A – Z Support Services

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Action for Sick Children (Scotland):
Tel: (0131) 553 6553 Provides an answer phone service
for advice.

Action for Sick Children (UK):
Tel: (020) 7843 6444
Provides a helpline (0800 0744519) and information to help
parents cope with and prepare for children’s healthcare.

ADDISS:
Tel: (020) 8906 9068
Provides support, information and resources about Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to parents, sufferers and carers.

Adoption UK:
Tel: 0870 7700 450
Provides support, advice and encouragement for potential and
established adoptive
families and permanent foster carers.

Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services:
England:
Tel: 0870 7651 433
AIMS provides help and information about all aspects of maternity
care to parents and professionals in the UK and Ireland.

Association for Post Natal Illness:
Tel: (020) 7386 0868
The association offers support to mothers suffering from post-natal
illness and also provides a telephone helpline.

Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus:
Tel: (01733) 555 988
ASBAH provides information, advice and support to people affected
by this disability.

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers:
Tel: (020) 7813 1481
Run voluntarily by mothers, ABM gives friendly support and
supplies information to women wishing to breastfeed. 24 hour
helpline to a qualified breastfeeding counsellor and list
of regional support groups.


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Barnado’s England:
Tel: 0208 8551 0011
Working to ensure the lives of children are as free from poverty,
discrimination and abuse as possible.

Barnado’s Northern Ireland:
Tel: 028 9067 2366

Barnado’s Scotland:
Tel: 0131 3349893

Bliss:
Tel: 0500 618 140
Pre-mature baby charity gives parental support and advice
network providing support to the families of babies who need
special or intensive care.

Breastfeeding Network (BFN): Tel: (0870)
900 8787
Information about breastfeeding including medical articles.
This organisation promotes breastfeeding and offers a support
helpline.

Brooks Centres:
Tel: (0800) 0185 023
Plain talking advice on emergency contraception and sex infections.
There areBrook centres around the UK giving advice to women
(including under 16s) who think they might be pregnant.


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Child Bereavement Trust:
Tel: (01494)446648
Charity with resources for families who have lost a baby or
child or for children who have suffered the death of a sibling
or parent.

ChildcareLink:
Tel: (0800) 0960 296
National and local childcare information funded by the government.
Enter your postcode to find childcare providers in your area.

Childiine:
Tel: 0800 11 11
Provides a free 24-hour help line and support for children
and young people.

Citizen Advice Bureau:
Tel: local numbers
Mostly staffed by volunteers, CAB can offer free advice on
issues concerning pregnancy and employment. You can find your
local office on the website.

Compassionate Friends:
Tel: (0117)9539639
A self-help organisation set up by and for bereaved parents.

Contact a Family:
Tel: 0808 808 5555
National Charity offering advice, information and support
to parents of children with special needs and disabilities.

Council for Disabled Children:
Tel: (020)78431900
Provides information for parents and details of organisations
offering services & support for children with particular
disabilities and special educational needs.

Cruse Bereavement Care:
Tel: (020) 8332 7227
An organisation that offers help and counselling to the bereaved.

Cry-sis:
Tel: (020) 7404 5011
Helpline for parents with crying and sleepless children.


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Daycare Trust:
Tel: (020) 7840 3350
The national childcare charity, promoting high quality affordable
childcare for all.

Disability Action (Nl):
Tel: (028) 9029 7880
Information and advice on disabilities and focal organisations.

Disabled Living Foundation:
Tel: 0845 130 9177
National UK Charity providing choice for people who use equipment
for a more
independent life.


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Eating Disorders Association
EDA offers information and understanding to everyone
involved in bulimia or anorexia and related eating disorders
through helplines, self-help groups or individual membership
Tel Youth helpline 01603 621414 4pm – 6pm Mon, Tues, Wed Helpline
01603 621414 9am – 6 30pm Mon – Fri

Enuresis Resource and Information Centre
ERIC is a national charity providing advice and information
to younger children and teenagers, parents and professionals
on bed and daytime wetting.
Tel 0117 9603060 9.30am – 5.30pm Mon – Fri (Bristol)

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Fathers Direct:
Tel: not available
This online magazine is aimed at alt dads, from fathers-to-be
to the more experienced dads. It offers information on how to
become a better dad.

Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID):
Tel: (020) 7233 2090 (24H Helpline)
A leading cot death charity working to prevent cot deaths
and promote baby health to parents, carers and professionals.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genetic Interest Group (G!G):
Tel: (020) 7704 3141
Umbrella body for support groups working with people affected
by specific genetic disorders, providing information about services
in the NHS and elsewhere.

Getting Pregnant:
Tel: not available
Facts on fertility and the quest to become pregnant.

Gingerbread:
Tel: 0800 0184318
Self-help organisation that provides practical and emotional
support to lone-parent families.


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Home Start:
Tel: 08000 68 63 68
Provides support to parents of under-fives and recruits parents
as volunteers offering friendship and support to other parents.

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Immunisation Information England:
Tel: (020) 7972 3807
Provides detailed information about immunisation.

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Kidscape:
Tel: (020) 7730 3300
Kidscape provide practical skills and ressources to prevent
bullying or sexual abuse. They provide a Bullying Helpline for
parents: 08451 205 204

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La Leche League (GB)
Tel: (020) 7242 1278
This organisation promotes breastfeeding and offers a support
line.

Legal – Children’s Legal Centre:
Tel: (01206) 873820
An independent national charity concerned with law and policy
affecting children and young people


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MAMA (Meet-a-mum Association):
Tel: 0208 768 0123 (Helpline)
The Charity provides a network of support, help and information
to mothers suffering from post-natal depression. It also offers
a telephone helpline.

Marie Stopes international:
Tel: (020) 7574 7400
International reproductive healthcare provider for men and
women. Marie Stopes offers abortion counselling, contraceptive
information and cervical screening.

Maternity Alliance:
Tel: (020) 7588 8582
Supporting parents to be, the Maternity Alliance offers downloadable
factsheets on
subjects such as work, money and redundancy. A good place
to look for practical
advice.

MIND:
Tel: local numbers
Working for a better life for everyone with experience of
mental distress in England
and Wales.

Miscarriage Association:
Tel: (01924) 200 799 (Helpline)
Scotland: 0131 331 883
Provides nationwide support for those who have suffered the
loss of a baby during pregnancy.


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National Childbirth Trust (NCT):
Tel: (0870) 444 8707
Information on pregnancy and babycare as well as antenatal classes,
local support groups and nearly new sales.

National Council for One Parent Families:
Tel: 0800 018 5026 (Helpline)
Highlights and promotes the welfare of single parents and
their children.

NCMA – National Child Minding Association:
Tel: (020) 8464 6164
Promoting quality registered chiidminding so that children,
families and communities
can benefit from the best in childcare and education.

NHS Direct:
Tel: (0845) 4647
Gateway to health information on the internet.

Northern Ireland Marriage Guidance Council (Relate):
Tel: (028) 9032 3454
Confidential relationship counselling.

Northern Ireland Mother and Baby Appeal (NIMBA) (Nl):
Tel: (028) 9332 9933
Local charity providing help and advice to parents of disabled,
premature or ill babies with intensive or special care needs.

NSPCC:
Tel: 0808 800 5000
The UKs leading charity specialising in child protection and
the prevention of cruelty to children.


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One Parent Families Scotland:
Tel: 0800 018 5026
Offers support and guidance to lone parents with information
on employment/training opportunities, social security and
taxation.

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Parentline:
Tel: (0808) 800 2222
A national helpline providing support, information and guidance
to parents and carers.

Parents Advice Centre (Northern Ireland):
Tel- (028) 9023 8800
A confidential service offering support to parents under stress.

Parents at Work:
Tel- (020)76282128
Working passionately for parenthood and employment to go hand
in hand.

Parents Centre:
Tel. (0870) 000 2288
Providing information on education for your child and how
you can help.

Professional Family Women’s Network:
Tel: (020) 8594 2811
A service actively promoting the role of working women with
families, providing information and guidance


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Relate: Marriage Guidance:
Tel: (01788) 573241
Confidential relationship counselling

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Samaritans:
Tel: 08457 90 90 90 (UK); 01850 60 90 90 (Rol)
Provides 24-hour-a-day confidential and emotional support for
those who experience feelings of distress or despair

SANDS – Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (UK):
Tel: (020) 7436 5881
A national self-help organisation that provides support for
bereaved parents and
their families whose baby has died at or soon after birth.

Scottish Cot Death Trust:
Tel: (0141) 357 3946
Provides support and information to parents bereaved by sudden
infant deaths.

Special Education Needs:
Tel: (01284) 723952
Specialises in education law and special education needs offering
advice, help and representation on aspects of education needs.

Sure Start:
Tel:(020) 7273 4830
Sure Start aims to improve the health and well-being of families
and children before and from birth, so children are ready
to shine when they go to school


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Tamba:
Tel: (0870) 770 3305
Charity providing information and mutual support networks for
families of twins,
triplets and more.

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Women’s Aid:
Tel. 0845 7023 468 (24H Helpline)
Working to end violence against women and children.

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Young Minds:
Tel: (0800) 018 2138
A national charity concerned with the mental health of children
and young people.

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