Taking part in our programme should be enjoyable but we realise that sometimes writing about particular issues or hearing about other peoples experiences can be triggering.
Life can be difficult and we want to support you in any way we can. To help with this we have put together a few useful links to organisations that can offer support and guidance.
If you’re financial difficulties or need support with your mental health or if you are experiencing violence, having wellbeing issues or need other urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for assistance.
Below you can find links to some organisations that should be able to provide you with help.
You are not alone.
Violence and Abuse
Telephone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour national Domestic Abuse helpline)
Website: www.refuge.org.uk (access live chat Mon-Fri 3-10pm)
Refuge offer advice, support and emergency accommodation to women experiencing domestic violence.
Telephone: 0800 1111
Childline is a counselling service, providing help and support to children about anything, ranging from support to getting help with issues to do with bullying and problems within the home.
StepChange Debt Charity
Telephone: 0800 138 111 – Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm.
Providing a comprehensive debt advice service. StepChange help people with debt problems take back control of their finances and their lives.
Telephone : 0800 144 8848 (England) or 0800 702 2020 (Wales) 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you can’t hear or speak on the phone, text Relay UK: 18001 then 0800 144 8884
Free confidential, independent and impartial advice.
The Trussell Trust
Telephone : 0808 2082138 (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, closed on public holidays)
Free confidential advice. Visit the website to find you local Food Bank.
Telephone: 0300 636 1967 – Crisis London
If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have been homeless in the last two years, Crisis can help. offering support, advice and courses in 12 locations across Great Britain.
Telephone: 0808 800 0661 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
Centrepoint offer advice to anyone in England aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and to people worried about a young person they know.
Telephone: 0300 300 1554
Talking Therapies offer a wide range of treatments and services helping those who are concerned about their mental health.
Homes & Money Hubs
Homes and Money Hubs are open for a drop in at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Support includes Community Food Clubs, help with budgeting, finding work and accessing the Hardship Fund.
You are not alone.