Going through tough times

If you or someone you know is going through a tough time there are plenty of organisations in and around Sudbury who can help.

Are you suffering from Domestic Abuse?Feeling low or anxious?In crisis or Financial difficulty?Lonely?Need emotional support?

Are you suffering from Domestic Abuse?

Compassion offer One to One Support, Support groups and a Befriending service. Please contact Caroline Duffy, Senior Volunteer, on 07581 288595 or by email [email protected] Click on the logo to go to their website for more information (it has a ‘quick exit’ button).

Feeling low or anxious?


The Samaritans are free to call and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 116 123 They are there to provide a listening ear and do not judge you or tell others.


Based in Sudbury, Kernos Provides counselling for people aged 5 upwards, helping you to regain your mental health and wellbeing. You can pay according to your means. For more information ring them on 01787 882 883 or email [email protected]

Just Talk Campaign offer Free drop in sessions!

Plus they offer face to face counselling at the low cost price of £5 with a Trainee Counsellor on placement.
They are working in collaboration offering placement opportunities to students studying at:
Colchester institute
West Suffolk College
Ipswich University
Suffolk University
The Matrix
Inspire College of Counselling
Anglian Ruskin University
Contact them at:

exploringU Centre for well-being, The Old Press Rooms, 54 Station Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SP
0330 120 0279
Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service are offering various free online workshops to help children, young people and their parents. Courses include:

  • Successful Study by the Youth Wellbeing Service for under 25’s
  • Raising Happy Resilient Children an online webinar monthly
  • Parenting the Anxious Child an online webinar monthly
  • Dealing with Feeling Anxious and Dealing with Feeling Down, both are monthly workshops, on different days, online
  • My Toolkit for Successful Study

Please visit www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/courses for more info.

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In crisis or Financial difficulty?

If you don’t have enough money to buy food for yourself and your family, you may be able to get a food box from the Storehouse. To receive emergency food from a Foodbank you will need a ‘food request slip’.  You can get this from the following people;

CAB                     Open House           Mental Health Services          Turning Point            Your Local Church
Job Centre           Social Services         Children’s Centres                   Catch 22                     some GPs
Solo Housing       Genesis Housing      Orwell Housing                 The Befriending Scheme office

If you are unable to get a food request slip, then please call them on 07973 710905 .  They hold weekly drop-ins on Tuesday and Friday 1-3pm at the Vineyard Centre, Tudor Road, Sudbury CO10 1NP (next to The Phoenix Children’s Centre.

The Storehouse foodbank will treat you with respect and dignity.  They will offer you a warm welcome, refreshments and a friendly chat. It is a Christian organisation but your own beliefs will be respected.

Have a Free Homecooked Lunch

Drop in on Mondays 12pm-2pm at The Suffolk Road Church, Suffolk Road, Sudbury. Contact 01787 311558 for more information. No Pressure, No Questions, just lunch and a friendly face.

Need clothing, household goods or bedding?

Drop in to Sudbury Community Depot at The Christopher Centre, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury.  It’s open on Mondays from 10 am to 12 noon (including Bank Holidays) and Thursdays 10 am to 1pm .  The Depot offers support to anyone who needs clothing, household goods or bedding.  They also have small pieces of furniture on site and will look out for  larger items such as sofas on your behalf.  Contact Teresa on 07462 108708 for more information.


In need of Friendship?

If you are isolated due to a physical disability, a learning disability or a mental health problem, The Befriending Scheme may be able to arrange for a volunteer Befriender to visit you or meet up once a week or so. The Befriending scheme works hard to get to know you so they can link you with a volunteer who has similar interests or hobbies. If you would like to have a 1-to-1 Befriender, please contact Danielle on 01787 371 333.

Need emotional support?

The Kernos Centre provides professional counselling and support for people with emotional and psychological difficulties in Sudbury and the surrounding area. Suitable therapy is available to everyone – with no financial constraints or time limit.

For help and information call Kernos on 01787 882 883, email: [email protected] or ask your GP for a referral.

Kernos Centre, 32-34 Friars Street Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AG



Chit Chat!

Informal Support and Friendship

A friendly support group, free tea, coffee and biscuits! Held at Christopher Centre fortnightly on Friday mornings. Contact Chit Chat on 07587984244

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