Wealden District Council

Wealden Home  >  Residents  >  Housing, Health and Advice  >  Advice  >  Families and Social Care  >  General Help and Advice

Social Care - General Help and Advice

Social Care Direct

Social Care Direct is a contact centre providing one single point of contact across East Sussex for adult social care services. Call them on:0345 60 80 191

Directgov: Caring for Someone

If you've recently started looking after someone, there is support available. Find out what's on offer and other advice from the Directgov: Caring for Someone web pages.


Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

You can contact Samaritans by phone: 08457 90 90 90, letter, email and minicom. The commitment to making these means of access available 24 hours a day will be maintained by all branches (except Festival and Correspondence branches). You can also visit your local Samaritans branchfor face-to-face support (except Correspondence branch).

Drugs Helpline: FRANK

FRANK is a joint project with the Home Office and the Department of Health aimed at providing young people with credible & reliable information to understand the risks associated with drug use.

An anonymous, discreet but well-informed friend, FRANK, is on hand to offer advice, information and support about drugs.

FRANK is honest, informed, sensitive, ever-present and available at the end of the phone: 0800 77 66 00 or on the web to talk to young people, parents and carers concerned about drugs.

The Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) leads the Government's response to some of the biggest issues facing the country: welfare and pension reform. It is a key player in tackling child poverty. It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers.

DWP plays a vital role in making a difference to millions of people in Great Britain every day, helping them to lead safer, fairer and more rewarding lives, free from poverty.