Support Organisations - Parents, Family and Elderly Concerns

18 August 2017

Support information for relationships, new parents, separation and elderly concerns.

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Family Lives
http://familylives.org.uk/
Provide support to anyone in a parenting role, on any parenting problem.
Parentline: 0808 800 22 22 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm, Weekends 10am – 3pm)

Got A Teenager
http://familylives.org.uk/advice/got-a-teenager
Offer support advice to anyone parenting a teenager.
Parentline: 0808 800 22 22 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm, Weekends 10am – 3pm)

IT Safety – Think U Know
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Information on using parental controls on the internet.

Parentline Scotland
http://www.children1st.org.uk
For any parent or carer in Scotland who needs information or simply someone to talk to. Parentline Scotland: 0800 028 22 33 (Monday - Friday 9am-9pm)

Parents Advice Centre – Northern Ireland
http://www.parentsadvicecentre.org
Offering advice to parents in Northern Ireland on all aspects of parenting.
Helpline: 0808 8010 722 (lines open Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm, Friday 9am - 5pm)

Offenders Families Helpline
http://www.offendersfamilieshelpline.org/
Offering support information to families of offenders; translation language services are available.
Helpline: 0808 808 2003 (lines open Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, Weekends 10am-3pm)
Email: info@offendersfamilieshelpline.org

DNA Testing
https://www.gov.uk/get-dna-test
Information from the Government on DNA testing, how it is used, approved testing companies and what is involved.

Kinship Care
https://corambaaf.org.uk/fostering-adoption/kinship-care-and-private-fostering/kinship-care
BAAF information on Kinship Care, known as ‘family and friends care’.

Relate
http://www.relate.org.uk
Relate provide counselling, psychosexual therapy, and other services to help with relationship difficulties.
Information: 0300 100 1234 (lines open Monday - Thursday 8am - 10pm, Friday 8am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm)

College of Sexual Relationship Therapists
http://www.cosrt.org.uk/
Information about sexual and relationship issues, and directory of therapists.

Gingerbread

http://www.gingerbread.org.uk
Gingerbread are an information service for single parents helping across a variety of issues including childcare, benefits and legal rights.
Helpline: 0808 802 0925 (Monday 10am- 6pm, Tuesday/ Thursday,/Friday 10am - 4pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm & 5pm-7pm)

Single Parents
http://www.singleparents.org.uk/
Advice and forums on issues affecting single parents.

Tamba
https://www.tamba.org.uk/

Tamba provide support advice to families of twins, triplets and more. Helplines are staffed by trained volunteers who are parents of multiples.
Twinline:
0800 138 0509(lines open 10am - 1pm, 7pm - 10pm)
Email
: asktwinline@tamba.org.uk

Grandparents Plus

http://www.grandparentsplus.org.uk
Support advice for grandparents on matters concerning their grandchildren, particularly those denied contact or who are responsible for their upbringing.
Helpline: 0300 033 7015 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am - 3pm)
Email: advice@grandparentsplus.org.uk

Missing People
http://www.missingpeople.org.uk
Missing people provide support and advice to missing people, as well as concerned families and friends.
Helpline: 116 000 (lines open 24 hours)
Text: 116 000
Email: 116000@missingpeople.org.uk

Reporting Child Abuse
https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse
What to do if you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused or neglected.

NSPCC Helpline
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/helpline
NSPCC offer confidential advice to adults who are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child. Services are available in several languages and for anyone deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines open 24 hours)
Text: 88858
Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

CAFCASS
http://www.cafcass.gov.uk/
The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service support the interests of children involved in family court proceedings.

Family Rights Group
http://www.frg.org.uk/
Providing advice to families about children’s services, including welfare information.
Helpline: 0808 801 0366 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3pm)

Coram Children’s Legal Centre
http://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/
Offering support information and legal representation to children, their families and carers.

Employers For Childcare
http://www.employersforchildcare.org/
Family Benefits advisory service.
Advice Line: 0800 028 3008 (lines open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm)


NEW PARENTS

NHS: Birth to 5
http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/birthtofive.aspx#close
Online interactive guide about development from birth to 5 years old.

NCT - The National Childbirth Trust
http://www.nct.org.uk/taxonomy/term/31
Providing support advice on being a new parent.
Helpline: 0300 33 00 700 (lines open 8am - midnight)

Contact a Family
http://www.cafamily.org.uk
Contact a Family offer support information across a variety of conditions. They have an online directory of specific conditions and rare disorders, and also are able to put families in touch with each other.
Helpline: 0808 808 3555 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am - 5pm)
Email: helpline@cafamily.org.uk

Best Beginnings

http://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/
Online informaiton for new parents.

Cry-Sis
http://www.cry-sis.org.uk/
Advice for families or carers of babies who may be excessively crying and sleepless.

Association for Post Natal Illness - APNI
http://apni.org/
Support and information for women experiencing depression following childbirth.
Helpline: 0207 386 0868 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm)

Mumsnet
http://www.mumsnet.com/
Organised by parents for parents, providing news, product reviews, book club, webchats, special offers, competitions and parenting advice.

Netmums
http://www.netmums.com/
Netmums provide information and support to members on anything related to being a Mum.

Mums Meet Up
http://mumsmeetup.com/
Online tool to find and meet other local mums.


SEPARATION & DIVORCE

The Parent Connection
http://theparentconnection.org.uk/
Online advice service supporting separating parents across a range of issues including care arrangements.

Getting It Right For Children
http://theparentconnection.org.uk/programmes/programmes/getting-it-right-for-children-when-parents-part
A free online course aiding separated parents to communicate better regarding care arrangements.

Families Need Fathers
http://www.fnf.org.uk/
Offering support to parents, with the aim of helping both parties to be involved in their children’s lives following separation.
Helpline: 0300 0300 363 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 10pm, weekends 10am - 3pm)

Separated Dads
http://www.separateddads.co.uk/
Advice and support for fathers separated from their children.

Wikivorce
http://www.wikivorce.com/divorce/
Online advice for anyone who has suffered the breakdown of a serious relationship.

Match
http://www.matchmothers.org/
Providing support advice to mothers who are separated from their children.
Email: enquiries@matchmothers.org
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National Association of Child Contact Centres
http://www.naccc.org.uk/home
NACCC is the supporting membership body for around 350 child contact centres and services. Children of separated families can have contact with their non-resident parents and occasionally other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment.
Information Line: 0845 4500 280 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am - 1pm)


ELDERLY CONCERNS

Age UK
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/
Services for older people, their families and those who care for them. Local Age UKs offer a range of advice and services.
Advice Line: 0800 169 65 65 (lines open 7 days a week 8am – 7pm)

The Silver Line
http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/
Confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people.
Helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90 (lines open 24 hours)

NPC
http://npcuk.org/
National Pensioners Convention promote the welfare and interests of pensioners, as well as campaigning. Current issues for pensioners are outlined in a quarterly newspaper, pamphlets and bulletins.

U3A
http://u3a.org.uk/
The University of The Third Age is a self-help organisation for those no longer in full-time employment, providing local leisure, educational and creative opportunities.