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Useful Links

Please use this page for a guide to where you can find help and support for common issues. Bridget Wilkinson, the Family Liaison Worker at Hazelmere Infant School holds further information on the following organisations and is happy to provide fully confidential guidance if needed. You can contact her on 07803 207470 or email: family@hazelmere-inf.essex.sch.uk.

*Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites or links.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction:

* Call Drinkline on: 0800 917 8282 for immediate advice and/or information on where to go for help within Essex.

* NEEDAS is the North Essex Drug and Alcohol Service with an office in Colchester. Call 01206 287250/1

Also try the following websites:

www.nhs.uk/change4life

www.drinkaware.co.uk

* Open Road is a registered charity that provides support for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol across Essex and Suffolk. Counselling and body therapy, such as acupuncture are available..

Telephone: 01206 766096

www.openroad.org.uk/centres/in/colchester/

 * Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. To find your local Colchester support group, please see below:

Telephone: 020 7403 0888

http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/meetings

 

Child Safety:

* Everyone has a duty to ensure children are kept safe from harm. If you have concerns contact the Essex County Council Protection for Children and Vulnerable Adults.

Telephone: 0845 603 7634

www.escb.co.uk

* NSPCC Helpline:

Telephone: 0808 800 5000

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

 

Debt and Benefits:

* The Colchester Advice Network is an email advice service, offering free, confidential and impartial advice on debt, benefits, employment and housing.

www.colchesteradvicenetwork.org.uk

* Child Maintenance Options provide free, unbiased information and support to help both parents make informed choices about child maintenance and other related issues.

Telephone: 0800 988 0988

www.cmoptions.org

* National Debtline gives expert advice over the phone or by email. The service is free, confidential and independent.

Telephone: 0808 808 4000

www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

* Citizens Advice Bureau: www.citizensadvice.co.uk

* Community Legal Advice:

Telephone: 0845 345 4345

www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk

* Jobcentre Plus

Telephone: 0800 055 6688

www.direct.gov.uk/jobseekers

 

Domestic Violence:

* Colchester and Tendring Women's refuge provides a vast amount of help and support for women who have encountered domestic violence. Apart from the refuge itself, For Women is the name of the Outreach Centre in Colchester, which offers free legal advice, counselling, housing advice and support, help with the children. There is a vast amount of support available.

Telephone: 01206 867120

Email: forwomen@colchester-refuge.org.uk

* National Domestic Violence Helpline advises female victims of violence in the home and can refer to local refuges.

Telephone: 0808 200 0247

www.womensaid.org.uk

* For men seeking help with their behaviour, Essex Change is a Community Domestic Abuse prevention programme for men who want to take positive steps to change the way they behave in relationships.

Telephone: 0845 372 7701

www.essexchange.org

* Respect advises men who are concerned about their abusive behaviour towards their partner.

Telephone: 0845 122 8609

www.respect.uk.net

* Men's Advice Line helps male victims of domestic violence.

Telephone: 0808 801 0327

www.mensadviceline.org.uk

 

Employment:

* For help creating your CV, completing application forms, computer training, jobsearch workshops etc, try Signpost who are based in Greenstead library.

Telephone: 01206 861 800

Email: spg@sign-post.info

* For advice on returning to work, changing career, training and childcare costs contact Careers Advice Service.

Telephone: 0800 100 900

www.careersadvice.direct.gov.uk

 

Housing:

* Shelter offers free, expert housing advice to anyone – no matter what their situation. Their free helpline is open 365 days a year and their Crouch Street advice centre offers specialist legal and support services for those who need more in-depth housing help. Their expert advisers will listen to and support clients, and can help them take action or negotiate on their behalf.

Telephone: 0344 515 1860

www.shelter.org.uk

* The Colchester Advice Network is an email advice service, offering free, confidential and impartial advice on debt, benefits, employment and housing.

www.colchesteradvicenetwork.org.uk

 

Mental Health:

* National mental health charity Rethink, Colchester Mind and North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provide the core services of the Health in Mind service.

Telephone: 01206 217 450.

www.rethink.org/healthinmind

* YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Telephone: 0800 018 2138

www.youngminds.org.uk

* For young people aged between the ages of 11-25 years, try Colchester & Tendring Youth Enquiry Service (YES).

Telephone: 01206 710771

 www.yesyouthenquiryservice.org/

* Samaritans are there to listen whenever you feel low, day or night.

Telephone: 08457 909 090

www.samaritans.org 

 Parenting:

* Family Matters for help/advice on children's behaviour, health and wellbeing, sleep, feeding, adoption, fostering, coping with divorce etc.

Telephone: 0808 800 2222

www.familylives.org.uk

* NSPCC - Advice on changing families, better behaviour, positive parenting, managing stress and anger (with children) etc.

Telephone: 0808 800 5000

www.nspcc.org.uk/parenting

* Barnardo's Children's Centre is based locally at Greenstead Community Centre. They offer social events and 'stay and plays', antenatal/postnatal care, breastfeeding support, counselling support, including specialist youth services. One to one support on those who have suffered domestic violence.

Telephone: 01206 861950

* The Essex Family Information Service (FIS) gives free, impartial information and guidance about services for children, young people and families in Essex.

Telephone: 0800 055 6874

Email: fis@essex.gov.uk

* Parentline is open 24/7 and specialises in helping parents under stress. You can offload to them and talk through what would be best for your children.

Telephone: 0808 800 2222

* Relate offers specialist counselling on how to help your children during a separation and how to get on with your partner after separation, for the sake of the children.

Telephone: 0300 100 1234

www.relateforparents.org.uk

* Families Need Fathers help with shared parenting issues arising from relationship breakdown, whether you're the mum or dad, married or unmarried.

Telephone: 0300 0300 363

www.fnf.org.uk

* Child Maintenance Options provide free, unbiased information and support to help both parents make informed choices about child maintenance and other related issues.

Telephone: 0800 988 0988

www.cmoptions.org

 

Relationships:

* Relate counselling can help you save your relationship if it's not too late, but can also help end it in the best way possible, or pick up the emotional pieces after it has ended.

Telephone: 0300 100 1234

www.relate.org.uk

There is also specialist counselling on how to help your children during a separation and how to get on with your partner after separation, for the sake of the children.

www.relateforparents.org.uk

* The National Family Mediation Helpline will help you find a local service to help you and your partner negotiate the best arrangements for your children and protect them from conflict.

Telephone: 0845 6026 627

www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk

* Contact Centres can provide a safe and neutral setting for your children to spend time with one or both parents and maybe other family members. There is a local centre on Harwich Road, Colchester.

Telephone: 0845 4500 280

www.naccc.org.uk

* Gingerbread can advise lone parents on a wide range of legal and financial issues.

Telephone: 0800 0185 026

www.gingerbread.org.uk

* Grandparents Association helps grandparents promote the welfare of their grandchildren.

Telephone: 0845 4349 585

www.grandparents-association.org.uk

 

Weight and Health:

Health Trainers and Health Champions are trained to help with health behaviour change and provide motivational coaching. They assist with weight management, increasing physical activity, smoking, alcohol misuse and stress. It is a free service and you can self refer to the local Colchester centre.

Telephone: 0843 507 3645.

healthtrainers@acecic.nhs.uk