Services in Edinburgh

This page details a list of local support services in Edinburgh that you can contact for further support for your family. These services range from family support to specific support needs.

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Services in Edinburgh

Amina MWRC

Amina is a national organisation dedicated to addressing key issues affecting Muslim and minority ethnic women. Their helpline is a listening ear and signposting service for Muslim women across Scotland. They also run befriending projects and group activities for women in Dundee and Glasgow, and employability support in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth.

Amina MWRC
Greyfriars Charteris Centre
138/140 The Pleasance
Edinburgh EH8 9RR

T: 0808 801 0301 (helpline)
T: 0131 662 6850 (Edinburgh office)
E: info@mwrc.org.uk
W: www.mwrc.org.uk

BECSS (Barnardo's)

Edinburgh Community Support Services (BECSS) is a joint initiative between Barnardo’s and City of Edinburgh Council. BECSS is a multi-disciplinary team providing direct support to children and families to ensure that as many Primary to Secondary children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs as possible can remain in their own schools, families and communities, wherever that is safe and appropriate.

BECSS
Barnardo’s
111 Oxgangs Road North
Edinburgh EH14 1ED

T: 0131 446 7000
E: communitysupportservices@barnardos.org.uk

Big Hearts Kinship Care Programme

Big Hearts is the official charity of Heart of Midlothian Football Club. Their Kinship Care Programme is run in partnership with Mentor and other community partners, and provides an after school club, school holiday football coaching, football tickets for kinship families and more.

Big Hearts Community Trust
Tynecastle Stadium
Mcleod Street
Edinburgh EH11 2NL

T: 0131 334 8512
E: kinship@bighearts.org.uk
E: admin-scotland@mentoruk.org
W: www.bighearts.org.uk/programmes/kinship-care-programme

CAERN (Barnardo's)

CAERN, Barnardo’s Intensive Behaviour Support Service, works with children who have learning disabilities and/or autism. They provide an overnight respite service and also offer outreach and a therapeutic intervention service.

CAERN
Barnardo’s
Caern House
Gogarbank
Edinburgh EH12 9BZ

T: 0131 339 8840
E: isabel.mclaren@barnardos.org.uk

The Citadel Families Project (EVOC)

The Citadel Families Project works with families in the Leith area who have children between the ages of 5-9 who attend The Citadel’s Junior Club or Junior Group. We give priority to families where at least one child is looked after at home or is in kinship care, or where at least one child has a multi-agency’s child plan. Their services incorporate individual support, parenting courses and an open drop in for parents/carers to access information and advice.

Citadel Families Project
Citadel Youth Centre
175 Commercial Street
Edinburgh EH6 6JE

T: 0131 554 0510
W: www.evoc.org.uk/networks/children-young-people-families/early-years-change-fund/citadel-youth-centre

Community Help & Advice Initiative (CHAI)

CHAI provide a range of support and advice services to people living in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including a free and confidential advice service and a furniture recycling project for low-income families.

CHAI Head Office
ELS House
555 Gorgie Road
Edinburgh EH11 3LE

T: 0131 442 2100

CHAI South Edinburgh
CEC Office
40 Captains Road
Edinburgh EH17 8HR

T: 0131 529 7249

T: 0131 442 1009 (CHAI Advice Service)
E: chai@chaiedinburgh.org.uk
W: www.chaiedinburgh.org.uk

Conflict Resolution Service (Cyrenians)

The Cyrenians Conflict Resolution model offers a dual approach to helping young people and families overcome conflict and other destructive behaviour patterns. Their team includes both specialist mediators and trained support workers who – from one case to the next – might work together or independently of one another to provide a tailor made service for each client. Cyrenians run a number of services across Edinburgh and East Lothian – get in touch to find out more.

Conflict Resolution Service
Cyrenians
Norton Park
57 Albion Road
Edinburgh EH7 5QY

T: 0131 475 2405
E: conflictresolution@cyrenians.scot
W: cyrenians.scot/family-people/conflict-resolution/mediation-and-support

Dr Bell's Family Centre

Dr Bell’s is a welcoming place where families with young children can get encouragement, support and advice in a relaxed environment. Dr Bell’s provides a range of support services and facilities for local families, including a community café with free Wi-Fi, a crèche for families in Leith and the surrounding areas, employment advice and access to training and learning opportunities, parent support, counselling, therapeutic play , and health and well-being appointments, cookery classes, and a summer programme for local families.

Dr Bell’s Family Centre
15 Junction Place
Edinburgh EH6 5JA

T: 0131 553 0100
E: administrator@dbfc.org.uk
W: www.drbells.co.uk

Edinburgh EASE (Action for Children)

EASE provides a flexible and holistic package of intensive support to young people who are involved in offending behaviour, have substance misuse issues, display high risk behaviour, are accommodated, have housing/homelessness issues, or are otherwise vulnerable. They provide a wide range of support services that are tailored to the individual needs of our young people to assist them make positive changes in their lives.

Edinburgh EASE
Action for Children
c/o Youth Offending Service
City of Edinburgh Council
Level 10, High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1YJ

T: 0131 529 6700

Families Together (Mentor)

Mentor’s Families Together project is a family support programme tailored specifically to the needs of kinship families. Their team of family support workers and youth workers offer tailored one-to-one support to carers and children and young people. The project also runs a range of peer support groups, youth activities and residential outings.

Families Together
Mentor
111 Oxgangs Road North
Edinburgh EH14 1ED

T: 0131 334 8512
E: admin-scotland@mentoruk.org
W: mentoruk.org.uk/programmes/families-together

Family Group Decision Making Team (City of Edinburgh Council)

The Family Group Decision Making Team at the City of Edinburgh Council aims to bring a child’s family together to make decisions for their welfare. The process draws on the strength of the extended family and aims to reduce the number of children care for outside of their own families and to increase the number of kinship care placements.

Family Group Decision Making Team
City of Edinburgh Council
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh EH8 8BG

T: 0131 221 2210
E: cf.familygroupdecisionmaking@edinburgh.gov.uk
W: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20100/support_for_families/217/family_meetings

Family Mediation Lothian (Relationships Scotland)

Family Mediation Lothian supports families and children who are experience break up; they aim to minimise any negative effects and, where possible, prevent them from happening at all. They run a range of services, including a telephone information service, mediation services, child contact centres and children’s groups.

Family Mediation Lothian
37 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 2HN

T: 0131 226 4507
E: info@familymediationlothian.org
W: www.familymediationlothian.co.uk

Firsthand Lothian

Firsthand Lothian supports families with children with disabilities and disadvantaged families in the Edinburgh area. Their skills staff and volunteers help build resilience by working with families in their community, providing support, respite care, guidance and information.

Firsthand Lothian
8B Mcdonald Road
Edinburgh EH7 4LZ

T: 0131 523 1322
E: info@firsthand-lothian.org.uk
W: www.firsthand-lothian.org.uk

Fostering Compassion

Fostering Compassion uses animal and nature-themed workshops to help children who have experienced trauma in their early years. They work with both children and their carers to develop nurturing behaviour and to help families bond and thrive.

Fostering Compassion
The Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears
54 West Windygoul Gardens
Tranent EH33 2LA

T: 01875 614 899
E: lesley@fosteringcompassion.org
W: www.fosteringcompassion.org

Harbour Project (Circle)

The Harbour Project works with children and families affected by parental drug and/or alcohol use in Edinburgh. They provide a range of support to children and parents / carers, addressing issues such as behaviour, school, and access to other services.

The Harbour Project
Circle Harbour Project
18 West Pilton Park
Edinburgh EH4 4EJ

T: 0131 552 0305
E: info@circle.scot

Haven Project (Circle)

The Haven Project is based in Craigroyston Primary School and provides support for families with children under 12. They offer a range of individual and group support for children, and training for parents / carers, to improve the general wellbeing of the whole family.

Circle Haven Project
c/o Craigroyston Primary School
Edinburgh EH4 4PX

T: 0131 332 9269
E: info@circle.scot

Home Link Family Support

Home Link Family Support is an award-winning charitable organisation supporting families with young children in Edinburgh and Midlothian. They work with families in their own homes to ensure the best start in life for children. They provide a range of services including systemic family counselling, family support (using trained volunteers to provide family-learning experiences) and a young parents’ service.

Home Link Family Support
1 Dalkeith Road Mews
Dalkeith Road
Edinburgh EH16 5GA

T: 0131 661 0890
E: info@homelinkfamilysupport.org
W: www.homelinkfamilysupport.org

Home-Start

Home-Start centres provide a range of support to families with at least one child under five years old. Each centre has trained volunteers who support families who may be struggling with isolation, physical health, bereavement or a range of other issues.

Home-Start Edinburgh West & South West
108A-110A Gorgie Road
Edinburgh EH11 2NP

T: 0131 347 2881
E: help@hsew.org.uk
W: www.hsew.org.uk

Home-Start Leith & NE Edinburgh
247 Leith Walk
Edinburgh EH6 8NY

T: 0131 553 7819
E: admin@homestartleith.co.uk
W: www.homestartleith.co.uk

ISSEP (Circle)

Circle’s Inter School Social Education Project (ISSEP) works with primary-aged children in the Pilton area. They provide one-to-one mentors (who are 5th and 6th year students) one afternoon per week for the whole school year. The project helps to support homework and learning and provides fun activities; for mentors it offers volunteering experience and a chance to increase confidence and skills.

Circle ISSEP Project
18 West Pilton Park
Edinburgh EH4 4EJ

T: 0131 552 0305
E: info@circle.scot

The Junction

The Junction is a safe, friendly, confidential centre which offers lots of health-related services, education and support for young people in Leith and North East Edinburgh aged 12-21. The Junction aims to promote long-term prevention of health problems, to raise young people’s awareness and self-esteem and to enable them to make informed choices about their health and well-being.

The Junction
82-86 Great Junction Street
Edinburgh EH6 5LL

T: 0131 553 0570
W: the-junction.org

Kindred Advocacy Helpline Team

Kindred Advocacy exists to ensure that families of children with additional support needs in Scotland will have the information, services and emotional support that they need to care for their children to their best ability. Their helpline team provide support, information and advocacy around a range of issues, including health, education, social work, housing and CAMHS. They can also offer a block of 5 free counselling sessions to parents/carers whose children are at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

Helpline Team
Kindred Advocacy
7 Rutland Court Lane
Edinburgh EH3 8ES

T: 0800 031 5793
E: enquiries@kindred-scotland.org
W: www.kindred-scotland.org/helpline-team-edinburgh-based

Kinship Support Team (City of Edinburgh Council)

The Kinship Support Team at the City of Edinburgh Council currently provides one-to-one support based on tailored support plans to over 60 families. The team also run an advice line and email service for information and guidance on any issue. Each year they host a Christmas party and an Easter holiday activity programme. You can also sign up to their email and mailing list for updates on local events, training opportunities and other relevant news.

Kinship Support Team
City of Edinburgh Council
Westfield House
5 Kirk Loan
Edinburgh EH12 7HD

T: 0131 529 2588
E: kinshipsupport@edinburgh.gov.uk
W: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20078/children_and_families/629/kinship_carers

MCFB (Multi-Cultural Family Base)

MCFB works with children and families who are experiencing difficulty. Many of these families are from BME communities and are often new migrants. They run a range of projects that help families deal with issues such as housing and finance, emotional issues and discrimination.

MCFB
50 Coburg Street
Edinburgh EH6 6HE

T: 0131 467 7052
E: management@mcfb.org.uk
W: www.mcfb.org.uk

Multisystemic Therapy (City of Edinburgh Council)

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family and community based intervention for children and young people aged 11-17, where young people are at risk of out of home placement in either care or custody due to their offending or having severe behaviour problems. The key goals of MST are to break the cycle of anti-social behaviours by keeping young people safely at home, in school, and out of trouble.

T: 0131 529 7552
E: beth.liddle@edinburgh.gov.uk
E: claire.kirbitson@edinburgh.gov.uk
E: pei-i.yang@edinburgh.gov.uk

Nordoff Robbins Scotland

Nordoff Robbins use music therapy to help people with a range of conditions including learning disabilities, neurological disorders, life-limiting illness, brain injury, cerebral palsy, mental health issues, trauma, stroke and dementia.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland East
4 Logie Mill
Unit 3, Beaverbank Business Park
Edinburgh EH7 4HG

T: 0131 629 6363
E: kristinmacdonald@nrscot.org.uk
W: www.nordoffrobbinsscotland.org.uk

Pilton Community Health Project

Pilton Community Health Project has been working in the Pilton area since 1984. Their projects on issues including food, physical activity and counselling; and they run a range of groups and activities for local people to join, and can usually arrange free childcare for children under 12 for people using their services.

Pilton Community Health Project
73 Boswall Parkway
Edinburgh EH5 2PW

T: 0131 551 1671
E: admin@pchp.org.uk
W: www.pchp.org.uk

Place2Be

Place2Be works in primary and secondary schools, offering therapeutic and emotional support to children and families. They currently work in Edinburgh, Glasgow and North Ayrshire, in schools that are dealing with some of the most troubled children and young people in areas of significant deprivation. Place2Be only works in certain schools, but you find out on their website if they are working in your child’s school.

Place2Be
13-14 Angel Gate
326 City Road
London EC1V 2PT

W: www.place2be.org.uk/what-we-do/where-we-work/our-work-in-scotland

Play Rangers & Play Plus Toy Library (Smart Play Network)

Smart Play Network run two projects in Edinburgh. The Play Rangers service operates in Brunstane Primary School and Bingham Community Centre (see website for details); the project offers a range of exciting play opportunities for children in their outdoor environments. Play Plus is a toy library based at Inch House Community Centre. Parents/carers can join the toy library as a member and enjoy free open play sessions, where you can drop in to meet new families, and borrow or play with the toys.

Smart Play Network
16 Constitution Street
Edinburgh EH6 7BT

T: 0131 554 2620
W: www.smartplaynetwork.org

The Priory Wellbeing Centre

The Priory offers a wide range of therapy services, including one-to-one therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and group sessions to treat a wide range of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, stress and resilience, addictions, and self-esteem issues.

Priory Wellbeing Centre
9-10 St Andrew Square
Edinburgh EH2 2AF

T: 0808 250 1232
W: www.priorygroup.com/location-results/item/the-priory-edinburgh-consulting-rooms

Richmond's Hope

Richmond’s Hope is a Scottish Charity which provides individual and group support for bereaved children and young people age 4 to 18 years old from Edinburgh and the Lothians. They also offer telephone support and advice to parents, carers and professionals in Scotland.

Richmond’s Hope
227 Niddrie Mains Road
Edinburgh EH16 4PA

T: 0131 661 6818
E: info@richmondshope.org.uk
W: www.richmondshope.org.uk

Safe Families for Children Scotland

Safe Families for Children Scotland provides isolated families going through a difficult time with support and guidance by offering friendship, resources and a short break for children until their parents are back on their feet with a stable support network around them. With just a little extra help, we can prevent crises from spiralling into the situations that force children into care.

Safe Families for Children Scotland
33A Haddington Place
Edinburgh EH7 4AG

T: 0131 603 8430
E: scotland@safefamiliesforchildren.com
W: www.safefamiliesforchildren.com/regions/scotland

The Spark Counselling Edinburgh

The Spark is a leading provider of couples counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling and family counselling in Scotland. In Edinburgh, they offer a range of face-to-face, online and telephone appointments for couples counselling, marriage counselling, relationship counselling and youth counselling.

The Spark Counselling Edinburgh
3 Rutland Square
Edinburgh EH1 2AS

T: 0808 802 0050
E: appointments@thespark.org.uk
W: www.thespark.org.uk/relationship-support-for-couples-individuals/local-counselling-locations/spark-counselling-edinburgh

The Speech Language Communication Company (SLCo)

SLCo has a range of information services that provide help and advice to parents and carers about speech, language and communication. Their staff cover Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Edinburgh and Lothians, Glasgow, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Borders and Western Isles; they organise local support groups, workshops, one-to-one support, and can arrange a Speech Language Therapist guided support service.

The Speech Language Communication Company
42 -44 Castle Street
Dundee DD1 3AQ

T: 01382 250 060
text: 07580022151
W: www.speech-language-communication-company.uk

Stepping Stones North Edinburgh

Stepping Stones North Edinburgh is a voluntary organisation that provides support services to young families living in the North Edinburgh area. They aim to promote and support the social development and education of families with young children. They provide a range of individual, groupwork, training and childcare support from their family centre, and also provide outreach services, including parenting support, home visits and counselling.

Stepping Stones North Edinburgh
10 Wardieburn Road
Edinburgh EH5 1LY

T: 0131 551 1632
E: info@steppingstonesnorthedinburgh.co.uk
W: steppingstonesnorthedinburgh.co.uk

Sunflower Garden (CrossReach)

Sunflower Garden works with children in Edinburgh who are affected by drug or alcohol misuse in their families. Based at Simpson House in Edinburgh, this free services was established in 2003 as part of CrossReach’s Children & Family Services. It is child-friendly and child-focused, and provides a range of therapeutic services to children aged 5-14.

Sunflower Garden Project
Simpson House
52 Queen Street
Edinburgh EH2 3NS

T: 0131 220 2488
W: www.crossreach.org.uk/sunflower-garden

Support in Mind Scotland

Support in Mind Scotland seek to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters. They run a range of projects for people affected by mental ill health throughout Edinburgh.

Support in Mind Scotland
Unit 6
Newington Business Centre
Dalkeith Road Mews
Edinburgh EH16 5GA

T: 0131 557 0718
W: www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk/edinburgh-services

VOCAL

VOCAL provides support for all types carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian. They work with unpaid carers to enable them to support their own needs and access the support and services they require. In doing so, they provide information, individual support, counselling and a range of other services.

VOCAL Carers Centre
8-13 Johnston Terrace
Edinburgh EH1 2PW

T: 0131 622 6666
E: centre@vocal.org.uk
W: www.vocal.org.uk

With Kids

With Kids is based in South West Edinburgh; they provide individual, social and practical support to children and families. They deliver a wide range of services, including play therapy, one-to-one and group support, and services in schools and local communities.

With Kids
1 Hailesland Road
Edinburgh EH14 2QS

T: 0131 453 6937
W: www.withkids.org.uk

The Yard

The Yard runs adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families in the east of Scotland. We offer disabled children and their siblings the chance to experience creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well-supported environment. Parents and carers also have the opportunity to meet other families and build a network of support.

The Yard
22 Eyre Place Lane
Edinburgh EH3 5EH

T: 0131 476 4506
E: info@theyardscotland.org.uk
W: www.theyardscotland.org.uk

YMCA Edinburgh

YMCA Edinburgh runs a range of projects for children and young people in Leith, Edinburgh and East Lothian. They run clubs, play schemes, schools work programmes, youth groups and mentoring schemes that aim to increase young people’s skills and confidence and provide a safe space where people of all ages can feel valued and respected.

YMCA Edinburgh
The Acorn Centre
1 Junction Place
​Edinburgh EH6 5JA

T: 0131 553 7877
E: admin@ymcaedinburgh.com
W: www.ymcaedinburgh.com