Support organisations

A list of organisations which can help and support our volunteers and girls to cope with a range of challenges.

We know that when girls feel safe and supported, they feel strong enough to do things they never thought they could.

Here you can find some additional support for volunteers, girls and their families to cope with challenges like child protection, mental health and sexuality.

 

Girlguiding resources

Go to the mental health, wellbeing, and coronavirus webpage

Go to the bereavement support webpage

Online safety

NSPCC – Information on the risks children may be exposed to online and how to support both children and their parents.

Go to the NSPCC website

Government guidance – Guidance on staying safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go to the gov.uk website

Internet Matters –General resources for parents/carers to help them safeguard their own children when accessing online platforms.

Go to the Internet Matters website

Think U Know – General resource produced by NCA-CEOP for parents/carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online.

Go to the Think U Know website

Childnet – Guidance for parents/carers on how to begin a conversation with children about online safety.

Go to the Childnet website

Mental Health and wellbeing

Government guidance – Guidance for supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

Go to the gov.uk website

Every Mind Matters – Advice from the NHS for parent/carers on looking after children and young people during the pandemic.

Go to the Every Mind Matters website

Place2Be – Resources and advice on supporting children during the pandemic.

Go to the Place2Be website

The Mix – Emotional support resources and support for those aged under 25.

Go to The Mix website

Mind – Information for young people on looking after their wellbeing during coronavirus and coping with changes in life.

Go to the Mind website

Childline – Information and advice on coronavirus for children and young people.

Go to the Childline website or call 0800 1111

Young Minds - Mental health support for young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Go to the Young Minds website

The Children’s Society – Information and support for children and young people to support mental and emotional wellbeing.

Go The Children’s Society website

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care - provides care and support after the death of someone close.

For England, Wales and Ulster go to the Cruse Bereavement Care website or call 0808 808 1677

For Scotland go to the Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland website or call 0845 600 2227

Young Minds – Support for young people experiencing grief and loss.

Go to the Young Minds website

General support

See, Hear, Respond Partnership – A new service funded by the Department for Education to quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus.

Go to the See, Hear, Respond websiteor call the helpline on 0800 157 7015

Domestic Abuse and Violence

Safe Lives – Support for those experiencing domestic abuse or violence during the pandemic.

Go to the Safe Lives website

Government guidance – Guidance on getting help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse during the pandemic.

Go to the gov.uk website, or go to the gov.uk website for people without English as a first language

Refuge – Services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence

Go to the Refuge website or call the 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000 247

NCDV – National Centre for Domestic Violence. Provides free emergency legal protection for survivors of domestic abuse or violence

Go to the NCDV website, call 0207 186 8270, or text NCDV to 60777

 

Safeguarding and child welfare

The NSPCC and Childline are great resources for volunteers, girls and parents. You can also refer safeguarding concerns to the NSPCC, should you need to.

NSPCC - free, confidential support for adults if you are worried about a child.

Go to the NSPCC website or call 0808 800 5000.

Childline - free confidential online support and a phone line for children and young people up to the age of 18.

Go to the Childline website or call 0800 1111.

NAPAC - Childhood abuse

Go to the NAPAC website or call 0808 801 0331

Mental health, sexuality and eating disorders

These organisations provide excellent advice, help and information.

Brook - provides free and confidential sexual health and well-being services young people.

Go to the Brook website

Samaritans - confidential emotional support for anyone who needs to talk, including those feeling suicidal.

Go to the Samaritans website or call 116 113.

selfharm UK - supporting young people and parents impacted by self-harm.

Go to the selfharm UK website

Beat - provides support and advice to young people and adults who are affected by eating disorders.

Go to the Beat website, call the Helpline on 0808 801 0677, the Youthline on 0808 801 0711, or the Studentline on 0808 801 0811.

Young Minds - committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people, through offering support to children and their parents.

Go to the Young Minds website or call their Parent Helpline 0808 802 5544.

Cruse Bereavement Care - provides care and support after the death of someone close.

Go to the Cruse Bereavement Care website or call 0808 808 1677.

Stonewall Youth - work for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Go to the Stonewall Youth website or call 08000 502020.

Mermaids - family and individual support for teenagers and children with questions about their gender identity.

Go to the Mermaids UK website or call 0808 801 0400.

Gendered Intelligence - deliver trans youth programmes, support for parents and carers, professional development and trans awareness training for all sectors and workshops for schools, colleges, Universities and other educational settings.

Go to the Gendered Intelligence website

Alcohol, illegal drugs and smoking

Frank – offers friendly, confidential drugs advice

Go to the Talk to Frank website or call 0300 1236600

NACOA - The National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Go to the NACOA website or call 0800 358 3456

Sexual related concerns or abuse

Lucy Faithful Foundation - can be a good place of support for those families affected by sexual abuse

Go to the Lucy Faithfull website or call 0808 1000 900.

Rape Crisis – offer support to victims of rape

Go to the Rape Crisis website

Other

Victim Support – offer support for anyone that has been impacted by crime. They also provide specific advice and support throughout the process of a trial.

Go to the Victim Support website or call 0808 1689 111.

Refuge (UK) – for women and children against domestic violence.

Go to the Refuge website, or call 0808 2000 247

Safeguarding and child welfare

The NSPCC and Childline are great resources for volunteers, girls and parents. You can also refer safeguarding concerns to the NSPCC, should you need to.

NSPCC - free, confidential support for adults if you are worried about a child.

Go to NSPCC website or call 0808 800 5000.

Childline - free confidential online support and a phone line for children and young people up to the age of 18.

Go to Childline website or call 0800 1111.

NAPAC - Childhood abuse

Go to the NAPAC website or call 0808 801 0331

Mental health, sexuality and eating disorders

These organisations provide excellent advice, help and information.

Brook - provides free and confidential sexual health and well-being services young people.

Go to Brook website

Samaritans - confidential emotional support for anyone who needs to talk, including those feeling suicidal.

Go to the Samaritans website or call 116 113.

selfharm UK - supporting young people and parents impacted by self-harm.

Go to selfharm UK website

Beat - provides support and advice to young people and adults who are affected by eating disorders.

Go to Beat website, call the Helpline on 0808 801 0677, the Youthline on 0808 801 0711, or the Studentline on 0808 801 0811.

Young Minds - committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people, through offering support to children and their parents.

Go to Young Minds website or call their Parent Helpline 0808 802 5544.

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland - provides care and support after the death of someone close.

Go to the Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland website or call 0845 600 2227

Stonewall Youth - work for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Go to Stonewall Youth website or call 08000 502020.

LGBT Youth Scotland - family and individual support for teenagers and children with questions about their gender identity or sexuality.

Go to the LGBT Youth website or text 07786 202 370

Alcohol, illegal drugs and smoking

Frank – offers friendly, confidential drugs advice

Go to the Talk to Frank website or call 0300 1236600

Sexual related concerns or abuse

Lucy Faithful Foundation - can be a good place of support for those families affected by sexual abuse

Go to the Lucy Faithfull website or call 0808 1000 900.

Rape Crisis Scotland – offer support to victims of rape.

Go to the Rape Crisis Scotland website or call 08088 01 03 02.

Other

Victim Support Scotland – offer support for anyone that has been impacted by crime. They also provide specific advice and support throughout the process of a trial.

Go to the Victim Support Scotland website or call 0800 160 1985.

Women’s Aid Scotland – for women and children against domestic violence.

Go to the Women's Aid Scotland website or call 0800 027 1234.

Safeguarding and child welfare

The NSPCC and Childline are great resources for volunteers, girls and parents. You can also refer safeguarding concerns to the NSPCC, should you need to.

NSPCC - free, confidential support for adults if you are worried about a child.

Go to NSPCC website or call 0808 800 5000.

Childline - free confidential online support and a phone line for children and young people up to the age of 18.

Go to Childline website or call 0800 1111.

NAPAC - Childhood abuse

Go to the NAPAC website or call 0808 801 0331

Mental health, sexuality and eating disorders

These organisations provide excellent advice, help and information.

Brook - provides free and confidential sexual health and well-being services young people.

Go to Brook website

Samaritans - confidential emotional support for anyone who needs to talk, including those feeling suicidal.

Go to the Samaritans website or call 116 113.

selfharm UK - supporting young people and parents impacted by self-harm.

Go to selfharm UK website

Young Minds - committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people, through offering support to children and their parents.

Go to Young Minds website or call their Parent Helpline 0808 802 5544.

Cruse Bereavement Care - provides care and support after the death of someone close.

Go to Cruse Bereavement Care website or call 0808 808 1677.

Rainbow - work for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Go to the Rainbow Project website

Alcohol, illegal drugs and smoking

Frank – offers friendly, confidential drugs advice

Go to the Talk to Frank website

Sexual related concerns or abuse

Lucy Faithful Foundation - can be a good place of support for those families effected by sexual abuse

Go to the Lucy Faithfull website or call 0808 1000 900.

Rape Crisis via Women’s Aid – offer support to victims of rape.

Go to the Women's Aid website or call 0808 802 1414.

Other

Victim Support Northern Ireland – offer support for anyone that has been impacted by crime.

Go to the Victim Support Northern Ireland website

Women’s Aid – for women and children against domestic violence.

Go to the Mid-Ulster Women's Aid website or call 0808 802 1414.

Even if you are outside of the UK, as a Girlguiding member you will still be able to access all internet support from the England and Wales resources.