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National Asthma Campaign (NAC)

Asthma UK Adviceline, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Adviceline Advisors have access to the National Interpreting Service who can translate over 100 languages. Adviceline can also be accessed by TYPETALK.


Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.2 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma. We work together with people with asthma, health professionals and researchers to develop and share expertise to help people increase their understanding and reduce the effect of asthma on their lives.

National Subtitling Library for Deaf People

The National Subtitling Library for Deaf People (NSLDP) is a Registered Charity which has been established since 1984 to supply subtitled videos to the Deaf and hard of hearing.

The NSLDP has over 500 recreational and educational titles with Open Subtitles, including new and classic movies and TV shows. The aim of the NSLDP is to reach those members of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities who do not have the funds or access to the latest technology to view video tapes at their leisure.

NSLDP tapes are available through selected local libraries or through their Post Script postal video hire service. There is a cost to join with subsequent charges per video tape, which includes packing and postage (both ways).

NCH - Respite Care

Offers family based residential respite care 6 days per week (4 beds) for children with special needs living in the Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby area. Before a residential stay a child would make short visits to the unit to get to know the staff and surroundings. Families may stay in the unit for as long as they wish, until they are reassured that their child is happy and secure.


Through the week children/ young people come in after school, stay for the evening/ overnight and go to school straight from May Lodge the next day. At weekends children & young people come in at 11.30am and go home at 10.30am the following morning. The service has a minibus, video library, and is a purpose built fully accessible centre. Limited parking.


Families can access the service by contacting The Disabled Children’s Service on Tel: 01723 508670.

NCH Children’s Centre

Working in partnership with the Children and Families with Disabilities Team to include children and young people in their local schemes such as "Butterflies" and "Busy Bees".


Usually 10am -3pm throughout summer holidays, dependent on local providers. Referrals to service must be made through the Disabled Children’s Services Team on Tel: 01723 508670.

NCH Independence Support Scheme

Helps young people aged 18 - 23, who have a disability and live in the Scarborough, Whitby or Ryedale area, to access opportunities for independence. This may include advocacy, leisure activities, housing and employment. Support given in groups and one to one.

NECA (North East Council on Addictions)

Gambling counselling and support service, currently offered two days per week (Tuesday & Thursday) at Church House Centre, Flowergate, Whitby, providing counselling for clients either affected by or directly involved in gambling which is out of control or causing concern.


Counselling is offered to anyone aged sixteen or over, on a one to one basis.


To make a referral or self refer, either contact Chris Holmes or the NECA office.


NHS Direct

NHS Direct provides a wide range of health related advice and information including information about illnesses, operations, tests and treatments, advice on common health problems, finding the nearest doctors, dentists, opticians and pharmacies.


The Website includes a Health Encyclopaedia, Self Help Guide, details of local NHS Services, and answers to common health questions from Accidents and First Aid to Quitting Smoking and Women’s Health.


To access NHS Direct on Digital TV, press “Interactive” on the remote control, then scroll down and select “NHS Direct Interactive”. NHS Direct Interactive can also be accessed on the internet at www.nhsdirect.tv

North Yorkshire Dental Care Services – Whitby

Emergency treatment for adults and children who are not registered with a dentist. Emergency and long term care for children and adults with special needs - physical, sensory, mental, emotional or social disability who would be unable to see a regular high street dentist. Intravenous and inhalation sedation for patients referred by local dentists/ doctors.


Domiciliary visits for limited treatment to those unable to access the clinic, including visits to hospital wards. General anaesthetic for those with special needs.

NYCC Families Information Service

North Yorkshire County Council provides a childcare brokerage service through the Families Information Service (FIS) to help working parents find registered childcare. The FIS is an impartial service available to all parents of children aged up to 19 years.


The FIS recognises the difficulties that can face families looking for childcare, such as finding vacancies, affordability and support if the child has additional needs relating to behavioural difficulties, learning difficulties or other impairments. The FIS staff will help families find registered childcare to enable them to work or train.

Occupational Therapy Department

Occupational Therapists assess and help people to overcome physical, psychological and social problems arising from physical or mental illness or disability, by concentrating not only on what they are unable to do but also on what they may be able to achieve.

The service offers a wide range of activities and individually tailored therapy programmes to help people regain the skills necessary for achieving maximum independence in their lives. Occupational Therapists are also involved in assessing for and providing environmental adaptations and equipment.


Occupational Therapy is available to hospital in-patients, outpatients and to people in the community in their own homes. As well as hospital based Occupational Therapists, the service is also based in areas such as community teams, social services, mental health, learning disabilities and palliative care.