Where else can I get help?

Modified on Fri, 07 Jul 2023 at 03:19 PM



Charities and organisations who can offer advice, help and support if you're in difficult circumstances.


Access to benefits
Citizens Advice Help To Claim service can support you through your application for universal credit
Phone: England: 0800 144 8 444
England textphone: 18001 0800 144 8 444

Wales: 08000 241 220
Wales textphone: 18001 08000 241 220

Scotland: 0800 023 2581

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Turn2Us have a useful benefits calculator which can help you understand what you are entitled to.
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Working Families have a useful guide on the benefits available to people in work.
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Check how to get a Budgeting Loan to help pay for:
  • furniture or household items (for example, washing machines or other ‘white goods’)
  • clothes or footwear
  • rent in advance
  • costs linked to moving house
  • maintenance, improvements or security for your home
  • travelling costs within the UK
  • costs linked to getting a new job
  • maternity costs
  • funeral costs
  • repaying hire purchase loans
  • repaying loans taken for the above items
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Heating & energyCheck Citizens Advice on how to claim a temporary credit if you can't afford to top up your meterWebsite
Check Citizens Advice on how to get extra support from your energy supplierWebsite
Financial difficulties — charities that offer free independent debt advice.StepChange 

Phone: 0800 138 1111


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My money steps from National debt line

Phone: 0161 640 5212


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Debt support trust

Phone: 0800 085 0226


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Debt advice foundation

Phone: 0800 043 4050


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The money charity

Phone: 0207 062 8933


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Housing
Shelter offer housing advice, support and legal services to anyone living in poor housing or at risk of homelessness in England and Scotland in the UK.

Phone: 0808 800 4444


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Crisis

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Homeless Link

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Emmaus

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St. Mungos

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Centrepoint run a service called Nightstop providing emergency accommodation in volunteer homes across the country.

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Domestic Violence
The National Centre for Domestic Violence provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Phone: 0800 970 2070
Option 1: Information about getting an injunction.


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Women's Aid supports domestic violence survivors through advocacy and practical support.

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Refuge offer specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. 

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Asylum seekers and refugeesThe Red Cross helps newly arrived migrant living in the UK with travel vouchers, food parcels, small amounts of cash, benefits and careers advice and adjusting to life in the UK.

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Financial exploitation
Stop Loan Sharks provide specialist support, help and advice for victims of loan sharks.

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Bereavement
Cruse provides a specialist support and information for bereaved people across the UK.

Phone: 0808 808 1677


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Relationship BreakdownCheck Citizens Advice's guide for making practical arrangements around shared finances, living and children when a relationship ends.

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Gingerbread provides support for single parent families and can advise on separation, benefits, child tax credits work and housing.

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Mental health
Mind can help guiding through the types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

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Rethink Mental Illness have information about different types of mental illness, diagnosis and treatments as well as support groups around the country.
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SANE provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
Phone: 0300 304 7000

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YoungMinds Crisis Messenger is a free, 24/7 support line for young people going through a mental health crisis. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
Text YM to 85258

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Depression/anxiety
Mind have a team that provides information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments. They can also signpost you services offering help and support in your local area.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

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Drug addiction
NHS provides drug support services across the country
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Alcohol addiction
NHS provides alcohol support services across the country
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Gambling addiction
GamCare aims to help problem gamblers, as well as their friends and families by providing advice and face to face counselling.
Phone: 08088020133

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Gordon Moody Association offers residential courses for whose who have problems with gambling.
Phone: 01384 241292

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Serious long term illness
The People Hub works to empower people with long-term health conditions and disabilities through knowledge sharing.
Head to sheets 3 and 4 from here.

MacMillian offers a range of support services and advice, including money worry advice.
Phone: 0808 808 00 00

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Social Isolation
WaveLength gives media technology (radios, televisions and tablets) to lonely people living in poverty.
You need to be referred but can find more information on how to apply for this service on the website
Living with a learning disability
Mencap Learning Disability Helpline provides advice and information on all issues relevant to people with learning disabilities and their families.
Phone: 0808 808 1111

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Support you may find useful if you have a disability or a physical or mental health condition




Mental health
Mind can help guiding through the types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Website

Rethink Mental Illness have information about different types of mental illness, diagnosis and treatments as well as support groups around the country.
Website

SANE provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
Phone: 0300 304 7000

Website

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger is a free, 24/7 support line for young people going through a mental health crisis. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
Text YM to 85258

More information
Depression/anxiety
Mind have a team that provides information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments. They can also signpost you services offering help and support in your local area.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Website
Drug addiction
NHS provides drug support services across the country
Website
Alcohol addiction
NHS provides alcohol support services across the country
Website
Gambling addiction
GamCare aims to help problem gamblers, as well as their friends and families by providing advice and face to face counselling.
Phone: 08088020133

Website

Gordon Moody Association offers residential courses for whose who have problems with gambling.
Phone: 01384 241292

Website
Serious long term illness
The People Hub works to empower people with long-term health conditions and disabilities through knowledge sharing.
Head to sheets 3 and 4 from here.

MacMillian offers a range of support services and advice, including money worry advice.
Phone: 0808 808 00 00

Website
Social Isolation
WaveLength gives media technology (radios, televisions and tablets) to lonely people living in poverty.
You need to be referred but can find more information on how to apply for this service on the website
Living with a learning disability
Mencap Learning Disability Helpline provides advice and information on all issues relevant to people with learning disabilities and their families.
Phone: 0808 808 1111

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