App Corner

Mental Health/Wellness

HeadSpace

Bite sized meditation sessions for busy minds. Helps reduce daily stress, perceived stress and sleep.

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SAM

SAM helps to manage and understand anxiety. The app has been developed in collaboration with a research team from UWE, Bristol and it uses self-help methods to recognise anxiety and deal with it successfully.

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Calm

Explore Mindfulness techniques and helps to break bad habits. Uses meditation for sleep and stress reduction. Calm is the perfect meditation app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced meditators and gurus.

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Stay Alive

A suicide prevention App that helps people stay safe in a crisis, offering helpful information and resources. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

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Elefriends (Mind)

A supportive online community created by the charity Mind. Connect with others, share your stories and make friends.

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Health

Just Can’t Wait!

Developed by the Bladder and Bowel community, the Just Can't Wait! app is a digital version of the Just Can't Wait! card. It is a discreet way to gain access to a toilet if you have bladder or bowel problems and there is no public toilet nearby. The app also has maps of the nearest facilities.

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Exercise/Physio

Down Dog

This is an easy to use Yoga app that has lots of flexibility. Chose your skill level, duration of the session and even the voice you hear the instructions from. The most useful part of the app is that you can change the level at which the poses are described to you so if you're new to yoga, you can have a full description of what to do. The first 5 sessions are free but it is a pay monthly subscription after that.

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Stannah Balance

A new App made by Stannah Stairlifts to help people monitor and improve their balance overtime using simple easy to follow exercises. Just put your phone in your pocket and follow the instructions.

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Run Keeper

Tracks runs or walks using GPS and helps people reach fitness goals. Whether you use it for race training, bike rides or even just short strolls, you can track your progress, beat your personal best and chart your weight loss.

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My Fitness Pal

Calorie counting diary app with fitness and food advice. Free version as well a premium for access to recipes and user stories. You can connect with your friends and keep track of your progress through the app.

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Couch to 5k

A 9 week training plan for people who want to start running. Easy to follow plans for increasing exercise and fitness. Created by Public Health England

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Pocket Physio

Easy to use app for people recovering from Orthopaedic surgery, pre and post op. Pocket Physio features advice on walking with a frame or crutches, hip precautions, breathing exercises, managing pain and self-assessment, as well as recommended techniques for dressing, bathing and getting in and out of vehicles.

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1 Minute Desk Exercises

This app reminds the user every day to do exercises whilst at work. Over 45 1 minute exercises that can be done at work.

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Daily Living

Appear In

Appear In is a communication app that makes it easy for you to contact people via video or instant message. Create "rooms" and add multiple people who you want to talk to. Simply create a room, copy the link and share it with whoever you want to invite.

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Hear You Now

This app is a personal sound amplifier for people with hearing impairments. Just plug in your headphones and hold your phone near the conversation you are struggling to hear and the app will amplify the sound. It lets you control the settings if they are closer or further away and also play back whatever you missed. Free for iPhones from the Apple Store.

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It’s Accessible

"It's Accessible" is a community based parking app. Users of the app recommend parking locations and share their accessibility with other users.

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TripTripHurray

The TripTripHurray app is a travel platform for people with specific travel needs. It helps you search accommodation, public transport, shops (and much more) to suit all disability requirements.

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myCOPD

From my mhealth, apps for patients with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes and Heart Disease. This app has been tested and approved by the NHS and give users the ability to keep track of their health, improve their breathing technique and keep track of their medication with a COPD diary.

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FuelService

Simple, Easy Refuelling for Disabled Drivers. Helping disabled drivers find and get assistance refuelling their cars. Use the app to ask a petrol station for assistance with putting petrol in your car then notify them via the app when you have arrived.

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Finance

Debt Manager

Personal app to help you keep track of money owed and money loaned on iTunes only.

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Voucher Cloud

Voucher Cloud gathers vouchers for all sorts of shopping in one place to help you save money on every day spending.

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Spending Tracker

Spending Tracker is a free personal finance app that helps people keep track of their finances and personal spending.

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Thriv Saving Goals

Personal money piggy bank that helps you save for significant events or items.

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Disclaimer

The Thalidomide Trust cannot recommend any of these apps and takes no responsibility in people’s decision to download them.