Advice and Support Links

General Advice:

Care Network (local organisation providing local advice and support)

Disability Living Foundation (DLF is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living)

Fibromyalgia Action UK (for people with Fibromyalgia)

Gateopener (signposting service for local information, funding and general information searching on your behalf)

Little Miracles (Little Miracles is a Cambridgeshire and Suffolk based parent-led support group and registered charity for families with children that have additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions, their carers and siblings)

Unique (The Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group, Unique is a source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder)


Connecting Mums (helping mums with depression)

Cameo (Anyone living in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, aged 17-65 and experiencing psychotic symptoms)

Cogwheel Trust Cambridge Counselling Centre (Counselling and psychotherapy support for people in Cambridgeshire, reduced rates for low income)

IAPT (free NHS counselling, including courses and workshops, can self refer online or on the phone or in the post)

Lifecraft (mental health support in Cambridge)

Lifeline (an evening mental health telephone helpline in a crisis) 08088 082121 (lines open 7pm – 11pm, 365 days a year)

NHS website (useful information about health conditions)

MIND (mental health support in Cambridgeshire)

Pain Clinic at Addenbrookes Hospital (for anyone with chronic pain, you can ask your GP to refer)

Recovery College East (courses in Cambridge and Peterborough for clients, carers, friends)

Red 2 Green (mental health support in Cambridgeshire)

SUN Network (local support for mental health and addictions)

SANE (an evening mental health telephone helpline in a crisis) 0300 304 7000 (lines open 6pm – 11pm, 365 days a year)

Samaritans (help in times of crisis)

Samaritans any time – 116 123 or email

Understanding Pain (a 6 week course run by the Physiotherapy department, ask your GP for a referral to Outpatient Physiotherapy)


Turn2us Online and Telephone Support (Q charitable service which helps people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help)

Village Benefits Advice Service, PO BOX 257, Ely, Cambs CB7 9EA T: 01353 612926


Blue Badges (applying for a blue badge in Cambridgeshire)


Arts and Minds (Arts on Prescription course, free art workshops for people with depression, stress or anxiety)

Hydrotherapy in Cambridgeshire (The Windmill Pool, Fulbourn)

Illuminate charity (courses in confidence, monthly meet ups and coaching, normally free or low cost)

K9 café (a weekly drop in for people and dogs in Ely)

Something To Look Forward To (providing free gifts for people affected by cancer)


Carers Trust (support for carers including Young Carers)

Centre 33 (support for young people aged 13-25 including free counselling, including extra support for young carers)

Making Spaces (support for carers of people with mental health conditions.


Illuminate charity (courses in confidence, monthly meet ups and coaching, normally free or low cost)

Have any questions? Looking for support?

Please get in touch.

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I normally have a hard trouble making friends , due to my health , with all the people I’ve met at ciis no one has ever judged me , I’ve made some fantastic friends but not only do we meet up regularly, we can also chat on Facebook . Best of all no matter what conditions we have its good to feel we belong and can be ourselves.

Louise, Mildenhall

CIIS is one of the best things about living in the Cambridgeshire area. The friends and support network I have made are invaluable…

Jennifer, Red Lodge