Debt & food banks helplines
Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on debt and food banks.
Money Saving Expert
Dedicated to providing confidential, free counselling and money management assistance to financially distressed families and individuals. No matter what your debt problem, we’ll be able to help. New to us? Get expert debt advice. Don't forget to use our budget form to gather your information before calling. A debt advice call takes around 40 minutes to complete. Over the last twenty years, we’ve helped more than two million people, many of whom have faced exactly the same kind of situation as you.National Debtline
Free Helpline: 0808 808 4000 (9am-8pm)
Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.
Free Helpline: 0800 197 6026
Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with business debts.
Free Helpline: 0800 280 2816 (mobiles may be cheaper on 0207 760 8980) or use our online Debt Help Form for a quick and easy way to get free debt advice from experienced professionals.
Our promise is straightforward - we provide free debt advice and free debt solutions for anyone experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstance or situation. Being in debt and experiencing financial problems can be stressful. Talking it through with friends, family or colleagues may not be easy. We're impartial and non-judgemental: most of all, we are committed to finding a realistic solution that is right for you, your family and your home. Our advice is free, confidential and available right now.
We aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives. We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. See website for individual National Helpline Numbers.
Helpline: 0808 802 2000
Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations. From April 2013 through to 2016, major changes are being made to the benefits and tax credits system affecting millions of people in this country. Turn2us has mapped these most significant changes on a timeline, which can be filtered to the benefits that are relevant to you. You can also sign up to receive email alerts when a specific benefit changes.
Helpline: 0300 012 0312
Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work. Our free Legal Helpline gives parents and carers advice on employment rights such as maternity and paternity leave, rights to time off in an emergency, and parental leave, as well as helping them to negotiate the flexible hours they want. We can also give basic advice on the benefits and tax credits that working parents can claim. We also give advice on maternity discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.
SingleParents.org.uk is the parenting site by single parents for single parents. It is delivered by a dedicated team at Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) and by our volunteers. SingleParents.org.uk was born in 2008 and has supported thousands of parents, both women and men, through the hard times of separation, coping with divorce, going through the courts, domestic abuse, parenting, work and benefits and then on to rebuilding their lives. SingleParents.org.uk brings together essential information, expert advice, interactive learning, multi-media content, links to other support organisations and news for anyone who is parenting alone. We aim to be the first port of call for single parents online, providing information, support or signposting to additional services and is a lifeline to many who are parenting alone.
Scope & DIAL UK
Helpline: 0808 800 3333
Scope and DIALs offer the best combination of national disability expertise and local knowledge, providing free, impartial and expert information, advice and support to disabled people and their families on a variety of topics. DIAL is an independent network of local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people. Every year, DIALs help over a quarter of a million disabled people. Scope provides support to the network.
Offer free confidential expert advice via their website, Housing Aid Centres, helpline and e-mail services.
Helpline: 0808 800 4444
The Salvation Army
Tel: 0207 367 4500
The Salvation Army has a long history of working with people who are vulnerable and marginalised across the world and offer very practical help, unconditional assistance and support regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality, respecting the identity and choices of all those referred to them. Anyone can find themselves facing grief and despair. Family breakdown, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and drug and alcohol dependency are just some of the reasons why people can lose everything they value, including their dignity. In the Salvation Army we don't judge or condemn. We just help. In the UK and Republic of Ireland there are more than 800 Salvation Army social service centres and churches (corps). We run 120 drop-in centres offering support and help for people in need and serve 3,000,000 meals every year at community and residential centres.
The Trussell Trust
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty. FareShare is at the centre of two of the most urgent issues that face the UK: food poverty and food waste.
Olio (free sharing app)
On OLIO, you’ll find millions of people giving away food & other household items to their neighbours, all for free. Fight waste. Help your neighbours. Save our planet. Feel amazing!
You can also search the net or speak to your local council or Church to find your local community food bank.