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ASBAH (Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus)

Provides support to parents when children have been given a diagnosis of Spina Bifida/ and or Hydrocephalus. Support is given to children and family on educational matters. ASBAH helps young people access services to progress towards control of their lives.

Asperger Network

The Asperger Network is a group of people from professions and agencies who have a working interest in adults on the autistic spectrum.

The group holds a quarterly afternoon (2-4pm) meeting in the Post Graduate Centre at Scarborough Hospital. People with Asperger Syndrome are welcome to attend.

Bereavement Support Service

Bereavement support and counselling for children. Service to clients is largely available to young people and adults living in Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and Ryedale areas of North Yorkshire. One to one support is available at a variety of venues, including the hospice, day hospice, hospitals and GP practices, and in schools (for children). Group support is offered at the Scarborough hospice.


People can refer themselves or ask to be referred by their GP, health, social care, education or other support agency workers. Following referral a Counsellor will meet with the client and undertake an initial assessment, and agree appropriate on-going support. The number of sessions varies according to client need.

Blue Badge Scheme

Department of Transport national scheme of parking concessions for disabled and blind people, administered by Social Services departments. Parking concessions are available to people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers. The scheme also applies to people who regularly drive a vehicle with very severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand. Other concessions, such as reserved spaces, exemption from tolls may also be available to badge holders. Contact Customer Relations or WhitbyDAG for information leaflet. Leaflet also available in large print, Braille and audio tape formats. Applications can also be completed online at www.northyorks.gov.uk


Blue Badge holders in Whitby - parking permits for the car park at Whitby Co-op can be obtained from WhitbyDAG on production of current Blue Badge, a passport size photo and payment of 25p.

Breathe North (British Lung Foundation, North Region)

National organisation supporting people affected by lung diseases, by providing information and advice, information leaflets, and support groups around the country. The North region covers Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Cleveland, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.


Breathe Easy Patient Support Groups and Breathe Easy Parent Support Groups - a network of local self-support groups throughout the UK. Contact the Breathe North office for further information.

British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

BDA works to enable dyslexic people to reach their potential, by influencing government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society. BDA promotes early identification and support in schools and higher education to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners.

British Nursing Association- Scarborough Branch

National agency providing registered nurses, home carers and care assistants in the home. Services offered include respite care, shopping and help around the home, bathing service, help getting up in the morning and preparing for bed at night, home from hospital, sleepover, escorted holidays and outings, occupational health support programmes, work in partnership with social services departments. Run by qualified nurses. Fees are charged.

British Red Cross - North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire wide, volunteer-led medical equipment service provides wheelchair hire and short-term loans of equipment. The service helps people return to their own homes after illness or surgery, enables them to go on holiday with friends or family, and promotes independence.


The main types of equipment provided include: Wheelchairs, backrests, bath seats, walking sticks and frames, commodes, bedpans and urinals.


Equipment is usually available within 24hours in an emergency and is loaned free of charge. Refundable deposit may be requested. Donations welcome.


Postal lending scheme for people who are not able to read ordinary print books because of sight problems or other disability. Over 7000 titles, of which 1000 are suitable for children. Scheme free to members.