Veterinary Defence Society
Tel: 01565 652737
Can only be used by VDS members, very supportive advisors.


British Veterinary Association

Tel: 020 7636 6541
For members only but useful legal and employment advice services.

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Free legal support services

We understand that legal disputes can be costly and stressful. That’s why we’ve sourced free legal support for our members as part of their membership package.
Legal services include:

  • Free legal helpline – for professional and personal issues
  • Free mediation service
  • Additional support for employee members
  • Additional support for employer members
  • Access to the legal services
  • New members, including lapsed members who are re-joining the association, can no longer access our wider legal services if they have pre-existing employment disputes or disputes that occur within their first three months of membership.

Free legal helpline

BVA members can access a free legal advice line 24 hours a day, 365 days, a year to speak to a team of specialist legal advisors about any professional or personal subject.

RCVS
Tel: 020 7222 2001
Advice & guidance provide advice to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and the public on what constitutes good professional conduct.

Help Lines Network NI 
This website lists most of the Helplines available in Northern Ireland. Listen – Support – Inform.

The Links Group
The Links Group is a multi-agency interest group that promotes the welfare and safety of vulnerable children, animals and adults so that they are free from violence and abuse.

Childline
Call us free on 0800 1111
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through whether it’s big or small.

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Our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you.

NSPCC
Tel: 0808 800 500
Every child deserves the best possible chance to rebuild their life after abuse That’s why we’re here.

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We’re the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Join us in the fight for every childhood.

*** NB Childline & NSPCC now work together both websites have lots of useful information

Women’s Aid
Tel: 0808 802 1414
Local Women’s Aid groups deliver a range of specialised support services throughout Northern Ireland to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

Cause
Tel: 0845 6030291
Their vision is a society which recognises, respects, values and actively supports the central role of families, partners and friends who care for loved ones who have experienced serious mental illness.

Lifeline
Tel: 0808 808 8000
Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.

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No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.

Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and help, in confidence.

Lifeline counsellors are experienced in working with trauma, suicide, self-harm, abuse, depression and anxiety. You will receive immediate help on the phone. Should you need further support we can provide a face-to-face counselling appointment in your local area within seven days.

Rural Support Northern Ireland
Helpline : 0845 606 7 607
Our volunteers understand the challenges and issues facing farmers and rural dwellers. They have experience in helping individuals deal with various issues and providing support in making difficult decisions.

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Rural Support provides a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families across Northern Ireland through its helpline. We can also provide face to face support, help you source information and advice about a wide range of issues.
Everyone’s circumstances are different. We will take time to listen carefully to your concerns and needs and we will work with you to find the best way ahead.
Help with family issues. Changing family circumstances such as relationship breakups or bereavement, planning for the future, whether it be making a will or considering retirement, can cause worry and stress. Having someone to talk to outside of the family can help.

Help with health issues Isolation, loneliness and lack of access to services can lead to feelings of stress and depression. Our volunteers understand the challenges and issues facing farmers and rural dwellers. They have experience in helping individuals deal with various issues and providing support in making difficult decisions.

When you contact us we will:
Listen/Not judge/Keep information confidential/Only do what you want us to do/Agree the next steps with you.

We can support you by:
Listening/Visiting/Accompanying/Helping you find advice/Explaining /Mentoring.

All calls are confidential and the helpline operates from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week (voicemail and support options available at all other times).

Samaritans
Tel: 116 123
Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

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You don’t have to be suicidal.

Find out why our service works and what you can expect when contacting us.
If you have any concerns about our service before you try it, hear from others about how we’ve helped them. Please don’t suffer alone.

British Veterinary Nursing Association
Tel: 01279 408644
BVNA Members can benefit from free advice and support regarding well-being, careers and financial matters.

Non Emergency Local (NI) Support
24hr Emergency Support (UK)
0303 040 2551