Getting access to good quality information and advice is vital to getting the most out of life and being as independent as possible. Some people just need to know what is available to them. Directories, information providers and the Internet can help with this. Other people need advice and the opportunity to discuss their situation with someone with the time and knowledge to talk through the options and help make choices.
Cumbria Independent Living Guide
This is a free guide which describes the wide range of different kinds of support available to help people live as independently as possible in their own homes. New ways of supporting people are being introduced and existing, more traditional services are adapting to better meet people’s needs. Electronic versions of the guide are available using the links in the box on the right hand. Printed copies are available from your local Adult Social Care office.
Cumbria Support Directory
This is a free online directory of services including a wide range of organisations and services available to people in Cumbria.
The Cumbria Support Directory includes social care and support, health and well being, housing, leisure, learning, employment, money matters, advice and information, transport, equipment, carers' support and ways to welfare..
Buy with Confidence
The Buy with Confidence Scheme provides consumers with a list of local businesses which have given their commitment to trading fairly. Every business listed has been vetted and approved by Cumbria Trading Standards before being approved as a member of the scheme.
See the Buy with Confidence website for more details and to access lists of approved local businesses.
Adult Social Care
Your local Adult Social office will provide you with information and advice about how Adult Social Care can help and the range of care and support options available to you. Adult Social Care, together with the NHS, fund a range of preventative services to help people maintain their independence and prevent or delay their need for more intensive services in the future. Contact your local Adult Social office or the NHS for more details.
Voluntary and community organisations
Voluntary and community organisations, sometimes called 3rd sector organisations, provide a wide range of information and advice. To find out about such organisations in your local area, see the Cumbria Support Directory or contact your local Adult Social office.
For many people, their doctor is their first source of information and advice on health services. NHS 111 (Tel: 111) provides health advice and reassurance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information to help you make choices about your health is available via the NHS Choices website.