Helpful support groups and charities

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Housing issues

Shelter provides advice and information to people in need. You can contact housing advisers online, by telephone or in person.

Freephone: 0808 800 444

Victims of crime

Victim support provides specialist practical and emotional support to victims of crime in England and Wales.

Free support line: 0808 168 9111

Advice on tax for older people

Tax help for older people provides free, independent and expert help for those who cannot afford a tax advisor.

Tax helpline: 01308 488 066

(low cost phone line)

Email using their website enquiry form.

Suicidal thoughts

The Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, or at risk of suicide.

Freephone: 116 123

(24 hours a day 365 days a year)

Email: [email protected]


Non-profit organisation who work for people with dementia and their carers.

National dementia helpline: 0300 222 11 22


Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00


The Silver Line

A free confidential helpline offering information, friendship and advice to older people in the UK.

Telephone: 0800 470 8090 (24 hours)

Befriending service

Help to combat loneliness in later life through Age UK friendship services.

Telephone: 0800 678 1602