BHT Brighton Advice Centre offers information and legal representation on housing, accommodation and immigration issues to people who are eligible for Legal Aid. (You can find contact the Advice Centre to find out if you are eligible, or use the online eligibility calculator here: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid)
They offer four services:
Specialist Housing Advice
This service provides advice on housing problems that meet certain criteria. You can find out more about this on the website. Specialist housing e-mail: email@example.com
Court Duty Scheme
The Court Duty Scheme offers last-minute emergency advice for people facing eviction who have a court hearing
Webcam Advice Service
This service offers specialist advice on housing and benefits issues over the internet, for example by using Skype (a webcam program).
The Immigration Legal Service
The ILS provides advice and representation on some matters relating to immigration (eligibility criteria apply). You can find more details on the website.Find out more »
Inquest is a national charity providing free advice to people bereaved by a death in custody (police, prison, immigration detention and death of detained patients). Provides a specialist free, confidential and independent service. They can provide specialist casework including, advice and support regarding any aspect of the inquest process, help finding suitable legal representation, exploring funding options to meet legal costs, representation at key meetings.Find out more »
National organisation which acts as a voice for female survivors of sexual violence and abuse by providing referrals, support to local groups, advice and information, a newsletter, research into sexual violence, training and campaigningFind out more »
Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. Over 40 years ago, one man bravely spoke about his family’s experiences of mental illness in a letter to the Times and in the process brought together hundreds to talk about their experiences of mental illness and support each other. Today they directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.
The Rethink Mental Health Advice and Information phone-line offers advice and information on issues such as:
- Different types of therapy and medication
- Police, courts and prison
- Your rights under the Mental Health Act and other laws
They also have searchable information available on their website, including printable factsheets, accredited by the Information Standard.
They do not provide emergency help.Find out more »
Advice and support for victims of anti-social behaviour, racism, homophobia, transphobia and domestic violence.Find out more »
Samaritans provide confidential emotional support to anyone who is suicidal or despairing, but you can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue, you don’t have to be suicidal. Their website includes a number of videos of people and how they’ve been helped by the Samaritans and gives more information about what you can expect when you call.Find out more »
They provide a helpline for immediate support, or you can contact them by e-mail or post, or visit them at your local branch. If you wish to write to them, please use this address (the address shown further down is for the local branch):
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA
Brighton, Hove and District Branch Samaritans also train listeners in Lewes prison to support other prisoners who are in emotional distress, and visit on Monday evenings and Wednesdays to provide support.
SAMM supports people bereaved by murder and manslaughter. Services include a national helpline, online forum and advocacy.Find out more »
Survivors’ Network runs various projects for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, some of which are for self-identifying women only; helpline, groupwork and a drop-in for girls and women aged 14+ years old.
They also offer a rape crisis service in Brighton and Hove, supporting individuals who have experienced rape or sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, ritual/organized abuse, unwanted sexual experiences.
Please note that some of their services are available for people of other genders – counselling open to young people (14-18 years old) and advocacy for people of all ages and genders.
Counselling costs:Find out more »
Clients are requested to donate whatever they can afford. If you can’t afford anything then discuss this with the service and you may still be able to access counselling. Free to those under 18.
Local Police Service offers a range of services to those living in Sussex. Their website includes an advice section on Support for Victims, Protecting yourself and others, Protecting your neighbourhood, Support for witnesses, Protecting your home and belongings and Protecting your business.Find out more »
Victim Support give emotional and practical help to people who have been affected by crime in Sussex. They are an independent charity and you can contact them for support regardless of whether you’ve contacted the police, and no matter how long ago the crime took place. Theyh will help you for as long as it takes to overcome the impact of crime.
If you call your local Victim Support team, they’ll make sure you get the information and support you need. This might be arranging a meeting for you to talk to one of their workers to receive emotional support in confidence, helping you to fill out a compensation form or get advice on how to make your home more secure, or referring you to other specialist organisations that can also help.
Victim Support are a national organisation, with dedicated teams working at different local locations across the UK including Sussex.Find out more »