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Support Outside of Term Time

Please see below a list of useful contacts for families over the holiday period when they might not be able to access the same support as usual.

Blackburn with Darwen Children’s Social Care

01254 666 400 (8.45 – 17.00 Mon – Fri)
01254 587 547 (Out of hours emergency number)

Are you worried about a child?
The Children's advice and duty service (CADS) provides a single point of contact for professionals and members of the public who want to seek support or raise concerns about a child.

Blackburn with Darwen Foodbank

01254 672 756

Our foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local communities, as well as across the UK. If you need help from the foodbank the quickest way to reach us is by telephone. We can then direct you to the most appropriate agency to give you a foodbank voucher.

Family Lives

0808 800 2222

Family Lives provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families. If you need to talk, we're here to listen.


116 123

If you need someone to talk to, we listen. We won't judge or tell you what to do.

Blackburn Help Hub

01254 588 111

Support around finance, benefits and debt management, mental health support, wellbeing and loneliness, learning, training and employment, getting online and using technology and access to food and essentials.

Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service

01254 688 440

Support, information advice and guidance for people who care for friends and family.

Lancashire Women

0300 330 1354

Lancashire Women work from our female-only centres to provide safe, dedicated space for women across the county. We bring together a number of services under one roof - all designed to support women who at any one time may be dealing with a range of issues including: social isolation and exclusion, homelessness, poverty, mental ill-health, or offending behaviour.


0344 515 1832
0808 800 4444 (emergency helpline)

Our advice and support services offer one-to-one, personalised help with housing issues and homelessness. Our free emergency helpline is open 365 days a year to answer calls from anyone struggling with a housing issue or homelessness.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline for Women and Children

0808 2000 247

For women and children against violence. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there is support available. Your partner may tell you that nobody will believe you or help you. That is not the case. You are not alone.

Respect Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men

0808 801 0327

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there is support available. Your partner may tell you that nobody will believe you or help you. That is not the case. You are not alone.



BeWellBwD is Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s Public Health website. This website also contains links to other services designed to help people who are struggling, for example with gambling, drug addiction or energy bills. Our GPs, other health professionals and health workers will also use it to signpost patients and service users to services available to promote health across the two towns.


01254 268 700

Free counselling and sexual health advice for people of all ages. By appointment only, call and leave a voicemail.