General Support for Leicester and Leicestershire residents
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.
Health and Wellbeing Support
Promoting well being in later life with advice and information. National enquiries: 0800 055 6112, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland local enquiries: 0116 299 2233
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.
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
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.
Community and Law Service
Are you having problems paying your rent or mortgage? Have you recently been refused a benefit? Are you struggling with money worries? Get help with Help with completing benefit forms and medical assessments for benefit reviews and other legal matters.
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
There are a wide range of services available to provide financial and legal support or advice to you or someone you care for. The Council publish information and advice about financial and legal support, an anti-poverty strategy and BetterOff Leicester (a tool to help check people are receiving all benefits they may be entitled to, as well as information on how to find and apply for jobs)
Macmillan benefits advice
If you are affected by cancer and need support with welfare benefits, call our specialist team on 0300 456 8400. Or you can fill in the form below and someone will contact you.
Marie Curie benefits advice
Helpful information about the main state benefits and entitlements available to people who are ill or disabled. There’s also help for family and carers, and information on how to top up your benefits and have your needs assessed.
Winter Fuel Payment
Support with home heating costs. Most people get the Winter Fuel Payment automatically if they’re eligible. If you’re eligible, you’ll get a letter in October or November saying how much you’ll get. If you do not get a letter but you think you’re eligible, check if you need to make a claim.
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.
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.
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)
- Tea (sandwich, cake and orange juice)
- Breakfast (cereal, fruit juice, yogurt or fruit )
Call 01858 469902 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
Social and Emotional Support
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.
David Lloyd - Leicester Meridian
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
First Contact Plus
Useful contacts for local community groups, support with transport and technology, help at home, and managing personal care.
Leicestershire Archaeological and History Society
To promote the study of history, archaeology, antiquities and architecture of the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland'. Membership stands at around 400 and in addition some 100 institutions receive our annual publication around the world.
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 email@example.com. Address: 10a High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ
Help with computer access, information services, and books on medical conditions, health and wellbeing. There are libraries across the county:
Men in Sheds (Age UK)
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
Musical Village Choirs in Leicestershire
Musical Village are a community of choirs catering for people of all ages and abilities in Leicester and Leicestershire. We welcome all who love singing and want to share the enjoyment and fun with the community.
North West Leicestershire District social resources
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.