Charities and organisations

If you need help or support with your finances, health or wellbeing, there are plenty of places to turn. Below is a list of charities and organisations which can offer support, help and advice – whatever your situation.

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Financial support

What they do
How to contact them

Citizens Advice

Free, confidential and impartial advice, online, over the phone and in person, on a range of issues from debt and money, to benefits, housing and consumer issues.  Web:

Call:0800 144 8848 (England)

Call:0800 702 2020 (Wales)



Offers a free benefits calculator to see what you can claim from local and national government. Web:

Money Advice Trust

Free, independent advice on financial matters. This charity operates the National Debtline and Business Debtline, offering support for individuals and small businesses facing financial difficulties. National Debtline website:

Call: 0808 808 4000 Monday to Friday 9am-8pm and Saturdays 9.30am-1pm

Business Debtline:

Call: 0800 197 6026 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm


Free and impartial help with money. Includes tools, guides and calculators to help you regain control of your finances. Web:

Call: 0800 138 7777

Money Saving Expert

While a commercial enterprise, MSE offers lots of free, clear advice on all aspects of household finances. Web:

National Debtline

Free and independent debt advice. Resources available include factsheets on bankruptcy, individual voluntary arrangements (IVA) & debt relief orders (DRO). Web:

Call: 0808 808 4000


Provides housing advice, support and legal services to people struggling with homelessness, or facing housing-related financial difficulties. Web:


Free advice to help people free themselves of debt. Web:

Call: 0800 1381111

Trussell Trust

Nationwide network of over 1,200 food banks to assist those in poverty, providing at least three days' nutritionally-balanced food to those in crisis. Web:

Call: 01722 580180



Charity which aims to fight poverty. This charity helps people in need of financial support to access welfare benefits using an online benefits calculator, and also offers a grants search. 


Mental health & wellbeing support

What they do
How to contact them
Alzheimers Society Give help to those living with dementia today, and providing hope for the future. Web:
Anxiety UK


Charity supporting people with anxiety disorders. Anxiety UK offer information, helpline services, therapy options and self-help resources to help individuals manage their anxiety. Web:

Call: 03444 775 774Text support: 07537 416 905
Open 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. CALM provides a helpline, webchat and other support services to help men who are struggling with their mental health. Web:

Call: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight)


Provides information on where to find support and information on bereavement. Web:

Dementia UK

The specialist dementia nursing charity that is there for the whole family. Our nurses, known as Admiral Nurses, provide free, specialist advice, support and understanding to anyone affected by dementia, whenever it’s needed. Web:

Provides information on where to find support and information on bereavement. Web:


One of the largest mental health charities in the UK, providing a wide range of support services. Web:

Call: 0300 123 3393


Mental Health UK

A UK-wide mental health charity giving people the tools they need to live their best possible life.

You can also phone or email according to which region of the UK you live in.
Details are found on the Mental Health UK contact page.

NHS Mental Health

The NHS service offering mental health information and support. Web: 
OCD action


Charity providing support and information for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD Action offer a helpline, support groups and resources to help people manage their condition. Web:

Call: 0300 636 5478



Charity offering emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope. Samaritans provide a 24/7 helpline, 365 days a year.


Call: 116 123



Charity focusing on the mental health of children and young people. YoungMinds provide information, advice and support for young individuals and their parents or guardians. Web:

Physical health & disability support

What they do
How to contact them
Age UK Charity supporting older people, including those with physical health conditions and disabilities. Services include homecare, day centres, information and advice.
British Red Cross While also an emergency charity, the British Red Cross provides support services for people with physical health conditions and disabilities. The British Red Cross also offer mobility aids, support at home and assistance during emergencies. Web:
Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity offering residential care, supported living and employment opportunities for disabled individuals. Web:

Lifeways Lifeways provide living services for adults with learning disabilities, autism and brain injuries. Web:

Phone: 0207 202 6300



Primarily a mental health charity, Mind also provide support for individuals with physical health conditions and disabilities. Web:

Call: 0300 123 3393



Motability provide support with mobility by providing cars, wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV), scooter and powered wheelchairs. Web:

Phone: 0300 456 4566

Contact via a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter

Muscular Dystrophy UK

Charity supporting people affected by muscle-wasting conditions by providing practical and emotional support while campaigning for better treatments and accessibility. Web:

Call: 0800 652 6352


Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Charity supporting blind and partially sighted people. RNIB provide practical and emotional support, and services to help those with sight loss to maintain their independence. Web:

Call: 0303 123 9999


Charity supporting people with disabilities to live an independent life. Web:

Call: 0808 800 3333

Use a British Sign Language interpreter