Useful links


The aim of Addaction is to help transform the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol problems.  Addaction help the individual recover from their dependency and also offer support to those closest to them.  Addaction work with families and loved ones

Age UK (Cambridgeshire)

Age UK (Cambridgeshire) is an independent organisation.  They are members of the Age England Association which brings together Age UK and its local partners.  As a group they promote the wellbeing of people in later life through national and local campaigns, through influencing the media, by fundraising and through a range of products and services.Services available – Advocacy, Community Wardens, Home Help, Healthy Homes, Safer Homes, Visiting Scheme,  Arts and Minds

Alcohol and drugs

The Home Office is the government department responsible for drug policy and alcohol licensing. On this website you can respond to the latest consultations and download national drug strategies.


Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire (ADeC)

ADeC is an independent company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, with funding from East Cambridgeshire District Council.  ADeC is responsible for the development and delivery of the arts in East Cambridgeshire, offering a wide ranging arts development programme in partnership with professional and amateur arts organisations and providing active support to groups and projects based in the District


Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA)

BPHA is a leading provider of affordable homes throughout central, southern and eastern England.

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS)

CCVS is an independent registered charity, set up by local organisations as an infrastructure and network organisation to help and support community and voluntary groups in Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Fenland.


Cambridge Cyrenians

Cambridge Cyrenians was founded in 1970 to provide accommodation and support to single, homeless, men and women in Cambridge.  They currently provide 71 bedspaces in 11 houses across the City.  As an independent charity they work with other agencies in providing social housing, care and associated services to meet the needs of the user group.


Carers Trust (previously known as Crossroads)

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.  Carers Trust is a new charity which was formed by the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in April 2012.  Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.


Centre 33

Centre 33 exists to help every young person in Cambridgeshire fulfil their potential. They support and empower young people to overcome their problems through a range of free and confidential services.  Centre 33 is for young people in Cambridgeshire up to the age of 25 to find information, advice or support. Issues can including housing, sexual health, family problems, bullying.

The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.  They provide expert rehabilitation, education, therapy and care at a specialist centre in Tadworth, supporting children and families from across the UK. They also offer services in communities around the country and online support for parents.


Choices Counselling

Choices offer a confidential counselling service in Cambridge (UK) and surrounding areas for those whose lives are affected by child sexual abuse.


The English Indices of Deprivation 2010 – National data

Home Office (HO)

The website provides information concerning safety matters. This includes information regarding crime and victims, security, passports and immigration, anti-social behaviour, drugs, communities, equality and diversity, police, justice and science/statistics.

Keep Your Head


Keep Your Head is a local children and young people’s mental health website that signposts people to reliable sources of mental health information.  The site is designed for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals.



Lifecraft is a self-help user-led organisation for adults who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives.  They offer a range of activities such as art, music, singing, meditation, and a Women’s group which help their users in their recovery.  Alongside these groups, they have IT facilities, an evening social club running 4 days a week, counselling and a telephone helpline that runs 365 days a year. Campaigning is also a big part of Lifecraft as well as addressing the anti–stigma agenda they also have a unique radio programme called Making Mental Notes which allows them to promote mental health issues


Making Space

Making Space has been working in healthcare, support and enablement services – originally supporting people affected by mental health conditions.  More recently the organisation has resolved to use all of the experience it has gained to extend its service to any group of people who are in need of care and support, including physical and/or mental health conditions and people with learning disabilities and dementia and their carers.

Employees and volunteers work for Making Space to provide the most appropriate care, support and enablement services which promote the wellbeing of people affected by physical and/or mental ill health, dementia and/or learning disabilities. These include family intervention services, rehabilitative employment and education services, supported housing, (Floating and Domiciliary support) care homes, residential accommodation, clinical services (includes Independent Hospitals), computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (CCBT) and extra care services.  Information, Advice and Guidance in workshops and training sessions are all part of the service offer made available to people’s carers.


Mind ( Working across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire)

Mind is a charity that supports local people in their recovery from mental health issues, promotes wellbeing and campaigns against stigma and discrimination.  Mind is also committed to tackling stigma and raising awareness of the need for everyone to look after their mental wellbeing.  If you are an employer, organisation or individual looking to improve your own wellbeing, or that of your employees, Mind can help.


Ormiston Children and Families Trust  (OCFT)

Ormiston Children and Families Trust (OCFT) is a charitable company limited by guarantee that delivers more than 30 children-and-family-related projects in East Anglia.  OCFT’s vision is of a society where every child and young person feels valued, safe and free from prejudice, isolation and stigma.  It has four main strategic areas of expertise: community services for isolated and vulnerable children, young people and families; children and families affected by imprisonment; emotional wellbeing of children and young people; Gypsy and Traveller communities.


Papworth Trust

Papworth Trust is a leading disability charity where over 20,000 people are supported each year through a wide range of services.

Care – support workers help people to live independently in their own home. They can provide personal care from just a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.
Home – provide support and advice to adapt, improve or repair your home.
Leisure – have fun, meet new people and learn new skills.  Attend one of their centres, youth clubs or summer workshops.  Training cafes available and they can offer accessible holidays.

Work – can help to find and keep a job and a Rehabilitation service for people who have had a life changing injury.  Training courses and work based training offered.

Services – information and advice for disabled people and carers.


Pinpoint is an independent information, support and parental involvement network run for parents by parents in Cambridgeshire. Pinpoint was set up in 2007 in response to parents’ requests for: an independent source of information they could trust; help for parent support groups; chances to get involved in making decisions about services

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The largest voluntary sector provider of mental health services with over 200 services in England.  Founded 40 years ago through voluntary groups for people affected by mental illness.  A range of services are provided nationally, including advocacy, carer support, crisis services and more.


Richmond Fellowship

The Richard Fellowship can provide support services for people with mental health problems.  They offer a wide range of housing, care, employment and community support services.  All the services are flexible, responsive and innovative, adapting to the needs and choices expressed by the people who use them. They aim to encourage each individual’s sense of security, purpose and fulfilment, and develop the skills necessary to manage their mental health problems.  The different types of services offered are: 24 hour supported housing; supporting housing services; care homes with nursing; registered care homes, community based services; floating/visiting support services; employment services; retain job retention services and individual packages of self-directed support.


The Phoenix Centre

The Phoenix Centre is an NHS specialist eating disorders inpatient unit based in Cambridge. This centre offers the assessment and treatment of adolescents (12-17 inclusive) presenting with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or mixed eating disorder symptoms (eating disorder not otherwise specified).  A variety of evidence-based interventions is provided which is tailored to the needs of the young people and their families.

The Phoenix Centre is a single storey, self-contained ward with 14 beds and 2 daypatient places, the latter available for local patients who can travel to the centre for treatment each day. It is situated about 5 miles south of Cambridge city centre in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.

The SUN Network

The SUN Network exists to support involvement of people who use mental health services in the planning, design and evaluation of those services within Cambridgeshire.  This is achieved by running local workshops where you can come and meet with the Commissioners of Mental Health Services from the NHS and County Council. Training is also offered to help people attending the meetings where decisions and discussion about shaping future services take place.  The SUN Network have trained and supported people with the lived experience of mental health issues to sit on recruitment panels for recruiting new staff to work in the mental health field.

People are involved in tender panels, where organisations are awarded contracts to deliver services.  In that process a panel of people with lived experience helped make those decisions.  Consultations and evaluations have also been run about different services in Cambridgeshire, to help inform how those services should be run in the future.

The SUN network created the crisis card.  This card was designed by people who use mental health services, and has been fully endorsed by the commissioners, who have funded its production.



The YMCA is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world.  The YMCA believes that all young people deserve to have a safe place to live and the opportunity to reach their full potential. The YMCA’s vision is of an inclusive Christian Movement, transforming communities so that all young people truly belong, contribute and thrive.

  • YMCAs have a national voice, by speaking with government, key policy makers and national media.  As a representative body, the YMCA is able to advocate the needs of the most vulnerable young people in England.
  • YMCAs are supported by promoting high standards of working, sharing best practice, fundraising, partnering with them to pilot new projects, and providing training opportunities for their staff and volunteers.


Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.  Driven by their experiences, Young Minds campaign, research and influence policy and practice.  They also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through a Parents’ Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.