COVID-19 Information for Parents/Carers 2021

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 contact the Lifelong Learning Parent and Carer Support Team by emailing 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.

Edinburgh Lothians Twins and Multiples Free Antenatal Classes running online 5th and 12th Jan 7.30-9.30pm. Email

Lothian Breastfeeding Buddies Free and Friendly Online Drop in Groups Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.30-11.30am. Email: 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. 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 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: 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 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, 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,, 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,, 0131 467 7326 or book at

Free Cooking & Conversation Sessions for Single Parents – via Zoom each Wednesday 10:30 – 12:30pm. For more info call 07814078139 or email

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 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 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 or email 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 before 3pm on the day you would like to attend. Or call 0131 225 8508 and leave a message. More information at

Counselling Service for parents of under 5s in the Leith area at Dr Bell’s Family Centre. Crèchebuggy spaces available. Email 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

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.

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 at least 24hours before the sessions for the zoom link. For more information visit

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:

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.

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.

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 Social Media or

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 For useful resources on conflict visit

Friday Night Zoom Quiz for Single Parents – each Friday 8:30 – 10:00 pm. For more info call 07814078139 or

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 or call 0131 603 8430. To make a referral please click on this link 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:

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

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: 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.

Email: Tel: 07807 498709

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

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 For more

information and advice visit 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: to book a 1-1 remote

learning sessions.

Big Hearts Kinship Care Helpline 0131 603 4927 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

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 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

Families Outside Support for families affected by imprisonment. Helpline Tel: 0800 253 0088 Webchat Text: FAMOUT to 60777 Email Mon-Fri 9am-


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 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

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

English. Tel: 0800 027 1234 or email online chat at

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

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. 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. for more information or to make an application visit

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 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 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 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


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 CLOSED 21st Dec-4th Jan. Also offering live Question and Answer sessions on

Facebook visit Autism Friendly Relaxation presentation and Q&A

18th December 12pm. Visit

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 For more information on

play sessions for members visit

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 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

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: Facebook


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: Tel: 0131 622 6666 For free courses

and events for carers visit

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

at present.

-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 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

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 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 Visit or Facebook

-LINKNet Mentoring one to one weekly remote support for women looking to build their confidence and

look for opportunities for education, employment and personal

development. Contact or phone 07957989804.

-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 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 or phone 07400617023 (between 10am – 4pm on Mon – Fri). Visit 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

Shakti Women’s Aid Supporting BME women and children experiencing domestic abuse. Tel 0131 475

2399 email Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

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

call 0131 603 4865, email For more information visit

Salaam is a new project to support refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and other parts of the world.

For more information visit


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 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: 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 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


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

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 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 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. 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

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

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: 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, facebook, twitter, instagram

or contact through the website 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

accepted from parents or professionals. Email Visit https://www.simpsonhouse.

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 Parents or professionals can also refer a young person

for support.

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:

There is a slight waiting list for support to individuals over 16 years who self-harm but please contact for more information.

Young Minds Support for children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. 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

Childline Help and advice on a wide range of issues 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

Talking to Teens about Smoking – A guide for Parents and Carers produced by ASH

Family Activities

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

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

The Play Well Project 11 Activity cards to help parents and carers to support their child’s health wellbieng

and learning through play

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

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

at home.

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 Tel: 0131 529 5597 Email

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: or call 07923403061.

Facebook 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

North Edinburgh Arts A new programme of online activities for children and adults to enjoy at home. Visit

their Facebook page or

Bookbug @ Dr Bells delivered via Facebook Live every Monday at 10am with Sally. For more info visit Email: or call 0131 553 0100

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 or 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 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 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 or call 0131 553 0100.

Edinburgh Buggy Walks Friendly Free walks all over the city. Visit the Facebook Page or Meet Up page

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Buggy Club Run by Project 42, Free group Leith Links Tuesdays 10-11am. Contact

Edinburgh Zoo Watch the animals on live webcams

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 Open10am –

4.30pm Mon to Sun

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.


Girlguiding Scotland Free activities for every member of the family. Guiding at Hame or the Adventures at Home

Hub 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

guide unit visit

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

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 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

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 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 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 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

page visit

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

Citizens Advice Edinburgh Online advice and support at

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 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 Organisations who need

nappies for the families they support can email

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.

Changeworks Accepts referrals from professionals for people who will benefit from energy advice and fuel

billing/debt support. For more information visit


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

on the website:

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

All in Edinburgh Remote employability and welfare support for people (over 16years) with disabilities or

long-term health conditions. Tel: 0300 0200 101 email

Community Food

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

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

St Martin’s are working with local organisations in Bingham and Magdalene to offer support to those in

need. Tel: 07545804034 or 07900367023. Email

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 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 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 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 or Edinburgh North East Foodbank Facebook page or 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: 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 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

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;

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 –

We provide

  • 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: Tel: 0131 442 2100


Children 1st: Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Tel: 0131 446 2300

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, 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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