Below you will find a list of contacts that can help you to live well with a life-limiting illness or in in the later stages of life, including useful contacts for health services and more general support services such as food delivery services.
There is no end to the range and number of activities you can get involved in within the county. Joining an interest group can be a great opportunity to find like minded people. Below you will find a good cross sample of interest and activity groups which will help to get you started.
General Support in Leicester and Leicestershire
Promoting well being in later life with advice and information
National enquiries: 0800 055 6112
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland local enquiries: 0116 299 2233
What to expect from end of life care
A directory of health and wellbeing services for adults, children and families
A directory of health and wellbeing services for adults, children and families
For people living with any terminal illness, and their families, Marie Curie offers expert care, guidance and support, free of charge, to help them get the most they can from life, in the time that they have left
Hire or borrow equipment
The First Call Service provides free practical and emotional support with post-hospital discharge or assisting people to remain independent in their own homes. This free, time-limited service is invaluable in assisting people to build their self-confidence and their ability to cope. The support could be companionship, practical tasks such as shopping, attending medical appointments, regular telephone support and signposting to other organisations for additional long term support. All services are delivered by trained staff and volunteers. Referrals can be accepted by individuals, family members, friends and neighbours, adult social care, hospitals and other health care and voluntary sector professionals.
Call 0345 054 7171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with computer access, information services, and books on medical conditions, health and wellbeing. There are libraries across the county:
Support with home heating costs
Get a car parking permit
Leicestershire County Council
0116 305 0004
Leicester City Council
0116 454 1004
Free, independent, confidential, and impartial advice on citizens’ rights and responsibilities e.g. benefits advice and signposting to relevant local services
Call 0300 3301025 if you live in the city or 0300 3302111 if you live in Leicestershire county.
Lets talk wellbeing
Providing help for people with anxiety, depression and other similar difficulties. Let’s Talk – Wellbeing is available in many different places in the UK
Beating Addiction Together
Addiction treatment that promotes lifestyle changes.
T. 0800 326 5559
Help with benefits
You may be entitled to benefits when you have been given a life limiting diagnosis or are caring for a loved one for further information go to:
Leicester City Council
Community and Law Service
Macmillan benefits advice
Marie Curie benefits advice
Spiritual and religious support
Please refer to our page on spiritual and religious support for useful contacts of organisations that can assist with spiritual care
Transport and home delivery services
Supporting return home after a stay in hospital
Call 0116 266 7706
Age UK offers support with shopping and meal preparation. There are many aspects involved in this service from helping you to go food shopping, planning what meals you are going to eat, preparing them, and cooking too. Age UK are with you every step of the way when it comes to maintaining a nutritious and tasty diet.
Prep Perfect - Halal Food Menu
Provides healthy halal meal prep delivered straight to your door
Manav Seva Meals
Manav Seva Meals on wheels service is available for senior citizens or adults who are suffering from any illnesses or any types of disabilities. Currently providing home delivered fresh vegetarian meals with different menus every day.
ICare meals service
ICare delivers two-course hot meals or frozen meals 365 days a year. The person who delivers the meal will also put it on a plate for you and check that you have a drink if you request it. You can pay extra for the ICare delivery person to stay for 15 minutes to help with other needs you may have such as washing up, taking out rubbish, and checking heating and hot water.
You can choose your meal from a varied menu, including:
Meals for special diets (e.g. soft food, gluten free, diabetic)
Meals for different cultures and religions (e.g. halal, kosher, South Asian)
Tea (sandwich, cake and orange juice) – delivered with your hot or frozen meal
Breakfast (cereal, fruit juice, yogurt or fruit ) - delivered with your hot or frozen meal
Kind’s of Queniborough Food Service
Kind’s of Queniborough are a local, independent family company. They supply frozen meals and hot meals on wheels by a friendly team who can plate up, make a hot drink and provide a wellbeing check at no extra cost. They cater for all dietary and cultural requirements including halal, vegetarian and pureed meals. They can usually start a delivery the next day and can also supply groceries and home from hospital packs.
Call 0116 260 0741 or 07714 503754, or email email@example.com
Meals on wheels service across the city and county using local businesses. Hot meals provided three times a week.
Call Nitesh Bhundia on 07841 374889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Dieu Mobile Meals Ltd
Grace Dieu Mobile Meals Ltd is a family run company providing hot or frozen meals and tea time snacks direct to your door, 365 days a year. They also provide safe and well checks for all their customers as well as welcome home packs for people discharged from hospital. Grace Dieu caters for all specialist diets including gluten free, vegetarian or soft food.
Call 07734 010235 or email email@example.com
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Wiltshire Farm Foods delivers frozen meals that you can heat yourself. They deliver once a week or once a fortnight. They cater for special diets (e.g. soft food, vegetarian, diabetic).
Call 01536 420505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frozen meals either click and collect or delivered to your home
Call 01780 766051
Deliver tiffin service of vegetarian food. Providing support to Older people, particularly those who are frail and/or socially isolated.
Call 07711 737117 or email email@example.com
East West Community Centre
Mobile meals is one of a range of many services provided by East West Community Centre to help vulnerable people live in their own home independently for as long as they are able to do so. The service provides nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals that are delivered to your home on a daily basis or as the need arises. The mobile meals service can be provided either on a short term or longer term basis to support anyone, for example those recently discharged from hospital.
Where can I get exercise, find local interest groups and social company to maintain my wellbeing?
To find local groups, drop-ins and café chats near you, see village / parish magazines, local advertising, your library, dentist waiting rooms, GP practices, or local news and radio stations. You will find wide ranging activities including allotments, art, choirs and music, chess and puzzle clubs, movement and dance groups, informal café coffee chats, badminton, bowls and other sports clubs.
To find out more:
For Leicester city: www.leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/sport-and-leisure/
For Leicestershire: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/search/site/sports%20and%20leisure%20
Walks in Leicestershire
Our Men’s Sheds welcome older men who would like to use and share practical skills, tools and resources to work on projects of their own choosing. Whichever activities are pursued, the essence of a shed is not the building but the network of relationships between the members.
Call Steve Bond on 0116 2629077 / 07738 820927 or email MenInSheds@ageukleics.org.uk
Leicestershire and Rutland Sport
A-Z of sport and physical wellbeing organisations in Leicestershire and Rutland
There is a heated 25m indoor pool for adults. There is also a spa complete with a sauna, steam room, and a whirlpool, so you can rest assured that any aches and pains that you experience after exercise will be well taken care of. Another of the main benefits of joining David Lloyd Leicester Meridian is that there are 70+ classes every week.
Meridian Leisure Park, Lubbesthorpe Way, Leicester, LE19 1JZ
4A Causeway Lane. Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 4AP
Fosse Fitness 356
There is a designated ladies only gym area
Fosse House, Fosse Way, Syston, Leicester, LE7 1NE
The Yoga Hub
A comprehensive online directory which lists yoga schools and classes throughout Leicestershire
Leicestershire Craft Centre, Market Harborough
Art and craft for everyone. Leicestershire Craft Centre offers a wide range of art and craft courses.
Call 01858 466692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
10a High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJtr
Craft courses in Leicestershire
A comprehensive listing of the latest art and craft classes in the county
Classes and workshops in Leicestershire
Find your local gardening club via the Royal Horticultural Society
Fishing in Leicestershire
A listing of angling venues and fisheries
Local history societies in Leicestershire
Leicestershire Archaeological and History Society
Open concerts and recitals
A listing of concerts and music recitals in Leicestershire
Musical Village Choirs in Leicestershire
A listing of social groups in Leicestershire
Age UK offers a good listing of lunch clubs in Leicestershire
Age UK listing of Community Resource Centres in Leicestershire
Resources available for support in the community, including foot care, house clearance, befriending, lunch clubs, and trusted trader listings
First Contact Plus
Useful contacts for local community groups, support with transport and technology, help at home, and managing personal care
North West Leicestershire District
Useful information about activities for elderly people in North West Leicestershire including aerobics classes, independence programmes, mobility classes, seated exercise, sheltered accommodation league, Steady Steps, Steady Steps Plus, swimming, walking and football