ADHD Connections

Email: adhdconnections@hotmail.com

We are a charity providing peer to peer support for families and children with ADHD across Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.

We share good practice and useful advice, as well as understanding the difficulties faced by families who are supporting children and young people with ADHD.
We provide support and activities for families and work alongside schools and local authorities to improve policies and support for children with ADHD.


Baobab Bach

Email: hello@baobab-bach.org | Tel: 07544 026 265

Baobab Bach was set-up with support in mind. Our Community Pantries offer signposting, support, a cuppa and a friendly chat as well as a bag of affordable food. Anyone can use our pantries – there is no means testing. We know that everyone struggles to make ends meet sometimes, so let us help you. Best of all – we re-distribute surplus foods that would otherwise go to landfill – so we are helping the planet together.


Boloh the Black and Asian Family Helpline

Email: helpline.barnardos.org.uk | Helpline: 0800 151 2605

In Urdu and Hindi the word Boloh means “to speak or to talk”. We called the service Boloh Helpline because by sharing your experiences we are able to support you. We are here to help!

Boloh Helpline offers advice, signposting, emotional support and free therapy to adult asylum seekers UK Wide, practical and emotional support for Hong Kong BN(O) status holders who need support to settle into life in the UK, information, advice, and support for looking after a child with respiratory infection.


Bridge VIS
Tel: 01656 771398 (General Enquiries)

Bridge Vis is a local Society providing support to blind and partially sighted people OF ALL AGES within the Bridgend County Borough. We are here to provide a friendly voice, a helping hand and as much help and support as we can. This can be practical support such as help with your computer, advice where to find visual aids, magnifiers and talking books. It can also be that much needed emotional support, someone to talk to, go for a coffee with, an outing to the theatre or a visit around the local area.


Bridgend County Borough Council Children's Social Care

Tel: 01656 642 320

We work with children and families to protect and support children, young people, and their families or carers, to live safe fulfilled lives. To do this we:

  • provide information, advice and assessment
  • help protect children from harm or neglect
  • provide more intensive support for some children and families


Bridgend County Borough Council Common Access Point

Email: contactassessmentreviewteam@bridgend.gov | Tel: 01656 642 279
Address: Social Services & Wellbeing Directorate, Adult Social Care, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend. CF31 4WB

All new enquiries come through the Common Access Point. We do not take calls about child social care. We work with adults to provide the right care, support or protection for them. Some of the services we provide include:

  • information and advice
  • protecting vulnerable adults from harm or neglect
  • supporting people who care for others

A team member will ask more about the relevant circumstances. They will give information and advice that may help, and they can arrange a social care needs assessment if needed.


Bridgend Involvement Group
Email: bigbridgendlc@gmail.com | Tel: 07541 691 689 | Tel: 01656 763117

The Bridgend Involvement Group (B.I.G.) is a group of volunteers from Bridgend County Borough who are service users or ex-service users, working towards improving the quality of service provision. We provide advice, assistance and support to drug and alcohol service users within the area, helping them to make the right choices. We also contribute to local substance misuse service development in partnership with service providers.


Citizens Advice (Bridgend)

Tel: 01656 762 800

Address: 26 Dunraven Place, Bridgend. CF31 1JD
Online Advice: www.adviceguide.org.uk
We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.


Community Mental Health Advocacy Service
Email: cas@mhmwales.org | Tel: 01656 649 557

A community Advocate will listen to you and help you to express yourself in circumstances where you find it difficult, putting you first and enabling you to have your voice heard and acted upon.

An advocate will:

  • Listen to you.
  • Help you to voice your needs and choices.
  • Put you first.
  • Speak on your behalf if you want them to.
  • Help you to have your say.
  • Help you to make sure that your voice is heard when decisions are being made about you.
  • Respect your confidentiality and honour your right to view any information kept by the advocate about you.
  • Support you if you need to access specialist organizations for your financial, legal, benefit or welfare rights.

An Advocate will Not:

  • Make decisions for you
  • Make judgements about you
  • Give direct advice about financial, legal, benefit or welfare rights, although we can offer assistance and support in accessing other organisations that do specialise in these areas
  • Campaign on behalf of groups of individuals

Due to funding restrictions our Community Advocacy service is only provided within the Boroughs of Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.


Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (Bridgend)

Tel: 01656 752 449

The Crisis Assessment component of the service is for adults (18 yrs and over) who are in need of an urgent Mental Health Assessment. Urgent is defined as the person presents a risk to themselves or others or their mental health is at risk of serious deterioration without timely intervention. Referrals are accepted from the following:

  • Primary Care
  • Police and Court Liaison Team
  • Non-Statutory Agencies
  • Self Referrals  / Family / Carers
  • A & E and other parts of the General Hospital (Outside of 9-5)
  • Service Users of Mental health Community teams (Outside usual working hours)

What to expect: Telephone screening of referrals to ensure the service is the most appropriate for the person referred.Advice and referral to other services if a Crisis Assessment is not appropriate. A 4 hour response to accepted referrals, or preferred appointment time as agreed with patient / carer.


EYST - Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales

Email: info@eyst.org.uk | Tel: 01792 466 980

Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team aims to fill a gap in provision for young BME people aged 11-25 by providing a targeted, culturally sensitive and holistic support services to meet their needs.


EYST Multi-Lingual Helpline Wales

Email: helpline@eyst.org.uk | Helpline: 0808 801 0720 (Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm) | Text: 07537 432 416

Our helpline advisors can signpost you to relevant services in your area, provide specialist advice on employment, housing, health, education, benefits, your rights. We can provide information in a range of languages.


Gypsies and Travellers Wales

Email: info@gtwales.org.uk | Tel: 02920 214 411

We support and enable Gypsies and Travellers to achieve an equitable and high quality standard of living.


Independent Professional Advocacy
Email: ipa@mhmwales.org

Tel: (Bridgend) 0800 801 0330

Tel: (Neath Port Talbot & Swansea) 0300 10 249 70

The Independent Professional Advocacy is the first port of call if you need:

  • help to be heard
  • help to understand social services
  • or if you feel you're not getting the right support to stay independent

We'll help you get to the right social service, make sense of your options and understand your situation, having someone to speak for you and to advocate on you behalf.


KPC Youth and Community
Email: info@kpcyouth.com | Tel: 01656 749 219 / 01656 745 399

At KPC we care about three things: our Youth, our Community and Change.KPC provides training, recreation, advice and support to help improve the well being of people living in Bridgend County.


Local Community Coordinators

Tel: (Garw Valley) 07794 052 489

Tel: (Ogmore Valley) 07813 002 525

Tel: (Llynfi Valley) 07815 579 082

Local community coordinators support individuals to access support in their community and support to identify their strengths and to promote health and well-being. Supporting community groups to develop and meet community needs.


Nearest Relative

Email: imca@mhmwales.org | Tel: 01656 649 557

Nearest Relative is a special term used in the Mental Health Act 1983. It gives a family member or a person appointed by the court the rights and responsibilities when someone is:

  • Detained in hospital under sections 2, 3, 4 or 37 of the MHA
  • Under a Community Treatment Order, or under Guardianship

The Nearest Relative role is an important safeguard for people who are affected by the Mental Health Act. The role of the Nearest Relative is to making sure that a person’s rights are protected when they are unwell. It is important to be aware that the NR and the ‘next of kin’ can be two different people. The next of kin is usually a relative or close friend chosen by someone soon after they are admitted to any sort of hospital. The next of kin has no legal powers under the Mental Health Act. However professionals should aim to identify carers as well as the nearest relative and, if agreed by the patient, involve them in discussions.


The Zone

Tel : 01656 649 378

The Zone is a community centre set up to support all members of the borough. As well as providing advice and guidance on topics including; parenting (toddlers through to teenagers), money management, nutrition & healthy eating, health & well being and many more besides, The Zone can also help you to develop your CV and assist in job searching. The Zone also offers free training courses at the centre.