We have come across various sources of free items for vulnerable groups, or to support various groups:
Emergency Essentials Programme
This programme supports families living in severe financial, health and social difficulties, and provides items that meet children’s most basic needs. Items covered by the grants, which will total £3 million, will include beds, kitchen appliances, clothing and any other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing.
Find out more on the Family Fund website.
Hidden stories book
Hidden Stories is a book produced by an arts charity in the south of England, that aims to take away the loneliness associated with invisible disabilities.
You can find out more, and download a free copy of the book, on the Hidden Stories website.
Hydrate for Health has been given funding to donate free hands-free drinking systems, called Hydrants, to vulnerable people in the community.
You can purchase the system, and spare parts, online at the Hydrate for Health website. but the organisation’s charitable arm, The Hydration Foundation, aims to give one to any vulnerable user who is at risk of dehydration.
To request one, email firstname.lastname@example.org, with a delivery address.
The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA). The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.
The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make them for you whether you have a CEA Card or not.
The Card is developed by UKCA’s Disability Working Group, whose members include film exhibitors and distributors, and national disability charities such as Action on Hearing Loss, the RNIB, Dimensions and Muscular Dystrophy UK.
You can find out more, and get your card, on the CEA Card website. where there is also a search tool that enables you to find participating cinemas. 90% of UK cinemas accept the card, including most of the Cornish ones.