North Somerset Signposting Links Summer 2023

Advice Topic Area (A-Z)

Key Organisations

Method of Provision


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


Grief can be overwhelming.

You don’t have to deal with it alone

Call our helpline 0808 808 1677

Childcare Provision

To support parents to understand the different government childcare schemes and how they interact,

Children’s services

Children, young people and families

Citizens Advice

Get free, confidential and independent advice on dealing with 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.

Telephone: 0800 1111

Debt Concern

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

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

Find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales.

Use the ‘Find a job’ service to search and apply for jobs.

This service has replaced Universal Jobmatch.

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

No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. We should aim to be active every day. Some is good – more is better.

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

Signposting info in Appendix A.

Family Support Service

Every family has its ups and downs. Being a parent is hard work and there are no instructions.  Sometimes, you or your children may need extra support. This may be before your children are born, when they are very young, or throughout their school years.

Food poverty

If you’re struggling with not having enough money to buy food, you may be able to get help from a food bank.

Food banks give food parcels to people in exchange for a voucher.

You can get a voucher from your doctor, health visitor, social worker or family support worker

Housing Advice

Advice and information for people who are homeless, threatened with homelessness or who want to join the Council’s Housing Register

Mental Health

We all experience difficult times when we feel like we can’t cope. These incidents can affect your everyday life and prevent you from leading a normal life.

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, excessive worry or low mood, then VitaMinds can help.

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Nutritional Information

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

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Additional Change4Life links are below

Welfare support

The scheme is designed to help if you are unable to meet your short-term needs in a crisis, or where you need help to maintain your independence within the community.

Youth services

Help for young people in North Somerset