Practical Help

Charis Grants Ltd


Charis provides expertly tailored financial relief programmes, facilitating corporate provision through a variety of solutions to individuals and families in financial hardship. We design, develop and deliver financial relief schemes that allow businesses to reduce their costs of helping vulnerable customers, achieve corporate goals and reduce their administrative burden.


Charis’ schemes support those who are struggling to pay their bills or have other essential needs. We help individuals by using our skilled assessment processes to ensure those most in need receive the most appropriate help and services.


Charis works with the following companies and Local Authorities to deliver a number of Charitable Trusts, Hardship Funds, (Welfare Schemes), Rebate Schemes and Social Tariffs:

  • British Gas
  • EDF Energy
  • E.ON Energy Fund
  • npower
  • Anglian Water
  • First Utility
  • Scottish Power
  • OVO
  • Business Energy Solutions
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Utility Warehouse

We are a member of Advice UK and also work alongside other money organisations.


To make an application you usually need to bea customer of the company offering the grant.  However, the Britis Gas Energy Trust offers assitance to customers of all utility companies and applicants need not be a customer of British or Scottish Gas.


Each Trust has a separate application form andthe grant offered can vary between Trusts.  If you have debt with more than one company.  Charis will assess your application to see if you can apply for grants offered by the other Trusts they administer.


They can also signpost you towards other sources of help and advice they feel you would benefit from.  You can find details of the companies offering grants on the Charis website.  You can also get a grant application form by clickin on the relevant company logo or by calling the phone number



Application Form Requests

Request line 01733 42106001733 421060


Cornwall Cancer Carers


Our Purpose: "Provide a social, supportive & information platform to the carers of people with cancer"

Membership is restricted to those caring for, or to those who have cared for, people suffering from cancer. No restriction is placed on the carer's geographic location although our group meets at The Red River Cafe at Heartlands in Pool, Redruth, Cornwall


Please view the group's Facebook Page for me information and dates of meetings - a link is provided below:


Cornwall Cancer Carers Facebook Page


Bowel Cancer West


The bowel cancer charity, dedicated to raising awareness, funding research and training projects for the diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer in the Westcountry



Benefits explained in  plain English. New to the site is the PIP Checker, this may help you

for your possible entitlement for Personal Independence Payment.

Please note that this is not a D.W.P. site





The Lodge in Plymouth provides accommodation for relatives, friends and carers of patients undergoing

treatments in Derriford Hospital or Peninsular Treatment Centre. The accommodation is of a very high

standard at affordable prices.


Tel. No. 01752 315900 / 315930

Email :

Website :


For those of you who do not have your own transport, or just want to use the train instead of the car, the above could be a very good way of getting around, if you are eligible.
You receive a discount of 1/3 off the majority of train fares and also be able to use the majority of train times as well.
A few items you may not know about:
If you are travelling with another adult they will also get 1/3 off their rail fare as well.
Plusbus is also covered by the Railcard. You can check out the participating operators on, in the case of Cornwall, where there is a railway station the county is covered.
The application form, and there are various ones on the website which you can pick from, is not complicated to complete, showing all sections of eligibility for the Railcard.
The charge for this card is either £20.00 for one year or £54.00 for three years.
Check out the website

Can We Help?


We are a group of Ostomates who with our partners and friends meet at least once a month for social afternoon or evening get togethers.


This group is for all Colostomates, Ileostomates and Urostomates


Our aim is to give everyone a chance to see how we all cope with our stoma’s, have a laugh and support each other and the people who support us.


Each month we have someone along to provide a talk or demonstration with the chance to take part in a small raffle and enjoy a cup of tea and cake. You will be amongst friends and although we do not dispense medical advice we are able to advise you where to go based on our own experiences.  We all share the same problems and see no reason to change our way of life.  There is no need to book as everyone is welcome even if you have not yet had your operation but maybe you would like to discuss any concerns? Had a reversal? So have many of our members.


We meet on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month from 2 pm until 4 pm and also on the Quiz nights.  Your family and friends are very welcome.


January 5th Computer Science

February 2nd Air Ambulance

March 1st Fisherman’s Mission

April 5th Mike Edwards (Pottery)

May 3rd Oakmead (Medical Supplies)

June 7th Seal Sanctuary

July 5th Core Exercise

August 2nd Bingo

September 6th Perran Rebells

October 4th Cruise Ship Ambassador

November 1st Clive Benny (History)

December 6th Christmas Meeting



You can find and contact us at:


All meetings take place at Carnon Downs Village Hall

Beating Bowel Cancer - Managing Your Follow-up Appointments

Really Usefull Information for the Winter - by Keith Anderson


Obviously during the winter months the increase in energy bills rise considerably, so have you checked out your
current suppliers on what special offers/deals they can supply yo you? 
As there are so many suppliers, I have just picked out two as an example,  EDF Energy and Npower.
This scheme offers a rebate and provides additional help to people who are at the greatest risk of fuel poverty.
The rebate scheme gives eligible customers £140 off their electricity bills/ You can fill out the simple application
form online.
This scheme finishes in March 2016
The EDF Energy Trust Fund is an independent charitable Trust, set up and funded by EDF that can help EDF customers
with domestic gas and electricity debt. They can also help out with household debts, such as rent arrears or council
tax debits.
ECO is a government initiative created to help people keep their homes warm, especially throughtout the
winter months. This is provided by installing home improvements, designed to save money on energy bills.
To find out moreand see if you qualify, simply visit or call 0800 086 8634
Npower and Macmillan have joined forces to assist cancert patients, please call Macmillan Cancer Support
on 0808 808 0000 and speak to one of their experts.

If you look after someone, we are here for you....


One in every eight of us is a carer, giving time and energy, without pay, to care for friends or family who can’t manage on their own. Carers fulfill a vital role in looking after others because of illness, frailty, disability or problems with drugs or alcohol. Click on the link below for more information:


Cornwall Carers Service

Carers UK is here for all the family and friends who look after loved ones with bowel cancer. If you’re looking after someone, we’re in your corner with help and support. / 0808 808 7777


Healthwatch Cornwall is the people’s champion of health and social care in the county. It listens to the experiences people have of local, publicly funded care, whether good or bad, and uses this evidence to help inform and influence the commissioners and providers of services. It needs you to help make positive changes for the better where necessary.

This Link takes you to the Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group which provides support, information and guidance for those with a stoma of facing having one.


The Colostomy Association is able to provide practical help, support and reassurance to ostomates, their carers, friends and families.



Pete Mulford is organising a support group for carers.


"The group is aimed at supporting the health and well-being of carers, in a positive, confidential and non-judgmental environment.  Each week we will work on different aspects of stress and emotional impact, using tools and techniques to help support the carer in their caring role, whilst maintaining their own heath and mental well-being." 


If you would like further information, please use the contact details below 


Pete Mulford Dip. Clin. Hyp, GQHP, MABNLP, MTLTA, 

Therapy and Health Coaching 


Sky Blue River 

Coaching & Therapy, Liskeard, Cornwall 


T 01579 308232






If you require general information regarding patient's participation in research, there is a website set up by the National Institute for Health Research called INVOLVE.


Which is a national advisory group which supports public involvement in research within the NHS.



Wessex House,

Upper Market Street


Hampshire SO50 9FD

Tel. 02380 651088






We hope that people will be able to come to us if they have any questions around bowel disease, bowel caner or any of our research.


Our web address is




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