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Community Helplines

Useful phone numbers (from Harlow Star)

ADVICE CENTRE 2 East Gate, Harlow. Welfare rights and advice service, Monday -Friday 10am-4pm. Out-of-hours appointments and home visits for housebound people can be arranged. (01279) 446622.

ADVOCACY FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL (01279) 641930.

AGE CONCERN HARLOW (01279) 415553 (office hours).

AGORAPHOBIA AND SOCIALPHOBIA (01279) 304695.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (0845) 769555 (24-hour service).

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS ADVISORY SERVICE (West Essex) (01279) 438716 or 641347.

ALZHEIMER’S Harlow and District branch: (01279) 418331/432769.

ARTHRITIS CARE AND SUPPORT GROUP (01279) 860324.

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER SUPPORT Monday 11am-3pm, Tuesday-Friday, 4.30-6pm. 07946 656986.

CANCER INFORMATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICE (01279) 698673 (Mon-Thurs, 9.30am-2.30pm)

CARING FOR HARLOW CARERS(01279) 308314.

CATS PROTECTION (01992) 579539.

CHILDREN’S INFORMATION SERVICE (Essex) Information on registered childcare options, including special needs, activities and funding. Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30am-4pm. (01245) 440400.

CITIZEN’S ADVICE BUREAU Harlow: Rooms 1 and 2, The Advice Centre, 2 East Gate. Mon, Wed and Fri: 10am-12.30pm (drop in), 1.30-4pm (by appointment). Telephone advice: 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Legal advice, Mon 5.30-7pm and occasional Thurs by appointment only. (0845) 1203717. Epping: 50a Hemnall Street; open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm and Wednesday evening 5-7pm (01992) 574989.

COMMUNITY DRUG AND ALCOHOL (01279) 698721.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS 08451 232304.

COUNSELLING AND LIFE MANAGEMENT CENTRE (01279) 411330.

DYSLEXIA SUPPORT GROUP (01279) 833294.

FAMILIES NEED FATHERS (01279) 654036.

FAMILY PLANNING (01279) 694902.

FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP (07863 250350).

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS and GAM-ANON (020) 7384 3040 (24 hour helpline).

GRANDPARENTS’ ASSOCIATION (01279) 428040 or 0845 4349585.

HARLOW ACCOMMODATION (01279) 861186 (Mon-Thur 10am-3pm, Friday 10am-2pm).

HARLOW BEREAVEMENT (0127 9) 453911, 626275 or 431175.

HARLOW CHILDMINDING ASSOCIATION (01279) 310690 or (01279) 454101.

HARLOW COMMUNITY TRANSPORT (01279) 446855.

HARLOW COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE (01279) 308308.

HARLOW AND DISTRICT BACK CHAT (01279) 415664 or (01245) 231639.

HARLOW AND DISTRICT TWINS CLUB (01279) 659549.

HARLOW LESBIAN & GAY HELPLINE (01206) 869191. Monday-Friday, 7-10pm.

HARLOW SHARED CARE (01279) 838225/838246/
838184

HARLOW STROKE SUPPORT (01279) 308313.

HARLOW TOY LIBRARY Kingsmoor House Family Centre, Paringdon Road. Open Monday 9.30-11.30am, Tuesday 9am-noon, Wednesday 9.30-11.30am, Thursday 1.30-4.30pm. (01279) 641958.

HARLOW VOLUNTEER BUREAU (01279) 308310/07910 075101.

HARLOW YOUTH COUNCIL. (01279) 625713.

HERTS & ESSEX FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICE (01279) 426749, Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4pm.

HIV/AIDS COUNSELLING AND TESTING (01245) 232414.

LEUKAEMIA CARE (01279) 421203/860196.

LIFE PREGNANCY CARE SERVICE (01279) 444154.

MARITAL COUNSELLING SERVICE (01279) 450285.
MENCAP (01279) 734202.

MENIERES AND TINNITUS HELPLINE (01279) 442594.

MENTAL ILLNESS Confidential relatives’ support group and helpline. (01279) 734323 (evenings best).

MIND SPURRIER’S HOUSE SOCIAL CENTRE Park Lane, Harlow. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. (01279) 445387.

MIR SUFI CENTRE (01279) 301131.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS East Herts and West Essex branch: 07880 828858; Epping Forest branch: (01992) 575237.

NHS DIRECT 24-hour helpline (0845) 4647.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER NETWORKS (HARLOW) 07704 891395.

OBESITY AWARENESS & SOLUTIONS TRUST 0845 0450225 (charged at local rate).

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (01279) 322002.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SOCIETY Harlow and district branch. 07982 094194, 0208 508 2286 or 01279 431492.

PENSION SERVICE (0845) 6060265.

PET SEARCH Reuniting pets with their owners (01279) 320511.

RAINBOW SERVICES (Harlow) FURNITURE AND CLOTHING RECYCLING PROJECT (01279) 308151.

RELATE (01279) 423655.

RED CROSS (01279) 417754.

RSPCA Advice: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-1pm. (01279) 306058. Clinic: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 2-3pm. Out of hours 08705 555999.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE (08707) 657856.

ST CLARE HOSPICE CARE (01279) 428400.

SAMARITANS (01920) 464099, (01279) 421110 or (01707) 332222.

SEXUAL HEALTH – PAH NHS (01279) 694901.

SOCIAL SERVICES (01279) 434641.

TALKING NEWSPAPER FOR THE BLIND (01279) 413772.

VICTIM SUPPORT SCHEME (West Essex) (01279) 641074.

VOCAL PROJECT Organisation providing voluntary placements and training for people aged 16-25. (01279) 625712/625713.

WOMEN’S AID (01279) 836611.

WOMENROOM (01279) 306606. Monday-Friday drop-ins from 9am-1pm. Information, activities, advice and support for women.

YOUNG CARERS PROJECT 01279) 308314.

YOUNG CONCERN TRUST (01279) 414090.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S INFORMATION CENTRE (01279) 446815.

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