External Support Sites

Helplines and Websites

This is a list of organisations that we think you might find useful to access both general and specialist support and services.

BME (Black Minority Ethnic)

B&H Black Women’s Group – We work to meet the needs of Black women, their families & communities by promoting anti-discriminatory practice; providing advice and advocacy; capacity-building Black organisations and staging cultural activities such as Black History Season. Email: blackwomensgroupbh@tiscali.co.uk

MOSAIC – MOSAIC exists to empower Black, Asian and Mixed parentage families to combat racism and to support the development of positive cultural and racial identity.

Domestic Violence

RISE (Refuge, Information, Support and Education) – Provides advice, info, advocacy, support and, where required, refuge and/or housing advice for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence. We also provide training, information services and preventative education programmes.

Education / Employment

Friends Centre – Aims to provide a wide range of high quality learning opportunities for adults. It is an accessible first base for those whose educational and employment opportunities have been limited.

Creating Futures Ltd – Run a number of contracts that support people back into employment, training or education eg. New Deal, Probation Information, Advice and Guidance, Prince’s Trust Teams, Vinvolved, Pathways to Work, Motorvation, Connexions etc.

Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove – Links potential volunteers with local not-for-profit organisations seeking volunteer help. Also promotes good practice in volunteer management and works to raise the profile of volunteering across the city. Open 10:00am – 4:00pm Tue & Wed.

Everywoman – Advice, tools and networking for women’s business success.

Funding and Support

Trust for Developing Communities – The Trust assists various community groups and service deliverers with complex and intensive research work to aid the development of communities and the development of more relevant services to those communities.

Community and Voluntary Sector Forum (CVSF) – With over 500 members, The Community and Voluntary Sector Forum supports third sector organisations to work together and have a strong voice to influence policy and plans for the benefit of local people.

Health / Mental Health / Alcohol and Drug Abuse

BHT – Route One Project – Provides supported accommodation to adult Mental Health Service users, who would otherwise be homeless or inadequately housed. The service has 6 houses (Aymer Rd, Davigdor Rd, Carlisle Rd, Dorset Gardens, Belle ve Gardens, Chelwood Close). 53 clients.

BHT – Threshold – A women’s mental health organisation providing a counselling service on a donations basis with a free creche and consultancy on women’s mental health.

Care Co-operatives – Care Co-ops offers a range of services to learning disabled adults, adults with mental health support needs and adults returning to the labour market. Offer advice regarding work and learning, skills and community support.

Carousel – Inspiring people with a learning disability to achieve their artistic ambitions. www.carousel.org.uk

Relate – Relationship counselling, family counselling, psychosexual therapy, training courses. Relationship education in schools.

Oasis Project – The Oasis Women’s Project. Aiming to reduce drug-related harm to women and their families.

Health (national)

Midlife and Menopause – Information and support for women.

Women’s Health Concern – Provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women about their health concerns.


Impact Initiatives – Stopover Housing and Support for Young Women
Provides safe, temporary accommodation with support for vulnerable young women aged 16-21 who are homeless or insecurely housed. Also teenage parent connections P.A. Support.

Lesbian Women

B&H LGBT Switchboard – Provides a service of support, listening, information and counselling to the LGBT community.

Broken Rainbow – Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.

Pregnancy and Parenting

Early Childhood Project – Provides a mobile toy library service, information, advice and support to workers, parents and carers. Aim to work positively to combat bias of every kind in cooperation and partnership across Brighton & Hove.

SPIN (Single Parent Information Network) – Information and signposting for single parents (men and women); advice, free tickets, online group, agency referrals.
Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SPINBrighton

The Family Workshop – Family therapy, couple counselling & other therapeutic services to children, young people, adults & families negotiating difficulties in life; also consultation, training and supervision to other professionals working with children, couples & families.

The Pro-Choice Majority – A woman’s right to make her own abortion decision is overwhelmingly supported in Britain. Yet 40 years after the Abortion Act, women in the UK still don’t have that right and many are obstructed and delayed in accessing services.


B&H Muslim Women’s Group – We are a volunteer Muslim women’s group in Brighton and Hove. We have different get together activities, a mother and toddler group, we aim to contribute & organise activities primarily for Muslim women & children and secondly for the wider community.

Sexual Abuse

Survivor’s Network (Sussex) – Survivors’ Network is for women who were sexually abused in childhood. We have a helpline Friday and Wednesday 7 – 9.30; drop-in every Thursday of every month (apart from the 2nd Thursday), 7 – 9 pm; and a newsletter. Facilitated support groups.

Young Women / Girls

The Woodcraft Folk – A co-operative, and co-educational movement for children and young people, established in 1925. Groups are run by volunteers, often parents and young adults. The Woodcraft Folk aims to build self-confidence and activity in society through its values of co-operation, peace, equality and friendship. Telephone: 020 7703 4173

Allsorts Youth Project – Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexuality.

BMEYPP – A youth led project for young people aged 11 to 25 and work in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas. BMEYPP aims to provide opportunities to access information and support through fun, social, sports and arts activities led by and for young people.

Hove YMCA – Offer help to many different young people, but especially those who are isolated and struggling through homelessness, exclusion from school, family breakdown, poor mental health or drug and alcohol problems.


Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project – Offers volunteering opportunities, a creche, cafe, vegan lunch, wholefood co-op, temporary housing support, welfare rights service, MIND, allotment, computer courses, miscellaneous courses including Egyptian, dance, coping with stress, yoga.

Safe in the City – The website of the Brighton & Hove Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.

Women’s Campaigns

End Violence Against Women Coalition – An unprecedented coalition of individuals and organisations who are calling on the Government, public bodies and others to take concerted action to end violence against women.

Women’s Resources

Rights of Women – Educates and empowers women on their legal rights.

The F Word – Frequently updated throughout the month, The F-Word blog contains the latest news of interest to UK feminists.

The Women’s Library – The Women’s Library is a cultural centre housing the most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK. Access is free and open to everyone. www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary

Immigration Advisory Service – The UK’s largest charity providing representation and advice in immigration and asylum law. These services are free to people who are eligible.

Government (local)

Brighton & Hove City Council – The official website for Brighton & Hove City Council

Government (national)

Women’s National Commission – The official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government. It aims to ensure that women’s views are taken into account by the Government and are heard in public debate.