Phone and tablet apps can help make life more accessible, provide support for your activity and health goals as well as keeping you connected to family, friends and wider communities.
We've collected some examples providing information and support. Use the links below to see apps for different aspects of daily life:
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Photograph and identify plants while you're out walking. You can also create your plant photo library.
Get to know the birds around you by recording their song and identifying the most likely species through BirdNET.
Hub Of Hope
A mental health database enabling you to find grassroots and national mental health services nearby.
Bite sized meditation sessions for busy minds. Helps reduce daily stress, perceived stress and sleep.
All levels of meditators can find Mindfulness techniques and meditation programmes for sleep and stress reduction.
A suicide prevention App that helps people stay safe in a crisis, offering helpful information and resources.
A personalised brain training program designed to improve focus, speaking, thinking and memory skills over time.
Track your alcohol consumption and spend over time, calculate units and calories then set goals to help moderate your drinking.
More than 20 evidence-based techniques to help you quit smoking for good. Log cravings and get tips for managing them.
Lessons and exercises from modern pain research that help you reverse the cycle of pain in your body and brain.
Keep track of your health, improve your breathing technique and keep track of your medication with a COPD diary.
The first complete fitness app specifically designed to make it easier for people with impairments to exercise without judgement or difficulty.
Strava makes fitness tracking social. It records your activities which you can share with friends and monitor your fitness progress.
Take high quality workouts with leading personal trainers on your phone to get fitter, lose weight or simply de-stress.
Yoga app which allows you to chose the duration of the session and skill level from beginners onward. Monthly subscription required after 5 sessions.
A new App made by Stannah Stairlifts to help people monitor and improve their balance overtime using simple easy to follow exercises.
My Fitness Pal
Calorie counting diary app with fitness and food advice. Keep track of your progress and connect with your friends.
Couch to 5k
A 9 week training plan for people who want to start running. Easy to follow plans for increasing exercise and fitness.
For people recovering from Orthopaedic surgery, pre and post op. Advice on moving around, breathing exercises, managing pain and more.
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.
Medisafe Pill Reminder
Never forget a medication again. The app includes tools, support and information you need to take your medications the way you're supposed to.
Speechify Text To Speech
Text to speech from Speechify lets you listen to docs, articles, PDFs, email, and various other formats — anything you read.
Be My Eyes
Place a live one-way video (two-way audio) call with a global support community who can see what’s in front of the user’s camera and provide verbal support.
This app narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, it uses AI to describe nearby people, text and objects.
Download the Zoom app to use on your phone so you can connect with friends, join beneficiary events and attend meetings from anywhere.
A powerful speech recognition system which coverts phone calls into live instant messages for the deaf user. It's automatic and works in real time.
Over 400 healthy, plant-based recipes, with instructional videos and images, meal planners and shopping lists to make plant based cooking easier.
Blue Badge Parking
Find disabled parking spaces near you. Search by town or city, Post code or What3Words.
A new app for disabled people and their carers to request assistance for rail travel in the UK. Organise assisted train travel suitable for your accessibility requirements and receive travel information.
AccessAble is here to take the chance out of going out. To give you the detailed information you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible to you.
Travel confidently around London with maps and live travel updates. Check live arrival times for Tube, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and Thameslink trains as well as Trams and Emirates Air Line. Make step-free journeys and look up station facilities.
Find and rate a wide variety of wheelchair accessible places – worldwide and free of charge.
Toilet Finder can help you find toilets nearby in an instant. You can find toilets that are specifically free to use, accessible toilets, and those given 5 STARS by users of the app.
Enables wheelchair users around the world locate accessible toilets and parking spaces. Locations are uploaded and rated by people who use the app.
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.
Personal app to help you keep track of money owed and money loaned. On iTunes only.
Find vouchers for all sorts of shopping in one place to help you save money on every day spending.
A free personal finance app that helps people keep track of their finances and personal spending.
Thriv Saving Goals
Personal money piggy bank that helps you save for significant events or items.
The Thalidomide Trust cannot recommend any of these apps and takes no responsibility in people’s decision to download them.