Catch up.. Bill Clark on the Radio Christmas Eve Special

Catch up with Bill Clark on Christmas Eve for a show for people who are on their own or feeling down at Christmas.
Bill will be chatting with SAFA, Furness Homeless Support, Age UK, Women’s Community Matters and more who could help you get through Christmas.
Tune into Bill Clark on the Radio Christmas Eve Special from 3-5pm
Furness Homeless Support Group are a homeless charity based at 27 Bath St in Barrow and provides 15 units of supported emergency accommodation for homeless individuals.  Day centre facilities for the general public, clothing and household resources and a charity shop,

The Day Centre is open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and can be contacted by email or by phone on 01229 821134


Barrow and District Disability Association is based at 71-77 School St in Barrow and can be contacted on 01229 432599

The Barrow & District Disability Association is a self-help disability charitable organisation for disabled people, their families and carers and for professionals interested in their welfare.  It was established 40 years ago and it currently has over 2500 registered members.  We house a wide range of activities and services in our disability friendly centre, for the betterment of disabled people such as: Disablement Advice and Benefits Service (DABS), Community Learning and Skills, Disability Access Advice, Volunteering, Community Café, Social Activities and Short-term wheelchair loan service.


Welcome to Mind in Furness

We are on your doorstep, on the other end of the phone or online.

Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis, we’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

We will push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. 01229 827094


Barrow Foodbank

Helping local people in crisis   Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

Food is donated

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a foodbank. Large collections often take place as part of Harvest Festival celebrations and food is also collected at supermarkets.

Food is sorted and stored

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Over 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at foodbanks.

Professionals identify people in need

Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and police to identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Clients receive food

Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days’ emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a warm drink or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

Phone us 01229 343436


AGE UK Barrow & District

Free and confidential information and advice service for older people, their families and carers. The information and advice service aims to provide support and advice on a variety of different issues including welfare benefits support and fuel poverty. The service is one of the charities most popular and for good reason. We have helped hundreds of elderly members of our community receive financial support and other forms of practical help such as blue badges.

The aim of our Telephone Befriending service is to give the opportunity to someone to make friends, to “befriend” them, usually because that person is socially isolated. Social isolation occurs for many reasons, such as: their family have moved for work, partners have died or gone into care, and people have lost their link to the outside world.


One of the many reasons why Age UK Barrow and District began this service is because of the concerns expressed to us about relatives, friends and neighbours during this difficult time of lockdown and social distancing restrictions; clients themselves have requested this service at present, because they are frightened and cannot have the visitors they are used to, and many cannot go out due to self -isolation.

This service has been borne out of concern for elderly and vulnerable members of our community. Relatives that live far away, or who are shielding, are worried that their mum, dad, grandparents, are going to be totally cut off from society and their physical and mental health will deteriorate.

What the Telephone Befriending Service Offers

Simply: someone to talk to, it prevents loneliness, helps them feel a valued member of society, and gives peace of mind to the client and the referer. It also provides the person with a link to help and advice, such as numbers to call for shopping,hearing aid batteries and food boxes, should their usual source of help become ill.

Call 01229 831425 for more info



We’re here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what’s on your mind.

If you need advice or specialist support for a specific issue, such as a bereavement or domestic abuse, we’ve put together a list of specialist organisations, including their contact details, which you may find helpful. on their website at

Suicidal thoughts can be complex, frightening and confusing.

We’re not afraid of going into difficult areas with you, and we’ll take you seriously whether you’re having a few suicidal thoughts or have made clear plans to end your life.  We’re experienced in listening to people with suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans and are here to support you: when you’re desperate or on edge, we can help you get through that moment

we’ll help you make sense of what you’re feeling we can identify other forms of help if you think you want it.

Struggling to cope with everyday life doesn’t look or feel the same in everyone. We can’t generalise about how it’ll make you feel or act.

Samaritans are here to listen. You can call us on 116 123, email us at

Whatever you’re facing, a Samaritan will face it with you

Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help.

We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And we encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives. We offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. In prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time and training others to do the same. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.

That’s why we work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.


Vision Support Barrow & District

The charity aims to support visually impaired people who live within Barrow-in-Furness and the surrounding area.

To achieve this, the charity:

  • Helps visually impaired people of all ages to live independently;
  • Provides information and advice to visually impaired people and to their families and carers;
  • Provides visually impaired people with a range of welfare support and social activities;
  • Promotes awareness of sight loss issues to encourage inclusion within our community;
  • Provides continual care to visually impaired people within our residential home.

 Contact 01229 440556

Located in the centre of Barrow-in-Furness the newly opened Vision Support Centre provides a drop-in centre where a variety of services are provided.  Information and advice can be gained from trained staff who are able to demonstrate a variety of daily living aids, lights, magnifiers and other specialist equipment.

We also have a seated area where visitors are encouraged to stop for a chat and share a cuppa. Perhaps we can tell you about all the activities going on in the area for visually impaired people and their families.

If you would like to talk privately with one of our Vision Support Officers we also have a quiet room for this.


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