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Practical and emotional support for families

This page contains information about services & their current availability.
Opening hours are included wherever possible.

*Services are currently subject to change at very short notice.
You can search for local services online at:

For the latest information/updates about coronavirus:

As You Are or the Family Information Service cannot accept any responsibility for errors or omissions in this factsheet. All information provided is for guidance only and correct to the best of our knowledge at 23rd March 2020.

Children and young people at risk of harm

If a child or young person is in danger or immediate risk of harm, you should always call 999.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Front Door for Families
If you are concerned about the welfare and safety of a child or young person, you can contact the Front Door for Families to discuss your concerns. The service is open Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am – 4.30pm.

Tel: 01273 290400 during office hours.
Outside of office hours, call the Emergency Duty Team on 01273 335905 / 335906.

Children and young people can call Childline, or contact them online to talk to a counsellor about anything they are worried about. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tel: 0800 1111

Young Minds – talking to your child about Coronavirus

Foodbanks and emergency food

Visit for foodbank information.
Always call foodbanks in the first instance if possible, as some are referral only.

Brighton and Hove Food Partnershipwhat you can do to help

*Latest updates*
Referring to a Foodbank

23/3/20 – East Brighton Food Cooperative will be serving a hot lunch delivered daily from the Bristol Estate Community Hall for vulnerable residents on the estate starting on MONDAY 30th MARCH.

The hall has been deep cleaned. The EBFC will also be a community hub able to redistribute parcels and supplies from food banks.

Brighton Foodbank
*Referral needed
City Mission, Calvary Church, Stanley Road, Brighton BN1 4NJ
Existing clients only. No new referrals.
Tel: 01273 695330 email:

Mutual Aid Vegan Foodbank
*No referrals required. Call first if possible, to check whether food is available.
The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JA.
Open Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 Tel: 01273 696104

Purple People Kitchen
Portslade Town Hall, Victoria Road, Portslade BN41 1YF
Open Fridays 12:00-14:00
Tel: 07789 765933 email:

Craven Vale Foodbank
*You can drop-in to this foodbank, however please call first to check if food is available.
The Vale Community Centre, 17a Hadlow Close, Brighton BN2 0FH
Open Fridays 13:00-14:00
Tel: 01273 571573 email:

Hangleton Foodbank
St George’s Church Hall, 13 Court Farm Road, Hove, BN3 7QR
The foodbank is for residents of Hangleton and Knoll and West Blatchington.
Tel: 07990 631892 email:

Whitehawk Foodbank
*Drop-in until 25th March, after which a timeslot collection will be in effect. Clients need to call ahead to book a time. Food orders filled out, as possible.
St Cuthman’s Church, Whitehawk Way, Brighton BN2 5HE
Open Wednesdays 12:00 – 14:00
Tel: 07941 397648 email:

Bevendean Foodbank
*Referral or drop-in with proof of postcode (Lower/Higher Bevendean, Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Meadow View, Lewes Road)
Church Hall, Norwich Drive, BN2 4LA
Open Wednesdays 09:30-12:00
Tel: 07449 464695 email:

Salvation Army Hove

*Home deliveries only at present. Please contact to self-refer and discuss your needs/preferences.
159 Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3HD
Tel: 07954 614838 email:

Shoreham Foodbank
*Referral only
Shoreham Free Church, Buckingham Road, Shoreham by Sea BN43 6WF
Open Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00-12:00
Tel: 07708 384906

Voices in Exile Destitution Service and Foodbank
For refugees, asylum seekers and those who have no recourse to public funds.
36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP
Open Fridays 11:00-13:00
Tel: 01273 328598 email:

Youth Advice Centre (YAC)
Emergency food is available for young people aged 26 and under on an interim basis while waiting for a foodbank referral. Food is limited.
11 St George’s Place, Brighton BN1 4GB
Open Monday-Thursday 15:00-18:00 and Fridays 15:00-17.30
Tel: 01273 624432
Peacehaven House Project
For residents of Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford
Next to Martletts, South Coast Road
Open every day until 15:00
Tel: 01273 582467 email:

Children’s Centre Foodbanks
For families with children aged under 5.
*Please contact your local Children’s Centre to discuss your needs.
- Tarner Children’s Centre : Tel: 01273 296700
Thursdays 09:00 onwards

- Roundabout Children’s Centre: Tel: 01273 290300
Thursdays 09:00 onwards

- Moulsecoomb Children’s Centre: Tel: 01273 294040
Thursdays 12:300 onwards

Parents can also speak to their health visitor or visit the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership website.

Benefits – Coronavirus information and support

If your earnings reduce, you may be able to claim Universal Credit.
Coronavirus and claiming benefits
To claim, go to
Help to claim helpline – 0800 144 8444
Queries about other benefits can be made by calling 0800 169 0310

For further information/advice, visit:
Turn 2 Us – Coronavirus information and support

The Money Advice Service
Coronavirus – what it means for you

Emergency funds

Local Discretionary Social Fund
The fund is designed to provide help in an emergency situation or crisis. Money is not provided; instead vouchers can be given for things like food, gas and electricity and other help needed in an emergency.

When you make a claim, you may be asked to provide bank statements for the last 30 days.
Applications should be made online by going to:
Tel: 01273 293117

Housing / homelessness

Shelter helpline
Call the helpline for urgent housing advice if you have nowhere to sleep, or are facing homelessness. The helpline is normally open all year round from 8am-8pm on weekdays and 9am–5pm at weekends.
Tel: 0808 800 4444.

Brighton and Hove City Council – Housing Options
Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JP
Office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. On Wednesdays, phone lines are open from 1pm to 5pm.
Tel: 01273 294400 email:

Youth Advice Centre (YAC)
11, St Georges Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB
Tel: 01273 624432

Mental Health

Coronavirus and your wellbeing – MIND

Community Roots
Brighton and Hove’s Freephone number, where you can speak to someone about what community services are available to support your mental health and wellbeing.
Tel: 0808 196 1768

Urgent mental health support for adults

The Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) provides support for people who feel at risk to themselves and/or others or if someone feels concerned that a person is at risk to themselves and/or others due to their mental health.
Tel: 0300 304 0078, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Children and Adults – Wellbeing Service
Tel: 0300 002 0060

Tel: 0300 304 0061
If someone is at immediate risk of taking their own life, or harming others or is showing severe psychotic symptoms call 999.

Domestic abuse

If you or your children are at risk of harm, call the police on 999.

The National Domestic Violence helpline
The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tel: 0808 2000 247

Sussex based charity supporting anyone affected by domestic abuse. They offer a helpline service open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
Tel: 01273 622828

Helplines offering support

Samaritans provide help and support to people in a crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tel: 116 123

Family Lives
Talk to Family Support Workers about any family issue, big or small.
The helpline is open from 7.00am – midnight.
Tel: 0800 800 222

Voices in Exile
Currently no drop-in service. Replacement advice line on Tuesdays 13:30-15:30 for refugees, asylum seekers and people with no recourse to public funds.
Tel: 01273 082 105

Cruse Bereavement
Cruse helps those missing someone, whether they died recently or many years ago.
Tel: 0808 808 1677

Rape crisis
Offers confidential help and emotional support to girls and women aged 13+ who have survived any form of sexual violence, no matter how long ago. Open from 12 noon – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm all year round.
Tel: 0808 802 9999

LGBT+ Switchboard
A one stop listening, information and advice service for the LGBT+ community. Open from 10am – 10pm all year round.
Tel: 0300 330 0630

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