Helplines

Loneliness helplines

If you'd like advice and support for overcoming loneliness, here are some helplines...

Mind

MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393

mind.org.uk

How to cope with loneliness

The MindinfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.

Campaign to End Loneliness

campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk

Feeling lonely?

We help people to maintain and create personal connections in their later life. We draw on research and inspiration from across the country to offer information and ideas to both individuals and those working with older people. We deliver projects and campaigns with a range of other organisations. Together, we aim to end loneliness in older age.

British Red Cross – Connecting Communities

Feeling lonely? Contact us on 0344 871 11 11 (Mon to Fri, 9.30-5)

Loneliness and isolation

Our brand-new connecting communities service offers up to three months of support to suit you.

We help people feel better connected and enjoy the benefits of being more involved in their local community. You’ll be paired up with one of our local team members. Together you will rediscover your interests, rebuild your independence and find new friends. Our services are delivered by our skilled and dedicated volunteers and staff. They can draw on decades of experience in helping people to live independently and confidently in their communities. Our support is also tailored. Everything we offer allows people to realise the things they want to achieve.

Next Door

nextdoor.com

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it's free. Nextdoor’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbours work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.

Meet Up

meetup.com

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Where lonely people make friends. Be lonely no more.

Cervical cancer helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on cervical cancer

NHS Choices

NHS cervical screening website for England

HPV vaccine

Cervical cancer

Comprehensive webpage with information on symptoms diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.

NHS Immunisation Information

HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer immunisation page

MacMillan Cancer Care

Helpline: 0808 808 00 00

macmillan.org.uk

Cervical screening

Cervical cancer

Information on cervical cancer, including how it is diagnosed, treatments you might have, possible side effects and how to get further support.

Cancer Research UK

Helpline: Freephone 0808 800 4040

cancerresearchuk.org

Cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer

This section of CancerHelp UK tells you about cervical cancer, from early symptoms, tests and treatment for abnormal cervical cells, through to treatment for cervical cancer, living with cervical cancer, and current research. Call the helpline to speak to a specialist nurse.

Jo’s Trust

Helpline: 0808 802 8000

jostrust.org.uk

Cervical screening

What happens at a smear test?

Screening post sexual violence

Worried about a smear test?

FAQs

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. We offer a range of information and support both online and face to face 24 hours a day and at every step of the journey. We also raise awareness about how cervical cancer can be prevented and campaign for best care and treatment.

The Eve Appeal

eveappeal.org.uk

Cervical cancer

The Eve Appeal is a registered charity working hard to raise money to fund the world-class research programme at the Department of Women's Cancer based at University College London (UCL).

Major breakthroughs are already being achieved towards improving survival rates of women with gynaecological cancers through the Department's pioneering research into screening, early diagnosis and risk prediction. To build on these successes and save women's lives, raising urgent and on-going funds is critical. Promoting awareness is vital too. The Eve Appeal therefore disseminates information about the research we fund. We publicise - and provide information on - gynaecological cancers. We contribute to the development of policy and campaigns. And we work in partnership with others to improve the healthcare and support of women.

Cervical cancer helplines

Cervical cancer helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on cervical cancer

NHS Choices

NHS cervical screening website for England

HPV vaccine

Cervical cancer

Comprehensive webpage with information on symptoms diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.

NHS Immunisation Information

HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer immunisation page

MacMillan Cancer Care

Helpline: 0808 808 00 00

macmillan.org.uk

Cervical screening

Cervical cancer

Information on cervical cancer, including how it is diagnosed, treatments you might have, possible side effects and how to get further support.

Cancer Research UK

Helpline: Freephone 0808 800 4040

cancerresearchuk.org

Cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer

This section of CancerHelp UK tells you about cervical cancer, from early symptoms, tests and treatment for abnormal cervical cells, through to treatment for cervical cancer, living with cervical cancer, and current research. Call the helpline to speak to a specialist nurse.

Antenatal screening helplines

ANTENATAL SCREENING HELPLINES

ARC Antenatal Results and Choices

Helpline: 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 via mobile

Email: info@arc-uk.org

ARC is a national charity helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences.

It offers non-directive individualised information and support to parents who are making decisions around antenatal testing and helps parents cope with the uncertainty and anxiety which is an inevitable part of the testing process.

It recognises that expectant parents who are told that their baby has a significant anomaly need emotional support and practical information to make the right decision for them in their individual circumstances about how the pregnancy should proceed.

ARC gives long term support to parents whatever decision is made about the future of their pregnancy through a national helpline, coordinated network of volunteer parent contacts, password-protected internet support forums, face-to-face meetings, regular newsletters and a range of publications for parents and their families.

It provides specialised training for healthcare professionals so that they can respond both practically and emotionally to parents' needs.

In the UK approximately 800,000 women become pregnant every year and every one of these women will be offered some form of screening test, such as an ultrasound scan and/or a blood test. As a result more than 40,000 women will be told there is a risk that their baby may not be developing as expected. This causes a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty for expectant parents and their families.

Stroke helplines and how to spot the signs of a stroke

Stroke helplines

Get more advice and information about strokes and how to recognise the symptoms from our helplines

F.A.S.T.
The most effective stroke treatments must be given within the first three hours after stroke symptoms start. By recognising signs of stroke and acting fast, you can help lessen a stroke's damage to the person's brain.

What to look out for:
* A severe headache - often the first complaint
* Speech difficulties
* Eye movement problems
* Numbness

If you suspect a stroke, do the following:

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast.

Domestic abuse and violence helplines

If you are in immediate danger always call the police, and always dial 999 if it is an emergency. They have a duty to protect and help you. If you visit any of these websites, please read the ‘hide your visit’ / ‘cover your tracks’ / safety information – or click on ‘Exit Website’

24hr Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid)
Freephone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Gov UK– Controlling or Coercive Behaviour

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/482528/Controlling_or_coercive_behaviour_-_statutory_guidance.pdf

The offence closes a gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour that occurs during a relationship between intimate partners, former partners who still live together or family members. This offence sends a clear message that this form of domestic abuse can constitute a serious offence particularly in light of the violation of trust it represents and will provide better protection to victims experiencing repeated or continuous abuse. It sets out the importance of recognising the harm caused by coercion or control, the cumulative impact on the victim and that a repeated pattern of abuse can be more injurious and harmful than a single incident of violence.

Refuge www.refuge.org.uk

http://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/help-for-women/recognising-abuse/ -

Recognising Abuse
Thirty-five years ago Refuge set up the world's first refuge for women andchildren escaping domestic violence. Since then, Refuge has grown to become thelargest provider of emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women andchildren in the country and the leading voice in the campaign to end domesticviolence.

Women's Aid Federation of England Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

www.womensaid.org.uk

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic_violence_topic.asp?section=0001000100220042 - Emotional Abuse
For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual ordomestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention toabused women.

Advice for families with mums in prison

ADVICE FOR FAMILIES WITH MUMS IN PRISON IN ENGLAND AND WALES

Every year an estimated 17,000 children experience their mum being sent to prison. Last year, 83% of women sentenced to prison had committed a non-violent crime and 62% were serving a sentence of six months or less.

A new report by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) reveals that a mother’s imprisonment not only damages the child’s relationship with her, but can affect every area of their lives, including their housing, education, health and well-being.

Only one in 20 children whose mother is sent to prison each year is able to stay in the family home. They may be placed with a number of different carers during their mother's sentence. Many children face financial hardship and encounter significant disruption to their lives such as moving school and being separated from brothers and sisters.

There are no corresponding statistics for NI and Scotland but the Prison Reform Trust estimate that 65% of women in prison in Scotland are mothers.

Helplines

www.birthcompanions.org.uk
Birth Companions supports women experiencing severe disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and early parenting including mothers who give birth in prison

www.mytimeltd.org.uk
Support for prisoners’ children

www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk
The prison reform trust believes prison should be reserved for those whose offending is so serious that they cannot serve their sentence in the community