Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services & resources - listed under this section T, U and V are resources supporting the following subject areas: Terrorism, Tics & Tourettes, Trafficking, Trauma, Vaccinations, Visual Impairment and Volunteering. Click below to find more details.
What is terrorism?
Terrorism is legally defined as 'an action that endangers or causes serious violence to a person/people, causes serious damage to property or seriously interferes or disrupts an electronic system.... the use of threat must be designed to influence the government or intimidate the public and is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause'... (source - Terrorism Act 2000.
It is often linked to extremist activity which is 'vocal or active opposition to fundamental (British) values' - (source Prevent Strategy 2011).
Radicalisation is a gradual process over time 'by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism' (source Prevent Strategy 2011). Radicalisation typically involves adopting an extreme world view, one that is rejected by mainstream society and that sees the use of violence as a way to trigger change.
What to do if you suspect terrorist threat?
All members of the public are advised to be alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to:
The Anti-Terrorist Hotline
0800 789 321.
Support for those with this inherited neurological condition, the key features of which are tics, involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements.
Provide care, protection and support to trafficked people in the UK and internationally who have been exploited through many forms including forced labour and criminality, sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude.
Modern Slavery & Trafficking Leaflet - available in 11 languages
Government leaflet to support those affected by modern slavery/trafficking.
Unseen - 08000 121 700 (support available in 200 languages)
Unseen is a UK charity providing safehouses and support in the community for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery. They also run the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline (number above) and work with individuals, communities, business, governments, other charities and statutory agencies to stamp out slavery for good.
See also Racial Trauma under Directory.
Qi Gong for Anxiety, Trauma Release and Recovery Video
Easy to follow exercise support video with Qi Gong practitioner Rosemary Biraghi.
- How Trauma Can Affect You
Illustrated information for children and young people. It describes and normalises common reactions to traumatic events, including feeling scared, having unwanted memories, or having nightmares and sleeping badly.
Symptoms experienced post-trauma can be physically and emotionally powerful, and can feel especially disturbing if the person doesn’t know why they are occurring. This resource can help children and adolescents to understand that they are experiencing normal reactions to powerful events. It can also be used to help wider family and other people to understand how young people might be feeling.
- Reactions to Trauma (18+ resource)
Information for adults which describes symptoms which commonly follow trauma – including re-experiencing symptoms, hyperarousal, and avoidance. It also gives helpful pointers about what to do to help someone who has experienced trauma.
UK charity raising awareness of PTSD.
RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims in the UK who provide information and support services to people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes.
Royal College of Psychiatrists' Trauma leaflet
- English language information - click here.
- Ukrainian translation - click here.
ABTA - Staying Safe on Holiday - Advice for Young Travellers
ABTA’s tips and advice to help you have a fun and safe holiday.
British Transport Police text 61016
The BTP Text Service 61016 (or call 0800 40 50 40) is available when you want to contact them directly and discretely about an issue or crime on the transport network which doesn't require an emergency response. Simply text BTP on 61016 to let BTP know what happened, where it happened and when.
You can report any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable or report if you witness an incident, such as:
• Rubbing against someone
• Someone exposing themselves
• Taking photos of a sexual nature without consent
• Sexual comments
• Indecent acts
You don't have to prove that it was a criminal offence or an intentional act in order to report it; BTP will investigate.
Always dial 999 when you need an urgent police response, in instances such as:
• A crime is happening right now
• Someone suspected of a crime is nearby
• Someone is injured, being threatened or in danger
If your enquiry concerns buses or roads, you can contact local police anywhere in the country by dialling 101.
FCDO Travel Aware
Links and top tips on topics that you might need when planning your trip and while you’re away.
Includes link and country directory to find help abroad in an emergency situation whilst travelling such as losing your passport, being arrested or if you have been involved in an accident.
Worldwide help and serviceswhen you’re abroad and need help in an emergency, for example, if you’ve lost your passport, been arrested or involved in an accident.
FCDO Travel Advice Updates:
You can keep up to date before and while you’re away by subscribing to the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) free email alert service, which will notify you of any travel advice updates for the countries you are visiting.
You can also keep up to date on travel advice by folllowing FCDO on:
- Twitter @FCDOtravelGovUK
- Facebook @FCDOTravel
- Instagram @travelaware
Safer Travel - Caroline's Rainbow Foundation
Charity promoting safer travel offering advice, information and training.
Watch their video for travellers called 'What is personal safety' using this link.
Listen to their Safer Travel podcast on You Tube here.
You Gov: Guide to Gap Years, Volunteering Overseas and Adventure Holidays Advice
Information on how to stay safe and healthy during your travel overseas.
You Gov: Advice for Women Travelling Abroad
Travel and safety advice for women travelling and living abroad including links to other organisations.
Discounted Travel Cards for Young People:
NHS - Vaccination
This NHS guide can help you understand the vaccines offered in the UK and when to have them. It also explains how they work, about their safety and why they're important.
HPV vaccination is available for 12-13 year olds as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is the name for a common group of viruses.
The HPV vaccine will help stop you from getting certain types of HPV infections which can cause diseases, like certain HPV cancers. Find out the facts here by downloading this information leaflet:
Supports people of any age, living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education. They provide specialist advice services, free information resources and help to build a more accessible digital world.
The Colour Blind Awareness organisation has been founded to raise awareness of colour blindness (colour vision deficiency) and aims to be the first point of reference in the UK for people seeking information on colour blindness.
The organisation provides support for colour blind people, especially colour blind children and their families and teachers.
Look aims to support young visually impaired people and their families to thrive. They do this through mentoring, transformational events, youth forums and parent support groups. They can also link to other charities and organisations who can help you access the support you need.
If you’re aged 11-29 and at school, university/college or looking for work, they have a mentor ready to help you achieve your potential. Sign up to be matched to a mentor, and start chatting about anything relating to your visual impairment.
RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) 0203 123 9999
One of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially-sighted people. Advice and support around sight loss.
RSBC (Royal Society for Blind Children)
The Royal Society for Blind Children offers a range of services including emotional support and practical advice for families, opportunities for children and young people to build confidence and skills through activities, and a specialist further education college.
Sight Advice FAQ
The Sight Advice FAQ answers questions about living with sight loss, eye health or being newly diagnosed with a sight condition. This includes those who are supporting people through their sight loss journey, including parents, partners, carers and friends.
Sightline Directory (RNIB)
The RNIB's directory for services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people.
VICTA is a national charity that provides support to children and young adults from 0 to 29 who are blind or partially-sighted and their families. VICTA believes that everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. VICTA’s support, advice, grants and activities for different age groups enable young people and their families to build skills, develop confidence and help each other toward a more positive future.
Web Accessibility Initiative
Information about internet accessibility including resources and step-by-step guides, to help you customize your particular web browser and computer setup.
Offer a Volunteer post search facility for volunteering opportunities.