We want to help and support you in anyway we can. We have pulled together a list of useful information and support sites which may be of support to you.

If you would like to see anything else added to this section of the site, or would like any support from Cheshire Buddies, please email info@cheshirebuddies.co.uk.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) OFFICIAL Advice

NHS advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), including what to do if you think you have it and how to reduce your chances of getting it.

Website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Learning Disability Partnership Board

Have updated the Learning Disability Partnership Board Webpages, capturing information about the current COVID 19 crisis which they hope you find useful at this time.

Website: www.cheshireeastlearningdisabilitiesboard.org.uk/Home.aspx

Easy Read Coronavirus Facts

Website: www.keepsafe.org.uk

Home Schooling Activities

Gandeys Circus Recourses

Features a variety of worksheets designed for early years to key stage 2.

Website: www.gandeyscircus.com/schools-resourses

The Maths Factor

Unlock your child’s maths confidence with Carol Vorderman’s maths site for 4-11-year olds.

Website: www.themathsfactor.com


An in-depth look at your children’s educational needs. Packed full of articles on how to help your child.

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Chester Zoo

Explorer the range of resources to help with teaching and learning at home and school.

Website: www.chesterzoo.org/schools/resources

Mental Health Support and Helplines

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Young Minds

We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges.

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk


Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk


Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

Learning Disabilities


Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.mencap.org.uk

Autism Network, Crewe

It is their intention that activities should promote physical and social development, communication and self-motivation in an encouraging, friendly, supportive and fun environment.

Phone: 01270 580444

Website: www.autismnetworks.org.uk


Source of in-depth Autism information and advice.

Website: www.autismeye.com


West Cheshire Foodbank

Our foodbank works using a voucher referral system.

Phone: 0151 355 7730

Website: www.westcheshire.foodbank.org.uk

Mid Cheshire Foodbank

Our foodbank works using a voucher referral system.

Phone: 01606 590992

Website: www.midcheshire.foodbank.org.uk

Trussell Trust

Our network of food banks provides the best possible emergency food to people locked into poverty.

Phone: 01722 580180

Website: www.www.trusselltrust.org

Healthy Living

Wishing Well (Crewe)

Through a dedicated team of volunteers, they deliver community led activities and events designed to promote health, well-being and personal development.

Website: www.www.wishingwellproject.com

Home Life / Family Support

Family Lives

Provides information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life.

Phone: 0808 800 2222

Website: www.familylives.org.uk


Support for women and children with domestic abuse.

Phone: 0808 2000 247

Website: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk


Domestic support helpline for men.

Phone: 0808 8010 327

Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk


Relationship support for everyone.

Phone: 0808 109 3799

Website: www.relate.org.uk


Provides single parents with advice and practical support.

Phone: 0808 802 0925

Website: www.gingerbread.org.uk

Friendship and Support Services

The Silver Line

Is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Phone: 0800 470 8090

Website: www.thesilverline.org.uk

Carers UK

Provide support, understanding and strive for lasting change. Caring can be complicated. We’re here for you with help and advice.

Phone: 020 7378 4999

Website: www.carersuk.org


Advice and support for bullying at school or work.

Phone: 0808 800 2222

Website: www.bullying.co.uk

General Advice and Guidance

SupportLine (Stress)

Provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

Phone: 01708 765200

Website: www.supportline.org.uk

The Eat Well Guide (from the NHS)

Shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

Website: www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide

Citizens Advice Bureau

General advice and support on different areas of life.

Phone: 03444 111 444 (Advice line)

Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Home-Start Cheshire

Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times.

Phone: 01606 606441

Website: www.homestartcheshire.org.uk