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Resources & Contact numbers

At the group, we provide numerous resources for people with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia :-

There are leaflets and print outs that are available to take away with you.

These are to help you and your family/friends to understand what living with Fibromyalgia is like, and how we deal with it on a daily basis.

There are many accompanying symptoms that come with Fibromyalgia that you may not think. Such as I.B.S., Irritable Bladder, vertigo etc. 

We can offer help with the following :-

- applying for benefits

- blue badge applications

- disabled bus pass application forms 

Please note we are not able to complete the forms for you, but we are on hand to offer advice where/when needed. We may recommend you contact either C.A.B. or other agencies that are qualified to assist you further.

Contact numbers for benefits :-

E.S.A. New Claims 

0800 055 6688

Existing Claims and Change in Circumstance

0800 169 310

E.S.A & J.S.A, Income Support & Incapacity Benefit

0800 169 -310

Universal Credit

0800 169 0140

P.I.P.

0800 169 2222

Maternity Allowance 

0800 731 0283

Or go to www.gov.co.uk and follow the links 

Useful contacts in Coventry:-

C.A.B. 02476 223 284 - admin line only

03444 111 444 - advice line open Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm

Coventry Benefits Advice

Customer Service Centre, 

Floor 1, Broadgate House, Coventry, CV1 2FS

Coventry Law Centre

Oakwood House,

St Patricks road entrance

Coventry

CV1 2HL

02476 223 053

Email: enquiries@cov.law.org.uk

Coventry City Council

Customer service Centre,

Broadgate House,

Coventry

CV1 1FS

0808 583 4333 / 02476 834 024

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Email - customer.services@coventry.gov.uk 

Nuneaton C.A.B.

Town Hall, Coton Road, CV11 5AA

0808 250 5715

Drop in sessions on Tues and Thurs 10am-2pm

Email - info@brancab.org.uk

Bedworth C.A.B. 

25, Congrave Walk,

Bedworth

CV12 8LX

0808 278 7826 / 02476 643 206 

Email - info@brancab.org.uk

Warm Home Discount Scheme - a yearly amount paid to your energy provider if you are on the qualifying benefits. You need to contact your energy provider for more information, it is based on a first come first served basis. Also look at gov.co.uk for more information.

Severn Trent Water - 

The Big Difference Scheme - you may be eligible for up to 90% off your water bill if you receive certain benefits. 

There are also 4 other schemes you can apply for, it depends which is relevant to you.

There is The WaterSure Fund, Water Direct, Severn Trent Trust Fund and a tariff for single occupancy. Or you may be better off with a water meter if you live alone.

Phone - 0800 785 4444

You can also contact them through WhatsApp, Twitter Messenger/Facebook.

Email - contact@sttf.org.uk or go to their website and click on the links.

  

Blue Badge Application form - contact your local council via their website. There is a £10.00 charge for this for 3 years. 

Even if you are not in receipt of high rate of D.L.A or enhanced rate of P.I.P. mobility, you may still qualify for a blue badge. This normally means an assessment will take place with your local council.

Useful contacts:-

FMA UK (the main fibromyalgia organisation) 

National Helpline - 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri 0300 999 3333

Benefits Helpline - 10am-12pm, Mon-Fri 0300 999 0055

Head Office

FMA UK

Studio 3007

MileEnd Mill,

12,Seedhill Road, Paisley, PA1 1JS

Email : charity@fmauk.org

- Disabled persons railcard

0345 605 0525

Email - railcardhelp@nationalrail.com

National Railcard

PO Box 10776

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

LE65 9FA

Cost is £20.00 for 1 year or £54.00 for 3 years (saving of £6.00)

- Just Can't Wait card 

0800 031 5406

www.helpbladderandbowel.org

Please note you can download the card for free or apply by completing the form, there is a £2.95 charge for this.

An app called 'Flush' can be downloaded on to your smartphone, it will direct you to the nearest toilet, it can be useful if you are in a unfamiliar area, town, city etc.

- C.E.A. card (allows carers to go to cinema free when accompanying you)

Yearly cost of £6.00

Email - info@ceacard.co.uk

01244 526 016

Our shop :-

Fibromyalgia merchandise can be purchased, example awareness badges, wristbands, pens, etc

- Some disability aids, for example a radar key, blue badge holders, long reach grabber etc

Help:-

Any of our committee and members will always have time to sit and chat with you. Between us we have a wealth of knowledge and understanding and we are always willing to help and offer support by sharing experiences on dealing with Fibromyalgia.

We have a good support network through our Facebook  pages, messenger, texts, WhatsApp, emails or a phone call.

There is a coffee morning, on a Tuesday, when the group is not on. They meet at The Castle Grounds, Little Park Street, Coventry, CV1 2UR. The group meets from 11.00am onwards. 

Library :-

Fibromyalgia books that can be borrowed on a lending system.

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