Luton Irish Forum

Tel: 01582 720 447
LIF provides welfare support, social, cultural, educational and health promotion activities.

Befrienders Worldwide

Befrienders Worldwide includes a comprehensive directory of emotional support helplines around the world.


Tel: 0800 917 8282
Drinkline provides support for anyone concerned about their alcohol use. 9am – 11pm Mon – Fri, free from landlines.


Tel: 0844 477 9400, 9.30am-5pm Mon-Fri. Call charges may apply.
Cruse provides care to bereaved people. See website for local branches.


Tel: 0800 11 11 24 hours, free from landlines.
Childline offers free, confidential help and support to children and young people in the UK. Email and instant messaging available on website.


Tel: 0800 77 66 00 For friendly, confidential drugs advice.


Tel: 0845 634 7650
BEAT is for anyone needing support and information relating to eating disorders, including sufferers, carers and professionals. Hours and charges vary, call back service available on Youthline.

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Tel: 0300 330 0630 10am-11pm Daily
Providing free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual &
transgendered communities throughout the UK


Tel: 0300 123 3393 9am-6pm Mon-Fri. Call charges may apply.
MIND offers mental health advice, support and information. MIND also has a legal advice line.

BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

BACP is a membership organisation that sets standards and provides information about therapeutic practice. Their online directory can be used to locate a professional counsellor, who will usually charge for their services. If you want to be referred to a counsellor you may want to discuss this with your GP.


Related provides counselling, sex therapy, relationship education and training to support couple and family relationships throughout life.


Nacro provide a range of services, including housing, employment, youth activity and family support for people who have been in prison or who are at risk of offending.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Tel: 0808 2000 247 24 hours, free from landlines.
Support service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

Napac (National Association of People Abused in Childhood)

Tel: 0800 085 3330
Opening hours: 10am-9pm Mon, Tues, Thurs; 10am-8pm Weds; 10am-6pm Fri; free from landlines and some mobiles.

Rape Crisis

Tel: 0808 802 9999 12-2:30pm and 7-9:30pm daily.
Calls are free from landlines.


Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Confidential, emotional support is available 24 hours a day on:

Stop it now! UK and Ireland

Tel: 0808 1000 900
Supporting adults to prevent child abuse.

Carers UK

Tel: 0808 808 7777 Hours and charges vary within nation.
Carers UK is a charity set up to help millions of people who care for family or friends.

Victim Support

Tel: 0845 30 30 900 Hours and call charges vary in each nation.
Victim Support offers confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses and their families and friends.
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– Health
– Carers