected with MS. Across the UK information and support is available to anyone affected by MS from a network of 350 local branches. Their website is

Parkinson’s Disease Society

The Parkinson’s Disease Society is the leading charity dedicated to supporting all people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and careers. Their website is

The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association is the only national charity solely concerned with combating strokes in people of all ages. It funds research into prevention, treatment and better methods of rehabilitation; helps stoke patients with their families directly through its community services. Their website is


The United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. The Association represents over 1,600 members across the United Kingdom, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their website is


The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks. A DBS check may be needed for: certain jobs or voluntary work – e.g. working with children or in healthcare applying to foster or adopt a child.

Types of criminal records check
There are 3 types of check. The employer or organisation running the check should provide the applicant with more information about the level of check required.

Criminal record check applicants must be 16 or over.

This will check for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings, and will take about 2 weeks.

This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the workforce being applied for (adult, child or ‘other’ workforce). It takes about 4 weeks.
‘Other’ workforce means those who don’t work with children or adults specifically, but potentially both, eg taxi drivers. In this case, the police will only release information that’s relevant to the post being applied for.

Enhanced with list checks
This is like the enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists, and takes about 4 weeks.

For further info go to website: