National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux offers these useful fact sheets, covering issues such as employment, housing and taxation
See where your nearest CAB is. National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux site. Free advice on all subjects. Click on to get advice on several social policy areas.
Local Consumer organisations with contact details and location maps.
Neetside Community Centre

Bude-Stratton Community Project, Neetside, Bude EX23 8LB, UK – 01288 353403

Osteopath appointment. Very helpful reception staff and Very good Osteopath!! I highly recommend Alix Stokes.

This is a lovely place to get information also for having meetings in. There are many different rooms here and its also very clean and welcoming xx

Stonebridge Associated Colleges

Stonebridge House, 42 Ocean View Rd, Bude EX23 8ST, UK – 01288 356300

I have completed 2 courses with Stonebridge. On both occasions I have been fortunate to encounter a high quality distant learning service. I would recommend Stonebridge to my friends and family. During my studies it was helpful to proceed with the course at my own pace to help me balance my work and studies. The feedback I received was prompt and the comments were always helpful and encouraging. The course material was easy to access and follow. Thank you Stonebridge for the opportunity and keep providing the excellent distant learning service in the future.

Studying with Stonebridge Associated Colleges has been a fantastic experience. I have recently completed an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences & Humanities) with the college, which due to geographical constraints would have been impossible for me to achieve at a conventional 'red brick' college. Moreover, being able to set my own schedule for completion of the course allowed me to factor in extra time for events I knew were coming up, such as a house move - something a local college couldn't have accommodated. The quality of the course materials provided was second to none, with excellent suggested reading materials to enhance your understanding and obtain grades from the higher end of the spectrum with due diligence. Having studied for professional qualifications from distance before with other providers, at the start of the course I was quietly resigned to being left to my own devices with anything I didn't understand - nothing could have been further from the truth! The support provided has been better than I could have hoped for even at a conventional college, and the knowledge and expediency of the tutors really facilitates achievement. Of course, studying from distance does have its own inherent challenges, but if you are considering an Access Diploma then I'd argue this is in fact a positive, as the discipline and scheduling required will be what is needed to succeed at university - and this seems to be looked very favourably upon when mentioned in personal statements! Whilst my grades are awaiting ratification, I fully expect to exceed the requirements for my university, a Russell Group institution very near the top of the league tables for my chosen degree. I am rarely compelled to write reviews, especially gushing ones such as this, but Stonebridge really have exceeded my expectations in every way possible. My comments only refer to my chosen Access Diploma, however if the quality of content and support for their other courses are half as good as they were for this, I wouldn't hesitate to study with them again.

Carol Ince Counselling

1 Melliars Way, Bude EX23 8HB, UK – 01288 355096

The National Careers Service is a Government run service and so totally neutral. It has recently be redesigned and so well worth a look. They cover:
  • CVs
  • Skills health check reports
  • action plans
  • course searches
Job profiles - Find out what a job involves and if it's right for you.

Skills health check - to find out what kind of jobs could suit you.

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Find your nearest Jobcentre plus loads of other stuff. Boring but it is all there!
Local disability and special needs services with contact details and location maps.
Disabled Person's Tax Credit
Telephone helpline 0845 605 5858
Textphone 0845 608 8844 or click the Disability Rights link below
Child Maintenance Service (The Child Support Agency is part of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. Its role is to make sure that parents who live apart from their children contribute financially to their upkeep by paying child maintenance.
You may not always have family service nearby but these are your nearest sexual health and family planning centres serving Bude
National Council for One Parent Families in England and Wales
Support for one parent families in Scotland. Runs the National Lone Parent Helpline for advice and help. Freephone 0808 801 0323
Local social services and Welfare Organisations serving the area around Bude and Cornwall
HMRC Website - another 'snappy' government site with everything there if you can keep at it!