Useful Links 

Global Amigos - a gay owned, UK-based social enterprise that encourages engagement, inspires action, and promotes community inclusion irrespective of who or where you are -


After Hate - signposting service for victims of Hate Crime in the UK. Did you know that, if you fell victim of a violent attack or sexual assault, in the UK in the last two years, you could be financially compensated? Text the words 'After Hate' now for a call back from an advisor. (Standard network SMS charge applies)

Dirrty Harrys - Regular club nights and social events, hosted in Preston city centre; organised by LGBT community members, for Preston's LGBT community.

Befrienders centers work to reduce suicide worldwide
with 31,000 volunteers in almost 40 countries

International Federation of Telephone Emergency Services - IFOTES

Life Line International

Child Helpline International

Telephone Helplines Association (UK)

Other associations:

American Association of Suicidology - AAS

Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention - CASP

International Association for Suicide Prevention - IASP

Prevent Suicide Now


Special issue of The Drum Beat - February 2005 - Addressign Suicide

Tsunami learning from the humanitarian response



National helpline, very useful searchable database of local housing 

advice agencies, homeless person's units, local authorities by region. Helpline: 0808 800 4444


Law Centres Federation

Free legal advice for people on low incomes. Searchable database of local centres.

CLS Direct

Free legal advice over the telephone for people on a low income. 

Advice about eligibility for legal aid. Searchable database of local solicitors who offer legal aid work.

0845 345 4 345


Umbrella organisation for family law solicitors in England and Wales. 

Useful website. Searchable database of 5000 members.



Impartial information to help you with your finances if you're going through divorce or separation



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.


National charity that works for, and with, parents. Advice on all aspects of parenting,

including contact following separation/divorce. National Helpline: 0808 800 2222

One-Parent Families/Gingerbread

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

Divorce aid

Independent group of professionals.

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

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



The leading mental health charity in England and Wales

National helpline and network of local branches:

0845 766 0163 Monday-Friday 09:15-17:15  Search for local services.


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   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                 

Victim Support

Independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. 

They provide free and confidential support and information to help you deal with your experience. 

Network of local branches. Searchable database of services. National helpline: 0845 30 30 900

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 0300 636 0300 or email

Counselling directory 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.


Survivors UK

Information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. 

National helpline: 0845 122 1201, Mon/Tues/Thurs, 7-10pm.


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 

BME ADVICE AGENCIES - Immigration/nationality issues

Immigration Advisory Service (IAS)

The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) is the UK's largest charity providing representation

and advice in immigration and asylum law. These services are free to people who are eligible. 

Services: online advice, local branches in the UK,  as well as Pakistan and Bangladesh - 

you can find them online -  no helpline, they need to see people in person.

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. No drop-in service. 

Clients should ring 020 7251 8706 Tuesday & Thursday 2.00 - 5.00 pm