Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services & resources - listed under this section L are resources supporting the following subject areas: Law, Leaving Care, LGBTQIAA, Loneliness, and Looked After Children/Young People, Love. 

Click below to find more details.

Child Law Advice
Provide specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents, carers and young people.

Childrens Legal Centre
Children’s Legal Centre, part of the Coram group of charities, specialises in law and policy affecting children and young people.  CLC run the Migrant Childrens Project -mcpadvice@coramclc.org.uk
Email for guidance or support or download the MCP leaflet.

Citizens' Advice
Give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward - whoever they are, and whatever their problem. Their network of charities offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.

LawStuff provides free legal information to children and young people.  Run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which provides more detailed information both over the phone and online.

Rights of Women
- National Family Law Line - 020 7251 6577 for women in England and Wales 
- London Family Law Line - 020 7608 1137 for women who need family law advice.
Rights of Women help provide free confidential advice by women solicitors and barristers.

If you require information or advice regarding any educational issue that is the result of a child’s special educational needs or disability (SEND), please either book an appointment online to speak with one of their volunteers or consult the website which has a wealth of legal advice and resources.

A visual method of supporting or replacing speech, primarily aimed at young children or people with learning difficulties and those who care for them. Access free resources by signing up at their website.

SENDIASS - 0808 8908 3555 (national line)
For Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) issues, you can contact SENDIASS to get impartial and confidential advice, covering educational matters, social care and health entitlements, information and support.
Hounslow Borough Contact:
020 8583 2607 Email SENDIASS@hounslow.gov.uk 





Become  - 0800 023 2033 (10am - 5pm), advice@becomecharity.org.uk, 
The national charity for children in care and leaving care offering help and advice online or over the phone. Fact sheets, information and a dedicated helpline for young people - they say 'We really know our stuff about the care system and what everyone’s rights and entitlements are!'

IMO - 0207 340 7668
A voice for teenagers in care and care leavers.  It is somewhere you can share stories, experiences and achievements, get and give advice, and find loads of great free stuff!  Free podcast, life hacks and more.

NYAS - National Youth Advisory Service - free helpline 0808 808 1001
or help@nyas.net
NYAS champion and support the voices and rights of care experienced children and young people.Provides a wide range of support, advice and information including Helpline.  

A national charity aiming to help people when times get tough including providing financial support to help get people back on track.  Advice and information include a guide to benefits for Care Leavers (follow link above). 

For resources for LGBTQIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning, Intersex, Allies, Asexual) please take a look at sections S - Sexuality and section G for Gender.  You may also wish to download our Gender and Sexuality leaflet.

Download the Switchboard LGBT+ Emotional Wellbeing Guide here.

Anna Freud Centre: LGBTQI+
Mental Health Booklet
This is a a resource to support the
mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex young people.

Mind Out - 18+ (Brighton and Hove)
Mental health support run by and for the LGBTQ community in Brighton and Hove.

Mindline Trans+ 0300 330 5468
A confidential emotional, mental health national support helpline by Mind for people who identify as Transgender, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary.

The MindLine Trans+ provides a safe place to talk about feelings confidentially. They have volunteers with lived experience of Trans+ or are Allies responding to your calls.

Vlogs, Blogs, Projects and Other Resources:

Ellen Jones
Ellen Jones is an award-winning campaigner who speaks and writes on  LGBTQ+ rights, mental health,  autism & gender.   Vlogs available on her website and You Tube channel.

Cherish Tuesdays (over 18s only) - Hounslow Borough
An L
GBTQ community space, with a focus on wellbeing offering a social group for the LGBTQ adult (over 18) community with a wellbeing focus which will be running every Tuesday between 3-4pm at  Hounslow Art Centre. To join, please email catriona.scott@metrocharity.org.uk

Wildmind Project (Hounslow, Kingston & Richmond)
Local support for 11-25 year olds in Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond (UK).  Self refer or via a professional.  The Wild Mind Project is offering a safe, confidential space in nature for you to share your feelings with young people who are also struggling. Nature can help, it really can, and creative activities give you the chance to express yourself without judgment. 
Check out the website to find details of the next programme in your area for you to join.  Typically a 4 or 5 week programme of 2 hour sessions.

Being alone and loneliness are different things.  Sometimes people enjoy having quiet time alone, feeling happy in their own company.  Loneliness however can leave you feeling isolated and alone, even when in a crowd. 

If you need help with loneliness, consider reaching out for help using the links below:

Childline - 0800 1111
24/7 confidential support for young people to age 18 about anything that's worrying you.  Call, chat online or email. 24/7 - read their article about loneliness and isolation here

Mental Health Foundation - 15 Things To Do If You're Feeling Lonely for Young People
Link here to a free, downloadable booklet with 15 tips and ideas for any young person who is feeling lonely.

Link here to information about loneliness by mental health charity Mind.

You Are Not Alone - YANA Project
(For 16-25 year olds in Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Boroughs)
Offering free 1:1 sessions, peer groups, and social activities, the YANA Project aims to help young people, aged 16 – 25 who are feeling isolated and lonely, make new connections in a fun and interactive way.   The service is open to young people in the above boroughs only.
Download their leaflet here.
Watch their video here to find out more.  Interested? Simply self-refer to YANA using this form - link here.

Young Minds
Information about loneliness and how to combat it.

Coram Voice - Advocacy Helpline 0808 800 5792 or Text/Whatsapp 07758 670369
Childrens' rights organisation - if you are in care, leaving care, have a social worker or need one, Coram Voice offer information and advice. 

Love Has No Labels - Ad Council 
Video supporting diversity and inclusion.