Brief list of charity organisations for support and advice

Inclusion London

‘Inclusion London supports over 70 Deaf and Disabled Organisations working across every London borough. Through these organisations, our reach extends to over 70,000 Disabled Londoners.’ www.inclusionlondon.org.uk

The Traveller Movement

“We offer support to Traveller communities through training, representation and resources. We work with community stakeholders, organisations, schools, other charities, universities, national and international NGOs to provide opportunities for Gypsy and Traveller communities. This could be for a research project or to collaborate on a forum with providers to help inform how services for Travellers are delivered. This networking and partnered approach enables us to share best practice and strengthen skills all round. Since the challenges facing the Traveller community are often complex and multilayered, bringing together a range of skills has helped us to meet some of these needs faster. The community forums, which are often co-facilitated by us, are an opportunity to offer grassroots support, advice and advocacy services to community members”. https://www.travellermovement.org.uk/ 

Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) – Birmingham

‘If you have been affected by sexual abuse, you can access RSVP’s free services. Get in touch with them to find out how they can support you on 0121 643 0301’ https://rsvporg.co.uk/

Birmingham LGBT Centre

‘We offer a range of services and activities for the LGBT Community in Birmingham and beyond. Including sexual health, events, domestic violence, counselling, support, fitness, arts and more’ https://blgbt.org/about/

The United Families & Friends Campaign

“The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC), is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody, supports others in similar situations. Established in 1997 initially as a network of Black families, over recent years the group has expanded and now includes the families and friends of people from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds”. https://uffcampaign.org/

The Outside Project

“The Outside Project is a homeless/crisis shelter & Community Centre in response to those within the LGBTIQ+ community who feel endangered, who are homeless, ‘hidden’ homeless & feel that they are on the outside of services due to historical & present prejudice in society & in their homes. Our aims:

  • Create space to empower & bring together our whole community
  • Provide a free, safe, inclusive & caring space for all LGBTIQ+ guests
  • Practically, professionally & emotionally support our guests
  • Develop positive relationships with services & strengthen support to the LGBTIQ+ community
  • Share our knowledge to educate others on the unique & complex needs of the LGBTIQ+ community
  • Advocate for LGBTIQ+ rights & needs within services
  • Promote a clean, safe & sober lifestyle within the LGBTIQ+ community

Counselling for Social Change (Cornwall)

‘Although we are focussed on working in a Person-Centred way, our Trustees and counsellors have expertise and interest in a range of therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness, CBT, existentialism and others’ https://www.counsellingforsocialchange.org.uk/

The Black, African, and Asian Therapy Network

‘We are the UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbeanhttps://www.baatn.org.uk/free-services/

Citizens Advice

‘Our network of independent charities offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free’. Areas: problems with benefits, welfare benefit check, debt and money problems, housing problems, employment problems, family and personal issues, consumer problems, immigration or asylum problems. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ Telephone Advice Line: 03444 77 1010. Lines are open Mon-Fri, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Calls to 034 numbers cost no more than calls to geographic (01 or 02) numbers. Textphone for deaf/hard of hearing people: 18001 03444 111445.

Trans State Watch UK

“Trans State Watch UK aims to monitor state violence against trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming (GNC) people in the UK. Our work is oriented towards confirming the experiences of trans people, and providing organisers with a map of the territory we’re fighting on”. https://trans-state-watch-uk.webnode.co.uk/

Turn2Us

‘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’. https://www.turn2us.org.uk

Advocacy Matters (Birmingham)

‘Advocacy Matters aims to provide vulnerable people with an independent advocate to ensure individuals are heard and their rights, concerns and needs are acted upon. Address: 198 Boldmere Road Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B73 5UE. Email: info@advocacymatters.co.uk, 0121 321 2377’.

Support, advice and information in a crisis:

Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 or email: jo@samaritans; NHS – call 111: they can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do; SANELINE on 0845 767 8000; Emergency Services 999: if you or someone else is in immediate risk of serious harm or injury.

If you are living in Birmingham without a GP:

If you, a friend or relative does not have a GP and lives in Birmingham, you can call the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust on: 0121 301 0000 (This service is for people aged 25 and over). For people aged 0-25 you can contact Forward Thinking Birmingham Single Point of Access – 0300 300 0099 or via http://forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/

Money, Benefits, and Debt Advice – The Project Birmingham

The Project Birmingham offers a free and impartial money and debt advice service – if you are struggling with debt, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or just really confused by the benefits system and you live in Birmingham’. Address: The Depot, Belton Grove Longbridge Birmingham, West Midlands, B45 9PD, 0121 453 0606, info@theprojectbirmingham.org.

Surviving Economic Abuse

‘Many women experience economic abuse within the context of intimate partner violence. It limits their choices and ability to access safety. Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) is the only UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming responses to economic abuse. We are determined that women are supported to survive and thrive’ https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/

The Free Psychotherapy Network

Free psychotherapy for people on low incomes and benefits https://freepsychotherapynetwork.com/

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