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Citizens’ Advice – gives people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem.
Christians Against Poverty – provides free debt help and local community groups across the UK. These free services, run with local churches, provide practical and emotional support and show people that there is always hope.
Guildford Action – Action for Families – supports isolated families with a variety of complex needs, many of which relate to poverty and domestic abuse.
North Guildford Food Bank – families and individuals can apply for food if they are struggling financially.
Surrey Family Mediation Services (SFMS) – provides assistance to those dealing with the breakdown of a family relationship, including contact arrangements for children, living arrangements for the whole family following separation, child maintenance and financial settlements.

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Citizens’ Advice – gives people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem.
Childline – advice on bullying, abuse, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, puberty, exams, sexting and school/college anxieties and problems. Children can register for an online account on the Childline website. Children can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online and join other people on the message board. Up to 19yrs.
Domestic abuse: specialist sources of support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Guildford Action: Action for Families – supports isolated families with a variety of complex needs, many of which relate to poverty and domestic abuse.
Healthy Surrey – sexual health, mental health, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, health checks, smoking, nutrition and activity.
Mankind Initiative – available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence in the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.
Muslim Youth Helpline – dealing with mental health and physical abuse, mental health problems and addiction.
NSPCC – information and helpline for anyone concerned about a young person.
Refuge – provides specialist support to women, children and men living with violence, abuse, human trafficking, modern slavery and female genital mutilation.
Shout – crisis support for urgent issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, relationship difficulties.
The Solace Centre (SARC) – offering support and practical help to anyone in Surrey who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.
The Mix – free, confidential help for a wide range of issues for young people under 25.
Your Sanctuary – Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline offering sanctuary, emotional and practical support for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Citizens’ Advice – gives people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem.
Childline – advice on bullying, abuse, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, puberty, exams, sexting and school/college anxieties and problems. Children can register for an online account on the Childline website. Children can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online and join other people on the message board. Up to 19yrs.
Domestic abuse: specialist sources of support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Guildford Action: Action for Families – supports isolated families with a variety of complex needs, many of which relate to poverty and domestic abuse.
Healthy Surrey – sexual health, mental health, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, health checks, smoking, nutrition and activity.
Mankind Initiative – available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence in the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.
Muslim Youth Helpline – dealing with mental health and physical abuse, mental health problems and addiction.
NSPCC – information and helpline for anyone concerned about a young person.
Refuge – provides specialist support to women, children and men living with violence, abuse, human trafficking, modern slavery and female genital mutilation.
Shout – crisis support for urgent issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, relationship difficulties.
The Solace Centre (SARC) – offering support and practical help to anyone in Surrey who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.
The Mix – free, confidential help for a wide range of issues for young people under 25.
Your Sanctuary – Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline offering sanctuary, emotional and practical support for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Citizens’ Advice – gives people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem.
Family Information Service – for information about childminders, groups in the local area and services for children and families.
Job Centre Plus
National Careers Service – provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
Oakleaf Enterprise – developing work related skills, reducing isolation, mental health and wellbeing. For adults 16-67 years.

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Appeer – for the benefit of autistic and neurodiverse girls and women, including families and professionals. Dealing with suicide prevention, eating issues, sleep issues and managing at school.
Beat Eating Disorders – resources and support for anyone struggling with disordered eating.
CAMHS / SALT/ OT – mental health services up to the age of 18. Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy services can all be accessed through the same ‘one stop’ website.
Centre for Psychology – free NHS Psychological counselling sessions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety, depression, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder. Open 24hrs at weekends.
Childline – advice on bullying, abuse, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, puberty, exams, sexting and school/college anxieties and problems. Children can register for an online account on the Childline website. Children can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online and join other people on the message board. Up to 19yrs.
Cruse – offering support, advice and information to all ages when someone dies.
CYP Safe Haven – provides a safe place for children and young people aged 10-18 where they can talk about their worries and mental health. They hold workshops discussing different mental health subjects, including addiction, mental health, anger management and relationships.
DHC Talking Therapies – free counselling sessions for 17+ who are registered with a GP in Surrey. They offer physical and mental health counselling, including phobias, single episode trauma, sleep difficulties, health conditions, such as diabetes and physical pain.
East Surrey Crisis Line – advice and guidance on mental health, drug and alcohol abuse including the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic.
Healthy Surrey – sexual health, mental health, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, health checks, smoking, nutrition and activity.
Hope Again – a national bereavement charity that provides support, advice and information to young people.
Kooth – online counselling and emotional well-being for children and young people aged 11-24.
Mermaids – support for transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families.
Mind – advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Mind Matters – providing talking therapies to adults (17+) registered with a GP in Surrey.
Muslim Youth Helpline – dealing with mental health and physical abuse, mental health problems and addiction.
NSPCC – information and helpline for anyone concerned about a young person.
Oakleaf Enterprise – developing work related skills, reducing isolation, mental health and wellbeing. For adults 16-67 years.
Papyrus Hopeline UK – free confidential helpline for anyone concerned about a young person at risk of harming themselves or having suicidal thoughts.
Relate – relationship counselling for children and young people, family counselling and mediation.
ReThink – advice service offers help on living with mental illness, medication and care.
Samaritans – for people struggling to cope with everyday life including suicidal thoughts, mental health, support groups for people bereaved by suicide, drug and alcohol abuse.
SANE – a national helpline for anyone coping with mental illness, sufferers, carers or concerned family or friends.
Shout – crisis support for urgent issues including suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, and relationship difficulties.
Surrey and Borders Crisis Mental Health Helpline – provides all year round support for all mental health issues.
Surrey Care Trust – counselling for 16-25 yr-olds, mentoring for young people aged 14-16 who are struggling in the education system, and helping 11-18 yr-olds to cope with the pandemic.
The Mix – free confidential help for a wide range of issues for young people under 25.

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Appeer – for the benefit of autistic and neurodiverse girls and women, including families and professionals. Dealing with suicide prevention, eating issues, sleep issues and managing at school.
Beat Eating Disorders – resources and support for anyone struggling with disordered eating.
CAMHS / SALT/ OT – mental health services up to the age of 18. Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy services can all be accessed through the same ‘one stop’ website.
Centre for Psychology – free NHS Psychological counselling sessions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety, depression, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder. Open 24hrs at weekends.
Childline – advice on bullying, abuse, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, puberty, exams, sexting and school/college anxieties and problems. Children can register for an online account on the Childline website. Children can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online and join other people on the message board. Up to 19yrs.
Cruse – offering support, advice and information to all ages when someone dies.
CYP Safe Haven – provides a safe place for children and young people aged 10-18 where they can talk about their worries and mental health. They hold workshops discussing different mental health subjects, including addiction, mental health, anger management and relationships.
DHC Talking Therapies – free counselling sessions for 17+ who are registered with a GP in Surrey. They offer physical and mental health counselling, including phobias, single episode trauma, sleep difficulties, health conditions, such as diabetes and physical pain.
East Surrey Crisis Line – advice and guidance on mental health, drug and alcohol abuse including the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic.
Healthy Surrey – sexual health, mental health, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, health checks, smoking, nutrition and activity.
Hope Again – a national bereavement charity that provides support, advice and information to young people.
Kooth – online counselling and emotional well-being for children and young people aged 11-24.
Mermaids – support for transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families.
Mind – advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Mind Matters – providing talking therapies to adults (17+) registered with a GP in Surrey.
Muslim Youth Helpline – dealing with mental health and physical abuse, mental health problems and addiction.
NSPCC – information and helpline for anyone concerned about a young person.
Oakleaf Enterprise – developing work related skills, reducing isolation, mental health and wellbeing. For adults 16-67 years.
Papyrus Hopeline UK – free confidential helpline for anyone concerned about a young person at risk of harming themselves or having suicidal thoughts.
Relate – relationship counselling for children and young people, family counselling and mediation.
ReThink – advice service offers help on living with mental illness, medication and care.
Samaritans – for people struggling to cope with everyday life including suicidal thoughts, mental health, support groups for people bereaved by suicide, drug and alcohol abuse.
SANE – a national helpline for anyone coping with mental illness, sufferers, carers or concerned family or friends.
Shout – crisis support for urgent issues including suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, and relationship difficulties.
Surrey and Borders Crisis Mental Health Helpline – provides all year round support for all mental health issues.
Surrey Care Trust – counselling for 16-25 yr-olds, mentoring for young people aged 14-16 who are struggling in the education system, and helping 11-18 yr-olds to cope with the pandemic.
The Mix – free confidential help for a wide range of issues for young people under 25.

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Action for Carers – supporting carers of all ages across Surrey.
Beat Eating Disorders – resources and support for anyone struggling with disordered eating.
Challengers – provide a fun environment for disabled children and young people across the South East.
Change for Life – here to help your family be healthier and happier by eating well and moving more.
DHC Talking Therapies – free counselling sessions for 17+ who are registered with a GP in Surrey. They offer physical and mental health counselling, including phobias, single episode trauma, sleep difficulties, health conditions, such as diabetes and physical pain.
Healthy Surrey – sexual health, mental health, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, health checks, smoking, nutrition and activity.
NHS Choices
Royal Surrey County Hospital

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Catalyst – drug and alcohol abuse support for users and their families.
Childline – advice on bullying, abuse, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, puberty, exams, sexting and school/college anxieties and problems. Children can register for an online account on the Childline website. Children can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online and join other people on the message board. Up to 19yrs.
East Surrey Crisis Line – advice and guidance on mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic.
Frank – confidential information and advice about drugs, offering online chat a well as a texting service.
Healthy Surrey – sexual health, mental health, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, health checks, smoking, nutrition and activity.
Local Stop Smoking Services
Muslim Youth Helpline – dealing with mental health and physical abuse, mental health problems and addiction.
NHS Choices
NSPCC – information and helpline for anyone concerned about a young person.
Royal Surrey County Hospital

Please note that that these are external links and Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is not responsible for the content on these websites.

Froebel-inspired intergenerational Community Garden at Hazel Avenue

Our Family Centre and RHS Wisley have developed strong links which have enabled some of the families we support who would not normally have the opportunity to access their gardens to visit, and be inspired by, the gardens created there.

As part of our joint work, one of our Senior Family Support Workers, Faye, has worked closely with RHS Wisley and some students in their final year at the RHS School of Horticulture to design and build a Froebel-inspired intergenerational Community Garden at our Hazel Avenue site. The project has involved the family centre, our nursery school, Pond Meadow Special School, St Peter’s Church, members of the Froebel Trust and local parents to develop a community garden inspired by Froebel.

While the garden is still in its infancy, we are hoping that more community groups will become involved and it will develop into a great resource to support and engage the whole community, allowing different generations to come together and support individuals to improve their well-being through being outside, engaging with nature and with other people, developing new skills and providing a sense of purpose.

We have high hopes that community groups such as mental health teams that use our indoor space may utilise the garden as part of their therapeutic sessions too, and it could even become part of a ‘green prescription.’

Take a look at this blog post and this short film for further details.

Please contact Charlotte, Family Centre Manager, on 01483 510 570 for further information.

Thrive at the Hive – Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN

Thrive at the Hive is a space for individuals and families to get good quality pre-loved clothing, homeware and toys. Every thing is offered as ‘Pay as you feel’. Open Monday to Thursday by appointment only. Find them on Facebook (@GBCCCommunityWellbeing).

The Hygiene Bank

The Hygiene Bank is a grassroots, people-powered charity, grounded in community. Their network of banks exists to ensure that those living in poverty and who can’t afford to be clean, have access to the basics. Feeling clean should not be a luxury or a privilege in the modern world, so The Hygiene Bank works to inspire social change.

Click here to find out more.

Stoke Community Support COVID-19 Appeal

Stoke Community Support is a team of local organisations who have come together to help provide free hot food to families struggling due to the coronavirus outbreak. Guildford Nursery School and Family Centre is proud to be a partner in this enterprise by providing our kitchen and café as the base of the operation.

Other partners include FoodWise, St John’s Church Stoke, St Peter’s Shared Church, Bellfields, North Guildford Foodbanks, Weyfield Primary Academy, Christ’s College plus volunteers.

We estimate that 250+ families need this support right now and this need will only grow as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

So, we urgently need your help.

Big or small, your gift will make a real difference to isolated and vulnerable families in their time of need. To donate online, click here.

Together, with your help, we can do our best to make sure that no family goes hungry at this time.

Click here to find out more.

Guildford Action for Families

The GAF service supports isolated families with a variety of complex needs, many of which relate to poverty and domestic abuse. Our experienced team of family support workers have a wealth of knowledge and often support the hardest to reach families.

Their flexible style means they will offer support in the home, but also in community venues. Using coaching and therapeutic skills they are focussed on minimising risk within families and enriching the lives of children through creative work with parents. The team also offer various out of school activities that are designed to promote positive family time in a supportive and relaxed environment.

The family support team work in a way to enhance attachment and to promote all members of the family reaching their potential.  We know that not everyone had the best start in life and many parents carry with them trauma and difficulties from their own childhood.  We believe everyone does the best they can given the personal resources and tools we have.  It is our aim to help build those resources even further, and to share and promote new ways of learning, thinking and responding.

GAF works alongside social workers and other agencies, offering protection and support for families who are often literally out of options. We make sure they get a fair hearing and receive the services and practical assistance they need; once the immediate crisis is over, we keep working with the family to help them create a more positive, sustainable future for themselves.

We have seen a massive increase in numbers of those accessing our projects over the past few years due to economic climate and social welfare reforms. On-going funding is vital to help us continue to support those who need us the most.

Click here for more information.