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Please note that this page will be continually updated as we find new services and resources.  If you are part of an organisation, or you know one that might be helpful here, please get in contact with us on the About Us page!

EMPLOYMENT


Tomorrow’s People

“We help disadvantaged adults and young people to get and keep a job.

Everything we do is focused on improving the long-term work prospects of those who face the greatest barriers to work.

Our vision is to break the cycle of unemployment and dependency in deprived communities throughout the UK. We transform lives by ‘re-skilling’ long-term unemployed people so that they can find and keep a job.”

Elevation Nation

“Elevation Networks (EN) is an award winning youth employment charity that seeks to develop the leadership potential of young people to increase their employability.

EN works with young people aged 11-25 specifically focusing on groups that are traditionally underrepresented within the labour market and in certain industries. We identify these groups as ethnic minorities, women, young people from low socio-economic backgrounds, students from non-Russell group universities and young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). We registered as a charity in 2009, and now have a charitable objective which is to relieve unemployment amongst young people.”

UK Youth

“UK Youth is a leading national charity that reaches 693,000 young people every year through the largest network of youth clubs and projects. For over 100 years we have been enabling young people to learn and succeed. We support young people through a range of innovative programmes to gain life-skills that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable.

With almost a million under 25s unemployed today, the work we do has never been more important. What we do enables young people to develop the tools they need for life, work and a better future.”

HUNGER / POVERTY


The Trussell Trust (Find your nearest foodbank)

A charity that aims to end all hunger and poverty in the UK.  They are quoted as saying “The community aspect of our work is at the forefront.  This encompasses ‘more than food’ and our focus for the future of Foodbanks to tackle the underlying roots of poverty in the UK.

Compassion, practical help and challenging injustice are what make The Trussell Trust unique in supporting those struggling in poverty in the UK.”

Child Poverty Action Group

“Child Poverty Action Group is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families.”

HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING


Crisis

“Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. We are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

We want to do more for more homeless people in more places across the UK and help to change their lives for good.  We want to change the way society thinks and acts towards homeless people”.

COMPLEX NEEDS


Association For Young People’s Health (AYPH)

“AYPH is a charity that bridges the world of policy, practice and evidence to promote better understanding of young people’s health needs.  We support the development of youth friendly health services and believe these should be evidence informed.

With our members, we aim to promote and support the health and well-being of young people by:

Encouraging and facilitatiing more effective communication between practitioners, working to raise the profile and understanding of young people’s health needs, improving access to information, resources, innovation and best practice, promoting evidence-based practice by making research findings more accessible and supporting new studies into young people’s health.”

LankellyChase Foundation

“LankellyChase Foundation works to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage.

We focus on the persistent clustering of social harms such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse.”

SUBSTANCE MISUSE


Independent Scientific Committee On Drugs (ISCD)

The ISCD is a non-governmental charity, providing impartial and evidenced scientific information on drugs, alcohol and their various risks.   The Vision Project cannot accept any responsibility on any information you use from the ISCD website.   The aim of providing you with this link is for you to make more informed decisions on any potential use of substances.  If you would like to discuss substance misuse reduction or cessation, or generally any issues you are having, please make sure to consult a medical professional or someone else who is appropriately trained in these matters.

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern is a small independent charity whose mission statement is to “help people through information and guidance; help professionals through training, projects and research – and to help us all through campaigning to challenge the drinking culture in our country”.”

SEXUAL HEALTH


FPA

“Sexual and reproductive health rights should be non-discriminatory and are integral to people’s resilience to enjoy sexual health.

Every year we answer thousands of questions about sexual health through our website and publications. We help parents talk to their children about growing up, support health professionals, campaign for better sexual health services and fight for the rights of all young people to have appropriate relationships and sex education.”

MENTAL HEALTH


Mind
Mind Infoline – Phone: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463

National charity that gives advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  Mind are well known for their campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.  They also provide a helpline on weekdays.

Elefriends (Mind Peer Support Online Forums)

A project run by Mind, Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself.  “We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard”.

Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Infoline – Phone: 0300 5000 927

National charity aimed at changing attitudes and the stigma surrounding mental health.  They help many thousands of people dealing with mental health issues and provide a myriad of useful information as well as a helpline on weekdays.

Time To Change

The country’s leading campaign against mental health stigma, which affects nearly 9 in 10 people with mental health problems, despite them being very common. Led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, it has had a measurable impact on stigma.

SANE
SANE Helpline – Phone: 0300 304 7000

National charity who “work to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness”.  Challenging stigma and offering a helpline and e-mail service, as well as offering mutual support in their online forums.

Black Dog Tribe (Sane Online Support Community)

Do you suffer from a mental illness such as depression, or are you a friend, relative or carer of someone who does? Are you looking for a safe and supportive space in which to discuss your experiences? Then look no further… Welcome to the tribe!

Black Dog Tribe is a dedicated social networking community for mental health. It is a compassionate place and all-round social hub, founded by Tribal Mother Ruby Wax and run by the mental health charity SANE, where you can connect with like-minded people and share your stories.

Us tribers believe that by talking more openly about mental illness, we can help one another, stop stigma and raise awareness. Our motto is: the more people we get talking, the more we will be heard”

Samaritans
08457 90 90 90* (UK) • 116 123 (ROI) • *call charges apply • jo@samaritans.org

Samaritans are a national charity who provide a listening ear for anyone in distress of any kind 24/7.  You do not need to be in a severe crisis to call them.  If you prefer, you can email them, write to them or visit your local Samaritans branch in person.

NSUN

NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.  

Peer2Peer

Peer2Peer is a network that comprises of a core working group of user led organisations that lead on peer support in their area and an extended network of statutory, community and academic experts.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

“CALM is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.   In 2013, male suicide accounts for 78% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20 – 45 in the UK.

They aim to prevent male suicide by:

Offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via our helpline and website.  Challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it (see Year Of The Male)  Pushing for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented via partnerships such as The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) .

CALM also hosts the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership,  (which includes Cruse, If U Care Share, Papyrus, SoBS and the Samaritans amongst others). This partnership aims to ensure that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered and receives timely and appropriate support. Its members are working collaboratively to ensure this vision becomes a reality.”

Conquer Worry

“Conquer Worry is a mental health advocacy platform. Our mission is to create awareness of the resources that are available to those who struggle with worry, anxiety or depression. Our vision is for the Conquer Worry brand to be internationally recognized as a resource for anyone struggling with mental health challenges.

Conquer Worry is designed to be a resource platform for people who are struggling, or have struggled in the past with worry, anxiety or depression.”

Depression Alliance

At Depression Alliance we bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation that so often comes with depression.

Our support network is a safe, friendly and easy way to share understanding, information and friendship through depression and recovery. Whether you’re currently going through depression or you’re exploring recovery, we can put you in touch with others who understand, through our self-help groups or through Friends in Need (https://friendsinneed.co.uk/ ) .”

Anxiety UK
Anxiety UK Helpline: 08444 775 774

“Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. We work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety disorders. We also campaign to raise awareness of anxiety disorders.

We can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. We can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.”

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.  “Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.”

Mental Health Foundation

“We are working towards a world with good mental health, and ending the inequalities that face people experiencing mental health problems, living with learning disabilities or reduced mental capacity.

We develop and run research and delivery programmes across the UK that have, for more than six decades, given us the evidence and expertise to know what works and how to intervene earlier.

We use what we learn to help everyone by offering straightforward and clear information on every aspect of mental health and learning disabilities.

Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 60 years and we aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues.”

CARERS


Carers UK

“Caring will affect us all at some point in our lives. We’ll be here for you when that happens. With your help, we can be there for the 6,000 people who start looking after someone each day.  We can give expert advice, information and support.

Caring can be extremely complicated. The maze of rights and entitlements can be complicated. Filling in paperwork can be complicated. Getting a break can be complicated. Our feelings about caring can certainly be complicated.

We’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Our expert telephone advice and support service is here if you want to talk about caring. If you’re looking for answers, our online information and support is the best place to start.”

GENERAL


GOV.UK

Official information on a broad range of subjects including benefits, tax credits, eligibility and appeals.   Comprehensive advice and information provided for people with disabilities, housing and local services, money, tax, driving, transport, education, law and much more.