Support and Information for Parents and Carers
Local Support for Parent and Carers For up to date information on the support available for Parents and Carers in any part of Edinburgh download your local leaflet at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/pacs contact the Lifelong Learning Parent and Carer Support Team by emailing email@example.com or text 07860 736129 and the team will call you back.
Parenting Programmes- courses to help parents with their child or teenager’s behaviour
Face-to-face courses are currently postponed however Triple P (3-6 years and Primary) and Teen Triple P (11-16years) parenting programmes are still accepting online applications.
New for 2021
Incredible Years will be re-starting online, the team will also keep families informed about other types of support which may still be available.
Solihull Online Courses for Parents The Scottish Government is funding access to online courses for parents and carers. The following courses are available free for parents/carers in Scotland: Understanding Pregnancy, Labour, Birth and your Baby, Understanding your Baby, Understanding your Child and
Understanding your Teenager’s Brain. To access these courses for free, families need to use the code TARTAN. https://inourplace.heiapply.com/online-learning/
Edinburgh Lothians Twins and Multiples Free Antenatal Classes running online 5th and 12th Jan 7.30-9.30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lothian Breastfeeding Buddies Free and Friendly Online Drop in Groups Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.30-11.30am. Email: email@example.com Tel: 07732690813
Online Weaning Workshop Edinburgh Community Food and Dr Bells are running sessions giving advice on introducing food to your baby; babies aged 3-8months. Open to all families, priority given to families in Leith. Alternate Mondays at 1pm. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 467 7326.
Fussy Eaters Workshop – Edinburgh Community Food and Dr Bells Online sessions giving practical advice from a nutritionist for parents of children experiencing picky eating behaviours; for children aged 1-6 years, alternate Tuesday at 1.30pm. Open to all families, priority given to families in Leith To sign up email email@example.com Tel: 0131 467 7326.
Sleep Advice Sessions run by Home Link Family Support for Edinburgh families with a child under 5 years. Parents and carers can book an online support session to speak to a trained Sleep advisor and counsellor. Contact Cat Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07594327484
Food Box with Dr Bell’s Family Centre and Edinburgh Community Food. For parents of under 5s in the Leith area. Thursdays at 1.30pm. Online cooking group offering support in healthy cooking on a budget. Limited spaces, booking necessary. Email email@example.com or call 0131 553 0100.
FREE online cooking and nutrition sessions via zoom for parents with a child under 5. Learn to cook healthy meals for your family and find ways to reduce sugar intake and improve oral and general health. Please contact Jo Howie, firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 467 7326
FREE online cooking and nutrition sessions and Kitchen Canny workshops for Leith residents to learn ways to eat a healthy balanced diet in an affordable way. Please contact Louise Cairns, email@example.com, 0131 467 7326
Free or Low-Cost Activities and Support available during COVID-19
Free Online REHIS Food Hygiene Course improve skills and knowledge of food hygiene, health and allergy awareness and eating well for older people. Useful in gaining employment. Tel: Jo Howie, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 467 7326 or book at https://www.edinburghcommunityfood.org.uk/Pages/Events/
Free Cooking & Conversation Sessions for Single Parents – via Zoom each Wednesday 10:30 – 12:30pm. For more info call 07814078139 or email email@example.com
Craigmillar Community Grows (Carr Gorm Project in Craigmillar)- Food and Blether Group Mondays at 12.30pm from 4th Jan, online cooking and chat sessions. Walking Group Thursdays at 11am from 7th Jan.
Meet at Thistle foundation. Booking essential. Workshops at the Wauchope Garden Thu 1pm from 7th Jan, learn pruning techniques and help with raised beds, collect seeds, small plants etc. Families from EH15/16 most welcome. Booking essential. Contact Karin Tel: 07824838364 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Craigmillar Community Grows on Facebook.
Mums Walking Group with Dr Bell’s Family Centre. For mums of under 5s in the Leith area. Tuesdays at 9.30am. Limited crèche spaces available while the mums walk. Email email@example.com or call 0131 553 0100. Booking essential and waiting list in place.
The Alma Project (Arts and Mental Health) For adults with mental health problems, currently offering art and writing outings, zoom sessions, and telephone support. For more information or a referral form visit www.thealmaproject.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0770 36 39 334
Online Depression and Anxiety Support Group Health in Mind run a friendly peer led support groups to any adults affected by depression, low mood, stress or anxiety. Different groups are available at times on Monday afternoons, Monday evenings and Tuesday evenings. For more information email email@example.com before 3pm on the day you would like to attend. Or call 0131 225 8508 and leave a message. More information at https://www.health-inmind.org.uk/services/depression_and_anxiety_support_groups/d101/
Counselling Service for parents of under 5s in the Leith area at Dr Bell’s Family Centre. Crèchebuggy spaces available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 553 0100 for more information.
Free 1:1 Counselling for Single Parents – Currently online via video call or by phone. For more info call0131 556 3899 or email email@example.com
Wellbeing Calls- People Know How phone befriending service for adults who may be feeling isolated.From chatting about interests to sharing advice on accessing resources, Wellbeing callers are there to offera friendly ear. www.peopleknowhow.org/wellbeing-calls
Juno Pre and Postnatal Parents Online Peer Support Sessions Zoom peer support sessions for mums who are suffering or have suffered post-natal depression. A relaxed time for people to chat and gain advice and support. Mondays 8-9pm. Fridays 1-2pm. CLOSED until 4th January 2021 Email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24hours before the sessions for the zoom link. For more information visit www.facebook.com/junopmhsedinburgh/
NHS Mental Health Information Station Walpole Hall, Palmerston Place, EH12 5 AW Information on a range of adult mental health supports. Speak with an NHS Mental Health professional at the face to face drop in or Tel: 0131 537 8650 on Thursdays 9.30am-4.30pm. Email: MentalHealthInformation@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Ithrive Online space for Mental Health and Wellbeing Information in Edinburgh. Local information on services and support and links to self-help and self-management resources. www.ithriveedinburgh.org.uk
The Spark- Free Relationship Support and Counselling Free helpline for anyone over 16year experiencing family or couple relationship issues. In response to COVID some free counselling sessions will be available for individuals and couples needing more in-depth support, sessions will be provided by telephone and online. Tel: 0808 802 2088 Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-4pm. www.thespark.org.uk
With Kids Play Therapists have produced videos online around Emotional Wellbeing, Regulation, Tips and Strategies for Parents, Self-Care, Relaxation and Activity Ideas. Visit website www.withkids.org.uk Social Media https://www.facebook.com/withkids/ or https://twitter.com/withkidsscot
Conflict Resolution Sessions Free online sessions giving parents and carers who may be struggling with conflict at home, advice and support. Conflict Resolution Session Series- Understanding Anger 4th February, time tbc. For more information and to book visit https://scottishconflictresolution.org.uk/events For useful resources on conflict visit www.scottishconflictresolution.org.uk
Friday Night Zoom Quiz for Single Parents – each Friday 8:30 – 10:00 pm. For more info call 07814078139 or email@example.com
Safe Families A volunteer support service that connects with isolated families, offering services such as befriending, day and overnight hosting and practical resources for families. For more information visit https://safefamilies.uk/ or call 0131 603 8430. To make a referral please click on this link https://refer.safefamilies.uk and use code 94. Parents can self-refer or ask a professional to do this.
Homestart Leith and North East Edinburgh Support to families with at least one child under five years old. Staff and volunteers are able to support families who may be struggling with a range of other issues, remotely at present. Tel: 07532 373115/ 07815 313296 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fathers Support – 1:1 help for single fathers of children under 4yrs, needing help with parenting, advocacy and information. For more information call 07909 112 036 or email@example.com
Children 1st Dads Work Support for Dads and Male carers about raising children with confidence, their mental health and day to day parenting. Contact Niko Tel: 07908 399 944
Dads Rock Free monthly workshops via zoom including Antenatal, First Aid, Feeding, Hairstyle, Sleeping and Raising Children with Confidence workshops for both dads and mums. New Dads in the Wood outdoor play sessions on alternate Saturday mornings and monthly walks.
Dads whatsapp group also available. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07807 498709
Young Dads. Dads Rock offers 1:1 support for Young Dads, aged 30 or under. This support is face to face,
and over the phone, with practical as well as emotional support.
Becoming a dad during the coronavirus pandemic
Father Network Scotland have produced a leaflet for new dads and dads to be at this time. Visit the
Facebook page or http://www.fathersnetwork.org.uk
Shared Parenting Scotland Online meetings 7-9pm on the first Monday of every month with a family
lawyer to help separated parents who are not seeing their children or facing other lockdown issues. Free
online training on stress, communication skills and debt at http://www.learnsharedparenting.scot. For more
information and advice visit http://www.sharedparenting.scot Tel 0131 557 2440
Learn Digital Project- Support for adults to use computers and digital devices to stay connected, navigate
the web, complete coursework, find a job online, save money online and more visit People Know How at
Digital Drop-in with Edinburgh Libraries. Email: email@example.com to book a 1-1 remote
Big Hearts Kinship Care Helpline 0131 603 4927 firstname.lastname@example.org Advice on parenting peer
support and services for Kinship care families Mon-Thu 10am-4pm.
TransParenTsees Group run by and for parents, carers and guardians of transgender young people.
Meets on the 1st Monday of the Month. For more information email TransparenTsees@gmail.com
Circle – The Harbour Project Offers support to children and families affected by parental substance use
(alcohol and/or drugs) including parenting, family relationships and practical support. Children can be
referred for individual support through a partnership with the Sunflower Garden Project. There is also a
dedicated Fathers’ Worker. In North East contact Sam Black, Tel: 07703714761 Email:
Sleep Scotland Parent Support Line Guidance and support for parents and carers on their child or
teenagers sleep problems or young people themselves. Mon-Thu 10am-4pm Email
email@example.com and a sleep advisor will call you back.
Children 1st Parentline Scotland Free helpline, email and web-chat service offering advice and support
for parents and carers. Mon-Fri 9am- 9pm Sat and Sun 9am-12.30pm. From 24th Dec -4th Jan open each
day 10am- 1pm. Tel: 08000 28 22 33 https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/
Families Outside Support for families affected by imprisonment. Helpline Tel: 0800 253 0088 Webchat
NSPCC For parenting advice and support, contact trained online helpline counsellors Tel: 0808 800 5000,
weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends/ public holidays 9am to 6pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Lone Parent Helpline-One Parent Families Scotland Free information and advice for single parents.
Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.00pm Tel: 08088 010323 http://www.opfs.org.uk
Social Care Direct- Children and Families Social Work Request help or advice about a child or
vulnerable adult requiring support due to illness, disability or at risk or harm. Tel: 0131 200 2324 Out of
Hours 0800 7316969
Scottish Domestic Abuse 24 hr Helpline Support for Women experiencing domestic abuse or forced
marriage and their friends and family. Translation facilities available for callers whose first language is not
Parent Club The Scottish Government has put together lots of up to date information to help you and your
family cope with Coronavirus. Information on returning to school and nursery, changes to restrictions and
keeping children safe can be found at https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/coronavirus
Parenting Across Scotland website has useful information on the services and helplines available for
parents and carers in Scotland and a range of parenting support and advice.
http://www.parentingacrossscotland.org Information for you and your family- Coronavirus
EVOC Covid-19 Directory of Services For a list of other support services where you live visit
Additional Support Needs
Firsthand Lothian Matches a worker or volunteer with families who have one or more children under 16
years with additional support needs. Participating in activities and going to places with the child whilst
offering parents / carers some regular respite. Currently delivered 1:1 in the local community and remotely
via Zoom, What’s App and Portals. Tel: 0131 523 1322 and leave a message or email info@firsthandlothian.
org.uk for more information or to make an application visit http://www.firsthand-lothian.org.uk
Parent and Carer Information Sessions on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) For parents and carers
of children in Edinburgh Local Authority mainstream schools. Sessions will run on Microsoft Teams. The
sessions run in blocks of 5 different topics for: Pre School; P1-3; P4-7; P1-7 and Secondary. The next block
will run for parents and carers of P1-3 children starting 13th January 9.30-11am. Places can be booked until
18th Dec. P4-7 sessions will start on 23rd Feb 4-5.30pm. For more information or to book call Additional
Support for Learning on 0131 469 2850 or email email@example.com during term time.
Tailor Ed Virtual Support Services offer online group sessions to support children with autism and their
families. Online support sessions are available during the Christmas holidays including Weekday Circle
Times, Games sessions of interactive and visually supported activities, Fortnightly Quiz Night for parents.
For more info or to refer a family to access these events Tel: Roo 07518 040 115 or Kate 07980 702 962
Inspiring Disabilities- Jack Kane Community Centre For children and young people with additional
support needs and their family in Greater Craigmillar, Bingham, Magdalene and Portobello. For more
information, send a PM to the Jack Kane Facebook page or Tel: 07728 415 777.
Spectrum Music- run by Hear my Music are running specific participant led music sessions for children
with complex Autism who have struggled with returning full time to the classroom due to COVID. The
sessions will be run remotely initially, then potentially at home then school where appropriate. Instruments
and technical support can be provided. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel:
Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) Peer Support Groups for parents of children with additional
support needs are meeting online over Zoom and co-hosted with VOCAL. Also running a new peer support
group for parents who have adult children that has left school. Online workshops also run around knowing
your rights and how best to get the support you need. For more information Email email@example.com or
Tel: 0131 475 2350
Scottish Autism Right Click Online Support Programme For parents and carers of children and young
people on the Autism spectrum, a free online support programme specific to the age of their child. Women
and girls specific programme also available. Programmes run for five weeks on a rolling programme. For
more information or to register visit http://www.scottishautism.org/services-support/support-families/onlinesupport-
Scottish Autism Advice Plus Advice Line- Information, advice and support for individuals and families
about Autism. Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri 10am-4pm, Tue 10am-7pm. Tel 01259 222 022 call or email
firstname.lastname@example.org CLOSED 21st Dec-4th Jan. Also offering live Question and Answer sessions on
Facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/scottishautism/ Autism Friendly Relaxation presentation and Q&A
18th December 12pm. Visit https://bit.ly/PVFB1812
The Yard are offering online videos with play ideas, sessions and signed songs and stories for children
with additional support needs. Mindfulness and relaxation sessions for parents. Visit
https://www.theyardscotland.org.uk/Pages/Category/digital-sessions-and-content For more information on
play sessions for members visit http://www.facebook.com/TheYardScotland
Occupational Therapy Helpline for parents of children with additional support needs. Offers support and
advice around your child’s everyday life skills and difficulties experienced during COVID -19 pandemic. Tel:
07866 848453 9am-12pm Tue-Fri. No appointment system, so may need to wait until phone line becomes
free. Resources to support your child’s development
Speech and Language Therapy Helpline for parents of children looking for advice or support around their
child’s talking and communication. Mon- Fri 10am-12pm Leith Community Treatment Centre Tel: 0131 536
Boardmaker 30 free trial of Boardmaker online to support accessible online learning for every child.
The Action Group- Advice Service Benefits advice and support for families with a disabled child.
Tel: 0131 475 2315 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or email email@example.com. Leave a message
and an adviser will call back.
Kindred Support for parents and carers of children with complex needs. Assistance with benefits, grant
funding for aids and equipment, information and support on statutory care and support being discharged
from the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids. Tel 0800 031 5793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whizz-Kidz Scotland Offering online sessions for young wheelchair users and their families. Sessions
include coffee and chatter time, dance and movement, Art and crafts and storytelling. Join the Whizz Kidz
Scotland Facebook group for more information or to book.
Salvesen Mindroom Support for parents, carers, professionals and children and young people affected by
learning difficulties. Contact available via telephone, emails and video calls. Tel: 0131 370 6730 Email:
VOCAL Support for Carers Telephone support available for carers, including parents where the caring
role of their child requires additional time. Access to information, benefits and counselling. Surviving the
Festive Period as a Carer Course Wed 16th Dec 10-11.30am. CLOSED 24th Dec- 5th Jan 2021 apart from
reduced hours on 30th and 31st Dec. Email: email@example.com Tel: 0131 622 6666 For free courses
and events for carers visit http://www.carerstraining.co.uk/events/
Support for Black and Minority Ethnic Families
Multi-Cultural Family Base (MCFB) Online and telephone support is still being offered to Black and
minority ethnic children and families. New referrals accepted.
-Chinese Flower Group Chinese parents and their children, 0-3 years in NE. Referral only. Meeting online
-The Strawberry Group New group starting South West in the New Year. For black minority ethnic parents
and their children, at least one aged 0-3 years. Accepting new referrals.
-The Wren Group (referral only) Currently offering online support to black and minority ethnic mothers in
Leith who have children with additional support needs under five years.
-Katakeet Mother and Baby group (referral only) Currently offering online support for multicultural
mothers, including expectant mothers, and babies aged 0 to mobile stage.
-Safe Haven Project for Refugee families. Meeting weekly outdoors.
-Bright Choices Project for women, men, children and families who are experiencing difficult
relationships. New referrals accepted.
For more information on any groups or to make a referral Tel 0131 467 7052 Visit http://www.mcfb.org.uk or
Zoom Coffee Morning for Non-English Speaking Families with a child under 5years- run by Homelink.
Every 2nd Thursday restarting 7th January 2021. A friendly group to practice your English and meet new
families. All levels of English welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Access- Health in Mind Online support sessions for people from ethnic minority backgrounds who
may face additional cultural and language barriers to accessing mental health support. Weekly Mondays
from 12 to 1pm (women support group). Fortnightly Wednesday 12-1.30pm (Asian men), Fortnightly
Thursdays 12-1.30pm (men and women), Weekly Fridays 2-3pm- (Stress management and coping skills for
women). One to one support may also be available. To register or for further information, please email
email@example.com or call 07730220109.
Open Arms Services offering support for women from black and minority ethnic communities in Edinburgh,
including refugees, asylum seekers and those who have mental health challenges or difficult home
-Sikh Sanjog. One to one support to women and their families through phone, video calls and online
groups, including help with accessing benefits, foodbank support etc. Contact 07837 701263 or email
-LINKNet Mentoring one to one weekly remote support for women looking to build their confidence and
look for opportunities for education, employment and personal
-ELREC Free online courses and activities for women such as exercise sessions, Yoga class, crafts, skin
care and keeping well. Women support group on WhatsApp. In partnership with Health in Mind a Stress
and Anxiety management group for women from black and minority ethnic communities runs weekly. For
more information email Mitra at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit Facebook Elrec Openarms Mitra
-Saheliya Learning session online or by phone including English language, sewing, computer skills, yoga,
well-being and exercise. Weekly informal online drop-in session run to help people with employment or to
stay in touch, language support provided in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali.
Email email@example.com or phone 07400617023 (between 10am – 4pm on Mon – Fri). Visit
http://www.saheliya.co.uk or Facebook- Saheliya Hub
The Action Group- BEMAS Service Holistic advice and support for parents from BME communities with a
disabled child. Tel: 0131 475 2315 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Leave a message for Advice or BEMAS
and an adviser will call back or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shakti Women’s Aid Supporting BME women and children experiencing domestic abuse. Tel 0131 475
Aditi Supports the safety and wellbeing of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women who have
experienced or are currently experiencing domestic abuse or ‘honour’ based violence. For more information
Salaam is a new project to support refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and other parts of the world.
For more information visit https://www.edinburghcitymission.org.uk/where-to-find-help/salaam-refugeesand-
Support for Young People
New Web Chat run by Scottish Women’s Aid for children and young people who feel scared at home, or
who are feeling controlled or hurt in their relationship. Running initially until 31st March. Chat free
http://www.cypwebchat.scot 5-10pm every day.
Impact Arts- Cashback Nights Free weekly 1:1 and group creative workshops for 14-19year olds,
including Visual Art, Music, Creative Writing, Digital Arts and more. Participants will be supported by a fully
trained artists, as well as a youth worker and will focus on well-being as well as creative fun. For more
information Email: email@example.com Call: 07813 341 074
Conflict Resolution Sessions Free online sessions giving young people 16-25years who may be
struggling with conflict at home, advice and support. Conflict Resolution – Conflict Response Styles 19th
January 11-11.40am, Anxious and Afraid exploring anxiety and stress 28th Jan, 2-2.40pm. For more
information and to book visit https://scottishconflictresolution.org.uk/events For useful resources on conflict
Edinburgh Guarantee Help to find a job, apprenticeship or training programme when you leave school. To
see the latest opportunities in the Bulletin visit https://www.edinburghguarantee.org/parents-andteachers.
Screen Education Edinburgh Film Academy Craft Skills Course for 16-19year olds looking to find out
more about the film and a career in the industry. 13th Feb – 20th March. Support with travel costs may be
available. For more information visit https://www.screen-ed.org/bfi-film-academy-craft-skills
The Junction’s Digital Drop-In offers flexible support by phone, text, Zoom or email for young people
aged 12-21years in Edinburgh. A free, confidential, 1-1 chat with a worker for 30-45 minutes to discuss
anything on your mind. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07758 348 850 to arrange a suitable
time. The waiting list for their One-to-One Service is also open which offers both face-to-face and remote
support. Visit http://www.the-junction.org for more information.
People Know How Befriending – support for young people P7-S1 providing a safe, supportive
environment. Young people are matched with a befriender to talk, play games, learn, and share stories.
Currently running online. http://www.peopleknowhow.org/befriending Pupils Know How – Groups for young
people P7-S1 on themes ranging from art, science, drama or solving riddles and mysteries! Currently
running online. Find out more at http://www.peopleknowhow.org/pupils-know-how
Multicultural Family Base (MCFB) Groups for BAME children and young people and their family.
Including 4-2-7, Junior Groupwork (P4-P7) and 4 Corners (P6-S3)
-YOLO Group (S1-S6) For Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Young women and girls who are also Young
Carers meeting weekly mostly on-line with some additional meet up’s (open to referrals)
-MOSAIC Emotional Wellbeing support for BAME young people (S1-6 in North Edinburgh) experiencing
stress and anxiety. Currently meeting weekly. Run by MCFB and The Junction.
For more information on any groups or to make a referral Tel 0131 467 7052 Visit http://www.mcfb.org.uk
HOT (Health Opportunities Team) HOT Online Drop-ins-safe and confidential space for young people to
have a chat with a HOT worker. Information and advice about all aspects of your well-being, emotional and
sexual health. Drop ins run on Mon, Wed and Thurs from 4pm – 6pm over phone, text or email. Email:
email@example.com Phone or Text: using the weekly number on HOT social media
accounts. Drop-ins will be closed 24th Dec- 5th Jan. The drop-in service will end by March 2021.
6VT staff are supporting young people via messenger, email firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook, twitter, instagram
or contact through the website http://www.6vt.info. Online drop ins for 13-21years olds every Mon, Wed, Fri 7pm.
Sunflower Gardens Therapeutic work with children 5-18years affected by drug or alcohol use in their
family. Offering a mixture of distance counselling, phone support and face to face appointments. Referral
org/sunflowergarden.htm for more information.
The Prince’s Trust works with Young People aged 16-30. Offers support and sessions in employability,
self-employment and personal and social development. Each young person will have a keyworker that will
work with them on areas such as goal setting and support them through their journey. https://www.princestrust.
Stop Breathe Think Free Virtual Mental Health Service for Young People under 21years run by Snow
Camp. Text 85258 free for confidential support available 24hrs or for Free 1-1 counselling sessions visit
https://www.snow-camp.org.uk/stopbreathethink/. Parents or professionals can also refer a young person
Penumbra Self Harm Project Support and advice to parent and carers who are concerned about their
child over the phone, by email or video call. Contact: Samantha.email@example.com
There is a slight waiting list for support to individuals over 16 years who self-harm but please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Young Minds Support for children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
http://www.youngminds.org.uk Young people experiencing a mental health crisis needing urgent help can contact
the Young Minds Crisis Messenger by texting 85258, this is available 24 hours a day, every day.
All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are
free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Free helpline for parents and carers: 0808 802 5544 or email email@example.com
Childline Help and advice on a wide range of issues http://www.childline.org.uk FREE Helpline Tel: 0800 1111
Mind Yer Time Website New website developed but the Children’s Parliament and Scottish Youth
Parliament. Positive tips, stories and information for children and young people to help use screen time
Gambling and Young People- Fast Forward Advice and information booklet for parents and carers on
gambling and young people http://www.fastforward.org.uk/advice-for-parents
Talking to Teens about Smoking – A guide for Parents and Carers produced by ASH
Smart Play Rangers Outdoor play resources and opportunities.
Tuesdays 3-4pm Brunstane Primary for preschool- P3 children, 4.30-5.30pm Bingham Park for all ages.
Fridays 12.30-2.15pm Brunstane Primary for p4 upwards, 3-5pm Bingham Park for all ages. Last session For more information visit the Facebook page
Saturday Activity Groups for Single Parents and Children – Each Saturday morning (currently via
Zoom). For more info call 07814078139 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgend Farmhouse Are running an advent calendar of online activities and events throughout
December, see the activities available each week on their Facebook page including making a wreath for
adults on Thu 17th Dec 11.30am- 1.30pm and making eco decorations for families on Sat 19th Dec 10am-
12pm. To book email email@example.com
The Play Well Project 11 Activity cards to help parents and carers to support their child’s health wellbieng
and learning through play http://www.playscotland.org/play-well-project/
VASS- Virtual Active Schools Sessions Free, Accessible sessions online starting Fri 1st Jan weekdays at
4pm, take part at home with family or by yourself at Active Schools Edinburgh YouTube Channel
Families Magazine Online Free online magazine with lots of family activity ideas and information and
advice for parents and carers. Visit https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/families-magazines/families-edinburghmagazine
Wee Hope Baby and Toddler Group Hope Café, 135 Mountcastle Road South, Reopens 8th Jan 2021
Fridays 9.30-11am, Term Time 50pm. Please book a space in advance. From 4th Feb group will run as a
Play Café on Thursdays. Contact Hannah 07401 417174
Ps and Gs Online Activities for Parents and Babies and Toddlers Videos of nursery rhymes and stories
from the St Paul’s and St George’s Church children’s team. Links to family activities and online resources.
Peeple – Peep Learning Together supporting babies and children to play and learn together. Visit our
Facebook or Instagram pages to see “rainbow Peep”. Posts on Peep tips and some ideas and activities to
Children & Young People at Edinburgh Libraries Facebook Page with lots of fun family activities
Portobello Library Facebook Page Fun family activities running up to Tuesday 22nd December and start
back again on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Mondays 2pm Hannah’s Living Room Library Tuesdays 2pm
Ellen’s Creative Writing for Kid’s, Tuesdays 4pm Live Storytime with Ian and Orville the dog, Wednesdays
11am Live Rhymetime, Fridays 2pm Craft activity, Fridays 2pm Anowar’s Lego Challenge
Craigmillar Library Now open You must book a slot to borrow books, use computers, etc Visit
Library Online Memberships If you are not already a member, join your local library for free and access
magazines and newspapers online, download ebook, audiobooks and learning resources
Craigmillar Books for Babies Live Baby and toddler Rhymetimes Tue at 11am, Bedtime Stories Tue at
6pm. Sat Storytimes at 11am. Scots Rhymetime last Fri of the month 11am. Live Sessions won’t run
between 23rd Dec and 11th Jan. Out and About Mondays in December in the Playpark next to Lidl. Collect
a Free Christmas child’s Book for families living in Craigmillar, Magdalene, Bingham and Niddrie. Christmas
Party Online Sat 19th Dec 11am. Referrals can also be made for the Family Support at Home Service; this
is being delivered online/ outdoors. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07923403061.
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/craigmillarbooksforbabies.org.uk Twitter @CraigmillarBFB
Impact Arts Creative Outdoor Play Sessions Designed to encourage children to develop creative skills,
confidence outdoors and help them make new friends. For all children P2-P4, Tues 3.30-5pm at Richmond
Hope Church until 22nd Dec, booking essential. New sessions will restart 12th Jan 2021. For more info or to
book please get in touch with Victoria on 07587 358 475 or email Victoria.email@example.com
North Edinburgh Arts A new programme of online activities for children and adults to enjoy at home. Visit
their Facebook page or http://www.northedinburgharts.co.uk/online-activities/
Bookbug @ Dr Bells delivered via Facebook Live every Monday at 10am with Sally. For more info visit
Baby Peep Supporting parents with their babies in the Leith area to make to become confident
communicators and active learners with Sally (Dr Bell’s) and Heather (Home-Start Leith) Wed at 10am via
Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call Dr Bells on 0131 553 0100.
Baby Massage with Dr Bell’s Family Centre Five-week course allowing Leith parents to relax and enjoy
this special time with their baby. Suitable for babies from six weeks up until crawling. Tuesdays at 1pm via
Zoom. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dr Bell’s on 0131 553 0100.
Hatha Yoga with Michal at Dr Bell’s Family Centre. For families with children under 5 in the Leith area.
Thu 10am online Live via our private Facebook group. Email email@example.com or call 0131 553 0100
Buggy Walks with Dr Bell’s in and around Leith. For families with children under 5 in the Leith area.
Wednesdays at 1pm. Meet at Leith Community Croft. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 553 0100.
Edinburgh Buggy Walks Friendly Free walks all over the city. Visit the Facebook Page or Meet Up page
Buggy Club Run by Project 42, Free group Leith Links Tuesdays 10-11am. Contact email@example.com
Edinburgh Zoo Watch the animals on live webcams https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/pandacam/
National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street free for all ages and open during the festive period.
Families must book online, stay as long as you like and pick up a special winter trail during your visit.
Christmas art challenge and on line activities https://www.nms.ac.uk/museumartchallenge Open10am –
4.30pm Mon to Sun https://www.nms.ac.uk/reopening/
Children’s Art Around You from National Galleries Scotland Art activities designed for children of all
ages to look at, talk about and make their own discoveries about art. https://www.nationalgalleries.org/artand-
Girlguiding Scotland Free activities for every member of the family. Guiding at Hame
http://www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/guiding-at-hame-hub/guiding-at-hame-challenge/ or the Adventures at Home
Hub http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/adventures-at-home/ for lots of fun challenges for young people ages 4-
17 (you don’t have to be a current member to take part). If you enjoy the activities and want to join a local
Starcatchers Wee Inspirations idea cards for parents at home with young children. Fun, creative ideas to
engage little ones without a lot of resources, stress, and no pressure to ‘achieve’ anything.
Financial and Employability Support and Advice
The Scottish Child Payment New payment for low income families with children under 6years. Payments
of £10 per child, per week starting in February https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/how-it-works/
Best Start Grant School Age Payment £250 help for eligible families with the cost of starting school. For
children born between 1 March 2015 and 29 Feb 2016 apply between 1 June and 28 Feb 2021. (even if
deferring entry) Also available, and Best Start Foods.
Early Learning Payment £250 help for eligible families with a child between 2 and 3 1/2 years
Pregnancy and Baby Payment £600 for first child or £300 help for eligible families with cost of pregnancy
or having a new child.
Food Payment £17 every four weeks for eligible families during pregnancy and for every child under three
to spend on healthy foods.
To find out the support you may be eligible for visit http://www.mygov.scot/beststart Or call 0800 182 2222
Apply for Free School Meals, milk and clothing grant. For more information or to apply visit
Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI) CHAI is currently offering a telephone consultation service.
To book a telephone appointment call 0131 442 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Employability and Digital Skills Course- One Parent Families Scotland Online support for single
parents in Edinburgh. Ongoing, with next course starting in January. To book or for more information email
email@example.com Tel 07570106789 or visit the Facebook page.
Progress for Parents A free employability service for parents of a child or person with a disability. Support
finding employment or securing better working conditions around caring responsibilities. For more
information contact Beth Stanners, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07889456192
Warm Homes Discount Scottish Power, E.ON and Npower are accepting applications for the warm home
discount, providing support towards your winter electricity bill. If your annual income is less than £16,190
per year, contact your supplier to check if they are part of the scheme and ask to make an application.
Ps and Gs Baby Bank Support for new and expectant parents, particularly those in financial difficulty.
Provides a Starter Pack of essentials for mum and baby and provides information and support. Email
Rachel email@example.com Open Thursdays 2-4pm for collection of packs.
Leith Families – Kids’ Clothes, Toys & Equipment A private Facebook group set up by Dr Bells Family
Centre to help families donate or swap clothes, toys and kids’ equipment for free. All welcome. Facebook
Family and Household Support can offer support and advice with family relationships, parenting, mental
health and well-being, employment and learning, housing options and neighbour disputes. Help with
accessing food banks, debt, budgeting, welfare benefits, applying for grants, funding or furniture. Email:
Maximise Families who have a child who attends school at Leith Academy, Castlebrae High School, Lorne,
Leith, Hermitage Park or Craigentinny, Niddrie or Castleview Primaries can receive free welfare benefit
advice, employability assistance or family support. Tel: 0131 442 2100 or 0131 446 2300.
The Advice Shop Tel 0131 200 2360 anytime Mon-Fri and leave a message. A return call will be made
within 2 hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizens Advice Edinburgh Online advice and support at https://www.citizensadviceedinburgh.org.uk/getadvice
or Tel 0131 510 5510
Digital Device Support – For single parents struggling with lack of a device or connectivity at home.
Ongoing support to improve confidence and skills. for more information email
email@example.com Tel 07570106789 or visit the Facebook page.
14th December 2020
People Know How- Computer Delivery project to provide refurbished computers and devices to those
who need help staying connected in Edinburgh. Those who are self-isolating, home-schooling, on low
income or would benefit for any other reason are eligible to apply. For more information please email
NappiRunz If you have any unused or cloth nappies, NappiRunz and collect and donate these to families
who need them visit Facebook for collection points http://www.facebook.com/nappirunz Organisations who need
The Hope Centre Practical support available for families offering a range of clothing, nappies, toiletries,
milk, cribs, cots and buggies. Also provides a safe space to talk for those who have gone through
miscarriage, stillbirth or child loss, or for those who find themselves unintentionally pregnant and
considering abortion, or need support following an abortion. Please contact
Float Trust Small grants to help with essential costs for people in need, who have been refused a Crisis
Grant. Bus tickets can be provided to organisations to help clients access essential services such as
attending appointments, interviews, attending support groups. Referral by a professional. http://www.float.scot/
Changeworks Accepts referrals from professionals for people who will benefit from energy advice and fuel
billing/debt support. For more information visit http://www.changeworks.org.uk/what-we-do/energy-and-fuelpoverty/
Home Energy Scotland If you’re worried about your energy bills or struggling to keep warm at home call
0808 808 2282. Calls are free Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm. Or request a call back
Red Cross Hardship fund for individuals and families, can offer support with food and toiletries, somewhere
to sleep, access to a phone or the internet, fuel to cook, keep lights on or stay warm. If you or someone you
support is experiencing money problems call the Coronavirus Support line for free on 0808 196 3651
TURN2US Edinburgh Trust Response Fund Relating to COVID-19
For people who have lost their income as a result of the Coronavirus and are struggling financially may be
eligible for a one-off crisis grant towards essential living expenses. For more information on eligibility and
how to apply visit https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Edinburgh-Trust-Response-Fund-for-Covid-19
All in Edinburgh Remote employability and welfare support for people (over 16years) with disabilities or
long-term health conditions. Tel: 0300 0200 101 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leith Gives Support for families and vulnerable adults in Leith on low income or struggling as a result of
COVID. Christmas food hampers December and January, toiletries, Christmas gifts for children, refurbished
IT equipment. Families can request support through the Get in Touch Link at http://www.leithgives.org
Richmond Church Bags of food available from the church. Phone the church on 0131 661 6561 if you
need a food or just someone to talk to. Free Fairshare food available on Thursdays 9.30-11.30am.
Venchie Community Food Outlet, 61 Niddrie Mains Terrace, Tuesdays 11.30am-1.30pm Choose from
lots of food items for a reduced price or small donation. Some items available free. Check Facebook to
confirm opening days.
Niddrie Community Church Available to do pick up/deliveries of food and medication to vulnerable
Niddrie and Craigmillar residents. Call 07816292212 or email email@example.com
St Martin’s are working with local organisations in Bingham and Magdalene to offer support to those in
need. Tel: 07545804034 or 07900367023. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristo Church Fresh vegetables available to pick from the garden on Thursdays 11am-2pm and Saturdays
12-1pm with Paul and Dom.
Basics Bank Food Bank @ Wilson Memorial Church 127 Moira Terrace, Portobello Road, EH76UB in
partnership with Edinburgh City Mission. Food, support, and advice to local people in need. Food Bank
open each Tuesday 10am-1pm Referral can be made by professionals at
http://www.edinburghcitymission.org.uk. Access Food Bank via rear door off Kekewich Avenue. Contact
Empty Kitchens Full Hearts Meal Packs delivered. Hot food served daily at Leith Theatre, 28-30 Ferry
Road, Leith, EH6 4AE, 12-1pm and 4.30-5.30pm. If you or someone you know is struggling with safe
access to food email email@example.com or call 07895347157 for more information. Open
throughout the festive period on 25th and 26th Dec hot food will be served between 1-3pm.
ASDA Kids Eats Free – A range of free hot and cold meals are available in all Asda Cafes throughout
December for children under 16years. No adult meal needs to be purchased. Tier 2 eat in, Tier 3 takeaway.
Destiny Angels (part of Destiny Church) Run by volunteers-Befriending phone calls, emergency food
parcels. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 555 2707 for more info.
The Food Bank Project, World Care Foundation. Anyone on a low income, or generally struggling at the
moment, can request a food parcel to be delivered to their address. The food parcel consists of dried
goods. Please call 07971198658 or 07763612663.
Foodbanks are able to provide emergency food for anyone in crisis, who cannot afford food. A referral and
a foodbank voucher are needed from a support worker or GP surgery. For information contact The
Foodbank on 0131 444 0030 or Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324/Out of Hours 0800 731 6969. For up
to date information on the Foodbanks currently operating Tel: 0131 444 0030 or visit
http://www.edinburghne.foodbank.org.uk/locations or Edinburgh North East Foodbank Facebook page or
https://edinburghfoodproject.org/locations/ Anyone struggling to access a Foodbank referral can contact
The Scottish Welfare Fund, who will check if you are eligible for a crisis grants within 24hours or issue a
foodbank voucher. Tel: 0131 529 5299 Email: email@example.com Applicants should
highlight if they are in social isolation or shielding.
-CLOSED- Craigmillar Foodbank- Delivery Service only, Bristo Memorial Church, EH16 4AJ
-Reopening 14th Sept-Broughton Foodbank, Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent,
EH3 6NE: Mon 13:00-15.00, Tuesday 13:00-15:00
-South Leith Parish Church Halls, 6 Henderson Street, Leith EH6 6BS
Opening times: Monday 13:00-14.30 Fri 15:00-17:00 Closed 25th Dec and 1st Jan
-North Leith Parish Church Halls, 1b Madiera Street, Leith, EH6 4AW
Opening times: Tuesday 10:00-12:00 Friday 10:00-12:00 Closed 25th Dec and 1st Jan
-Leith St Andrew’s Church Hall, 410-412 Easter Road, Leith, EH6 8HT
Opening times: Tuesday 13:00-14.30 Thursday 10:00-11.30
-CLOSED- Pilrig St Paul’s Church Hall, 1a Pilrig Street, Leith, EH6 5AH
-St Margaret’s Parish Church Halls, 48 Restalrig Road South, EH7 6LE
Opening times: Wednesday 11:00-12.30
Helplines for vulnerable and high-risk people during COVID-19
If you do not have support from family, friends or community organisations and are in need of food or
medicine delivery please contact City of Edinburgh Council 0131 200 2306 Mon-Thu 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30-
3.40pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Contact the Scottish Government 0800 111 4000 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
If you have any information to add to the Support for Families in NE Edinburgh list or if any
information in this list is incorrect please email email@example.com
All families entitled to free school meals are continuing to have these payments made. These have also been made during the school holidays. Our most vulnerable children will currently be in our schools and they will be receiving a school lunch in addition to this payment.
The Council does have other support available to families in financial difficulty, information about this can be found here;
In addition our Parent & Carer Support booklets contain lots of information and advice for families, including how to access financial support in each locality. The link to this is booklet is here; https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/13779/parent-and-carer-support-resources
As part of the 1 in 5 Child Poverty work, the Health & Wellbeing Team are contacting schools with names of children and young people whose families are experiencing homelessness and living in temporary accommodation. They will provide additional signposting to resources and help.
The Discover programme will also be running in the February break. Families can be recommended at any time by going to Discover Recommendation Form. Please also find attached the booklet for practitioner’s which shares the criteria for nominating families and how to apply for this support.
The Advice Shop – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/benefits-grants/advice-shop
- help with welfare rights including income maximisation through welfare benefits, tax credits and grants
- debt advice to resolve personal debt including credit cards, bank loans, rent arrears, personal loans, store cards, catalogues and mortgage arrears
- help for people affected by cancer through information, advice and advocacy to access entitlements arising as a result of a cancer diagnosis and the extra costs of cancer.
Maximise! – We can help with: Income maximisation, Employability support, Family support, Money advice, Welfare rights, Housing advice. You can contact Maximise via: CHAI – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 442 2100 www.chaiedinburgh.org.uk
Children 1st: Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Tel: 0131 446 2300 www.children1st.org.uk
Please click here to find out the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus lockdown from January 2021.
If your question has not been answered in this linked site, please email Leith Primary School at email@example.com, text 07860 029 682, call and leave a voice mail on 0131 554 4844 or complete our Contact Us form where we will be happy to answer your query or direct you to the relevant agency.
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