Small Equipment Aids

stocking sock aidIt's our pleasure to supply Small Aids equipment free of charge for residents of Newcastle upon Tyne, who suffer from physical impairment and live on lower income.  Any donations are always gratefully accepted and appreciated.

This service helps people to remain independent in their home for as long as they wish and it is safe for them to do so.

We are only able to provide items, which are within our budget and can be obtained from our supplier. Types of small equipment aids we supply include small household and personal aids.
We are pleased to offer the use of a wheelchair at no charge. The length of loan will be agreed dependant on the need. Donations are gratefully accepted for this service. Donations are gratefully accepted for this service.
We also have a small number of Walking Trolleys and Perching Stools for short time loan or sale.

Access to this service

These professionals normally carry out an assessment and can request small equipment aids on behalf of their client:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Doctors
  • Health Visitors
  • Social Workers

We rely on their expertise when we supply items. Each request is based on the individuals needs.  And in most cases, once we receive a completed referral form, we will supply requested items on the same day.

A designated professional, relative, carer or friend can collect small aids from our office during the open hours .

We can only provide this very unique service, through the support of several Trusts and Foundations and of course, your generous donations.

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For further information please contact us by telephone, in person or by email.

Small Aids we provide:

button zip

Button Hook and Zip Pull

With a button hook on one end and a zip puller on the other end, this device helps with a number of dressing tasks. Length 235mm.

sock aid

Sock/Tights Aid

To assist with putting on socks or tights especially if bending and reaching to the foot is difficult. The sock is fed on to the plastic and held in place with the side notches.The foot is put in the open end of the sock, which is then pulled over the foot and up the leg using the tapes.

elastic laces
Elastic Laces
These look like normal shoe laces but are elasticated and effectively convert lace-up shoes into slip-on shoes for those who have trouble reaching or tying shoelaces.


Long Handled Shoehorn

A plastic moulded shoehorn. With a long handle giving excellent reach. It also has a hanging loop attached to the handle. Length is 430mm. Weight 37g.

Pick Up Stick

Pick-Up Stick

Made from lightweight aluminium, this pick-up stick is designed for people with limited reach and/or mobility. The jaw opening features a slip-resistant surface for a secure hold on the object. Length 530mm. Weight 172g.


Long Handled Sponge (bendable)

The special handle can bend and straighten multiple times to aid in cleaning difficult to reach areas, such as the back and distal areas like the feet. Unlike most sponge handles, these do not require a heat gun to change position.

plate guard
Plate Guard (incurve)
This flexible guard can be fitted to ordinary plates to assist with eating. A high inward sloping face helps with food collection and spillage. Plate size 190 to 254mm external diameter.


Multi opener

A multi-functional opener for bottle caps, screw tops and ring pulls. Ring pull seals are easily broken by inserting the ring into the end of the opener and lifting. On the same end is a bottle cap opener. The notch on the underside of the opener can be used to break the seal on twist off jar lids.

spread board

Spread Board with Spikes

A durable one-piece moulded plastic board with a raised L-shape in one corner, to allow bread to be spread using one hand. It also has a set of spikes that can be inserted into the board. These are designed to hold produce in place whilst they are being sliced or chopped.

wing handled drinking beaker

Wing Handled Drinking Beaker

The beaker has a unique handle design to help the user to drink unaided. The two handles are large and have ridges on them. The beaker is supplied with a lid with a small 4mm spout. It is suitable for both hot and cold liquids, and dishwasher safe, but the lid should be washed in warm water only.

Dycem Mat

'Dycem' Mat

'Dycem' mat is not sticky, but it grips dry, slippery surfaces. It may also be used for moulding or wrapping around any object.

foam tubing

Foam Tubing

Closed cell foam tubing, available in various sizes to provide a built up handle for easier gripping e.g. cutlery, pans etc. It is non-absorbent, non-sticky, washable and dishwasher safe.

one key turner 

Key Turner

This product has curved built in handles for one Yale or mortice type door keys providing an easy grip and good leverage for turning. It has a locking lever attached to the brass fittings, to enable the keys to be positioned separately or locked back into the body of the handle.


Plug Pull (for electric appliances)

The Plug Pull consists of a standard three-pin plug base with a looped handle for those with a poor grip. Four fingers can fit in the handle to give an improved leverage. Should be connected to a cable by a professional electrician only.

magnifying sheet
Magnifying Sheet
Made from lightweight plastic for reading large areas of books, maps and newspapers. Hold a few inches above page to magnify subject matter. Ideal for magnifying text, small print, maps and documents.

crystal tap turner

Crystal Tap Turner

This device clamps around the top of cylindrical tap tops, and provides the leverage to turn them easily. The barrel of the handle is spring-loaded to allow the jaws to clamp down on the tap. For use with taps up to 60mm in diameter.

cross tap turners

Tap Turners Crossed

These strong moulded turners simply hook over the top of an x-type tap, to make it easier to turn. They are supplied as a Red and Blue pair for hot and cold taps.Length 140mm. Weight 65g.

Novo Cup

Novo Cup

The Novo Cup is ideal for those who are in bed, lying down or have restricted head and neck movement. Once the lid is placed firmly on the cup and the stopper is in place, the cup becomes spill proof after the first sip. It is suitable for both hot and cold liquids. The 250ml cup is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Yale Knob Turner(LAST IN STOCK)

Yale Knob Turner

This soft plastic moulding fits over Yale type door lock knobs, to offer better purchase when turning them. It can be left in position on the lock.

pen pencil holders(LAST IN STOCK)
Pen and Pencil Holders
This soft PVC moulding slides on to normal sized pens and pencils to make them easier to grip and control writing. Internal diameter 8mm.

kettle tipper cordless(LAST IN STOCK)

Kettle Tipper(for use with cordless kettle)

This will suit most cordless kettles.  When the kettle is secured a cut out at the top of the tipper allows cups to be positioned as close to the kettle as required. The frame has a built in back stop to prevent spillage if the kettle is accidentally released during use.

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