Links & help

On this page you will find links and contact details for a number of organisations that may be able to assist you:

Employment, looking for work, applying for benefits or help starting your own business

TUC WorkSmart
A web guide to all aspects of employment rights, your health at work, and pay and pensions. Also provides details on how to join a Trade Union

Free advice on redundancy and other workplace rights
Contact ACAS
08457 474 747

Jobcentre Plus
Search for jobs by phone or by using their website
0845 606 0234

Apply for Jobseekers Allowance and other benefits
Contact Direct Gov by phone or by using their website
0800 055 6688

Apply for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction
Contact Bristol City Council
0117 922 2300

Self employment
Information for small and medium businesses including starting your own business, funding, etc

Careers, Training and Education

National Careers Service
Provides access to independent, professional guidance on careers, skills and the labour market
0800 100 900

City of Bristol College
Free courses to help get back to work. Available across Bristol and don’t affect benefits. New courses are starting every week and run for just 2- 10 weeks
0117 312 5000

Learn Direct
Offers a range of courses to improve skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification
0800 101 901

Learning Communities Team
Free courses for adults with low or no qualifications
0117 903 9750

Advice services

South Bristol Advice Service
Free, independent and confidential advice to people in south Bristol experiencing difficulties with debt and Welfare Benefits
0117 985 1122

Bristol Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Free, confidential, impartial, independent advice

Shelter
National charity that runs a helpline on all aspects of housing
0808 800 4444

Bristol Debt Advice Centre
Specialist debt advice and advocacy for people living in Bristol
0117 954 3990

Avon & Bristol Law Centre
Free legal advice and advocacy service for unwaged and low paid people
0117 924 8662

Energy Saving Trust
Free and impartial advice on saving energy in the home
0300 123 1234