If you have questions about being estranged from family members in the COVID-19 crisis, we have put together two special editions of our podcast with therapist Jonathan and life coach Monika. Access them here: https://mailchi.mp/b197113f0c85/podcast-2705991
If you are here because you would like information and advice about family estrangement, we have a range of online guides to help with different situations, please visit: www.standalone.org.uk/guides/
Listen to our charity podcast if you want to hear from others who have experienced family estrangement.
Meeting others in a similar position
If you are here because you’d like to meet others in the same position in your locality please visit: www.standalone.org.uk/meeting-people/. We currently run facilitated support groups in the UK in Bristol and Manchester. We also run workshops throughout the year in London, Brighton and Sheffield. You can find out about our workshops first by signing up to our newsletter here.
Unfortunately, we don’t have plans to organise support groups or workshops outside of these locations at the moment. We understand there is a strong national (and international) need for our work, and it might be disappointing to find out that we are not facilitating support in your area yet. We are a young charity and we are purposefully working slowly and sustainably, to ensure we can deliver well-managed, safe, and supportive interventions that have a lasting impact.
Finding individual support
If you are here because you are seeking individual support with your estrangement, we have a list of counsellors and psychotherapists who have worked in collaboration with Stand Alone in England. They offer private one-to-one support, which is not funded by the charity. Please visit: www.standalone.org.uk/psychotherapists-counsellors-partnered-stand-alone/
If you work in the caring professions and would like to get more involved in Stand Alone, the first step is to register for our forthcoming specialist CPD training on family estrangement. For more details, please sign up to our newsletter here.
If you’re an estranged student at a UK University, or you’re planning to go to University, and you’re struggling to evidence your family estrangement with Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland, please write to The Student Loans Company’s new specialist team for estranged students: [email protected]. They can help if you can’t find the right evidence.
You can also find the right people to help and support you with student loans, finance and accommodation at your university here: https://www.standalone.org.uk/students/supportatyouruniversity/
Keeping up to date with news and helping out…
We do run events and workshops in other areas of the UK from time to time. If you want to be kept up to date about our events & activities, please sign up to the newsletter here. We won’t pass on your details to any other organisation. Or you can follow our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/standaloneworldwide/ and/or Twitter feed: @UKstandalone where you can find a lively online community of people talking about the issue of family estrangement.
If our website and work has been important for you, we would encourage you to make a donation, which can help us to keep hosting this website and expanding our support throughout the UK. You can visit our JustGiving page by clicking here. Or you can fundraise for us as you shop online with Easy Fundraising: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/standalonecharity/
If you would like to get more involved in Stand Alone, and would like to volunteer or fundraise for us, we’d love to hear from you. In the summer of 2019, we will start a new project which will bring more volunteers into the charity. This work will be focussed in London and Sheffield at first, but will spread to other areas of the UK from 2020 onwards. Please fill in this form if you are interested: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YRFBVVG
If you still feel that you want to get in touch with our small team, please use the form below:
Find out more about how we process your data and protect your privacy: https://www.standalone.org.uk/privacy/
Please note that we read all enquiries, but we receive a huge volume of correspondence. We are a very small team, and we all work part-time. As a small charity, we aren’t always able to reply quickly, and can’t provide individual advice and guidance about your personal situation. If you are feeling like you need to speak to somebody urgently, we recommend calling The Samaritans for free on 116 123 (UK). If you need advice or want to join a support group, or want to be kept up to date about our services please see the information above this form.