Occupational Therapy

Links and Information

This page is to give some suggestions for organisations which may be of use to some people. This list is by no means exhaustive, and it’s best to talk to your Occupational Therapist if you want specific advice relating to your needs. The Occupational Therapy department similarly cannot directly endorse any of the organisations and there are many organisations which we have not mentioned which may also offer good quality advice and support. We hope you will find them helpful.

Please feel free to contact us if you have found a service helpful and would like to suggest it to be added to this page.

General support and advice

Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

Age Uk

Age UK offers comprehensive advice about a range of matters directly effecting the older population.

Sunderland Carers' Centre

Sunderland Carers' Centre offers a confidential advice, information and support service to carers throughout the City of Sunderland (including Houghton-le-Spring, Hetton-le-Hole, Easington Lane and Washington).

Patient Advice and Liaison Service

The core functions of PALS are to:

  • Be identifiable and accessible to patients, their carers, friends and families
  • Provide on the spot help in every Trust with the power to negotiate immediate solutions or speedy resolution of problems.
  • Act as a gateway to appropriate independent advice and advocacy support from local and national sources.
  • Provide accurate information to patients, carers and families, about the Trust’s services, and about other health related issues.
  • Act as a catalyst for change and improvement by providing the Trust with information and feedback on problems arising and gaps in services.
  • Operate within a local network with other PALS in their area and work across organizational boundaries
  • Support staff at all levels within the Trust to develop a responsive culture.

You can find out more at the PALS website at www.pals.nhs.uk

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.


The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that they can make a difference for all children – by standing up for their rights, by listening to them, by helping them when they need us and by making them safe.

Disability North

Disability North aims to promote inclusion, independence and choice for disabled people. It also offers, through the Dene centre facility, impartial advice about equipment and adaptations.


If you are disabled (see below for details of which disabilities apply), live in Tyne and Wear and have a Concessionary Travel Pass, you can travel on buses in Tyne and Wear for free.

Solders, Sailors, Airmen and Ffor more details.amilies Association (SAFFA)

Help and support for those who serve in our Armed Forces and those who used to serve – even if it was only for a single day. They also care for the families of both.

  • Visit for more details.

The Samaritans

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

College of Occupational Therapy

Explore this website to find out more about how occupational therapy might be of benefit to you, your friends and family. There is also advice and information for anyone interested in studying occupational therapy or becoming an OT support worker.

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