Asking For Help 

It's important to feel able to ask for help when you need it and as soon as you think about it. 

Letting somebody who is an expert in helping people listen to your particular issues and hear about whatever is troubling you is never a waste of anybody's time. 

It's far better to tackle your issues early rather than allowing problems to fester and become more complex to overcome.

It can be really helpful to get the advice of somebody who is used to assisting people with the sorts of challenges that you are experiencing - take the first step and make the call. 

Below is a list of resources that you might find useful:

Foodbank at The Bridge

For Bridge Church Foodbank enquiries please Telephone: 02392 468835 (24-hour answerphone operational)

For Debt Advice and assistance with Benefits, Applications and Form Filling
please telephone The Bridge Advice Centre No. 07876 776 668 (24-hour answerphone operational)

The Bridge Church eMail :

Older people

The Silver Line

0800 4 70 80 90 (24hrs)
Information, friendship & advice for older people - includes info on Coronavirus

Dementia Connect

Alzheimer’s Society 0333 150 3456 (Mon-Wed 9am - 8pm, Thurs-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat-Sun 10am - 4pm)
For those living with dementia, and those caring for them

Age UK

0800 055 6112 (8am - 7pm daily)
Advice and support


Independent Age

0800 319 6789
Providing befriending services for older people

Royal Voluntary Service

0845 608 0122
For help, advice and support

Contact the Elderly

0800 716543
Tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people

Get Connected

0808 808 4994

For under 25s


0800 1111 (24hrs)
For children - the phone number doesn’t show on bills

Domestic Violence/Abuse

Refuge National Domestic Abuse

help line 0808 2000 247 (24hr)
For women

Respect Men’s Advice Line

0808 8010327 (Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm (8pm Mon & Wed))
For male victims of domestic abuse

Mental Health


116 123 (24hrs)
For anyone thinking about suicide


0800 068 4141 (9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends/bank holidays)
For children and anyone under 35 having suicidal thoughts


0800 585858 (5pm - midnight daily)
​Campaign against living miserably for men under 45

Young Minds
For urgent help text YM to 85258
Parent helpline 0808 802 5544
For young people & parents

Lots of advice and support for anyone

Big White Wall
Online community with 24-hour professional support, courses and peer-to-peer support. Free for some students, and all members of the Armed Forces community including veterans and families

Mental Health Foundation
Support and advice for all

Mental Health First Aid England
Resources for managing stress, especially those who are home working


0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day)
Help and advice for those with mental health problems, and those supporting them

MIND Infoline

0300 123 3393 - 9am - 6pm Mon-Fri (excl. Bank Holidays)
Information on mental health problems, where to get help, treatment options, and advocacy

Veterans Gateway

0800 802 1212 (24hrs)
Help for veterans and their families

Debt/Money worries

National Debtline

0808 808 4000 (Mon-Fri 9am - 8pm)
Advice on dealing with debt

Online personalised debt advice


Citizens Advice
Online advice on a wide range of issues

Social Care
Hampshire County Council Adult Services
0300 555 1386 (office hours) 0300 555 1373


Switchboard 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day)
LGBT+ helpline and website