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Down's Syndrome Association (National Office)

A national charity which focuses solely on all aspects of living successfully with Downs Syndrome.


It provides information and advice to people with Downs Syndrome, their parents and carers and interested professionals, including information for new parents, speech and language therapy, health, education, welfare benefits, training and conferences around the country. The Association has a network of regional volunteer-led support groups.


Enquiries, including referral to local support groups can be directed to the national office. For enquiries about the Yorkshire, North & North East Region contact Rachel Davies at racheldavies@dsaregion.freeserve.co.uk

ECYH Trust

ECYH Trust is a non-profit organisation that aims to help local Church Halls, Community Centres, Youth Centres, Community Groups and Village Halls by providing high quality building work, renovation work and improvements to disabled access. The Trust aims to ensure customer satisfaction, a reliable service, offer affordable prices and to complete works within a reasonable time scale. Types of work include disabled access improvements, minor building work, painting and decorating, and portable appliance testing for appliances used within community centres or halls.


Building service not currently available to private individuals.

Epilepsy Action

Scarborough branch: Annie Thompson, Tel: 01904 426 479


Epilepsy Action is the working title of the British Epilepsy Association, a member-led organisation in Britain for people with epilepsy, their friends, families, carers and health professionals.


Epilepsy Action campaigns to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness, and offers assistance to people through a national network of branches, accredited volunteers, regional conferences and freephone and e-mail helplines

Esk Valley Mobility

Mobility scooters (4 to 8 mph) and wheelchairs – sales and hire, servicing, repairs, accessories. Stairlifts – servicing, repairs. Free, no obligation home demonstrations.

Expert Patients

Expert Patients is a course where you take control of your condition and make a difference to your life and learn important skills to:- Manage your symptoms, deal with stress, depression and low self-image, manage pain, develop coping skills, relax, eat healthily, work more closely with those caring for you, plan for the future.

Family Fund

An independent trust funded by the government. The purpose of the trust is to ease stress on families who care for a severely disabled child (under 16 years), by providing grants and information related to the care of the child. Grants include laundry equipment, holidays, outings, driving lessons, bedding, clothing and other items related to the care of the child. Applications should be made in writing, giving the child's full name, address, date of birth, brief details of the child's disability and the kind of help you need.

First Steps Scarborough, Support Group

Support Group for parents of children with special needs meets every Friday morning to offer parents mutual support, advice and information. All welcome. Service covers Scarborough, Filey, Malton, Farndale, Hawnby.

Foundation Housing

Information, advice and support on all issues relating to housing and homelessness for young people aged 16 - 25.


Foyer accommodation for young people linked with training, education and employment opportunities.


Supported Housing Scheme, and Floating Support Scheme for young people in their own homes. Supported housing for ex-offenders referred by the Probation Service.

Gateway Club

Club for people aged 18 years and over with learning disabilities. Activities include sport, discos, trips, holidays and social activities.