Support Services

  • There is lots of support available to families in Bradford from local, District and national organisations.

    Barnardo’s Turnaround Service

    01274 618421

    Prevention of and supporting recovery from episodes of child exploitation and trafficking. Support and advocacy for trafficking victims. Help with keeping safe, dealing with relationships and issues affecting individual lives.

    Bradford Central Food Bank (Trussel Trust)

    01274 734314

    Food bank – use red vouchers to refer families. Food has to be collected from The Light Centre, Captain Street, off Church Bank.

    Bradford Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

    01274 758030
    01274 758047 (Dedicated Debt Advice Line)

    CAB provide advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

    Bradford Council Advice, Benefits and Council Tax

    01274 432772

    Information about housing benefit, Council Tax reduction etc. NB Crisis loans are no longer available.

    Bradford Education

    01274 385833

    School Admissions Team. Contact them for information about how to apply for a school place for your child.

    Bradford Education New Communities Team

    01274 385558

    EU Families Drop In – Tuesday mornings.

    Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT)

    01274 487270

    Home energy checks.

    Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank

    01274 542672

    Distribution points include St Mary’s RC Church, Girlington Advice Centre.

    BRAVE Project (Bradford Reducing Anger and Violent Emotions)

    01274 729689

    A confidential service for men comprising of group work, one to one counselling and telephone support.

    CHAS Support Service

    01274 726790

    Furniture store, classes.

    Child Benefit

    08453 021444

    You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).

    Child Tax Credit

    08453 003900

    You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re under 16 or under 20 and in approved education or training. How much you get depends on your circumstances – you can use the tax credit calculator to work this out.

    Children’s Social Care Initial Contact Point

    01274 437500

    First point of contact for all new child protection enquiries, by telephone or in writing, from members of the public and other professionals.

    Connexions Bradford

    01274 377800

    A confidential information and support service for young people aged 13 – 19.

    Disability Advice Bradford (inc DAB Holiday Project)

    01274 594173

    Advice and information about disability.

    Disability Living Allowance

    0345 712 3456

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who has difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability.

    Dyslexia support – Leeds and Bradford Dyslexia Association (LABDA)

    01274 771153

    A group of parents, teachers and others whose aim is to help people of all ages by providing information and support, and to promote the positive aspects of dyslexia.

    Dyspraxia Foundation

    01462 454986

    Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations.


    01274 433677

    Provide advice on training and qualifications. Can provide FREE basic IT and Computers courses for up to 8 weeks for any adult that is unemployed and claiming Job seekers allowance.

    Employment Support Allowance

    08456 088545

    If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you financial support if you’re unable to work and personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to.

    Families First

    01274 437666

    Works with families facing serious problems, to turn their lives round. Offers a joined-up menu of support, looking at the needs of the whole family, not just of individual members.

    Families Information Service (FIS)

    01274 437503

    Bradford Families Information Service can help you to find childcare, early education, leisure activities and family support services. Search online, or call.

    Family Action Bradford

    01274 651652

    Services include Children and Loss Service, Domestic Abuse support, debt advice.

    Family Fund

    01904 621115

    If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child, you might be eligible for a grant from the Family Fund.

    Family Holiday Association

    02031 170651

    The Family Holiday Association helps struggling families get a break. Referrals from Nov 2015 for a 2016 holiday.

    Girlington Advice Centre

    01274 547118

    Free independent advice service offering one to one appointments.

    Home Start

    01274 666711

    Home-Start can help families through difficult times with support from volunteers. Phone to discuss before submitting referral form.

    Horton Housing Association

    01274 370689

    Housing-related support and training services designed to deliver self-esteem, respect and independence to people who are disadvantaged by housing and social circumstances, discrimination, financial exclusion and other forms of social need.

    Housing Options Service

    01274 435999

    Bradford Council’s Housing Options Service offers a free and confidential service that can help you with different issues like housing and managing your money debts.


    Barnardo’s project supporting all professionals to work with offenders’ children and their families.

    Income Support

    08456 088546

    You might quality for Income Support if you have no income or a low income, no more than £16,000 in savings and working less than 16 hours a week (your partner’s income and savings will also be taken into account).


    01274 257312

    Social housing provider.

    InCommunities Bond Scheme

    07539 5873329

    Free confidential service designed to help people find good quality private rented accommodation.

    InCommunities @ Café West

    01274 488499

    Housing surgery for local residents.

    Info 4 Migrants

    Online resource with information in different languages on education, employment, living in the UK and status/rights.

    Information Shop for Young People

    01274 432431

    Free and confidential service, for all young people aged up to 25. Able to help with queries about anything. Part of Bradford Youth Service.

    Jobseekers Allowance

    08456 088556

    You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you while you look for work.

    Jyoti Project – Bradford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

    01274 308270

    Project Jyoti provides specialist services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women & girls. We provide confidential, culturally sensitive, face to face counselling, helpline and outreach services.

    LACO Eastern European Project

    01274 666649

    The LACO Project aims to support our new Eastern Europe (EE) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) communities, particularly those of a Roma heritage to improve their health outcomes.

    Manningham Housing

    01274 771144

    Social housing provider.

    Mariposa Trust

    0845 293 8027

    National charity supporting people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

    Men Standing Up (MSU)

    0300 303 0167

    Housing & Support to all men who are victims of domestic abuse. National helpline, run by Bradford Cyrenians.

    Mother and Pregnancy Support Service (MAPPS)

    01274 731989

    Young mothers and pregnant teenagers support service run by Horton Housing.

    National Domestic Violence Helpline

    0808 2000 247

    24 hour helpline service.

    National Zakat Foundation

    0208 902 1180

    For those struggling financially there could be support through NZF Zakat funds for you.

    Oasis Project

    01274 634850

    Manningham Housing Association project providing domestic abuse services for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and children in the Bradford District.

    Petherbridge Bassra

    01274 724114

    Specialist in DV and family law.

    Portage Team

    01274 385833

    The Portage Team provide a home visiting and early education support group service for pre-school children with additional needs and their families.

    Relate Bradford

    01274 726096

    Relationship counselling.

    Staying Put

    01274 667104

    The main aim of Bradford Staying Put is to enable women and children experiencing domestic abuse to remain safely in their own homes.

    Step Change Debt Charity

    0800 138 1111

    Free debt advice online – get a personal action plan. Lots of useful information.

    Thriving Families (NSPCC)

    01274 381440

    Thriving Families can help professionals provide the right support for families where neglect could be an issue.

    Together Women

    01274 301470

    Bradford Together Women Project (TWP) delivers holistic support in a safe and confidential environment to vulnerable women at risk of offending.


    0808 802 2000

    Turn2Us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

    West Bowling Advice Centre

    01274 733770

    Debt and benefits advice.

    West Yorkshire Fire Service

    0800 5874536

    Free fire safety checks – parents can apply online themselves.

    West Yorkshire Police Forced Marriage Unit Karma Nirvana Helpline

    0800 5999 247 or 101

    If you or someone you know has concerns about forced marriage West Yorkshire Police has specially trained officers who are here to help and will take every report very seriously. We will respect the views of the victims and provide the necessary support.

    Women’s Aid

    01274 666241

    Provide safe, secure refuge accommodation and floating support services for ALL women experiencing domestic abuse.

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