Help & Advice

For help and advice please see below a list of useful websites and phone numbers

Childline

Childline - ChildLine is a private and confidential service allowing you to talk to trained counsellors about any problem you may be facing. You can call them for free, at any time, on 0800 1111. (https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/)

NSPCC - The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Help for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000 (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/)

Health, Mental Health, Sex and Relationships

CHYPS PLUS - City and Hackney Young People’s Service is a service for young people between the age of 11-19. They provide: Stop Smoking, Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, Contraception, Pregnancy testing, Emotional Health and support, Hepatitis B screening and Immunisations and Condoms. (http://www.chypsplus.nhs.uk/our-clinics)

Drinkaware - Learn the facts about alcohol, the effects of heavy drinking and tips to cut down if you’re drinking too much.(https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-support-services/) Mind - Advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.(https://www.mind.org.uk/)

Off Centre - Off Centre is a counselling, therapy, advice and psychosocial service for young people aged between 11 and 25 who are City and Hackney Residents(http://www.offcentre.org.uk/)

Talk to Frank - Find out everything you need to know about drugs, their effects and the law. Talk to Frank for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol today.(https://www.talktofrank.com/)

The Brook - Sexual health & wellbeing for under 25s (https://www.brook.org.uk/our-services/ask-brook-a-question-24-7)

The Mix - The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile. (https://www.themix.org.uk/)

Young Hackney Substance Misuse Service - If you have any questions about alcohol and drugs and don’t know who to ask – the Young Hackney Substance Misuse team can help.(https://www.younghackney.org/advice/drugs-alcohol/young-hackney-substance-misuse-service/) Young Minds - the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. advice about coping with common mental health issues and links to organisations to help you to recovery. (https://youngminds.org.uk/)

Young Stonewall - support for young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to live their lives free from discrimination and fulfill their potential. (https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/)

Disability

Hackney Ark - The Resource Centre at Hackney Ark is a one stop shop for information, advice and support welcoming professionals, parents/carers of children with disabilities and SEN. (http://www.homerton.nhs.uk/our-services/services-a-z/c/childrens-services-in-the-community/hackney-ark.aspx)

Hackney Local Offer - Visit the Hackney Local Offer site, where you will find a full list of activities for young people with disabilities; information about statutory assessments, Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans; special schools and advice for families.(https://www.hackneylocaloffer.co.uk/kb5/hackney/localoffer/home.page)

HIT Squad - The Health Integration Team (HIT) squad is a team of health professionals who work within Short Breaks. We aim to improve access to leisure activities for all children with additional needs in Hackney.(http://www.shortbreakshackney.com/hit-squad) Short Breaks Hackney - Activities for young people in Hackney with physical, health and learning disabilities.(http://www.shortbreakshackney.com/)

General Advice

Citizens Advice - Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities, covering benefits, work, debt and money, family, housing, health, immigration, law and courts. (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/)

Hackney Quest - Hackney Quest aims to give young people, families and members of the community the practical and emotional support that they need to develop and pursue their aspirations and deal positively with life’s challenges against a backdrop of social and economic disadvantage. (http://www.hackneyquest.org.uk/)

HCVS - (https://hcvs.org.uk/)

London Youth - London Youth are a charity on a mission to improve the lives of young people in London, challenging them to become the best they can. (https://londonyouth.org/)

Young Hackney - Young Hackney runs activities for young people across the borough, and offers advice and help support to young people who need it, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health. (https://www.younghackney.org/)

Housing

Shelter - Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.(https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice)

Young Hackney - Young Hackney runs activities for young people across the borough, and offers advice and help support to young people who need it, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health. (https://www.younghackney.org/)

Staying Safe

Knifefree - #knifefree is a campaign and website helping young people live knife free. Resources, help and advice are available via their website including real life stories from young people affected by knife crime. (https://www.knifefree.co.uk/)

Victim Support - If you’ve been affected by crime, harm or abuse and live in London, you can talk to Victim Support in confidence using their free Live Chat tool: if you’re over 18 click here to visit the victim support website or click here if you’re under 18. You can also call their Support line on freephone 08 08 16 89 111.

Young Hackney - Young Hackney runs activities for young people across the borough, and offers advice and help support to young people who need it, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health. (https://www.younghackney.org/advice/staying-safe/)