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Healthcare Organisations
Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon ( for families )
Tel: AA 0161 236 6569 Al-Anon 0207 4030888 (National Number)

You are welcome to phone them at any time if you need help and support.
Alzheimer's Society East Cheshire Branch
Tel: 01625 503302

As the leading UK care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers we offer local support, advice and a drop in centre with 4 part time Family Support Workers who deliver this unique support service. We also have fundraising events, social groups and opportunities to volunteer for the organisation. Contact the branch for further details.
Asthma Campaign (National)
Tel: 0845 701 0203
Opening Times: Mon - Fri 9.00am - 7.00pm

This is a helpline which is staffed by Asthma Nurses and will give advice on all aspects of asthma care.
Bereavement Support Group (Macclesfield General Hospital)
Macclesfield General Hospital, Victoria Rd.
Tel: 01625 661503/4
Opening Times: Available Mon - Fri from 8.30am - 4.00pm

Offers practical help or someone to talk to.
Blind, Talking Newspaper for the Blind

Every Thursday an edited version of the local newspaper is copied onto cassette tapes and sent out to the blind people in the area. To receive a tape or to become a volunteer contact Mrs. Anne Grace. Tel. no. 01625 528644
Caring for Carers, Crossroads, (East Cheshire)
Sunderland House, Sunderland St., Macclesfield
Tel: 01625 511044

A Crossroads service is about giving time to improving the lives of carers by giving them time to be themselves and have a break from their caring responsibilities. The service employs paid, trained Care Support workers who provide practical support to carers of all ages.

Children, NSPCC (National Society for thr Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

For more information look on their website
Citizens Advice Bureau ( Macclesfield & Wilmslow District )
Opening Times: Open Door: Mon 10.00am - 1.00pm, Tues 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Wed 10.00am - 4.00pm, Thurs 10.00am - 1.00pm Appointment: Mon 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Tues 10.00am - 1.00pm, Thurs 1.00pm - 4.00pm

An independent charity which is part of the Citizens Advice Service. They help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing information and advice, and influencing policymakers. They offer tailored advice to each client, whatever their problem and are able to take on casework for disability related issues such as specialist benefits, advocacy, employment and discrimination They have two types of advice session, Open Door and Appointment sessions.

Deafness Support Network
144, London Rd., Northwich Cheshire CW9 5HH
Tel: 01606 47831, Textphone 01606 350823, Videophone 01606 330515

A County wide resource offering a huge range of services for people with hearing impairments. These include: advocacy, awareness training, daycare, deafblind support, information, interpreting,residential rehabilitation, respite care, sign language courses, social centres, social work and technical support, volunteer and youth services. Contact Chris Yarwood on the telephone shown.
Diabetic Group, East Cheshire ( branch of Diabetes UK)
Meets at St. Mary's Parish rooms,Congleton.

The group meets in Jan.,Mar.,May July, Sept., Nov. on the last Tues. in the month. Contact mr. Peter Hall Tel. no. 01260 272277
Disabled Club (Social Club)
Meets At Honford Hall, Handforth

Meets on alternate Mondays from 1.00pm - 3.oopm. It provides entertainment for the disabled and homebound. Transport to the Hall can be arranged through Social Services. Contact Mrs. A. Parkinson, Tel. no. 01625 524846
Disabled, CHAD (Cheshire Alliance for Disabled People)

This is an organisation of people with physical and sensory disabilities. It is run by disabled people for disabled people.

It campaigns for changes in society and the environment to enable people with difficulties obtain better Care, Medical Service, Education, Access, Housing and Employment. One of its aims is to present an informed, collective, balanced and non political view on all disability issues to statutory bodies, private and voluntary sectors at local, county and national levels. Liaison takes place with government departments and Cheshire MPs. It produces a quarterly newsletter for its members. It has both individual and group membership (ie. Age Concern) For more information

Contact Mrs. M. Peach. Tel. no. 01625 828010

Dyslexia Institute
7, Hawthorn St., Wilmslow, SK9 1AA
Tel: 01625 530158, e-mail, website

This is an educational charity for the assessment and teaching of people with Dyslexia. It has 26 main Centres and over 140 smaller teaching units throughout the country. It carries out assessments for children and adults who may be dyslexic, provides tuition and trains specialist teachers, as well as developing teaching materials and conducting research. Staff can give advice and information regarding the help that is available.

Gamblers Anonymous
Tel: 0161 976 5000 (Phone Line open 24 hrs.), website www.
Home from Home Scheme
Tel: 01625 534700 ( Social Services )

For parents of handicapped childen.
MENCAP (Wilmslow, Bramhall & Cheadle Branch)

This organisation's primary activity is fundraising, the money thus raised is used to provide practical help for mentally handicapped people in the community. It also runs a very popular youth club in Handforth on the 1st Monday in every month.
Activities at the youth club include :Table Tennis, Badminton, Bingo and a Disco. Contact Mr. R. Nichols (Chairman). Tel. no. 01625 522257

MIND (National Association for Mental health)
3/5 Duke St., Macclesfield
Tel: 01625 500858 / 500644

Its two main aims are : To improve public knowledge of mental health and to combat the stigma, fear and prejudice which still surrounds the term "mental illness" and to work for improved standards and forms of mental health care support and treatment.
The local group includes users and ex-users of Mental Health Services, carers and workers in the field of Mental Health and other interested parties.They raise funds for local and national projects.
They offer opportunities to develop skills and work experience through their links with local business, Macclesfield College and the local TEC.
Drop In & Socials:
The Drop In Centre is open Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5.00pm, Social Evenings Mon & Thurs 5.00pm - 9.30pm
Facilities include and Art Room, Games and Music Room and a Pool Table.
These facilities are run on a self help basis involving participation in all aspects including meal preparation, cooking cleaning and administration.
Meetings are held on 3rd Monday of each month at 7.00pm
Multiple Sclerosis Society

This is the local branch of a national society. It offers emotional and financial help directly to those suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Contact Ms. Hilary Montgomery. Tel. no. 01625 422798

Muscular Dystrophy Group (Wilmslow & Altrincham Group)

This group is part of a national organisation. It fundraises and offers local support to individuals and families of those suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. Contact Mrs. Lucas 0161 928 1200
East Cheshire NCT (National Childbirth Trust)
Run by local parents, we offer support, information and friendship to new parents and parents-to-be. Come and join our regular drop-in-events - no need to join the branch - we are always happy to meet you.

We cover the following postcodes - SK9, SK10, SK11, SK12

Please call our general enquiries line for more information on local events 0870 421 4401 or email

Parkinson's Disease Society

It is a registered charity. They work to encourage and help individuals, their families, friends and carers. They welcome anyone with an interest in Parkinsons Disease, either active members anyone needing contact with someone who can offer information, advice or a sympathetic ear. We meet on the last Tuesday in the month at 7.15pm at the hospital.
They have a welfare visitor who visits patients in their homes and also have access to a neuronurse at Macclesfield Hospital.
Contact Mr. G. Ireland Tel. no. 01625 873691
Relate (previously Marriage Guidance)
47a, Churchside, Macclesfield
Tel: 0870 2404246

It is staffed by Relationship Councillors who help people in commited relationships who are having difficulties.

Samaritans - 2, Bowden St., Macclesfield SK11 6LL - Tel: 01625 426000 or 01925 235000 (Warrington) or 08457 909090 (National no.)
Stroke Association Family Support Service
Tel: 01625 612044 (Macc. Disrtrict Gen. Hospital)

A support service offering information, practical advice and emotional support to stroke families and single individuals living alone.
Victim Support (Cheshire)
Tel: 01270 212155 , website

Victim Support is the national charity for people affected by crime. It is a completely independent organisation, offering a free and confidential service, irrespective of whether or not a crime has been reported. It aims to provide support and assistance to individual victims, witnesses, and their families and friends. It also aims to raise public awareness to and recognition of, the effects of crime and promote victim's rights.
Local Office is open Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 4.30pm
A local website