Self Referral


Contact IAPT

Are you feeling depressed or stressed? Low mood?

Please contact IAPT / Talking Therapies

This service provides talking therapies for stress, low mood, depression and anxiety for adults 18 and upwards in Waltham Forest. Please contact them 0300 555 1271 further information about the services they offer and to find out about self-referral.


In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

These organisations have codes of practice – they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the funeral yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • funeral director fees
  • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.

– Carers FIRST

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Carers FIRST

Carers first is a local organisation that can provide a wide range of services to unpaid carers in Waltham Forest, including:

  • Help with Social Services
  • Support Groups
  • Trips and activities
  • A carers’ newsletter
  • A listening ear

To find out what kind of support is available, you can contact Carers First by telephone on 0300 303 1555.

Carers FIRST website