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If you just want a chance to stop and think, there are many places where you can go for an hour or a day to meditate in silence. 

Click HERE for more information.


If your life is in a downward spiral and you are not sure where to turn,

there are a number of local organisations who can offer advice and practical help. 

There are two charities within the Octagon, the Compton and District Relief in Sickness Fund 

and the Stoughton and Racton Village Hall Fund, which can assist local residents in need. 

For more information, please contact the vicarage on 02392 631252

To register for additional support during power cuts, contact the 

UK Power Networks Priority Services Register 0800 316 3105 

Here are the contact details for other organisations:

Alcoholics Anonymous UK Help line  0845 7697555

Drinkline 0800 917 8282


Bereavement support

 Cruse  01243 530202

(UK Help line 0844 4779400)


Carers' Support Service 60(a) North Street Chichester  01243 537011

(UK Helpline 0808 808777)


Child Line UK Help line     0800 1111

NSPCC UK Help line          0808 800 5000

Child Death Help line         0800 282986


Confide Counselling Service. Christ Church Chichester  01243 531914 

Counselling service for adults of all ages with mobility problems Sage 07585 141599 


Debt Counselling

Local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), 6 Theatre Lane (off South Street) 0844 4771171

Christians against Poverty based at the Chichester Baptist Church  01243 782582

UK Help line - the Business Debtline  0800 1976026


Domestic Violence Chichester Domestic Abuse outreach service 07954 688469

(Chichester District Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership)

UK Helplines -women 0808 200247, men 0845 0646800

Drugs Frank 0800 776600


Family Support / Family Breakdown 01243 550562


Food Bank  c/o Chichester Family Church (21 Orchard Street) 01243 786607

emergency rations issued on production of vouchers at that church by

an ecumenical team of volunteers. Mondays & Wednesdays 2-4pm, Fridays 4-6pm.

Gambling Gamcare 01273 833722


Health Care Emergencies St Richards Hospital, Spitalfield lane 01243 788122

Psychiatric services 01243 791898 (Centurion Mental Health Centre, Graylingwell)



Stonepillow(formerly Chichester Christian Care Association)

St Joseph's, Hunston (hostel) 01243 537934

St Cyriac's (day centre).

Shelter (UKHelpline) advises on mortgage arrears and hostel availability 0808 8004444


Housing Department Chichester District Council (East Pallant House) 01243 534576

Job Centre/unemployment benefits 5 Southgate Chichester.01243 224100

Legal Advice 0845 345 4 345 or see Solicitors below.

Lesbian and Gay Switchboard  01273 204050


Life centre supports victims of rape and abuse, office 01243 786349

UK helplines: Adults 0844 8477879. Under 18s 0808 8020808.

These lines are available on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7.30 and 10pm.


Marriage Guidance Relate. 01243 788935


Mental Health social needs for older people catered for by the Chichester Area 'Tea and Chat club' 07932 784979

at Chichester Boys' Club Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12-4pm 


Mind Mental Health charity (advice on sources of support). 01243 787878

UK Help line 08457 660163          


NHS Direct (Health Advice) UK Help line 0845 4647


Police Kingsham Road Chichester 0845 6070 999


Pregnancy Counselling

Options. Local - St John's Street Chichester 01243 784177

UK Help line "Care Confidential" 0800 028 2228 (9am to 5pm)


ROC – practical help for those in social housing with maintenance, painting,

gardening, moving, hoarding and dog-walking  07835 492191


Samaritans 24 hours confidential service for people in crisis 01243 826333

UK Help line 08457 909090

Slavery Helpline 0800 0121 700


Social Services West Sussex enquiry line 01243 642555

Out of hours 01903 694422 (e.g. for suspected child maltreatment)

Solicitors is an independent directory of solicitors helping you to understand your rights,

arrange injunctions and provide legal support for victims.  


Transport for handicapped people. "Contact 88". 01243 531988

Compton and District Community Car Scheme 02392 631596


Victim Support offers emotional support and practical advice for anyone affected by crime.

UK Help line 0845 3030900

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