Eight Free Services For Bristolians Who Need Help


Nickii, Kia and Charlotte share a list of services in Bristol that are free and can get you help. Help doesn’t need to cost money.

If you’re dealing with a range of issues like a violent relationship, eating disorder or alcohol or drug misuse, you may be thinking that getting help, advice or finding a service must cost loads of money. Actually, in Bristol, you can find free services and projects designed to help people improve their well-being.

Drugs And Alcohol Abuse Advice


Bristol Mind provides a range of drug and alcohol treatment and support services in Bristol and North Somerset. They even have a helpline number: 0117 930 0282.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other so that they can recover from alcohol abuse. Their helpline number is: 0117 926 5520. Find a meeting near you

Bristol Drugs Project is an independent agency delivering accessible confidential information, advices and services to people misusing drugs and alcohol.

Eating Disorders


BEAT is a helpline offering information and support for people with eating disorders, in particular people suffering from anorexia and bulimia. The helpline number is 0345 634 1414. Check out their website

Over-Eaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who are suffering or recovering from compulsive over-eating disorder. This support is provided through group meetings and experience-sharing. Go to their website

Domestic Violence


Women’s Aid is a women’s support group providing support and advice to women and families suffering from domestic abuse. There is a free 24-hour national helpline: 0808 2000 247. Also head here

Woman Kind provides women in the Bristol area with free and/or affordable professional counselling, psychotherapy and ongoing support. Go to their website

Refuge offers advice and support for women and families, providing safe emergency accommodation if needed. There’s a free 24-hour national helpline: 0808 2000 247. There’s also heaps of advice here

Check out Cashpointers, a finance and money management service for young people in social housing

This article was made possible with funding from Cashpointers.

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