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Citizens Advice Barrow

Barrow Citizens Advice is an independent charity which provides free, confidential, impartial, independent information and advice to people who live and work in the borough of Barrow-in-Furness about their rights and responsibilities.

Founded over 50 years ago, our approach is client centred and focused on a commitment to quality and a fair society. Our aims are to:

  • provide the advice people need for the problems they face
  • improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives
  • fight poverty in Barrow

We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination within society.

To find out more, click here: Barrow Citizens Advice

Cumbria MindLine

MindLine Cumbria is delivered in partnership between: Carlisle Eden MindUlverston MindMind in Furness

We’re Mind, the mental health charity.

We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. We’re on your doorstep, on the end of a phone or online. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. And we’ll push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.

To find out more, click here: Cumbria MindLine

Birchall Trust

At The Birchall Trust, we believe that we should live in a society that is free of
rape, sexual abuse, and sexualised violence.
Mission Statement

The Birchall Trust empowers people affected by rape, sexual abuse, or
sexualised violence to recover from their trauma so they can lead safe and
fulfilling lives.

We do this through:

  • Providing face to face and remote trauma informed counselling services
  • Delivering play therapy, creative and sand tray therapy for children aged 4 and above
  • Offering pre-trial therapy sessions to adults and children whilst involved in the criminal justice process
  • Considering the wider support needs of people using our services and where appropriate work in partnership to meet those needs
  • Working with parents, carers, families, and friends of people affected by rape, sexual abuse, or sexualised violence
  • Holding groups, peer support sessions and offering outdoor therapies
  • Delivering educational programmes, training, and consultancy to other agencies – voluntary and statutory
  • Having online digital information and resources
  • Raising awareness of the wider issues around rape, sexual abuse, or sexualised violence within our communities

We cover issues including childhood abuse, child sexual exploitation, trafficking, sex workers and online abuse

We aim to meet the needs of anyone irrespective of gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, culture, or religion

To find out more, click here: Birchall Trust

SAFA Self Harm

SAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals, in Cumbria, who self harm and to those who support them.

Our primary goal is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives and we do this through non-judgmental counselling and trusting support.

To find out more, click here: SAFA Self Harm

Adult Social Care

Please contact your local Adult Social Care office at the following times:

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday:  9am to 4.30pm

At all other times (including bank holidays) please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01228 526690.

Find your local Adult Social Care:

Allerdale and Copeland

West Cumbria House
PO Box 100
CA14 9BW
Telephone: 0300 303 3589

Barrow in Furness

4th Floor
Craven House
Michaelson Road
Barrow in Furness
LA14 1FD
Telephone: 0300 303 2704
Fax: 01229 404054 


3rd Floor
Cumbria House
117 Botchergate
Telephone: 0300 303 3249
Fax: 01228 226655


Adult Social Care
PO Box 224
CA11 1BP
Telephone: 0300 303 3249
Fax: 01768 812262

South Lakes

County Offices
Telephone:  0300 303 2704
Fax: 01539 713354

To find out more, click here: Adult Social Care

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership

Every Local Authority area has an Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). LSCB’s are responsible for ensuring agencies work together to safeguard children and for testing how effectively this happens. The Cumbria LSCB became The Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) on the 29 September 2019.

CSCP has fulfilled this role for our local area and has supported local safeguarding arrangements by delivering training, auditing, publishing learning, publishing procedures, undertaking reviews etc. Most of this activity can be seen on their website.

To find out more, click here: Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board

National Youth Advocacy Services

At NYAS we are all about standing up for children and young people’s rights, making sure their voices are heard and that they get the help and support they need. We are very aware this is currently an unsettling and worrying time for children, young people and their families.

We are here for you.

At the moment, we are following UK Government guidelines regarding face-to-face contact. If we cannot meet up in person, we can successfully deliver all our services via phone, text, email, and video calling.

If you are in care, leaving care or know someone who needs independent advice and support, please contact our free phone helpline

To find out more, click here: National Youth Advocacy Services

NHS – Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Better Health and Best Care for the people of North Cumbria, delivered sustainably.

We are here to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Firstly this is about making a difference by improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and their families. In particular it is about taking serious action to reduce the inequalities in health that exist between different communities across North Cumbria.

We want to add years to peoples’ lives, and quality life to these extra years.

Making a difference to people’s lives also includes improving the day to day experience of patients and those working to deliver better healthcare. Working for the health service in North Cumbria should be a privilege and a source of pride. We want this to be true for all our colleagues, as we recognise that quite simply people who are happy in their jobs provide better care.

To achieve our vision we are committed to:

  • Delivering standards of care as enjoyed by most of England.
  • Returning the local NHS system to a sustainable financial balance.
  • Embedding continuous service improvement methods across the system, empowering front line clinicians and practitioners.
  • Working flexibly to enable changing, where necessary, which organisation delivers services, where is delivered and how it is paid for.
  • Putting ahead of each organisation’s interests and professional interests patients and the health system interests first.

To find out more, click here: NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Women’s Community Matters

Women’s Community Matters philosophy is simple.

“With love, care, compassion and kindness we believe together we can change the world”.

We want to make a positive difference to the lives of women, young girls aged 13 and above and young boys aged 13-17 in the Barrow area.  We want to help in all ways we can, creating a strong resource for women and young people in crisis and those who are vulnerable and at risk.

We strive to create an atmosphere of empowerment and self-development, removing obstacles and dealing with issues together.  The people who benefit from the centre can then play a key role in shaping Women’s Community Matters future and participating in its operation as volunteers, trustees and members.

The core team of Women’s Community Matters are central to its funding, operation and development. We live and breathe the philosophy that the most important thing is how services are delivered: with love, care, compassion and kindness and this is our vocation. We are real women and men, who understand the pressures, the challenges and the successes that women and young people face on a daily basis.

To find out more, click here: Womens Community Matters


We support anyone who feels their substance use is problematic – we do not require people to be abstinent but we do focus on the reduction of harm to themselves or others.

Often we help clients uncover the reasons for their substance use and help them find other coping strategies to improve their mental health. Helping them live in a more resourceful, satisfying way without the unhelpful reliance on the substance.

Our range of adult support services includes 1:1 recovery support, peer support groups and drop-in sessions. We also have a robust aftercare programme comprised of a range of health and wellbeing activities and events.

To find out more, click here: CADAS

Barrow and District Credit Union

Barrow & District Credit Union is an ethical, not for profit, financial co-operative which serves our members in Barrow and South West Cumbria with savings and loans facilities.

We offer an ethical alternative to high-profit lenders and a lifeline to those who struggle to access financial services. Our aim is to stamp out loan-sharks and doorstep lenders in our area by offering affordable and manageable credit that works for you. We are owned by our members, backed by our community, and have no external shareholders to pay.

To find out more, click here: Barrow and District Credit Union