What we do

Disability and carers advice

Information and advice – we provide general disability and carer advice on a vast range of subjects and topics. Volunteer and user led, this service is run by people with disabilities or caring experience..

Welfare benefits – specialist knowledge, skills and information about benefits including allowances, payments, credits, pensions, funds and budgets.

Appeals & tribunals Unfortunately this service has now come to an end due to a lack of funding but if you still require help to complete an appeal or tribunal then we have some self-help packs which can either be downloaded from our website by clicking on the following link or by contacting us via email or telephone.

Service directory – a concise online directory to help you find various services across Nottinghamshire who can help, assist or support you or the person you care for.

Access guides – we have published a range of information guides which are free to download or alternatively we can send you one in the post.

Social care – this section is dedicated to social care, in particular, direct payments, personal budgets and support planning.

Healthinformation on local healthcare, GP’s, dentists, hospitals and personal health budgets.

User led organisation (ULO)

Disability Nottinghamshire has been a ULO since its inception back in 1983 as DIAL Mansfield & District. A group of liked minded individuals came together to form a group as they felt there was a lack of independent and impartial advice for anyone with a disability to make informed decisions about their lives. These individuals all had personal experience of disability or had a disability themselves. This ethos remains at the heart of the organisation to this day.

ULO Guide – We have produced a concise, informative and easy to read guide for individuals and organisations to learn more about the types of things a user led organisation does.

Disability Independent Advisory Group (DIAG) – this is a countywide forum led by people with disabilities, who meet quarterly to discuss and act upon local topics, subjects or issues.

Become a member of Disability Nottinghamshire – receive regular updates from us, invites to events, opportunities to have your say and voting rights at our annual general meeting (AGM).

RADAR keys

RADAR toilet keys are available to purchase for £4 from our office or £6 including postage and packing. Please bring or send us evidence of your disability such as a Blue Badge, alternatively we will require you to sign a declaration.

Befriending Service

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through matching volunteer befrienders to people who may be socially isolated or experiencing loneliness.
The service is provided by trained volunteers who give their time to offer companionship, trust and support to someone.
If you would like to become a befriender or a befriendee then please look at the full webpage for more information.

Disability training and consultancy

Using the skills, knowledge and personal experiences of users, volunteers, members and associates of Disability Nottinghamshire, we can carry out studies on a range of topics relating to disability, caring, services and issues. We can also provide various training programmes relating to disabilities, equalities, welfare benefits, social care to help individuals and organisations.