Families & Relationships

Direction for Bedfordshire can offer practical and emotional support to you as a family member or friend of an offender.

We are here to help by offering the advice you need; whether it be about family group conferencing, rehabilitation courses, information about housing and social care, or helping you develop and strengthen relationships which can play a critical role in reducing re-offending.

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Fearless

Fearless

Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime - 100% anonymously.

Areas of Operation:
National

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#livesb4knives

#livesb4knives

01582 664433
office@sthughs.org.uk

#livesb4knives is an anonymous support group aimed at those affected by knife crime or serious youth violence.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Bedford Women’s Centre

Bedford Women’s Centre

01234 316801
admin@bedfordwomenscentre.org.uk

Bedford Womens Centre is based in the Raleigh Centre which is in the Cauldwell ward of Bedford on Ampthill Road. Our aim is to support women in the community to improve the quality of life for them and their families. We offer one to one support and mentoring, weekly workshops, training courses and support groups for women to promote healthy relationships and eradicate Domestic Abuse.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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Bedfordshire Family Law Clinic

Bedfordshire Family Law Clinic

07754323185
gdbedfordshireflc@gmail.com

Pro-Bono family law clinic for clients living within or around Bedfordshire offering free initial advice for 30 minutes by telephone with family solicitor Gita Duggal. There will be advice on all family law matter including: Divorce and Separation, Financial matter arising out of Divorce/Separation, Child Matters, and Domestic Violence. Opening times: Wednesday 11am-3pm & Friday 12pm-3pm

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

Change Ur Life

Change Ur Life

07495825762

Change Ur Life is a domestic abuse charity in Bedfordshire, offering a comprehensive outreach service to support victims of all genders over the age of sixteen.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Click

Click

Our relationships affect every aspect of our lives. To learn how to make yours work better, create a free account – share questions and stories with the community, try fun and helpful activities, or get private support from a Click listener.

Areas of Operation:
National

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FACES Bedford

FACES Bedford

01234 270601
admin@facesbedford.org

FACES has a range of innovative services designed in direct response to our service user 'families' emerging needs - to our knowledge we are one of a kind. FACES support services are free and confidential.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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Families First Bedfordshire

Families First Bedfordshire

01234 341977
admin@familiesfirstbedfordshire.org.uk

Families First Bedfordshire has a strong ethos and a long history of family support. Families have always come first and are at the heart of our organisation. Families first provide programmes of support for parents and families for a variety of issues, and one to one and group based therapy for children who have experienced domestic violence, substance misuse or mental health issues within their home.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Fatherhood Community Solutions

Fatherhood Community Solutions

07880862858
Fatherhoodsolutions@gmail.com

Are you a father looking to have contact with your child(ren)? If so, Fatherhood’s aim is to offer you an opportunity to meet and talk about your needs as a father. You can meet with an experienced professional who can help you make practical decisions, with a focus on what’s best for your child(ren). We can help you reach agreement or mediate issues with your child’s other parent, share information about your child’s well-being (where appropriate), and help you keep in contact with your child. If you think our service could help you, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. We also work in partnership with local agencies and other appropriate organisations.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Flying Start

Flying Start

01582 548356
Flyingstart@luton.gov.uk

Flying Start seeks to provide the best outcomes for children and their families from pregnancy to their 5th birthday, as a foundation to a healthy future. Flying Start ensures that all young children in Luton have a Flying Start in life, by intervening early when help and support is needed.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Galop

Galop

0800 999 5428
help@galop.org.uk

Welcome to Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity. If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Home-Start

Home-Start Central Bedfordshire helps disadvantaged children including children with disabilities and families suffering from physical and mental ill health, bereavement and domestic abuse.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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LGBT Links Luton

LGBT Links Luton

LGBT Links Luton is here to offer advice, support & guidance to anyone from the LGBT community friends and family, throughout Luton and surrounding areas. We seek to promote living a healthy happy, active life and reduce isolation and stigma which can be experienced by people in the LGBT community.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Mindfulness Support Service

Mindfulness Support Service

01438 960040
info@mindfulnesssupportservice.org

We offer specialist, tailor made and evidence based courses that incorporate mindfulness, meditation and reflection to support children and adults affected by domestic abuse. This includes victim's and their children, perpetrators, and youths who are at risk of perpetrating abusive behaviour.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Offenders’ Families

Offenders’ Families

0808 808 2003
info@prisonersfamilies.org

The National Offenders’ Families Helpline can support you if a family member is in contact with the criminal justice system. We provide advice and information on all aspects from what happens on arrest, visiting a prison to preparing for release. We support families in England and Wales.

Areas of Operation:
National

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One Plus One

One Plus One

07553 145 460
info@oneplusone.org.uk

Our mission is to strengthen relationships for couples, families, communities and workplaces using evidence based training and digital resources. Relationship skills can be learned at any time of life and we work with individuals, couples and families of all shapes and sizes – together, apart or otherwise.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Ormiston Families

Ormiston Families

01473 724517
enquiries@ormistonfamilies.org.uk

As well as helping children and young people cope with the trauma of offending behaviour or imprisonment in the family, there is significant evidence that offenders who are able to maintain positive family ties are less likely to re-offend and that the cycle of offending within families is more likely to be broken. Ormiston Families particularly work with children, and communities affected by people who are in prison and promote early mental health intervention. Ormiston Families are also based at HMP Bedford providing support, advice and a personal welcome to help visitors access available services.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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PACT

PACT

0808 808 2003
info@prisonadvice.org.uk

The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. PACT runs the national Prisoners' Families helpline. The PACT website has a host of information and services that may assist families affected by a loved one being in prison.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Path To Recovery- P2R

Path To Recovery- P2R

0333 332 4019
elt-tr.p2rbedford@nhs.net

Path to Recovery is a specialist addictions service providing advice, treatment and support to people, age 18 and over, whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use. We provide an integrated service with a range of expertise available in one place. P2R provide services across the whole of Bedfordshire with two main sites: Bedford and Dunstable. Both professional and self-referrals can be made via telephone or online. They also offer a friends and family support group via Teams on Tuesdays 5-6pm (please contact for the meeting link), and one to one support.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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Prison Reform Trust

The Prison Reform Trust is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. Their website has a host of information about the prison system, both for prisoners and for their families, and is a useful resource.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Prisoners Abroad

Prisoners Abroad

0808 172 0098
info@prisonersabroad.org.uk

Prisoners Abroad not only help those that are imprisoned in other countries including their families, but also those who return to the UK having been released. The Resettlement Service provides a range of advice and support once people have been returned to the UK, helping with access to accommodation, access to benefits as well as many other things that you will need to consider when returning from a period abroad.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Relate

Relate

0300 100 1234
enquiries@relate.org.uk

We’re the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and last year we helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. There are local services in Luton and across Bedfordshire, please visit the website to find local contact details.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Respect

Respect

0808 802 4040

Respect provide advice and support for perpetrators of domestic violence, male victims of domestic violence and young people using violence and abuse in close relationships.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Signpost

The Signpost Hub provides first class support and care to victims of crime. It is a one-stop-shop for everything a victim of crime needs to know, offering practical and emotional support and referrals to specialist support, as well as restorative justice. Whether it is you, a partner, friend, relative or colleague who has been the subject of a crime, Signpost to Support Bedfordshire is the way for you to find the help that meets your specific needs. The Signpost Hub offers free and confidential support to anyone affected by crime whether it has been reported to the police or not.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Stronger Families Luton

Stronger Families Luton

01582 548231
strongerfamiliesteam@luton.gov.uk

Stronger Families is the Luton programme for the National Troubled Families initiative. Through a Family Partner, it is a gateway to a range of additional support tailored to the needs of the family. The aim of the programme is to help families achieve significant and sustained progress in overcoming their difficulties.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Supported Families Central

Supported Families Central

0300 300 8585

Supporting Families is the Central Bedfordshire programme for the National Troubled Families initiative. Through a Family Partner, it is a gateway to a range of additional support tailored to the needs of the family. The aim of the programme is to help families achieve significant and sustained progress in overcoming their difficulties.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project

01234 341977
bridgeproject@ecpbedford.org

The BRIDGE Project works with perpetrators of domestic abuse who demonstrate a willingness to change their behaviours. We aim to reduce and prevent abuse and increase victim and survivors’ safety. We challenge attitudes and behaviours of the perpetrators and encourage perpetrators to accept and allow responsibility for their own actions. We teach perpetrators to develop new skills enabling them to respond using non-abusive behaviours and actions towards their partners, and children.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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The Change Project

The Change Project

01245 258 680
tcp@thechange-project.org

The Outreach Perpetrator Programme is part of a wider portfolio provided by ‘The Change Project’, a counselling and DA prevention support service1. The service is based on the Safe and Together Model, a field-tested approach developed in the US (Mandel, 2013), which emphasises the importance of intervention in child welfare cases in which DA is a feature, and working to keep the non-offending parent and child together. The Safe and Together Model consists of a set of assumptions and principles and critical components for use in DA cases, that help to improve identification, assessment, documents, case-planning and decision-making.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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The Ebonista Project

The Ebonista Project

07306 088816
support@theebonistaproject.org.uk

The Ebonista Project is based in Luton and offers emotional and practical support to women and children who have been subjected to domestic abuse. There is a strong focus on reaching women from the Black African and Caribbean community who may have experienced barriers accessing support due to systemic racism and a lack of cultural understanding in our society. The organisation is led by a team of Black women who have both lived and professional experience. They run a variety of group programmes to educate, raise awareness and empower women who have faced such trauma. The dedicated helpline is accessible Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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