There are a number of support services available in Bangor and North Down from homelessness to befriending organisations. Find more information on Simon Community, Addiction NI, YMCA, Safe Zone, St Vincent de Paul, Christians Against Poverty, Women’s Aid, Volunteer Now, Age UK and Citizen Advice Bureau. Also download a list of all support services available for your ease of reference.

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salvationarmySalvation Army Befriending Service
Reaching out to serve – into the world of the hurting, broken, lonely, dispossessed and lost – caring, cheering, sharing, and declaring. Following  approaches from lonely people within the Bangor  community, the Salvation Army Bangor Befriending Service was formally established in the Spring of 2013: what began as a pilot project continues to expand in response to  growing demand and positive feedback. Read More … >


Safe Zone

Safe Zone is a project started in the early 1980s aimed at sharing God’s love with the vulnerable, disorientated and the needy in the town centre on busy weekend nights.

safezoneThe Safe Zone team is made up of volunteers from a number of local churches in Bangor and the surrounding area. A typical night with the Team might involve handing out bottles of water, hot tea/coffee and talking to people and offering support to those who are distressed or vulnerable.  As part of working towards creating a ‘Safe Zone’ the Team might also intervene in conflict situations and would try to calm any developing tensions on the street.

A mobile unit operates on Bangor Seafront on Friday and Saturday evening from 8pm – 2.30am and is monitored by the PSNI & CCTV. The unit provides information on support services for domestic violence, substance abuse and acts as a base for refreshments/chat and prayer.

To volunteer for the Safe Zone Team or for more information, please contact Phil Craig.


Womens Aid

womensaidWomen’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. We support a network of over 300 dedicated specialist domestic violence services across the UK.


Age UK

ageukWe believe in a world where everyone can love later life. Age UK is here to inspire, enable and support older people to help people make the most of later life.


Volunteer Now

volunteer-nowVolunteer Now works to promote, enhance and support volunteering across Northern Ireland. Volunteer Now is about connecting with individuals and organisations to build healthy communities and create positive change.

Volunteer Now enhances recognition for the contribution volunteers make, provides access to opportunities and encourages people to volunteer.

We provide training, information, guidance and support to volunteer-involving organisations on issues of good practice and policy regarding volunteering, volunteer management, child protection, safeguarding vulnerable adults and governance.


Citizens Advice Bureau

cabWe aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.


Store House North Down

storehousendStorehouse North Down exists to serve those families and individuals throughout the North Down area who have no where to turn. We believe that no one in the North Down area of Northern Ireland should have to go hungry.

Storehouse partners with many different charities and agencies throughout Bangor & North Down, who work day in and day out with families and individuals in difficult situations.

Through these partnerships Storehouse forms connections with those most genuinely in need. Often, through no fault of their own, or through poor choices, they’ve found themselves caught in cycles of poverty that seem impossible to break.

Storehouse aims to help break those cycles by providing emergency food packages for a set period of time.


Simon Community

simonSimon Community is a voluntary organisation based in Northern Ireland which provides emergency accommodation, advice and community support for people who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Call us if you are at risk of becoming homeless or you are homeless.


North Down YMCA

ymcaAims to provide a welcome to members in a meeting place which is theirs to share, where friendships can be made and counsel sought. Develop activities which stimulate and challenge its members in an environment that enables them to take responsibility and find a sense of achievement. Involve all members in care and work for others. Create opportunities for exchanging views, so that its members can improve their understanding of the world, of themselves and of one another.


Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

capWe are passionate about lifting people out of debt and poverty through our award winning debt help service and money management course, the CAP Money Course. We started in 1996 when John Kirkby gave up his successful career in consumer finance to help people out of misery and poverty associated with unmanageable debt. We have grown into a national charity with a vision to have a CAP Debt centre, opened in partnership with a local church, in every town and city across the UK.


Addiction NI

Calcohol2ounselling, support and information service for people aged 18+ who are affected by alcohol and drug misuse. Services are provided free of charge within community based venues or within the client’s own home.

• Alcohol Clinics – Single 20 minutes session involving an assessment, motivational advice and support

• Counselling Service – Suitable for those motivated to reduce drinking levels and alcohol related harm – up to 6 sessions

• Family Intervention Service – Aims to support adult family members affected by another person’s alcohol misuse. The person misusing alcohol does not need to be engaged in any other services for the family to avail of this service.


St Vincent de Paul

SVPThe St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known – the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.

The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.



externWe are the trusted, forward looking charity that changes people’s lives, by meeting them at their point of need. We bring solutions and deliver quality services reconnecting people with society, building better communities for us all. Extern operate out of YMCA building on High Street in Bangor and have taken over the role previously fulfilled by FASA in regard to addiction and substance abuse.