If you need help and support, Community CVS can connect you to volunteers and groups in your community that can help with various life issues. Please contact steve.foden@communitycvs.org.uk , call in to the Boulevard Centre  or ring us on 01254 583957 if you would like help in finding some community support.

Below there are a few useful phone numbers and website links relating to different life issues as a starting point….

Your Support Your Choice

We recommend the Your Support Your Choice Service (run by Care Network on behalf of the borough council) for information on any issue. ‘Your Support, Your Choice’ have a centre on 9a Town Hall St, ( opposite the central library)which provides free information about what support is available to you. You can call in and see them (no appointment necessary), email at: info@ysyc.co.uk or call  (01254) 292620.  The service puts people in touch with organisations, projects, activities and initiatives available in the community and offers free information and guidance on:

  • Staying independent
  • Home safety and maintenance
  • Self-directed support and peer support
  • Positive mental health and stress management
  • What’s on in your community
  • Health and social care guidance
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Support for people with a disability
  • Support for people with long term health conditions
  • Employment support and job clubs

Read more about Your Support Your Choice

Golden Trust UK Online Wellbeing Directory

The Golden Trust is developing a new directory of services to link adults to the right support in the community, including crisis contacts, services to support individuals, and connecting people to social inclusion activities that help improve wellbeing, social connections and help overcome any vulnerabilities.

Drug and Alcohol support

  • Inspire: Adult: 01254 495014
  • Inspire: Young Person: 01254 495052

Hospital Alcohol Liaison Service (HALs)

This service is for patients being treated at hospital for any reason who have problems with alcohol, Tel: 01254 263555  (Please note this is not a drop in service)

Recovery Access Points (RAP)

Fast 4wd: Community CVS Boulevard Centre, Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 1EZ

(Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm) – Tel: 01254 583957


Under 25’s Recovery Access Point

Everybody Centre

Tel: 01254 617300, Barbara Castle Way, Health Centre, Simmons Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AX -Mon & Fri 1pm – 5pm

Breakfast Club

Platform 5, Nightsafe   Sat 10.15am – 11.45am, Rear of Boulevard Centre,

45 Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 1EZ

THOMAS drop in

Tel 01254 660861 St Anne House, France Street, Blackburn, BB2 1LX –

Fri 11am – 2pm 

Housing/ Homeless Support

Emergency Homeless

out of hours and weekends Tel: 07739 454978

Housing Needs

8am – 5pm Mon to Fri Tel: 01254 585444

The Foyer

for young homeless people aged 16 – 24 Tel: 01254 222030, 1a Princes Street, Blackburn


for young homeless people aged 16 -24 Tel: 01254 503067, Rear of Boulevard Centre,

45 Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 1EZ


0808 800 4444-Shelter’s helpline is open 8am–8pm on weekdays and 8am–5pm on weekends, 365 days a year.

Breakfast Club

Platform 5, Nightsafe   Sat 10.15am – 11.45am, Rear of Boulevard Centre,

45 Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 1EZ

THOMAS drop in

Tel 01254 660861 St Anne House, France Street, Blackburn, BB2 1LX – Fri 11am – 2pm

Asylum & Refugee information

Tel: 01254 585730

Asylum and Refugee Project

ARC – Tel; 01254 690282

Welfare Support

Job Centre Plus

  • Blackburn with Darwen Tel: 0345 604 3719
  • Benefits Advice/ Claims, Tel: 01254 585585


Tel: 0808 808 4000

Asylum & Refugee information:

Tel: 01254 585730

Asylum and Refugee Project

ARC – Tel; 01254 690282

Advice for All:

(citizens advice services), Tel: 01254 587979/ 0344 488 9622

Blackburn with Darwen Citizens Advice Bureau:

03444 889 622 Blackburn with Darwen CAB offers a phone first services Monday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00

Children, Families and Adult Social Care

Your Support, Your Choice:

Independent living help/ advice,

Tel: 01254 292620

Adults & Children’s Social Care:

Tel: 01254 587547


Tel: 0800 1111

Wish Centre:

women’s self-help centre Tel: 01254 260465/ 55111

Age UK Blackburn:

services/ help/ advice for over 50s, Tel: 01254 266620 or the Darwen service, Tel: 01254 773440

Carers Service:

Tel: 01254 688440

Blackburn Central Library

Tel: 01254 661221

Asylum & Refugee information:

Tel: 01254 585730

Asylum seekers and Refugee support

ARC – Tel; 01254 690282

Lancashire Women’s Centre

Tel: 01254 583032

VOICE Family Breakfast Club

Every Sunday 10 am, Platform 5, Nightsafe (to the rear of the Boulevard Centre), 45 Railway Rd, Blackburn BB1 1EZ.

Crime, Victim Support


Tel: 01254 51212

Victim Support

free helpline; 08 08 16 89 111.

Probation Service

Tel: 01254 265221

National DV Helpline

0808 2000 247 free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline 

Well-being & Mental Health

Darwen Resource Centre: (mental health)

Tel: 01254 226360

Mind Care:

Tel: 01254 226037

Women’s Centre: (mental health support)

Tel: 01254 583032

Mental Health: crisis team

Tel: 01254 226074

Meam: – Making every adult matter

Tel: 01254 244716

Mental Health Helpline

0300 222 5931 – Free from mobiles and landlines we are open Monday to Friday 7pm – 11pm Saturday & Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight

MIND National Helpline

0300 123 3393-Our lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday-except for bank holidays

National DV Helpline

0808 2000 247 free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline

Healthy Living

Tel: 01254 708080

The Well-being Service

Tel; 682037

The Samaritans

Tel: 01254 116123


is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal. Suicide awareness

Tel: 0800 068 41 41

Suicide Safer Blackburn volunteer

Tel: 0800 978 8178


Tel 0800 068 4141, a confidential helpline, staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgmental support, practical advice and information to Young people under the age of 35 feeling suicidal Anyone concerned that a young person they know may be at risk of suicide

Weekdays: 10am -10pm Weekends & Bank Holidays: 2pm- 5pm

Mutual Aid and Community Support

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: 0845 769 7555 or 01254 583957

Al-Anon Anonymous

(support and understanding to the families and (friends of problem drinkers) Tel: 0207 4030 888

Narcotics Anonymous

Tel: 0300 999 1212 or 01254 583957

Cocaine Anonymous

Tel: 0300 111 2285 or 0800 612 0225(free from UK landlines)

Gamblers Anonymous

Blackburn area meetings Tel: 07974668999

VOICE(substance misuse service users group)

Tel: 01254 583957

CASH: (carer support for families and friends affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol problem)

Tel: 01254 688440

Carers Service

Tel: 01254 688440

Families Anonymous

Tel: 0845 1200660

Education, Skills

Community Learning Programme

Tel; 01254 507720

Careers Service  ( advice on training, and employment support)

Tel; 01254 588891

Blackburn College: (course information/ advice)

Tel: 01254 292929

Training 2000

Tel: 01254 54659

Bootstrap: supported employment service

Tel: 01254 680367

St Mary’s College: course information/ advice

Tel: 01254 580464

Accrington and Rossendale College

Tel: 01254 389933 

Useful links

Your Support Your Choice website for adult social care

Mental health

Safer suicide

Drug and Alcohol

Carers support


Big White Wall

A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.

Health and wellbeing services and activities

KnowYourDNA – tips on maintaining a healthy heart

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