This page contains resources you may find useful as a REMAP volunteer. Click each header to expand the section’s contents.
- Equal, Diversity & Inclusion Policy
- Safeguarding Policy
- Disclosure & Barring Process – How To Guide
- PVG – How To Guide (Scotland only)
- Secure Handling Policy for PVG
- Referral Policy Scotland
- Comments and Complaints procedure
- Financial Policy
- Health & Safety Policy
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Lone Worker Policy
Data protection & GDPR
- Quick overview about how to get started with GDPR
- Detailed GDPR explanation
- Introduction to Remap Office 365
- How to auto-forward your O365 mail to your personal address
- Template Secure Project Record with instructions (password: Testpass)
- Guide to deleting data safely
- Is our panel GDPR compliant? Self-assessment form
- FAQ: GDPR and Email
Personal development courses that are available free of charge or for a minimal fee.
PUBLICITY & FUNDRAISING
- Presentation notes
- CPD Certificate (download and open with a dedicated PDF reader to edit details)
- Supermarket fundraising options
- Client information leaflet – GDPR
- UK government guidelines for writing about disability (external link)
- PAT testing of equipment used in exhibitions, panel meeting venues, and when giving presentations
- Easy Read Leaflet for Getting Remap’s Help
- Storytelling Guide
- Referrals & Volunteering Publicity Guide
Publicity Forum Meeting Materials
British and European standards – DO NOT COPY OR DOWNLOAD
- EVS_EN_21856_2022_en – BS EN 21856:2022 Assistive products. General requirements and test methods.
Commercial Equipment sources
Commercially available equipment:
- livingmadeeasy.org.uk contains over 11,000 daily living products from 950 suppliers. Also contains factsheets and information pages written by healthcare professionals. Maintained by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF).
- independentliving.co.uk provides impartial information about products and services to help with mobility and independence.
- ridc.org.uk provide consumer information written by and for disabled people. Originally founded by Which? they give independent advice on choosing the right accessibility products and services.
- https://www.healthcarepro.co.uk/nrshealthcare.co.uk are the official suppliers to the NHS and make over 3,500 disability products.
- completecareshop.co.uk supply many care professionals, including those working in nursing homes and local authorities.
- enable-access.com claim to be able to ramp any entrance or threshold, and will build bespoke if nothing in their catalogue is suitable. Please let us know if you take them up on this!
- drivingmobility.org.uk offer advice and assessment to disabled drivers and passengers (including children) through their network of centres. Affiliated with Motability and the Department for Transport.
- toughfurniture.com provide furniture (including TV protection) for people with challenging behaviour. Bespoke design and build service available.
- adapt-it.co.uk specialise in adapting computers to suit individual disabled people.
- abilitynet.org.uk supports people of any age, living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals.
- kenhall.co.uk and reedmedical.co.uk both supply made to measure footwear.
- Able2Wear.co.uk provide adaptive clothing, including bespoke options.
- theablelabel.com offer stylish adaptive clothing, including jewellery and office wear.
- activehands.com provide a range of gripping aids for people with limited hand function
- findmyhia.org.uk local Home Improvement Agencies can help disabled people with minor adaptations and ‘odd jobs’
- dressability.org.uk provide a similar service to Remap, but for clothing
- ETAC.com provide a range of equipment in the areas of paediatrics, pressure care, patient handling, wheelchairs and bathroom aids
- specialeffect.org.uk specialises in creating ways that allow people to control video games to the best of their abilities
- www.sensesensory.co.uk specialises in bespoke safety padding
- www.activehands.com Products for reduced hand function
- www.feathertail.co.uk Feathertail, a wearable ergonomic mouse
HELP WITH PURCHASING COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT
- turn2us.org.uk is a searchable database of grants which make awards to individuals
- disability-grants.org is an index of grants for disabled people
- Download this helpful list of grants for disabled children (thanks to )contact.org.uk
- Another list of grants for disabled children at Living Made Easy.
- newlifecharity.co.uk supports disabled children with emergency equipment loans, secondhand equipment to buy, and a grant scheme.
- specialeffect.org.uk is the charity for disabled gamers. They offer equipment loans and help source funding.
- thesequaltrust.org.uk offer advice and funding for communication equipment (AAC)
- wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk the charity for disabled cyclists offer advice to disabled people wishing to buy an adapted bike.
- thehydrationfoundation.org offer free hands-free drinking equipment to anyone who needs one.
- Equipment may also be available for short or long term hire. See this list from Independent Living.
- My AFK provides funding for mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to age 25 across the UK.
- Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. They ask for evidence of benefits in their application.
- Variety, the Children’s Charity considers requests for funding for specialist equipment which will be of clear direct benefit to a child or children up to the age of 18 with a disability/disabilities and/or with special needs.
- Children Today helps children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 25 years old across the UK by providing grants for specialised equipment.
- Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children provides funding for essential community equipment across the UK for disabled children under the age of 19.Grants towards specialist seating, wheelchairs, beds, and communication aids.
- Designability is a charity that enabled disabled people to live with greater independence, using human-centred design to create products that enrich people’s lives.
- Design Guide – advice regarding common issues Remap Engineers encounter – click here to view
- Makers Making Change in Canada keep a database of projects to which anyone can contribute: www.makersmakingchange.com
- Tetra, across the pond, have a database of their past jobs: www.tetrasociety.org
- Technical Aid to the Disabled in Australia (TAD): tad.org.au/unique-solutions
- National Science Foundation Engineering Senior Design Projects For Persons With Disabilities publishes reports of projects by US engineering students: nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu
- Advice on bespoke cushioning – Stabilo posture cushion catalogue / Gravity Chair
MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURE:
- RS Components may provide parts free or discounted in certain circumstances Enquire via central office.
- Creative Care Ltd will custom manufacture textile products to Remap specifications at cost price. They also have offcuts of birch plywood, heavy duty pvc (transparent and coloured), high density foam, plastic mesh and more – all for cost of postage or free pickup from their factory in Lancashire. Enquire direct.
- Gloforce specialise in clamps, stands and goosenecks. They will custom make to Remap specifications at a large discount. Enquire direct.
- Mobility Vehicle Users Guidance
You may receive donation offers of second hand medical equipment. If you don’t want the item, here are some other options to suggest to your client:
- The Disability Equipment Service accept donations of all equipment to refurbish and sell on for charity. Primarily based in Surrey but accept limited donations nationwide.
- The Mobility Centre accept mobility equipment which they refurbish and provide at cost to low income people in the UK. Based near Glasgow but accept limited donations nationwide.
- Scope will accept used equipment in good working order, but not toileting items, bathing items or hoists. Donations accepted within 30 miles of either Milton Keynes or Doncaster.
- DESO send donated equipment to disabled people in Ghana. Equipment must be delivered to Ashford, Kent.
- Limbcare accept mobility equipment, prosthetics and orthotics to refurbish or recycle. Donations accepted nationwide.
- Legs4Africa refurbish prosthetic limbs and provide them free to amputees in Africa. Donations accepted nationwide in partnership with Men’s Sheds.
- Jacob’s Well supply unwanted ostomy supplies to West Africa and Moldova. Donations must be delivered to East Yorkshire.
- PhysioNet are a Yorkshire charity who collect/refurbish disability equipment (wheelchairs etc.) and ship them to 3rd world countries. Will collect from across the UK if the volume justifies.
- Other local charities may also accept donations. Try nearby Disabled People’s Organisations, Age UK, Salvation Army etc.
- Sell item privately, on ebay for example, and donate the proceeds to a charity of their choice. See Scope’s advice on selling second hand disability equipment.
- Sell item to a broker such as mobilitybuyers.com. Some manufacturers may also buy back used equipment to refurbish and sell on.
- Give away item privately on Freecycle, Freegle, Facebook etc