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Focusline Leicestershire

Focusline is a helpline for people experiencing mental health difficulties.  People living mental health conditions, their support network, or mental health professionals can all call to get a supportive, non-judgmental, listening respone in a crisis situation or for information on other services available to them locally or nationally.

Helpline is open from 5pm untill 1am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays.
Leicester Bipolar Self Help Group


An informal and friendly self help group for people that suffer with bipolar disorder, and also their friends and carers. The group is part of a MDF The BiPolar Organisation self help group. Provides a safe space for mutual support with others in a similar situation. New members are welcome to join and gain more confidence, make new friends, get practical advice and learn how to manage mood swings. Aims to help those who are needing to be heard, feeling isolated, or needing information or advice. Also aims to help those who are feeling angry about their diagnosis or unsure what to do and feel unable to to share their situation with friends or colleagues. Meets at The City Hall, Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ.

07970 905634 / 0207 931 6480
The City Hall, Charles Street, Leicester
LE1 1FZ.
2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
Telephone in first instance
Leicester Counselling Centre


Confidential counselling service offering long-term counselling for up to 2 years to adults in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The centre works with individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety or stress, relationship issues, past or present abuse, family problems, bereavement, money problems, work related problems and many other things. Clients are asked to make a financial donation towards counselling sessions on a self assessed basis. This is negotiable upon circumstances.

0116 255 8801
No 1 Lodge, Victoria Park, London Road, Leicester
Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm. Friday 9am-4pm
Self referral and via social care
Self assessessed donation
Leicestershire Autism Society

The Leicestershire Autistic Society (formed over 20 years ago) provides support, information and advice to families and professionals dealing with Autism in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. We are a volunteer led organisation, the vast majority of our volunteers being parents or carers of someone with ASD.

One of our main aims is to continually strive to raise general awareness of ASD. We are also represented on City and County Autism specific forums where we campaign for further improvements in: diagnosis, the provision of relevant specialist education services, making Child/Adult service planning more ‘autism friendly’, accessible play and leisure services for Children and Adults with ASD, and the provision of better support for adults with ASD.

Support Groups

We have a number of support groups situated around the City, County and Rutland.

Check the LinkUp for latest details.

Castle Donnington Group (SPACE)

The group aim to share information and arrange events for families with children on the Autistic spectrum.
When- Monthly, 1st and 3nd Saturday of the month, 10am to 12nooon.
Where- Community Lounge, Castle Donnington Community College, DE74 2LN
Contact:  Julie Truman 07988934446  or Sara Goodwin 01530 461660

Charnwood Autism Support Group (formerly Loughborough ASD Group)

This group is a small friendly group who meet for tea and coffee, a chat and to hear various speakers.
When- Last Monday of the month, 7:30pm
Where- John Storer House, Wards End, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3HA
Contact: Evelyn Halsall   01509 55 6376

Spectrum-Market Harborough

Spectrum-MH is a support group for parents and carers of children and adults with ASD in South Leicestershire.
When- 4th Thursday of month (term time), 7:30pm
Where- Congregational Church, High St, Market Harborough
Contact:   Helen Jordan   07831 349574                                                                      Website:


The Friendship Club

For 11-19yrs with ASD and moderate learning difficulties. Pre-registration is required as places are limited. See the registration details in the LinkUp newsletter (Info & Newsletter page of this website).

The group is also seeking parents who can volunteer to help on a rota basis.
When- 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm to 9pm.
Where- Cafe, Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, Leics LE18 4UZ.
Contact:   Diane Madelin   07722 914124


Jigsaw provides activities, support, information and advice for families with autistic children from 0-19 yrs. The group is run by parents.
When- 2nd and 4th Tues of the month. 7-9pm.
Where- Cafe, Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, Leics LE18 4UZ.
Contact:   Dave Nutting   07582 197173


Reality aims to support the whole family unit affected by ASD/Asperger Syndrome. No formal diagnosis is required. The group organises activities, trips and outings for the whole family.
When- Check LinkUp for details.
Where- Braunstone Sure Start, Gallrds Hill, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 1QR.
Contact:   Leisa Smith   0791 285 0517

The Monday Club

The Monday Club is a social group for adults (18+) with Aspergers Syndrome. The group meetings offer a warm, safe and friendly environment where planned opportunities are available for the group to help improve their social skills and experiences.
When- Check LinkUp for details.
Where- Check LinkUp for details.
Contact:  or the Project Manager 0787 3311 60


Translate hold informal monthly meetings for adults with Aspergers and those who love them. They offer support, an information pool and signposting to relevant support services.

When- Monthly, 1st Monday, 7:30pm
Where- Moira Centre, Moira Street, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3AX
Contact:   Paul & Jo Sandford   01509 554797


Living With Psychiatric Medication

Who are we?
Free, informal and friendly meetings open to all who have an interest in discussing issues about psychiatric medication. This independent group offers a space to share and gain knowledge and experiences in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere. Speakers are invited (eg pharmacists) and time is spent on group projects. The group meets at Soft Touch Arts, 69 Wellington St, Leicester (opposite Leicester Crown Court buildings).

Soft Touch Arts
50 New Walk, Leicester
Network for Change – Young Person’s Group


If you’re struggling with how you feel and need a talk, we are hear to listen. We aim to provide a safe & supportive environment for young people to meet up. The group is facilitated by understanding staff who can support you with problems, signposting, activities reduce social isolation & help to improve confidence.


0116 242 0335
15 Wellington St, Leicester
Thursday 1 – 4pm
Network For Change Supported Housing

Provides specialist housing related and personal support tailored to individual needs to adults with severe, enduring and/or complex mental health problems living in the city of Leicester. Network for Change is an award-winning local organisation with over 25 years of experience in delivering high quality, recovery-focused services. Home visits available.

0116 247 0335
15 Wellington, Leicester
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Self referral, via statutory or voluntary agencies
Contact Network for change – support can be purchased from personal budgets.