Support Services

Local and national services for a range of emergency and non-emergency welfare issues.

The Feminist Bookshop values accessible support for anyone who may be struggling with the following issues. We have comprised this list for you to use at your disposal. You can use this page to find support for yourself, for someone else, or to find worthwhile organisations to donate to as a one-off or on a regular basis.  

If you represent or know of an organisation, charity, initiative, or mutual aid group that you think we should add to this page, you can let us know at  

Addiction Grief
Ageing / Ageism Housing
Rape and Sexual Abuse
Animal Welfare
Sex Work
Domestic Abuse
Eating Disorders and Body Image
Mental Health




Cascade Creative Recovery
Cascade Creative Recovery take a community-based approach to addiction recovery, using their peer-led, volunteer-run café as a safe space for writing, crafting, drama, and choir groups, recovery coaching, and peer support. 


Oasis Project 

The Oasis Project caters specifically to women with drug or alcohol problems, understanding the gendered dynamics that make women's experiences of addiction different to those of men. 



Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.



Narcotics Anonymous 
N.A. is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous 
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, or SLAA, is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition oriented Fellowship based on the model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous. SLAA is open to anyone who knows or thinks they have a problem with sex addiction, love addiction, romantic obsession, co-dependent relationships, fantasy addiction and/or sexual, social and emotional anorexia.


OK Rehab specialises in local drug and alcohol rehab and addiction treatment. This treatment is available via both inpatient and outpatient treatment providers. We also work with clinics that are able to facilitate treatment taking place in your own home, who are able to provide professional intervention and home detoxification.


Established in 2012 by Oliver Clark, Rehab 4 Addiction is an advisory and referral service for people who suffer from alcohol, drug and behavioural addiction. Rehab 4 Addiction works closely with rehabilitation centres and outpatient clinics throughout the United Kingdom and the admissions team matches your addiction with an appropriately placed rehabilitation centre.




Together Co
Together Co 'match people with people to create friendships that make life better'. Anyone over 50 can be paired with a 'befriender', in addition to people with physical or sensory disabilities, chronic conditions, and carers.


Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society offer a range of practical and emotional support to those who have, those who know someone with, or those who are worried about dementia. 



Hourglass are committed to tackling elder abuse, providing a helpline for victims of physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse, and neglect.

Animal Welfare 


At Raystede we believe in working together to give animals a better life. We rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary to more than 2,000 animals each year.


Explore the pet financial assistance available in the UK. The organizations listed on our site may support financially-struggling pet owners in various ways, including the distribution of free pet food and supplies, or the subsidy or grant of veterinary bills.




Information, advice and support for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as support for young people with SEND up to 25.

ESAB - East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People 
ESAB aim to increase the independence, confidence and wellbeing of blind and partially sighted people, as well as working to promote the understanding of sight loss in local communities.
Possability People

Supporting anyone with a long-term condition to live independently, with dignity, and without prejudice. 



Grace Eyre Foundation
The Grace Eyre Foundation offers an extremely broad range of support for people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health issues, including access to carers, housing and travel support, employment support, and social, educational, and artistic opportunities. 

Domestic Abuse 



RISE (Refuge, Information, Support and Education) offer practical advice, emergency accommodation, support with court proceedings, counselling and support groups, housing assistance, and more. 


Women's Aid
Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated.

Helping men escape domestic abuse.


Eating Disorders and Body Image 


The Brighton and Hove Eating Disorder Service is a multidisciplinary team providing a group therapy program for adults with a diagnosed mild-moderate eating disorder.



Beat offer support and recovery services for those with, those supporting someone with, or those worried about someone with an eating disorder or signs of an eating disorder. Services include a free helpline.



Grief Encounters
Grief encounters is a Brighton-based support group specifically for LGBTQAI+ people who have experienced bereavement with monthly informal meetings.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. They work to enhance society's care of bereaved people. Cruse offers support throughout the UK as well as locally through their East Sussex branch.
Let's Talk About Loss
Let's Talk About Loss run meet ups across the UK (including in Brighton) for young people aged 18-35, projects and campaigns encouraging everyone to talk about grief, and a blog which talks through the taboos. 



Brighton and Hove Food Partnership

BHFP help the community with all things food, from growing, to cooking, to minimising waste. They have a directory of food banks for those in need of emergency food.


The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust provides a national food bank finder, as well as striving for a future free of reliance on food banks. 



Clocktower Sanctuary 

Support for homeless 16-25 year olds. 

Off The Fence
Off The Fence support unhoused people, with drop-in hours for support accessing services to fulfil various needs, as well as portable hygiene vans with shower and laundry facilities, and much more. 
Sussex Homeless Support

Support, advice, and outreach to people suffering housing crisis in Sussex, as well as a weekly (Sunday) Street Kitchen at The Clocktower by Churchill Square. 



ACORN are a tenants' union organising around the self-identified needs of renting individuals and communities. They have offices around the UK including one in Brighton.



The Hummingbird Project

Through listening and responding to the needs of local young refugees and asylum seekers, The Hummingbird Project have developed a range of programmes, including 1:1 specialist casework support; a 'homework club' to assist with the transition into a new education system, curriculum, and/or language; a 'Young Leaders' programme, a mentorship scheme for public speaking, communication, leadership, and advocacy skills; opportunities to socialise and integrate with the wider community, and more. 

Thousand 4 Thousand

Brighton's community response to the hostile environment and forced migrant homelessness. Using regular donations of small amounts, they house people who would otherwise be homeless, and provide practical support. 

Refugee Radio
Refugee Radio is a charity that supports refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. We run community projects targeting mental health, isolation and social exclusion. We also use radio and music to give a voice to this who do not have one.



No Borders Manchester is a platform where you can find opportunities for direct action, gain awareness of national campaigns, and develop understanding of individual and structural immigration issues. 
Detention Action
Detention Action campaigns for an end to indefinite detention in the UK and the introduction of alternatives to detention. They lobby government, produce authoritative research, organise events to raise awareness about the injustice that people in detention are facing, and offer practical and emotional support to detainees.

Refugees at Home

Refugees at Home is a UK charity which connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.

Rainbow Migration

Rainbow Migration supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people through the asylum and immigration system.





Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports & connects children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Led by and for the LGBTQIA+ community and works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern
My Genderation

My Genderation is a film project that celebrates trans lives and trans experiences.


The Clare Project

A self-supporting transgender support and social group based in Brighton and Hove open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity.





Gendered Intelligence

Trans-led, for trans people.



Tailored support for trans youth, parents of trans youth, and trans people over 20. Inclusive of non-binary and gender-diverse people. 


A London-based organisation supporting Black LGBTQAI+ youth from the UK through spaces of joy, creative intervention and digital storytelling.

Mental Health


Sussex Mental Healthline 
The Sussex Mental Healthline is a 24/7 telephone service offering listening support, advice, information and signposting to anyone experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

Mind Brighton & Hove
Mind in Brighton and Hove works to promote good mental health in our city and across Sussex.




Grassroots are a Brighton-based charity working nationally with communities, individuals, and organisations, working to prevent suicide and support those bereaved by suicide. 



A Black-owned, Black-led space to promote black businesses, creatives and liberation within the city.


Land In Our Names

LION reconnect Black communities with land in Britain. They address land justice as a centre point for issues around food insecurity, health inequalities, environmental injustice & widespread disconnect from nature.

Black Minds Matter
BMM provide free therapy for anyone aged 16+ from the Black African or Caribbean diaspora or with mixed heritage.
The Black Curriculum
Founded by young people, TBC is addressing the lack of Black history in the British curriculum through delivering arts focused Black history programmes, teacher training, and mobilising young people through campaigns.


South East and East Asian Centre

Southeast and East Asian Centre (SEEAC) is a community organisation for and by migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum from Southeast and East Asia and people of these heritages living in the UK. 


Rape and Sexual Abuse 


Survivors' Network

Resources and continued support for those who have just been, or have historically been, sexually assaulted.


Rape Crisis
Rape Crisis is the umbrella body for a network of independent rape crisis centres, where you can find specialist support and services as a victim or survivor of sexual violence. 

Sex Work 


SWOP (Oasis Project) - Sex Workers' Outreach Project

For women in sex work who live or work in Sussex.


A sex worker founded and lead organisation campaigning for the rights and safety of all sex workers, advocating for full decriminalisation.

English Collective of Prostitutes

The English Collective of Prostitutes is an organisation of sex workers working on the street and in premises with a national network throughout the UK. They campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution, for sex workers' rights and safety, and for resources to enable people to get out of prostitution if they want to.





Audioactive provide free music sessions for young people, complete with access to equipment and mentorship. Rap sessions, writing sessions, music production sessions, networking and performance opportunities, and more, including gendered groups to cater specifically to gendered issues for young people and young people in music. 


United Borders

United Borders provides services to young people in crisis periods. They aim for rapid and sustainable impacts on youth wellbeing, and youth ownership of their own paths moving forward. Music is their main pathway to engagement as young people can express themselves, talk about the topics that they are normally excluded from and take ownership of their own futures.