If you would like to request a Free Fire Safety Check please contact the Fire Service on 0191 444 1500 (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask for the Community Fire Safety Department. If you say that you are calling to request a fire safety check they will arrange this for you. The length of time that you wait for this service will depend on the demand that the Fire Service have at the time. There is no charge made for this service at the current time and they will fit smoke alarms free of charge where required.
Disability North is a free Independent Living Service which promotes social inclusion, independence and choice for disabled and older people in the North East of England and Cumbria. Disability North is a user led registered charity which works with, and for, disabled people, empowering them to maximise the control they have over their own lives. The Service Team can provide information and advice on equipment and activities for daily living (ADL), benefits and Direct Payments as well as advising on many other aspects of disability and signposting to other organisations who can help. Contact Disability North on 0191 2840480 , email@example.com or visit www.disabilitynorth.org.uk/index.html.
You may be entitled to a grant from your local council if you are disabled and changes are needed to your home to enable you to continue living there. The grant can be used for types of work including: widening doors and installing ramps, adapting heating systems and lighting controls, and improving access to rooms and facilities. An Occupational Therapist will assess your circumstances and suggest the adaptations required. You can obtain an application form from the housing or environmental health department of your local council. Please note it is important that you apply for the grant BEFORE you begin any work. The maximum grant amount payable in England is £30,000 and this may be paid in installments or as a full payment when the work has been completed. More information about this grant can be found at www.gov.uk, under ‘Benefits’ > ‘Carers and disability benefits’.
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