Direct Gov – Homelessness
www.direct.gov.uk/en/YoungPeople/Housing/DG_181371 - Young People and Homelessness
You don’t have to be living on the streets to be considered homeless. You can be legally homeless if your home is unsuitable for you or you have no legal right to be there. Find out what help your council can give you if you’re homeless or at risk of losing your home.
Tel: 0845 466 3400
Charity that provides emergency accommodation, support, information and training for homeless young people in London and the North East.
Helpline: 0845 458 4590 (M-F 9am-9pm & Sat 9am-1pm)
You don't have to be living on the street to be homeless. You may be legally classed as homeless if you are sleeping on a friend's sofa, staying in a hostel, suffering from overcrowding, or other bad conditions. Homelessness can often be avoided if you act quickly and get the right help. If you have nowhere to stay, call Shelter's helpline or use our directory to find a local advice centre where you can talk to someone in person. Alternatively, you can download a copy of our handy advice booklet, Homeless? Read this, which gives an introduction to your legal rights and the options you might have.
Salvation Army Homeless Service
Tel: 020 7367 4865
The Salvation Army provides a professional service to meet the needs of homeless people throughout the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland. We reach out to men, women and families through our community and residential services. In conjunction with government initiatives and requirements such as Supporting People and other best practice, we provide a range of support services to empower individuals and families to make positive choices regarding resettlement opportunities within the community.
Information on over 8,000 services, including hostels, day centres and other advice and support services for homeless people.
www.crisis.org.uk/pages/get-help.html - Get Help page
Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. We are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Our innovative education, employment, housing and well-being services address individual needs and help people to transform their lives.
Helpline: 0500 700 700
Runaways Helpline: 0808 800 70 70 or text 80234
Email sightings to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK’s only charity that works with young runaways, missing and unidentified people, their families and others who care for them.
UKPolice National Missing Persons Bureau
Helpline: 08450 005 481
Provides a central location for the exchange of information connected with the search for missing persons both nationally and internationally.
Look4them – The Salvation Army Tracing Service
Helpline: 020 7367 4747
Joint initiative of 8 UK organisations specialising in helping to find missing people or those who have lost contact with their families.
Comprehensive advice and information on how to trace Missing Persons
NPIA – National Policing Improvement Agency
Child Rescue Alert (CRA) is a partnership between the police, the press and the public. Its aim is to locate abducted children and bring them to safety by using the media to promptly publish details about an abducted child's disappearance to the public. When an alert has been broadcast, the public will be asked to call 0300 2000 333 if they have information that may help in the investigation. This is a free phone number and it will only be active when a CRA has been declared.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of a missing child, please contact: 0808 100 8777
The UK Missing Kids Website is a unique, state-of-the art tool designed to help the police recover missing and abducted children. It is a partnership between the Police, charities, and the private sector.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Tel: 0207 008 0878
Our Child Abduction Section offers assistance to British nationals affected by international parental child abduction. You should contact the police if your child has been taken from the UK overseas without your consent.
Forever Searching is a global group whose whole purpose for existing is to raise awareness to individual child abductions throughout the world. Thanks to the power of the internet and to the sheer determination and passion of the group members who have come together from many different parts of the world - "Forever Searching" are able to target several countries simultaneously with their ongoing awareness campaign.
Railway Children exists to help vulnerable children in grave circumstances. Our objective is to provide relief to children and young people who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress and in particular to those living on the streets.
Advice Line: 0116 2556 234
We are the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction. We understand the difficult issues surrounding international parental child abduction, and we can offer you practical, impartial advice, information and support through our specialist advice line.
Every year hundreds of thousands of children around the world go missing or are abducted. Some are forcibly separated from one parent by the other; some are abused; and others simply disappear, never to be found again. PACT was created to help ensure the protection of these children and provide on-line advice and support to victims and their families.
MATCH(Mothers Apart from Their Children)
MATCH offers non-judgemental emotional support to mothers apart from their children in a wide variety of circumstances, including parental abduction.
Time to Change
Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.
Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.
BiMDF – The BiPolar Organisation
Helpline: 0808 802 1983
The BiPolar Organisation is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder / manic depression to take control of their lives.
National Advice Service: 0207 840 3188
Rethink, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.
The Mental Health Foundation
We believe it is important to involve the people who use mental health services and their carers in our work. We want to support them to have their say on the way that services are run, as well as to use their experiences to inform our thinking.
MindInfoline: 0845 766 0163
The MindinfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.
0845 767 8000
SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.
Working to relieve and to prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services to those who are affected by it via our publications, supporter services and network of self-help groups.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58
Support for men suffering from depression.
Papyrus HOPElineUK – 0870 170 4000
Support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults
Infoline: 08457 660163 (local rate)
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, working to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress. The MindinfoLine is a confidential mental health service offering information, support and understanding.
Helpline: 0845 790 9090
24-hour listening support
CCCS (Consumer Credit Counselling Service)
Free Helpline: 0800 138 1111 (8am-8pm M-F)
Charity dedicated to providing confidential, free counselling and money management assistance to financially distressed families and individuals.
Fee Helpline: 0808 808 4000
Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureaux provide free, confidential and independent advice from over 3,000 locations including in bureaux, GP surgeries, hospitals, colleges, prisons and courts. Advice is available face-to-face and by telephone. Most bureaux offer home visits and some also provide email advice.
Community Legal Advice Service
Helpline: 0845 345 4 345
Offers free, confidential and independent legal advice for residents of England and Wales on a variety of topics including debt.
Link to Government website with advice and information on managing debt problems.