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Young People and Families
Older People
Relationships
Pets

Young People and Families

Directgov - Parents. Please visit their website at: www.direct.gov.uk

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Directgov - Young People. Please visit their website at: www.direct.gov.uk

Directgov - Caring for Someone. Please visit their website at: www.direct.gov.uk

Child Support Agency - tel: 08457 133 133 open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday, website: www.csa.gov.uk

Child Maintenance Options - an information and support service providing help to parents who live apart, tel: 0800 988 0988, website: www.cmoptions.org

Citizen's Advice Bureau - Family. Please visit their website at: www.adviceguide.org.uk

There are offices throughout the County

Bassetlaw: tel: 01909 476049

Mansfield: tel: 01623 627 163

Newark: tel: 01636 704 391

Nottingham: tel: 0115 9388050

Tax Credit Helpline can advise you on what payments you might be able to claim from the government. Please visit their website at: www.hmrc.gov.uk

Child Benefit Enquiry Line offers tax-free payment that you can claim for your child, available to anyone who qualifies regardless of income or savings. Please visit their website at: www.hmrc.gov.uk

Connexions Direct provides advice, support and guidance to young people (aged 13-19) about any issues from school, college, work or in your personal life. Please visit their website at: www.direct.gov.uk/en/YoungPeople

Get Connected. Please visit their website at: www.getconnected.org.uk

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The Lone Parent Helpline. Please visit their website at: www.loneparenthelpline.info

Youthinformation.com. Please visit their website at: www.youthinformation.com

Employment 4 Students. Please visit their website at: www.e4s.co.uk

NCC Youth Zone.

Nottinghamshire Libraries

Children can join the library as soon as they are born – and it’s free! Find out more about the children’s library service.

It’s free to borrow books from the library, and you can take up to 24 items at a time. Every library has a great choice of reads for children and young people of all ages, from board books and picture books for under-fives, to ‘learning to read’ titles and both fiction and non-fiction for older children. Every library has audio books and some titles are also available in large print or in other languages. Search the library catalogue.

Come along to a library Rattle, Rhyme and Roll session. It's a chance for you to have fun and share rhymes and songs with your baby and toddler - it's amazing how early babies respond to songs and music. The rhymes and rhythm also help with language development. All sessions last about 30 minutes and are free. Find out when your nearest session is held.

Toddlers under five will love coming along to Storyhullabaloo. They are relaxed sessions with stories, songs and all sorts of fun. Find out when your nearest Storyhullabaloo session is held.

Have you had your free Bookstart pack? Bookstart is a national programme that gives free books to children around eight months, 18 months and three years, along with guidance materials for parents and carers. You can collect a pack from your local library. Discover the fun of sharing and reading books together. Find out more about Bookstart.

Borrowing books from Nottinghamshire Libraries is now even more fun!  All children up to four years old can join in the Bookstart Book Crawl. All they have to do is collect a sticker each time they visit the library. When they have collected four stickers they earn a certificate. There are 12 certificates to collect, all designed by top children's book illustrators. Not only are these lovely keepsakes of your child's earliest years as a library member, they make great wall decorations for your child's bedroom! If you’re not sure which book to choose, have a look at some of our favourite titles.

Children can use PCs and the internet in libraries for free (with permission from parents or carers). Follow the links from the children's gateway for recommended websites and homework help.

Many libraries have free activity sessions for children during the school holidays. Search here to find out what’s on.

Nottinghamshire Libraries provide a host of different services for young adults: books and magazines, CDs and DVDs, free access to computers, information, jobs and career information. Find out more about our services for young adults.

Most libraries are open on Saturdays and in the evenings. Find out when your local library is open.

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Older People

Age UK provide a wide range of information and advice on issues that affect older people. Please visit their website at: www.ageuk.org.uk

Directgov - Over 50s Please visit their website at: www.direct.gov.uk

Directgov - Caring for Someone. Please visit their website at: www.direct.gov.uk

Concessionary Travel.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health teams provide a range of services for adults needing care and support. These services include homecare, meals at home, residential care, welfare rights advice, mobility services and services for people with disabilities.

Nottinghamshire County Council's 50plus programme has a range of services Helping people over 50 stay independent, active and healthy.

Nottinghamshire Libraries have a wide range of reading material, both fiction and non-fiction. Books are also available in large print and audiobook format. Search the library catalogue.

It’s free to join the library and borrow books! You can take up to 24 items at a time for three weeks and there are no overdue charges for people over 60. Find your nearest library.

Many libraries in the county can offer you free basic computer training. Some libraries offer training on an ongoing basis while others organise events, for example "Silver Surfers Week". Please ask about Try IT at your local library to find out what is available.

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Relationships

Directgov - Family and Relationships. Please visit their website at: www.direct.gov.uk

Citizen's Advice Bureau - Family CABs offer advice on family matters and individuals rights, should a partnership or marriage end. www.adviceguide.org.uk

A family sitting together There are offices throughout the County

Bassetlaw: tel: 01909 476049

Mansfield: tel: 01623 627 163

Newark: tel: 01636 704 391

Nottingham: tel: 0115 9388050

Relate campaigns to see relationship support for children, adults and families at the heart of the social justice agenda, tel: 0300 100 1234, website: www.relate.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline - a freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends colleagues and others calling on their behalf, tel: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours), website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Women's Aid - tel: 0808 801 0327, website: www.womensaid.org.uk

Men's Advice Line - tel: 0808 808 8141, website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Action on Elder Abuse - website: www.elderabuse.org.uk

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Pets

The RSPCA is warning that pets are becoming victims of the recession, after recording a 57 per cent rise in the number of abandoned animals in 2008.  If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is available from the RSPCA.tel: 0300 1234 555 Please visit their website at: www.rspca.org.uk

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