National helpline, very useful searchable database of local housing advice agencies, homeless person’s units, local authorities by region. Helpline: 0808 800 4444
Booklet on homelessness-the rules on how and when the council has to help you:
Legal advice, family issues and child contact
Getting legal advice and legal aid
Find out how to access legal advice and check if you are eligible for legal aid: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/GettingLegalAdvice/Gettinglegaladviceandlegalaid/index.htm
Law Centres Federation
Free legal advice for people on low incomes. Search database of local centres. http://www.lawcentres.org.uk/
Umbrella organisation for family law solicitors in England and Wales. Useful website. Searchable database of 5000 members. http://www.resolution.org.uk/
Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service) is a statutory agency looking after the interests of children involved in family proceedings, advising the family courts in England and Wales on what it considers to be in the best interests of individual children. Cafcass have produced a guide for separating parents, you can download it here:
National charity that works for, and with, parents. Advice on all aspects of parenting, including contact following separation/divorce. National Helpline: 0808 800 2222 http://www.familylives.org.uk/
One Parent Families|Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help the UK’s 1.9 million lone parents and their children. Lone Parent Helpline: 0800 018 5026 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Wednesdays 9am to 8pm. Free information for lone parents on issues including: maintenance, tax credits, benefits, work, education, legal rights, childcare and holidays. http://www.gingerbread.org.uk/
Independent group of professionals. http://www.divorceaid.co.uk/
Legal matters – FAQ
Simple free law advisor online:
Provide advice, information and support to parents, family members and guardians who have had a child abducted or who fear child abduction. They also have advice for parents who may have abducted their child as well as advising on international contact issues. Helpline: 0116 2556 23434 http://www.reunite.org/
Family Rights Group
A charity in England and Wales that advises, advocates and campaigns for families whose children are involved with, or require, social care services. Confidential telephone advice and support. Useful online info on parental responsibility, child protection procedures. Helpline: 0800 731 1696 http://www.frg.org.uk/
Money Advice Service
Impartial information to help you with your finances if you’re going through divorce or separation. https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/divorce-and-separation
The leading mental health charity in England and Wales. National helpline and network of local branches:
0845 766 0163 http://www.mind.org.uk
Crisis support for anyone in emotional distress or thinking about suicide. Support by telephone, face-to-face at many branches, e-mail or letter. Tel: 08457 90 90 90 http://www.samaritans.org/ Searchable database of local branches.
BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Umbrella organisation for counsellors/therapists in the UK. Searchable database- find a counsellor by postcode or town/region. Tel: 0870 443 5252 http://www.bacp.co.uk/
Independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. Free and confidential support and information to help you deal with your experience. Network of local branches. Searchable database of services. 0845 30 30 900 http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
National Stalking Helpline
If you are being harassed or intimidated by a partner or ex-partner, if you feel you might be at risk of emotional or physical harm and if you are unsure what can be done about this behaviour you can speak to the National Stalking Helpline on freephone 0808 802 0300 or email them [email protected]. http://www.stalkinghelpline.org
http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/ Search for a local counsellor.
Asian Family Counselling Service
Counselling service for individuals, couples and families of Asian communities. West London based. Telephone counselling available. To make an appointment or for further information call 0208 571 3933 or 0208 813 9714.
Adult Survivors of childhood abuse or male rape
Information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. National helpline: 0845 122 1201, Mon/Tues/Thurs, 7-10pm. http://www.survivorsuk.org/
National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Registered charity, based in the UK, providing support and information for people abused in childhood. Helpline: 0800 085 3330. http://napac.org.uk/
BME advice agencies – immigration/nationality issues
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
Immigration advisers provide advice and services on:
Claims for asylum; applications for entry clearance or leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom (UK); immigration employment documents;nationality; citizenship; residence; deportation or removal; bail applications; appeals against deportation.
If you need to find a regulated Immigration Adviser please go to: http://oisc.homeoffice.gov.uk/how_to_find_a_regulated_immigration_adviser/
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)
JCWI offers free legal advice on immigration, nationality and asylum matters to immigration law professionals and private individuals. A drop-in service is available every Thursday between 10am-12pm noon and they can only accept the first 8 persons due to limited capacity.