Member Showcase: June 2015


This next Membership Showcase sees us welcome local, national and international members. Reaching out for help and support can be a big step for someone and helplines are often the first port of call. Hearing an understanding and empathetic voice begins a process, can bring about change – it might be the first step on a long journey. Helplines are an essential and effective way of supporting people in need, whether they are themselves needing help or they are concerned family or friends. Read and share our blog to celebrate and acknowledge the role helplines play - #helplinesarehere

 Age UK

Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Age UK provide services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people. Throughout a network of more than 170 local Age UKs more than 5 million people are helped every year. Age UK provide a variety of support via advice guides and an information line as well as tailored services to meet the needs of people in later life. Alongside training and volunteering opportunities they run external campaigns to raise awareness of the difficult situations faced by many older people.

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 Anorexia and Bulimia Care

Anorexia and Bulimia Care are a national UK eating disorders organisation providing on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders and their families. The support offered includes a national telephone helpline, befriending service and nutritional support. ABC also provides training in eating disorders and related self-harm for professionals and produces a range of self-help publications.

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 Irish Society for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease

The Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (ISCC) is a patient support group for people who are living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD). The ISCC offer telephone support, information leaflets and organise meetings and events around the country. They also provide support to family and friends of people with IBD as well as a special support group for younger sufferers living with IBD. ISCC also lobby on behalf of people with IBD for improved services and greater awareness.

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 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Guildford

Established in 1992, RASASC aims to support all male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Surrey and the surrounding areas through providing advice, emotional support and a listening ear. RASASC support people who have been raped or sexually abused of any age and gender and whether the abuse is recent or historic. Support also extends to partners, family members, friends and professionals. Further help includes counselling, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor - ISVA, advice and guidance leaflets.

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 Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA)

TAYOA operates the National Health (Afya) AIDS Helpline (117), providing anonymous and confidential information, behaviour counselling and referral services. The helpline employs 8 full time operators/counsellors and 54 part time medical doctors and social workers to provide information to callers on HIV/AIDS, TB, STIs and PMTCT in both English and Swahili. The Helpline also has a comprehensive database with wide ranging information on HIV/AIDS topics including: voluntary counselling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), sexually transmitted infections, relationship guidance, gender-based violence, behaviour change and treatment opportunities. Since 2008 the helpline has received 1,800,000 calls, amongst the callers, 56% had tested for HIV and 78% were aged between 14-24 years of age.

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