Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Telephone: 0800 9177 650

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Email: help@aamail.org

Arthritis Research UK

Everything we do is driven by knowledge to positively impact on what matters to people with arthritis.

Our long term commitment is to:

  • prevent the onset of arthritis
  • develop a cure for arthritis
  • transform the lives of those with arthritis.

Website: www.arthritisresearchuk.org

Autism

The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

Tel: 020-7833-2299

Fax: 020-7833-9666

Web: www.nas.org.uk

Email: nas@nas.org.uk

Address:
The National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London
EC1V 1NG

British Heart Foundation

We’re the British Heart Foundation and we fund research to beat the world’s biggest killers. We fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular Dementia. Diabetes. They’re all connected, and they’re all under our microscope.

Website: www.bhf.org.uk

Citizens Advice Luton

We provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives.
Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face.
We’re an independent charity and part of the Citizens Advice network across England and Wales.

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Cri-Du-Chat

Supporting people with Cri Du Chat Syndrome and their families.

Web: www.criduchat.org.uk/

Email: angie@criduchat.co.uk

Down's Syndrome

We provide information and support for people with Down’s syndrome, their families and carers, as well as being a resource for interested professionals.

Tel: 0845 230 0372

Fax: 0845 230 0373

Web: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

Email: info@downs-syndrome.org.uk

Address:
Langdon Down Centre
2a Langdon Park
Teddington
TW11 9

Fragile X

We provide information and practical guidance to support and empower individuals and families living with fragile X, and the professionals who support them

Web: www.fragilex.org.uk

Email: info@fragilex.org.uk

Genetic Disorders UK

Genetic Disorders UK is the national charity working to improve the lives of individuals and families living with a genetic disorder. We do this by providing resources and support directly to those affected, and to the charities and patient groups dedicated to a single genetic disorder or related group of genetic disorders.
It is our mission to raise the profile and promote understanding of genetic disorders among the general public, which we do through our one-day fundraising event, Jeans for Genes Day.

Telephone: 0800 987 8987

Website: www.geneticdisordersuk.org

Homeless Link

Working with the homelessness sector to make services better. Working with Government to improve the policies that affect people experiencing homelessness.

Website: www.homeless.org.uk

Luton Food Bank

Our Aims:

  • To eradicate food poverty in Luton
  • To support people so that they can take steps to overcome the problems that brought them to us

Website: www.lutonfoodbank.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, we can help. Find out what to expect, get information, practical advice and support, hear from experts and read about other people’s experiences.

Telephone: 01582 718189

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

Email: macmillaninfo@ldh.nhs.uk

MS Society

Whether you have MS, or care about someone who does, our community is here for you through the highs, lows and everything in between.
We understand what life’s like with MS. And we know together we are stronger. We’re researching, writing, campaigning and fighting. Running, walking, caring and talking.
Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.

Telephone: 0808 800 8000

Website: www.mssociety.org.uk

Parkinsons UK

We’re the Parkinson’s charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.

Telephone: 0808 800 0303

Website: www.parkinsons.org.uk

Physical Disability - FOBE (Friends of Bright Eyes)

We are a registered charity providing vital support services for children with disability and their families.
We know there are masses out there caring for their loved ones without any support. At FOBE we understand that we all need a break at one time or another and that’s nothing to feel guilty about. It’s so easy when giving so much, to deplete yourself and leaving you lacking in energy for other things, especially time for yourself.

Telephone: 01582 966065

Website: www.fobe.org.uk

Email: info@fobe.org.uk

Prader-Willi

Dedicated to supporting people with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), their families, carers, and the professionals who work with them.

Tel: 01332 365676

Fax: 01332 360401

Web: www.pwsa.co.uk

Email: admin@pwsa-uk.demon.co.uk

Address:
PWSA (UK)
125a London Road
Derby
DE1 2QQ

Smart!

We are a charity who provide safe spaces to work with vulnerable people within our communities, empowering them to make positive changes and take control of their lives.

Telephone: 01234 344 133

Website: www.smartcjs.org.uk

Email: supportservices@smartcjs.org.uk

Step Change Debt Charity

Our team of debt experts help thousands of people every week to deal with their debt problems, and get their lives back on track.

Website: www.stepchange.org

Stroke Association

We are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke.
We support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives after stroke.

Telephone: 0303 3033 100

Website: www.stroke.org.uk

Turner's Syndrome

The Society provides accurate and up to date information on Turner Syndrome and the many aspects of living with the condition on a daily basis.

Tel: 01389-380385

Fax: 01389-380384

Web: www.tss.org.uk

Email: Turner.Syndrome@tss.org.uk

Address:
The Turners Syndrome Support Society (UK)
12 Irving Quadrant
Hardgate
Clydebank
G81 6AZ

Young Minds

Young Minds exists so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. Sections for Young people and also for parents and a parents’ helpline.

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Angelman

Assert, the Angelman Syndrome Support Education & Research Trust.

Web: www.angelmanuk.org

Address:
ASSERT
PO Box 13694
Musselburgh
EH21 6XZ.

Asthma UK

We help hundreds of thousands of people with our expert advice and support. We fund world class asthma research. We campaign to improve the quality of care received by people with asthma.

Website: www.asthma.org.uk

Brain and Spine Foundation

Providing expert information and support for people affected by neurological problems.

Telephone: 0808 808 1000

Website: www.brainandspine.org.uk

Caraline - Eating Disorders

Caraline is funded by both Luton and Bedfordshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Our services include a full assessment, a 10 session Eating Behaviour Group, individual sessions, and support groups for both clients and their carers.

Website: www.caraline.com

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD is a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because your airways have been narrowed. This information explains what it is, what the symptoms are, and how it’s diagnosed and treated.

Website: www.blf.org.uk

Diabetes UK

Our wide range of products and services are designed to help you manage your diabetes, whatever support you need.

Whether you’re looking for insurance, information, or just someone to talk to – we’re here to help.

Telephone: 0345 123 2399

Website: www.diabetes.org.uk

Edwards

S.O.F.T UK provides support for families affected by Patau’s Syndrome (Trisomy 13), Edward’s Syndrome (Trisomy 18), partial Trisomy, mosaicism, rings, translocation, deletion, and related disorders.

Tel: 0121-351-3122

Web: www.soft.org.uk

Email: enquiries@soft.org.uk

Address:
SOFT UK
48 Froggatts Ride
Walmley
Sutton Coldfield
B76 2TQ

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to do the same.

Website: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk

Headway Luton

Your local service providing professional support to adults with an Acquired Brain Injury, their families and carers.

Telephone: 01582 876729

Website: www.headwayluton.com

Email: enquiries@headweayluton.com

Learning Disabilities - Carers Trust

Whether you have just been told your child has a learning disability, or you have started to care for an adult with learning disabilities, there is support available to help the person you care for reach their full potential, and to help you with your caring role.

Website: www.carers.org

 

Luton Housing Solutions

If you are about to become homeless it is important you contact us as soon as possible. We will provide advice on your current housing situation and any legal rights you may have to try to keep you in your home.

Telephone: 01582 510370

Website: www.luton.gov.uk

Email: homelessprevention@luton.gov.uk

Mind - Anxiety

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Nyabingi Ashanti Wellbeing Centre

Nyabingi Ashanti Wellbeing Centre promises to provide exceptional learning and wellbeing courses to members in the African, Caribbean and Asian communities through a range of projects set up to empower and enhance living skills needed for service users to survive. Nyabingi is a place where we can forge ahead together, learning new skills and challenging the stigma attached to those suffering from mental health issues.

Website: www.nyabingiwellbeing.org

Penrose - Housing

Penrose has been helping vulnerable adults make a change to their lives for over 49 years with support interventions that have a positive and lasting impact. We support ex-offenders and people with mental health difficulties with housing problems.

Website: www.penrose.org.uk

Physical Disability - Scope

Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here.

Telephone: 0808 800 3333

Website: www.scope.org.uk

Shelter

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

Website: www.england.shelter.org.uk

Soberistas

Welcome to Soberistas. We are a worldwide community of friendly, non-judgmental people, all helping each other to kick the booze and stay sober. Create a profile for free and have a look around – you’ll find a wealth of information on ditching the drink, personal stories and lots of advice.

Website: www.soberistas.com

Stepping Stones Luton

We provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental environment for women living in Luton and Central Bedfordshire, who have suffered abuse, who are vulnerable due to substance misuse, offending, mental health conditions and/or are involved with Local Authority Children’s Social Care.

Website: www.steppingstonesluton.co.uk

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust partners with local communities to help stop UK hunger.

Find a foodbank…

Voluntary Works - Alzheimers

Voluntaryworks is a consortium of local organisations working to promote and support the voluntary and community sector in Bedfordshire.

Website: www.voluntaryworks.org