Hampshire Signposting Links Summer 2023


When playing online gambling games, it’s easy to lose track of time and money and get lost in the game.

Check out our advice and support to stay in control of your gambling.

UKNA Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in the United Kingdom

Information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking

Free helpline: 0800 358 3456


Grief can be overwhelming.  You don’t have to deal with it alone

Call our helpline 0808 808 1677

Childcare Provision

Please search on FISH for local childcare providers

Children’s Services

Our aim is to make sure that children and families get the right support, in the right place at the right time.

Citizens Advice

Advice and assistance on a range of issues

Cost of living help

National help for households

The government is offering help for households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.

If you’re struggling financially, help is there. There is support for those on low income or are experiencing a change in financial circumstances

Telephone: 0800 1111

Debt Concern

Get free, confidential and independent advice on dealing with debt problems.

Domestic Abuse

NSPCC and others have lists of signs that can help you recognise the effects of domestic abuse on children.

Refuge – For women and children.

The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247

Employment Advice

Jobcentre Plus

Help to find work can be found on Gov.UK
Find a Job – to search for current job vacancies

Job Help – provides hints and tips on applying for jobs and job search ideas.

Kickstart offers a six month paid work placement to 16-24 year olds who are in receipt of Universal Credit. For more information young people should send a journal message from their digital account to their work coach to express an interest in the scheme,

Energy Advice

Find advice if you need extra help, have difficulties with your energy supply or want to complain. Save money and get greener with your energy use with our tips on switching, government grants, benefits, and energy efficiency schemes.

Free advice if you need extra help or have difficulties with your energy supply.

Family Health

Oral health – keeping teeth healthy

School Nurse Service – provided by Southern Health NHS Trust and known as Hampshire Healthy Families.  A list of School Nurse Service local contacts is attached at Appendix B.

Family Support Service

Hampshire County Council’s service for families with children aged 0–19 years (or up to 25 for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities).

Change4Life resources from Public Health England – focusing on healthy eating and physical activity for children.

Signposting info in Appendix A.

Housing Advice

The local District Council is responsible for Housing Services and there is helpful information on FISH relating to various housing services.  There are also contact details for support with adapting homes for children with disabilities.

Housing Benefits advice – Citizens Advice.  Applications for Housing Benefit are made to the local District Council.

Mental Health

Community and Mental Health Service for Hampshire

The Kooth mental health app is available for young people aged 11 and above.

Kooth – Home – Kooth

Nutritional Information

Change4Life resources from Public Health England – focusing on healthy eating and physical activity for children.

Home | Change4Life (www.nhs.uk)

Additional Change4Life links are below

Reading and Literacy

Hampshire Libraries www.hants/gov.uk/libraries

Joining the library is free.

Summer Reading Challenge – free activity for children 4-11. Read or listen to 6 books and win a medal and certificate

Other Library offers include storytime and rhymetime sessions, free holiday activity events, Code Clubs, Chatterbooks groups

Libraries have rooms that can be hired for sessions and some will be able to offer facilitated sessions for families to join the library and have a story in branch.

A useful booklist to help children understand difficult situations called ‘When a book might help’ this can be found at When a book might help… – Hampshire Library Service (hampshirelibraries.blog)

Libraries also hold Reading Well collections for adults and young people on topics ranging from mental health to eating disorders and long-term health conditions.

Library resources can be accessed digitally through the Borrow Box app and via their website Digital library | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

40 libraries across Hampshire – see website for opening times  www.hants.gov.uk/library


Warm Hubs

Hampshire County Council is making the most of the county’s library network by offering warm and welcoming spaces for anyone needing a place to spend some time, connect with others, or to work or study.

Welfare Support

Help for households and families from the Household Support Fund

Youth Support

Youth Clubs provide places for you to hang out and socialise with your friends.  Find one near you!