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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Bedford Women’s Centre

Bedford Women’s Centre

01234 316801
admin@familygroups.co.uk

Bedford Women’s Centre provides a safe nurturing space for women to promote and protect their health, mental wellbeing, to enhance confidence and resilience and to promote the benefits of positive relationships and educate them about the detrimental effects of abusive behaviours in familial or intimate relationships. We offer one to one support and mentoring, training courses, weekly groups and workshops on a variety of topics including wellbeing, life skills, arts and craft activities.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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The Community Link Children’s Centre

The Community Link Children’s Centre

01582 493761

Children's Centre are places where you will find a range of services for families & cares with children under 5 years. We are a small welcoming, caring environment which has said to be like home for our parents and children.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Early Help Bedford

Early Help Bedford

0800 023 2057
earlyhelp@bedford.gov.uk

The term Early Help is used to describe the process of taking action early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families. Effective help can occur at any point in a child or young person's life.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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Early Help Central

Early Help Central

0300 300 8119

The Early Help Assessment Form (previously known as CAF) is a way of bringing together appropriate and relevant services to ensure children, young people and their families get the help and support they need

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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Early Help Luton

Early Help Luton

01582 548231
eha@luton.gov.uk

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years. Early help can also prevent further problems arising, for example, if it is provided as part of a support plan where a child has returned home to their family from care.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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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. Over the years the charity has helped families in the local Bedfordshire area, to build on their individual strengths and empower parents/carers to develop stronger family relationships.

Areas of Operation:
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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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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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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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.

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. We support people to make a fresh start, and minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment on people who have committed offences, on families and on communities.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Redgrave Children’s and Young People Centre

01582 700 300
rcypc@luton.gov.uk

Redgrave Children &. Young People's Centre. A multi-disciplinary site, housing the. Sure StartChildren's Centre Team, Edwin. Lobo Child Development Unit, Children's. Therapy Services and Butterflies Nursery. Limbury Fields Children's. & Community Centre.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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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.

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

Signpost

0800 0282 887
info@signpostforbedfordshire.com

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 548321
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 6515

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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