Where Can I Turn?

If you are here because you would like information and advice about family estrangement, we have a range of online guides to help with different situations, please visit: www.standalone.org.uk/guides/

If you are here because you’d like to meet others in the same position in your locality please visit: www.standalone.org.uk/meeting-people/. We currently run facilitated support groups in the UK in Sheffield, London and Newcastle. We also run workshops around the festive period in Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool. You can find out more and sign up by clicking here.

Unfortunately, we don’t have plans to organise support groups or workshops outside of these locations at the moment. We understand there is a strong national need for our work, and it might be disappointing to find out that we are not facilitating support in your area yet. We are a young charity and we are purposefully working slowly and sustainably, to ensure we can deliver well managed, safe, supportive interventions that have a lasting impact.

If you are here because you are seeking individual support with your estrangement, we have a list of counsellors and psychotherapists who have worked in collaboration with Stand Alone in England, and they offer private one-to-one support, which is not funded by the charity. Please visit: www.standalone.org.uk/psychotherapists-counsellors-partnered-stand-alone/

If you’re an estranged student at a UK University, or you’re planning to go to University, and you’re struggling to evidence your family estrangement with Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland, please write to The Student Loans Company’s new specialist team for estranged students: estranged@slc.co.uk. They can help if you can’t find the right evidence. You can also find the right people to help and support you with student loans, finance and accommodation at your university here: http://standalone.org.uk/students/supportatyouruniversity/

We do run events and workshops in other areas of the UK from time to time. If you want to be kept up to date about our events & activities, please sign up to the newsletter using the box at the bottom of our homepage. We won’t pass on your details to any other organisation. Or you can follow our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/standaloneworldwide/ and/or Twitter feed: @UKstandalone where you can find a lively online community of people talking about the issue of family estrangement.

If our website and work has been important for you, and has helped you, we would encourage you to share our new appeal, so we can grow and support others in new areas of the UK in the future: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/no-contact-with-family/

If you still feel that you want to get in touch with our small team, please use the form below:

Please note that we read all enquiries, but we receive a huge volume of correspondence. We are a very small team, and we all work part-time. As a small charity, we aren’t always able to reply quickly, and can’t provide individual advice and guidance about your personal situation. If you are feeling like you need to speak to somebody urgently, we recommend calling The Samaritans for free on 116 123 (UK). If you need advice or want to join a support group, please see the information above this form.