Support Organisations

Citizen's Advice Bureau

National Advice Line: 03444 111444 9am -5pm Mon-Fri


There is a popular advice section: 'Coronavirus - what it means for you'

Online chat service (re debt etc) 8am-7pm Mon-Fri

Amberley Welfare Trust

This is a special hardship fund for those needing financial support

Welfare Trust Chairman, Grahame Joseph

Tel: 07739 763883/ 01798 831340 email:

Welfare Trust Trustee, Gerry Burgess

Tel: 01798 831600 email:

Foodbank - Horsham Matters Office

This is a hardship service only

First delivery is within 24 hours (depending on demand), after which further deliveries are fortnightly

Request for help: 0300 1240204


Jenny and Hazel will keep in contact with their regular clients and channel requirements through the Helpline as appropriate


The Revd Gerry Burgess: 01798 831 600

Gerry has a team of people, some of whom are skilled in counselling, others are willing to spend time chatting if you are lonely. She is also a point of contact for those in financial difficulty

Family Support Work

FSW provides one-to-one, intensive help to children and families in Sussex, plus a range of group support and structured play activities. It runs its own foodbank but also helps with financial advice, parenting advice and more. contact 01273 832963 if you have children and seek help and support

West Sussex Mediation Service

West Sussex Mediation Service continue to provide a service albeit at a distance. Their informative April Newsletter provides all the details on how they are working with residents.

"April seems to be passing quickly, even with the lockdown. At least the weather has been kind to us. Our monthly Newsletter is now available. In this edition we highlight the current position of our charity, a mention of our year end results and other items of news."

WSMS newsletter

North & South West Sussex Relate

Relate has increased the availability of their highly-trained counsellors to support everyone's relationships during this unprecedented time. For telephone, webcam or Live Chat counselling services please contact your nearest Relate.

Relate have also put together some advice and tips for keeping relationships healthy during self-isolation and social distancing.

contact Relate here 

Olive Tree Cancer Support Group

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a difficult, stressful and emotional time for both the patient and those around them. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Group provide a range of services to support you from the point of diagnosis, through your treatment and beyond.

Sadly, during this difficult time, it is impossible for the charity to provide the full range of services that they normally offer to cancer patients and their families. However, the Crawley Centre have people on hand to speak via telephone with anyone who needs information or just to hear a friendly voice.

The charity has many talented volunteers who are offering the following by telephone: ‍ - A friendly chat

  • Wellbeing and exercise advice
  • Hypnotherapy to relieve anxiety and stress
  • A session with an Olive Tree Coach
  • Distance Healing ( a form of healing which does not require you to be physically present with the healer)

If you are interested in learning more about any of the above or wish to book an appointment, please call the charity on 01293 534465 between 10.00 - 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Olive Tree website