Organisations offering pastoral support for members

The charities and organisations listed in this directory are entirely independent of ELA. Their inclusion  does not constitute any kind of recommendation or endorsement by ELA

Legal support organisations


LawCare provide information and support to anyone in the legal community experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems.

Helpline 0800 279 6888 Monday - Friday 9am–5.30pm*
Live chat Monday & Wednesday 1.15-5.30pm, Thursday 9am-1.15pm.
Telephone: 0800 279 6888

support [at] (Email Lawcare)

Solicitors Benevolent Association – The Solicitors’ Charity

The Solicitors’ Charity is a charity working for solicitors both past and present and their families.

Telephone: 020 8675 6440

caseworker [at] (Email The Solicitors Benevolent Association )

Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme

The Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme offers free confidential help and advice for all solicitors in England and Wales, their families and employees on any problem troubling them, whether personal or professional.

sashelp [at] (Email the Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme)

The CILEx Benevolent Fund

The CILEx Benevolent Fund’s vision is to provide access to relevant guidance, information and support to CILEx members in England and Wales, who find themselves in an unavoidable financial hardship.

Telephone:  01234 841000

Email The CILEx Benevolent Fund

Scottish Solicitors Benevolent Fund

The Scottish Solicitors' Benevolent Fund provides assistance to solicitors qualified in Scotland, or their dependents, who are in need of financial assistance and whose circumstances meet the criteria set by the trustees for the payment of grants.

scottishlawagentssociety [at] (Email The Scottish Solicitors Benevolent Fund)

The Barristers’ Benevolent Association

The BBA exists to support, help and comfort those members of the Bar in England and Wales and their dependants who are in need, in distress or in difficulties.

Telephone: 020 7242 4761

Non-legal support organisations 
Abortion Talk

Enables individuals to talk about abortion in a supportive environment.

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help.

Helpline: 0800 917 7650

Emaill Alcoholics Anonymous


Arc provides support during antenatal screening and following the termination of a pregnancy.

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Aimed specifically at men. Their helpline is open between 5pm and midnight every day of the year.

Telephone (outside London): 0800 58 58 58
Telephone (London): 0808 802 58 58

Webchat (5pm – Midnight every day)


GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice and support for anyone affected by  gambling harms.

Helpline: 0808 8020 133

GamCare Live chat 

Marie Stopes

Provides support and information about reproductive choices.

The Menopause Charity

The Menopause Charity works to improve women's and healthcare professionals' understanding of the menopause.


MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463

info [at] (Email MIND)

Miscarriage Association

Operates a helpline and has an extremely informative website.

Narcotics Anonymous

NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs has become a major problem

Helpline: 0300 999 1212


NCT has useful resources about miscarriage and stillbirth.

Papyrus UK

Work with people under 35 who are having suicidal feelings. And with people who are worried about someone under 35. Their helpline is open 10am – 10pm in the week. And between 2pm and 10pm at weekends and bank holidays.


Telephone: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07786 209697

Email Papyrus UK


Petals is a baby loss counselling charity.


Refuge is an organisation supporting those who have experienced violence and abuse

Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Email Refuge


Respect is a UK domestic abuse organisation leading the development of safe, effective work with  perpetrators, male victims and young people using violence in their close relationships.

Helpline: 0808 80 10 327

Email Respect


Can be contacted by telephone, letter, e-mail and mini-com. There's also a face-to-face service, available at their local branches. They are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Telephone: 116 123

jo [at] (Email Samaritans)


A pregnancy and baby loss charity and provides support to individuals and families grieving a pregnancy loss.

Sane Line

They work with anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Their helpline is open between 4:40pm and 10pm every day of the year. They also provide a free text-based support service called Textcare.  And an online supportive forum community, where anyone can share their experiences of mental health issues.

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening)

Sane Line textcareSane Line Support Forum


Aimed at people over 55. Their helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Telephone:  0800 4 70 80 90

Email Silverline

Support Line

Support Line provide a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. Their opening hours vary so you need to ring them for details.

Telephone: 01708 765200

%20info [at] (E-mail Support Line)

Surviving Economic Abuse

A UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of economic abuse and transforming responses to it.

Contact Surviving Economic Abuse


Provides pregnancy and baby loss information and support