Advice and support
There are services across Cambridgeshire which support people when they are in need of urgent help. Make contact today.
Mental health crisis
If you or someone you know, is thinking of hurting themselves, has made threats to hurt you or someone else, and is feeling distress that seems overwhelming or suicide seems the only option: there are many organisations that can help with these feelings.
Contact the NHS First Response Service for mental health support for yourself, or on behalf of someone else. Dial 111 and select option 2. The phone line is available 24 hours a day.
For more general information on support around mental health in Cambridgeshire, go to www.keep-your-head.com .
Social care crisis
If you are struggling to carry out out essential tasks, or are concerned that another adult or older person is unable to look after themselves, please contact us.
Food banks provide emergency food supplies for people in crisis. The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks including many in Cambridgeshire.You may need a foodbank voucher - contact the foodbank for more information.
District councils are responsible for emergency housing and homelessness. They also have housing officers who can provide information and advice on housing issues.
- Cambridge City Council housing information
- East Cambridgeshire District Council housing information
- South Cambridgeshire District Council housing information
- Huntingdonshire District Council housing information
- Fenland District Council housing information
Money in an emergency
You can find information on budgeting loans and other financial help on the Gov.uk website.
Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme can provide a safety net to people facing unexpected financial difficulties and hardship.
The Money Advice Service has free and impartial information. There is a helpline and online chat function.
You can also contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for advice.
Credit unions are financial organisations which are set up to help people rather than make a profit. They aim to offer loans, encourage people to save and to help those who need financial assistance.
They are a cheaper, safer way to borrow than payday loans or loan sharks.
Members of credit unions have something in common. This could be living in a certain area, working for a certain employer, or in a particular industry.
'Payday' or short term loans
Payday loans are lenders who charge very high interest rates for short term borrowing. Using payday loans can lead to serious debt problems if you miss a repayment. Find out about cheaper, lower risk alternatives to payday loans.
Loan sharks - illegal money lenders
Loan sharks may seem helpful at first, but can resort to threats or violence if you miss repayments. Find out why it is never a good idea to use a loan shark.