The strength of the ALLIANCE is its membership of over 1,700 organisations and individuals, working together to ensure the voice of people who are disabled, living with long term conditions or delivering unpaid care is our driving force.
If you would like to join the ALLIANCE simply complete the online form at http://membership.alliance-scotland.org.uk/ or contact Kerry Ritchie, Network Development Officer at email@example.com for further information.
In addition to networking opportunities, your membership will enable you to access a range of benefits free of charge as well as becoming a member of a dynamic, cross-sector community working to improve the lives of people who use health and social care services in Scotland.
The Foyer’s approach recognises that homelessness and disadvantage is not just a matter of providing a home, but necessitates addressing the underlying causes and critically providing people with the means of gaining and sustaining employment. The Foyer works with people to develop their talents and open up opportunities, offering engaging services to affect real and lasting change in their lives, enabling them to take the next steps towards independent living, learning and work.
Aberdeenshire Signposting Project has provided a free, confidential, non-judgemental and impartial signposting service in the Aberdeenshire area since 2004 to people who are at risk of or are currently experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.
Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity who provide help to over 6,000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year
Action for ME is the UK's leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with ME.
Action for Sick Children (Scotland) is the only charity in Scotland dedicated to informing, promoting and campaigning on behalf of the needs of all sick children within our healthcare system.
Action on Depression is the only national Scottish organisation working with and for people affected by depression. They are a user-influenced organisation committed to providing support, raising awareness of depression and treatment options and reducing the stigma that still surrounds the condition.
Action on Hearing Loss helps people identify whether they have a hearing loss, campaigns for change, provides services and training and actively supports scientific and technological research.
Active Communities is an inspirational community-led organisation that develops and delivers fun innovative programmes across Renfrewshire and surrounding areas that inspire people to become more active promote health and wellbeing and empower people to change their lives. We deliver physical activity, community sport and health and wellbeing classes programmes and encourage and support everyone regardless of age or ability. Our youngest member is 2 months and oldest 91! We believe that increasing emphasis should be placed on preventing ill health and not solely treating illness. We are committed to a community led approach, listening to community needs and working with local people to improve their health and wellbeing. We pride ourselves in recruiting, training and supporting local people to deliver our programmes. helping them to improve their health and wellbeing and that of their community and aiming for sustainability in all that we do.
Active Healthcare Services offers a wide range of healthcare services to adults with support needs across Scotland.
Age Scotland work to improve the lives of all people in later life. They celebrate ageing and believe it presents unprecedented opportunities and challenges at home and abroad. They challenge ageist prejudice throughout society.
Alzheimer Scotland is a leading voluntary organisation helping people with dementia, their families and carers.
Angus Cardiac Group supports cardiac care and rehabilitation in Angus and is open to all those living with coronary heart/cardiac disease, their partners, carers and family members, health professionals and those interested in the aims and activities of the group.
Angus Care and Repair is a Scottish charity. They provide various services for older and disabled people in Angus to help them with home repairs, adaptations and improvements.
Angus Carers Centre provide information, advice and a range of services to carers located in Angus and the surrounding areas.
Angus Long Term Conditions Support Group is designed to give information and support to you, your carer or anyone you know with a condition that has a long term need for ongoing care. There are four self help support groups meeting regularly in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie and Forfar.
The Ann Edgar Charitable Trust is Scotland’s charity for Carcinoid Syndrome and neuroendocrine tumours, founded in 2011 by Ann Edgar. The charity was been established to provide support and information for those diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome and other NETs. They aim to raise awareness of its threat to life and lifestyle, and to provide support to individuals and their carers during treatments.
Apex Scotland’s vision is for a fair and just society in which people feel safe from crime, disorder and danger and those who are at risk of (re)offending are given the education, support and opportunities they need to change their behaviour, becoming effective citizens and leading fulfilling lives.
Ardgowan Hospice has been caring for local people for more than 30years by providing the highest quality of care to patients and their families living with a life-limiting illness.
Arthritis Care in Scotland is the voice for people with arthritis in Scotland.
Arthritis Research UK have a long-standing record of working alongside people with arthritis and researchers in Scotland. Together, they are committed to:
- Preventing the onset of arthritis
- Developing a cure for arthritis
- Transforming the lives of those with arthritis
Aspire2gether is a Social Enterprise and is a Company Limited by gurantee and a Scottish charity. They have been delivering services which benefit individuals and communities since April 2003.
ASRA is one word in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi languages that means “support”, “help” and means of protection.
“ASRA” is a multicultural, multi faith and easily accessible service for older and disabled people, their carers and families and the new communities such as refugees and asylum seekers. The service aims to include day care facilities, home support and outreach work. The ASRA has a long term objective of enabling black and minority ethnic communities to become self sufficient and integrate into society and thereby improve the quality of life for them.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation are devoted to reducing the impact of asthma and allergy.
Auticulture Network has been conceived to encourage the world to take a closer look at the many talents of people right across the autistic spectrum. The goal is to encourage anyone with an autistic spectrum condition or affected by one (partner, family, carer) to focus on reconnecting with nature in as many ways as possible to benefit from its proven restorative effects. Nature inspires and it can inspire you too, whatever your interests.
Ayrshire Cancer Support was founded in 1982 to provide emotional support and practical help to cancer patients and their families throughout Ayrshire. Staffed by volunteer drivers, they take hundreds of patients to and from hospitals for treatment. The services have grown in direct response to the needs of those affected by cancer. Their professional, experienced staff offer the following services: counselling, support groups, hypnotherapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, reiki, mindfulness courses and general information.
Ayrshire Healthy Living Enterprise (AHLE) is a Community Health facility providing advice and support on a range of health and lifestyle issues.
Backcare (Lothian Group) is an independent national charity that helps people manage and prevent back pain.
Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Our purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
We use the knowledge gained from our direct work with children to campaign for better childcare policy and to champion the rights of every child.
To support befriending services (training, information, quality standard, accredited qualifications, networking, campaigning) already operating throughout the UK and to actively support the development of new building services.
Bipolar Scotland’s work covers the following areas:
- Support for a network of self-help groups throughout Scotland.
- Promoting and running Self-Management Training courses.
- Providing information on bipolar disorder (through the website, books information booklets, leaflets and a quarterly newsletter).
- Providing training and talks to various organisations/groups.
- Representation and input to national and local committees/forums.
- Providing input to research projects.
- Contributing to both statutory and independent sector reports on mental health services.
Bliss Scotland’s vision is that every baby born premature or sick in Scotland has the best chance of survival and quality of life.
Bobath Scotland's aim is to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland with Cerebal Palsy. Cerebal Palsy impacts on people's ability to walk, move, talk, eat and play. Bobath help young people develop the skills they need to a live a full life. They empower parents to give their child the best possible start and continued support and they train education and healthcare professionals who work with those affected by Cerebal Palsy in the community to ensure a continuity of care.
Borders Voluntary Care Voice give service users and carers a voice. They support organisations that work in health and social care. They work in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and others to improve services. They provide free training for people who work or volunteer in the health and social care sector, and unpaid carers.
Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives by raising awareness of bowel cancer, campaigning for better treatment and care and providing practical support and advice.
Brain Tumour Action promotes a range of services and activities. Their aim is to support people affected by brain tumours, whether directly or indirectly, and to improve treatments through training and research. Ultimately, they look to the day when brain tumours become a controllable, or curable, condition for everyone.
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity. We fund scientific and clinical research into brain tumours and offer support and information to those affected, whilst raising awareness and influencing policy.
Our aim is to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.
The Braveheart Association helps people with heart problems in Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
We are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer. We want every person affected by breast cancer to get the best treatment, information and support.
Right now, breast cancer is at a tipping point. More women are surviving. But more are being diagnosed than ever before. One in eight women in the UK will face breast cancer in their lifetime. And every 45 minutes, another woman dies from the disease.
British Heart Foundation Scotland invests in pioneering research, and support and care for heart patients.
The British Homeopathic Association’s overall priority is to ensure that homeopathy is available to all by means of:
• Providing information about homeopathy
• Developing the evidence base for homeopathy
• Encouraging the education and training in homeopathy of healthcare professional • Ensuring patients have access to homeopathy
British Lung Foundation knows that one person in seven in the UK is affected by a lung disease, whether it is mild asthma or lung cancer, the British Lung Foundation is here for every one of them.
The Brirish Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts.
The Brittle Bone Society is the only UK Charity supporting people who have Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI).
A supported living organisation that delivers creative and flexible support to individuals with learning difficulties and mental health issues.
C.O.J.A.C. is a fully accessible disability resource centre in Castlemillk, Glasgow. They provide out of school care and holiday play schemes for children and young people up to age 18 years affected by any disability.
CACE enhances the well being and quality of life for older people in Cumbernauld, and the surrounding areas. Older people are given individualised support to develop confidence, self esteem, self reliance and independence to fulfill their own potential.
Cancer Link Aberdeen and North (CLAN) is a charity for anyone affected by any cancer at any time from diagnosis onwards.
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
Cancer Support Scotland (Tak Tent) promotes the care of cancer patients, their families, carers and friends, providing emotional support to all.
Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and care services for, disabled children and adults across Scotland.
CAPS Independent Advocacy’s aim is to advance and promote human rights, facilitate community development and educate people in Scotland about mental health issues through the provision of:
i) Independent individual & collective advocacy to people who use or have used mental health services.
ii) Education and information sessions, informed and led by people with experience of mental health issues.
Care for Carers is a Voluntary Organisation established in 1989 to provide support services to all carers, regardless of age, gender, disability or relationship of the person they care for.
Delivering services to carers in Edinburgh and specific short breaks through ‘Stepping Out’ service to carers from across Scotland.
Stirling Carers Centre is regarded as the primary support organisation for unpaid carers in the Stirling Council area. Stirling Carers Centre works in partnership with other voluntary and statutory sector organisations, especially with other carers centres across Scotland. This network provides a forum to share best practice, consult on policy briefings and to link into specialist resources such as toolkits, policies and procedures, development funds, training and conferences.
Carers of West Dunbartonshire is an independent, voluntary organisation which is managed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The service works in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Community Health & Care Partnership.
Carers of West Lothian aim to provide support, information and a voice for carers in West Lothian, working with others to ensure a better quality of life for all carers.
Carers Scotland is the Scottish national office of Carers UK and is the only carer-led organisation working for all carers.
Carers Trust 'formerly Princess Royal Trust for Carers' work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
Castlemilk Relaxation Centre (formerly known as Castlemilk Stress Centre) is a non profit making organization, registered as a Scottish charity. The Centre is staffed by professional fully qualified and experienced therapists and it is managed by a voluntary committee. We provide a range of flexible Stress Management Services to Castlemilk & many surrounding areas tailored to the needs of individuals and groups.
Cavernoma Alliance UK is a charity created by people affected by cavernoma otherwise known as cerebral cavernous malformations or cavernous angioma.
The Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross is a user led organisation where disabled members drive the need for change in society. Their specialist knowledge empowers them to make the difference in all aspects of life.
Changing Faces Scotland is a charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements of the face or body from any cause.
Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland aims to improve the quality of life for people living in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions.
The current Commissioner is Tam Baillie. He looks after the rights of:
• Everyone in Scotland under 18
• Everyone in Scotland under 21 who has been looked after or in care.
CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
Voices For Change is a community engagement structure, which aims to give a voice to service users and carers, promote the social welfare of service users and carers and give a voice to marginalised and under represented groups in Glasgow.
Clydesdale Community Initiatives was initially set-up in 2002 to enable young people at risk and adults with mental health issues to develop a derelict site in Lanark, South Lanarkshire
Clydeside Action on Asbestos provides practical advice and support to those diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition and their families.
Coalition of Carers in Scotland is the information network for carers and carer organisations across Scotland.
Comas - A Gaelic word which means ability, Comas is social innovation charity that uses a community development approach to working with people so that they can find the solutions they need to move forward with their lives.
Community Catalyst is a Community Interest Company which supports the development of sustainable local enterprise delivering services that people buy to live their lives.
Community Health Exchange (CHEX) is one of the leading agencies in Scotland that provides a resource in supporting community development approaches to health improvement and challenging health inequalities.
Community Integrated Care (CIC) work in the community. Delivering life-enhancing support to people with a diverse range of care needs, including learning disabilities, mental health concerns, autism, age related needs and dementia. We were founded in 1988 with the aim of supporting people living long stay, institutionalised hospitals to live fuller, better lives in the community. Since then, we have grown to provide a wide range of innovative and bespoke care services to people living in England (4,000) and Scotland (1,000). We are proud to employ over 5000 caring and committed staff, 1,100 of whom are based in Scotland, recruiting individuals with strong values, a passion for people and a positive outlook.
Community Renewal works to transform communities by engaging and supporting people to get involved in community activity and to improve health, learning and employment.
Contact a Family is a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.
Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.
COPE Scotland are a dynamic organisation led by people with lived experience of mental distress and health inequalities.
Working with individuals and communities in a spirit of mutual respect they are committed to tackling health inequalities.
Cornerstone is one of Scotland's largest charities and a leading provider of services for people with learning disabilities and other support needs.
Cosgrove is a charity that specialises in providing person centred support services for children and adults who have additional support needs, learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders living in and around Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and North Lanarkshire.
The Craighead Institute is a not-for-profit international centre of learning, consultancy and research. Founded in 1987, The Craighead Institute works with individuals, groups, organisations and congregations concerned with social justice and committed to bringing about a more humane world.
Crohn's and Colitis UK (the new working name for NACC) brings together people of all ages who have Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, their families and the health professionals involved in their care.
Choosing from the many options available for boosting overall health and well-being demands professional expertise, and Crossroads Mental Health Service are established specialists in the field.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust are the only UK-wide charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them. Since they started in 1964 they have dedicated their selves to promoting excellence in research and clinical care, as well as providing practical support and advice to people with cystic fibrosis and their families.
D G Voice believe that disabled people in Dumfries and Galloway can improve their quality of life by joining together with a united voice that is heard in the right places. Started in 1998 as Dumfries and Galloway Coalition of Disabled People, DG Voice is a vibrant and expanding disability movement in South West Scotland, with influence on the local, Scottish and UK stage.
Deaf Connections is a support and care service for Deaf and hard of hearing people. Communication support providing registered sign language interpreters, electronic notetakers and online interpreting services.
Is a national organisation which provides community care services to deafblind people; represents the concerns of deafblind people on national bodies; promoted the welfare of deafblind people and encourages voluntary effort to improve the lives of deafblind people.
Diabetes UK Scotland works for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.
The aim of the creche is to provide very young children and their families an opportunity to develop their full potential. The service is centred on a high quality, sessional respite childcare facility and involves significant multi-agency partnership working.
Previously known as Update, we re-branded in 2015 to ensure that our purpose was clear and easily understood to all. Disability Information Scotland helps to guide people through the maze of disability information. We offer information via:
• a telephone helpline
• text and email services
• our website
• our online directory
• and a range of information guides and other resources.
We work with disabled people, their families, friends, carers and people who work in the sector.
Down’s Syndrome Scotland works to improve the quality of life for everyone in Scotland with Down’s syndrome and their families.
Drumchapel L.I.F.E. (Living Is For Everyone) is an award winning Healthy Living Centre based in Drumchapel, but supporting individuals, communities and organisations in Drumchapel, Yoker, Scotstoun, Whiteinch and Knightswood.
Dyslexia Scotland aims to inspire and enable people with dyslexia, regardless of age and abilities, to reach their potential in education, employment and life. Their 4 strategic aims for 2015-2018 are: 1) to provide and promote high quality services to people with dyslexia. 2) to influence and achieve change at national and local level. 3) to give dyslexic people an individual and collective voice. 4) to support their network of branched, members and partners.
The Dystonia Society helps and supports people with dystonia.
East Ayrshire Carers Centre provide advice, support, information, training opportunities, respite, social and leisure activities to carers of all ages living in East Ayrshire. They also carry out benefit health checks, maximising income and completing benefit forms; give advice on money management and fuel poverty; provide employability opportunities to young carers aged 14-25; complete Carer Support Plans and provide 12 weekly support groups for young carers aged 18-25.
Provision of mobility equipment and transport within East Kilbride Shopping Centre - driven by a common vision to improve the quality of lives, health , wellbeing, independence and inclusion of all people who are disabled.
East Lothian Cardio-pulmonary Rehabilitation Group is a charitable organisation providing supervised cardiac aftercare and support to people with heart problems for around 23 years in East Lothian or near its borders.
Eczema Outreach Scotland is the support charity for families affected by eczema in Scotland and focuses on children with the condition and their carers.
Edinburgh Leisure is ‘not for profit’ organisation, their goal is to make a positive difference across the city by helping everyone to get active, stay active and achieve more.
Edinburgh ME Self Help Group (EDMESH) provides support, information and friendship to people affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives and futures of young carers through support, information, respite and personal development and training.
EDS UK was set up in 1987 to support, advise and inform those living with Ehlers-Danlos Sundrome and help them to live full, active and positive life. EDS is a genetic Connective tissue condition that is a multi-systemic syndrome.
ENABLE Scotland is the leading charitable organisation in Scotland for people who have learning disabilities. The organistaion was founded in 1954 by the parents of children with learning disabilities as they wanted to ensure their children were integrated into Scottish society and were given the same opportunites and choices as the rest of society.
ENeRGI provides support and information for people who have experienced, or are experiencing, mental health and/or substance misuse issues as well as their carers by providing a Drop-In Centre, Outreach Support and a Housing Support Service.
Epilepsy Connections is a community based support for people living with epilepsy in the Greater Glasgow area.
Equal Futures is funded and led by families who have chosen to take the initiative to plan and support their disabled relative to enjoy a good life anchored by inclusion and lifelong loving relationships.
Fairway Advocacy carry out research into the need for Advocacy services among those with neurological disabilities with the aim of creating an advocacy service for those with neurolugical disabilities. They currently provide advocacy services to those with neurological disibilities as part of their research. Aim to create a more equal and just society for those with neurological disabilities to live in through the creation and provision of advocacy services.
FDAMH's mission is to promote mental wellbeing by providing a range of services and creating an environment in which to support individuals to recover from mental ill health.
Support people affected by murder, suicide and suicidal behaviours. Provide free peer support services either face-to-face, telephone, email or group support. FAMS also campaign to raise awareness of the above issues.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) offers: Information and awareness about the lifelong risks of prenatal exposure to alcohol
Fertility Care Scotland (FCS) fulfils a unique and complementary role in the provision of health and social services for women throughout their reproductive life (especially in the pre-menopausal years) and for couples wishing to achieve or postpone pregnancy without any risk to their health. Their charitable purposes are to advance the education of the public in the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Fertility Regulation and promote and disseminate research into various aspects of Natural Fertility Regulation.
Fibro Friends United Scotland started 2014 online. They have expanded offering both community and online support to people living with fibromyalgia and carers in Scotland.
Fibromyalgia Friends Scotland is a support group for people who live with fibromyalgia.
Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) is a registered charity which offers a unique employment service to people with mental health issues.
Finn's Place is a wellbeing centre which provides a range of activities and sessions which enhance and promote wellbeing. They are a community hub which provides a safe space for people dealing with the challenging life situations.
Firsthand Lothian exists to support disadvantaged families and children with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Their skilled staff and volunteers help build resilience by working with families in their community, providing support, respite care, guidance and information.
Flourish House is a rehabilitation project for people experiencing the effects of long term mental illness. Flourish house creates an enviroment by mental health problems can be helped to aquire the confidence and skills necessary to lead vocationally productive and socially satisfying lives
Focus ARBD is a national collective advocacy group of and for people who have Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD). Our aims are to:
- Raise awareness and understanding of ARBD nationally and locally
- Tackle stigma
- Warn people about the risk of getting ARBD and provide clear messages about how ARBD can be avoided
- Improve services for people with ARBD and equite of access
- Influence public policy
- Supporting each other (peer support) and having a collective voice at the heart of our aims and our work
Aim is to help older people who, through age related ill health, frailty or disability, are unable to manage their grocery shopping, by providing a shopping delivery service with additional household support and befriending service where required.
We provide free independent issue-based advocacy across Forth Valley to people who have dementia, autism, an acquired brain injury, a mental health issue, and also to anyone over the age of 65 years old or under 16 subject to treatment under the mental health act. We predominantly work with clients who have an issue related to health, social care or legal intervention (under Mental Health Act, Adults with Incapacity, Adult Support & Protection and Child Protection).
Forth Valley Sensory Centre is a community hub which provides support, guidance, advice, practical help, equipment and social activities for people affected by a sensory impairment and their families and friends. The centre is available for people of all ages from across the Forth Valley area. The main objective of the Centre is to help people with a sensory impairment to live as independently as possible. The Centre is a charitable trust which brings together a partnership of 5 key organisations who specialise in supporting people with a sensory impairment. The partners are Action on Hearing Loss, Falkirk Council, NHS FV, RNIB Scotland and Stirling Council.
Genetic Alliance UK is a UK wide alliance of over 150 patient organisations that support people affected by genetic conditions.
Get2gether (formerly Dates’n’Mates Lothian) is a recently established membership organisation. Get2gether was set up as a charity by four founding organisations – ELCAP, Freespace, Garvald Edinburgh and Thistle Foundation – exclusively for people with disabilities to provide safe opportunities for love and friendship, to tackle isolation and to promote and support personal relationships. Our vision is a world where everyone has the love and friendship in their lives.
GAMH provides community based support and opportunities to people recovering from mental health problems, their carers and young carers. We promote the human rights, health equality and inclusion of people affected by mental ill health.
We recognise that poor mental health and wellbeing can arise from various life challenges including chronic illness, a long term physical disability and changes in your personal circumstances such as bereavement, family breakdowns and isolation as you grow older. Our support will assist you to feel more confident to deal with these issues and help you to rebuild and protect your mental health and wellbeing.
The Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow wants to create a community where women and girls are free from all forms of sexual violence and to achieve this within a feminist, equalities and human rights framework.
Glasgow Recovery Organisation CIC’s aim is to expand volunteering, training and employment opportunities for people in recovery from addictions and to work with young people affected by a parent or carers addiction, or who are potentially at risk of alcohol and substance misuse.
Good Morning Serive provide a telephone befriending service which alerts next of kin or the police to potential problems when a call out remains unanswered.
A self help group whose interests and aims are directed at encouraging people within the Grampian area with cardiac problems to improve their quality of life by adopting a healthier lifestyle. This is done by introducing regular safe exercise programmes.
Grampian Opportunities aims to promote employability, develop enterprise and open up employment and Volunteering opportunities for disabled people and people with mental health problems.
Haemophilia Scotland works for people with haemophilia and bleeding disorders in Scotland.
The Haven Centre is a registered charity which provides holistic support to people affected by a life-limiting illness.
Headway Ayrshire is there to offer support, information and services whether it be short term, long term or just whenever you need it. Headway Ayrshire’s trained staff and volunteers work together to improve knowledge and understanding of brain/head injury.
Headway Glasgow gives help and support to people affected by brain injury in Glasgow.
Headway UK is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury. It does this locally and nationally.
Health and Happiness in the Highlands
Learning disability and autism, aged 16 to 65. Community development approach in breaking down barriers between people and using community connecting to create networks and opportunities. Make life better and fairer, campaigning, advocacy, enabling access to homes, work, leisure and health improvement.
Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust operates primarily to make Cambuslang and Rutherglen the healthiest and happiest place to live in Scotland.
Healthy Valleys is a community led health initiative, established in 2003 by community members, voluntary and public sector agencies. Their vision is to reduce health inequalities, promote positive lifestyles and improve health and wellbeing in rural South Lanarkshire communities.
Hearing Link is the UK hearing loss organisation that makes it easy to find the right information, services and support. It is for people with any level of hearing loss and for their families too.
The Hepatitis C Trust is the national UK charity for hepatitis C. It was founded and is now led and run by people with personal experience of hepatitis C and almost all of their Board, staff and volunteers either have hepatitis C or have had it and cleared it after treatment. Their mission is to reverse the rapidly increasing death toll caused by hepatitis C in the UK until no-one dies from this preventable and treatable disease and, ultimately, it is all but eradicated in this country.
HIV Scotland is the leading national policy and strategic HIV charity.
Homelands Trust-Fife is an independent, Fife-based charity working to improve the quality of life of people affected by disability through the provision of top quality, accessible self-catering accommodation and supportive day services.
HOPE makes a positive difference to the lives of people affected by autism
Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care. They champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, which provide hospice care across the UK, so that they can deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life-limiting conditions, and support their families.
IA (The Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group) primary aim is to help people who have to undergo surgery which involves the removal of their colon and the creation of either an ileostomy or an ileo-anal pouch.
iConnect North East is an organisation where you are able to find information and get advice on Self-Directed Support, linking you to events and activities in your local community.
Ideas for Ears is a social enterprise that is working to make Scotland more hearing-friendly. It runs Access for All Ears, (http://access.ideasforears.org.uk) a site where people can rate and review their experiences of being able to hear and participate when using services and facilities. It also offers consultancy to organisations seeking to create staff and public environments that are more comfortable and suitable for all hearing abilities.
IIH UK is working to ensure that they become part of a collective voice of organisations that represent genetic and neurological conditions. Enabling further awareness and campaigning for improvement for the lives of patients and families affected by IIH. This will assist in IIH being better understood by the general public and by all professionals with whom IIH patients come into contact.
Infusion Co-operative is the expert consultancy in service user involvement. They help clients in the public, voluntary and not for profit sectors energise their business by providing a range of services, including research, service evaluation, development, training and facilitation.
International Glaucoma Association aim to raise awareness of glaucoma as the largest preventable cause of blindness in the UK. The better to improve detection and effective treatment. Promote research to improve management and treatment with a view to eventual cure. They support people with Glaucoma and their carers through as many means as possible.
Intlife are creating a charitable organisation to offer the choice of drug-free treatments for all. A pain management organisation run by people afflicted by chronic pain and their supporters for people in pain and their supporters.
Intrelate Care CIC provides support to people with long term conditions through the development of innovative technological solutions and through personal and organisational development programs.
The main focus of the services they provide at Inverclyde Carers Centre are to help support Carers. They do this by providing services designed specifically to help carers in their caring role as many Carers don’t recognise that they too need support.
Iris Cancer Partnership supports and enables access to massage for people affected by cancer in Scotland.
IRISS mission is to promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland's social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement
The purpose of ITCanHelp is to offer technical computer assistance to individuals with disabilities, by providing IT Support Volunteers who will visit disabled people in their homes and at other locations such as day centres,
Through Lapidus Scotland’s ongoing programme of writing workshops, storytelling, readings, performances and skills development, they work to explore and expand knowledge and understanding of the value of words for wellbeing and to develop practice. They know through evidence-based research that words used creatively and practically can be a powerful tool for health and personal and community development.
The Later Life Information Centre invites people to walk in without need for an appointment to access a range of informaiton on matters such as healthy eating to legal issues for older people.
Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of disabled people both in the UK and in more than 50 other countries. They help people with physical impairments, learning difficulties and long-term health conditions, as well as their carers, friends and families
Let's Get On With It Together is derived from the motivation of different organisations within Highland, Argyll and Bute to work in partnership. The partnership has been constituted to develop and deliver a structure and sustainable self-management strategy.
Since Leuchie House was launched as an independent charity in July 2011, it has welcomed over 740 guests and 62 carers. Leuchie House is the only centre in Scotland offering high quality respite breaks for people with long term physical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's, Parkinson's, MND, stroke and spinal injuries. Leuchie is a true example of integrated health and social care.
Our mission is to improve the health, wellbeing and the quality of people's lives, with a particular regard to reducing the negative impact of alcohol and substance misuse on the individual, families and communities.
Life Support Partnerships offers workshops and tuition in the practice of 'Listening through the Body ~ with Art' and how to form and sustain effective self and peer support.
Life-pod CIC is a social enterprise whose aim is to provide expert advice and practical support to people affected by hoarding disorder and other conditions resulting in chronic disorganisation.
LinkLiving is a listening, responsive organisation that works in partnership with people, providing a range of care and support services.
Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL) is a disability and user-led organisation providing practical services to disabled people in the Lothian region.
Lupus UK is the only national registered charity supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis.
Glasgow Libraries are working with Macmillan Cancers Support to provide a network of Macmillan Cancer information and support services in local communities.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer.
The Macular Society is a specialist charity for people affected by any form Macular Disease
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes.
Max Appeal supporting families affected by DiGeorge syndrome, VCFS and 22q11.2 deletion.
MECOPP provides a variety of services to black and minority ethnic carers and communities locally, regionally and nationally.
Meditexts is a Social Enterprise that provides an information service for those managing chronic health conditions so that all details of their condition and treatment can be provided by text to health professionals. The business will donate all its profits to Charities supporting chronic health conditions.
Melanoma Action and Support Scotland (MASScot) provides support for those with melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer and their carers. Campaigns on treatments and educates on early detection and prevention
Meniere’s Society is a UK registered charity dedicated to supporting people with Meniere’s disease and vestibular disorders. Meniere’s disease is a long term progressive condition affecting both balance and hearing parts of the inner ear.
Mental Health Aberdeen provide community support, counselling, befriending and carers support services, advice and signposting to people affected by challenges related to mental ill health and wellbeing and to promote, lobby, inform and education about mental ill health.
Mental Health Network (Greater Glasgow) are a network of people and carers with a lived experience of mental health problems. We work to improve the rights, services and treatment of people with mental health problems and to challenge the stigma and discrimination they face.
MHScot believe poor mental health and wellbeing is one of the biggest public health challenges facing society today. It is the leading cause of sickness absences in the workplace and can be devastating to those experiencing immense distress - as well as those closest to them. MHScot has been set up to address their concerns surrounding this challenge and to focus and encourage employers to address the mental health requirements of employees, volunteers and clients whilst encouraging a proactive rather than reactive response, to this very present challenge to their workforce and surrounding communities.
Midlothian Access Panel is a group of people who work with and on behalf of people with disabilities and their carers to improve access to local buildings by providing Access Audits, and to provide information about access.
Mind's Well Recovery College is a Social Enterprise that provides a range of peer led services which include mentoring, support, counselling, co-education and therapeutic interventions.
Mindspace Limited formerly Perth Association Mental Health, their services have developed since then to include Mindspace Counselling Service and Mindspace Recovery College. There are also sessions on life skills, employability skills and supporting others through peer mentoring. This is done working alongside people with lived experience of mental ill health.
Self management funded project.
MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity dedicated to people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), their families, friends and carers. They provide a wide range of services, information about MND, and funding for research.
Momentum works in partnership to enable and empower disabled and excluded people to identify and achieve their goals.
Moray Disability Forum exists to support and assist all who have a disability whether this is physical, mental or sensory.
Moving on Ayrshire is a charity based in Ayr which provides a counselling service at locations throughout South Ayrshire. They offer adult survivors of sexual abuse and rape free one to one person-centred counselling in a safe environment which can enable them to address their issues and helps them work towards a healthier and happier future.
MS National Therapy Centres works to support around 60 therapy centres in the UK. These are all independent charities in their own right, but MSNTC aims to provide support.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Scotland is Scotland's largest charity for people affected by multiple sclerosis.
The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian is an independent registered charity, set up in 1984 by a group of people with MS and their families and friends. They provide practical therapies including physiotherapy, yoga, oxygen therapy, affordable reflexology, and other services.
Music in Hospitals enables people of all ages in hospitals, hospices, care homes and day care centres to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of high quality live music.
National Autistic Society champion the rights and interest of people with autism and aim to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.
The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) allows people who spent time in institutional care as children in Scotland, to come forward and share their experiences, whatever they are. Institutional care is an umbrella term which means residential care or health services and could be run by a local authority, health board, a private provider, or a charity.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
National Osteoporosis Society is dedicated to eradicating osteoporosis and promoting bone health in both men and women.
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) aims to provide information and support for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), their families, friends and carers, and health professionals with an interest in RA.
Aims and obectives are to work with local communities to support and empower even more people who may be decribed as having learning disabilitiy or other people who could benefit from this flexible model of support. They are looking to work in partnership with people and agencies from other areas in Scotland to develop and create new networks which respond to local community needs.
Neurological Alliance of Scotland is a focused and purposeful forum of not-for-profit organisations and groups representing many thousands of people affected by neurological conditions in Scotland.
No Strings Attached (Scotland)
No Strings Attached (Scotland) are an independent registered charity, based in West Scotland committed, through asthma management and music education to providing opportunities for young people with asthma to help them better manage their condition and to more fully participate in all that life can offer.
No website at present. Please contact Alliance Scotland for details.
Open Secret provides confidence support and counselling services to individuals and families who live with the impact of childhood abuse in Scotland.
Outside the Box Development Support provides community development support to individuals and organisations across Scotland. This includes work with people who have long term conditions.
Pain Association Scotland is a unique organisation that has pioneered the development and delivery of the self management training approach to chronic pain throughout Scotland for the last 19 years.
Pain Concern provides information and support for those who live with pain and those who care for them.
PAMIS is the only organisation working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities for a better life.
Parents of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Adults (PASDA) is a support organisation for parents and carers of adults on the autistic spectrum who live in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity dedicated to supporting all people with Parkinson's, their families, friends and carers.
Partnership for change aims to develop and promote a better understanding, trust and respect for all services providing community care in North Lanarkshire. The organisation aims to support and develop service users and care participation influencing the planning and delivery of these services.
The Patient Information Forum is the organisation for consumer health information in the UK.
Patient Opinion aims to make it quick, easy and safe for patients and carers to give feedback about their health care, and for health service providers to respond to and make use of feedback for service improvement.
The PBC Foundation provides support for people with primary billiary cirrhosis, their families and friends.
Penumbra is one of Scotland's leading mental health organisations, providing a wide range of support services for adults and young people.
People First (Scotland) started in 1989. It is an independent self-advocacy organisation in Scotland run by and for people with learning difficulties.
Pink Ladies provides confidence building courses for women in Midlothian who are affected by anxiety and depression
Plantation Productions is a community Arts & Media charity based in Govan, Glasgow. Our “Making Art Matter” programme provides opportunities to meet new people, develop creative talents and access professional media resources.
Playlist for Life is working to bring the benefits of personally meaningful music in dementia care to as many people as possible, wherever they may be in the UK.
Plus Perth improves the lives of people who have used mental health services, promoting mental health for all and challenging stigma.
PMR-GCA Scotland aims to support those who live with polymyalgia rheumatica and/or giant cell arteritis and their families, and raise awareness of this condition.
Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity is dedicated to the concerns of people affected by Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a range of inherited, incurable renal conditions.
Positive Choices formerly known as Disability Information Services in Perthshire (DISIP) allows clients to obtain a diverse range of information from one call or meeting, and from a single source.
Details Positive Help offers four broad services to support those affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in the Edinburgh area:
• Supportive Transport service
• Home support service
• Children & young people’s befriending service
• Study Buddy service (formerly homework club)
To provide high quality clinical, emotional, social and spiritual care for patients who have a progressive, life threatening illness and support for those who care for them.
The Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association is the only national organisation in the UK dedicated to the support of people with PSP.
The Psoriasis Association provides information to give a better understanding of what psoriasis is, what causes it and what treatments are available.
Quarriers provides a variety of support services to children, adults, young people and carers. Their four main areas of work are epilepsy, children and families, adults with disabilities and young people.
Revive MS Support is a charity dedicated to helping everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
Rowan Alba services in Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross and Angus reduce the chances of people becoming homeless or, where this has happened, to provide people with the ongoing care and support they need.
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) supports blind and partially sighted people.
Samaritans' vision is that fewer people die by suicide.
Scottish Alliance for Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a third sector, not for profit voluntary organisation. They encourage a supportive community for patients of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). They also lobby elected members and health professionals to campaign for better treatment for HS patients. The organisation has a closed Facebook group of which approximately 100 members are resident in Scotland, it is believed that the disease affects approximately 1% of the population.
Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) is Scotland's leading mental health charity.
Scottish Autism exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in. They also seek to share their knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for people with autism.
Scottish Burned Children's Club is an organisation that helps children, up to the age of eighteen, who have sustained burn and scald injuries.
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities (SCLD)'s mission is to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities of all ages and family carers to challenge discrimination and to develop and share good practice. Their goal is an inclusive Scotland where everyone is valued and respected for who they are and what they contribute as equal citizens.
Scottish Council on Deafness represents organisations working with and on behalf of Deaf Sign Language users, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people.
The Scottish Disability Equlity Forum is a user-led membership organisation, which works across Scotland to remove barriers to the the full social inclusion of people affected by disability.
Scottish Families Affected by Drugs and Alcohol provides support to family members and friends who have been affected by the substance misuse of a relative or loved one, and raises awareness of the issues affecting them. They are the hub of a network of family support groups across Scotland and provide information through their website, helpline and telehealth support.
The Scottish Health Council and was established in 2005 to promote Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS in Scotland. It is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. A key aspect of the Scottish Health Council’s role is to support NHS Boards to improve individual and collective participation and also to monitor how they carry out their statutory duty to involve people in the planning and delivery of health services.
Scottish Huntington’s Association provides expert care to families living primarily in their own homes. Just as importantly, support is offered by families for families via a network of local family support groups.
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance safeguards people who are vulnerable and discriminated against or who services find difficult to serve, empowering people who need a stronger voice by enabling them to express their own needs and make their own decisions.
The Scottish Infected Blood Forum (SIBF) is a charity made up of people who are affected with a life-threatening infection. Typically they are people who have received a blood transfusion from the NHS and as a result have been infected by a virus such as Hepatitis C.
Scottish Post Polio Network provides support for polio survivors in Scotland.
Scottish Seniors Alliance represents local and national communities, support and provide information and signposting.
As Scotland’s only national waterways charity, they help young people gain the skills and confidence to find work; bring vibrancy, life and opportunities to some of the nation’s most disadvantaged communities; encourage people to get active and improve their health and mental wellbeing; and safeguard and improve the rich heritage and environments of Scotland’s canals.
The Self-Directed Support Forum East Renfrewshire is a community organization providing advice and information regarding Self-Directed Support. We are a group of disabled people and carers who have already experienced some of the changes to our care packages that the new way of assessing and shaping social care will bring to service users.
SDSS is a national membership organisation which actively promotes Independent Living by supporting, working with and championing the aims of Self-Directed Support disabled people's organisations.
SensationALL want to create a facility that centres around an inclusive yet tailored approach to supporting our MSN users and their families. We want to see a SensationALL that will be able to offer social and leisure groups and opportunities to our older MSN individuals where we will have safe, stimulating environments including separate sensory and soft play rooms (which would be bookable to individuals and small groups) and a disability-friendly outdoor space.
Sense Scotland works in partnership to support and promote the interests of children, young people and adults who have communication support needs arising from a range of impairments including, but not limited to deafblindness, sensory impairment, learning or physical disability.
Shared Care Scotland was formed to promote and support the development of flexible, imaginative and person centred short break services (respite care) throughout Scotland.
Shared Lives Plus is the UK network for family-based and small-scale ways of supporting adults.
SITE provides training and support to people affected by sight loss.
Skin Conditions Campaign Scotland represents the interests of patients and patient groups. Members come from a wide range of organisations representing people with skin conditions.
SKS Scotland aims to deliver 'hands on' business support to organisations in the third sector and to engage with people with long term conditions to deliver this service.
The object of the charity is to provide a national supoort network for children with arthritis and their families through the provision of factual, practical and emotional support.
Social Care Ideas Factory is an innovative network of social care provider organisations delivering services across Glasgow.
Seascape is a service offered by Escape from Homelessness South Ayrshire Ltd. They offer a rent deposit scheme for homeless people of all ages covering all of South Ayrshire.
An organisation created by parents, for parents and their children. The Scottish Spina Bifida Association was founded in 1965 by a small group of enthusiastic parents who each had a child with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. A significant amount of media interest in spina bifida had been generated throughout Scotland and from this increased awareness, it became apparent that action was required.
Spinal Injuries Scotland is the national voluntary organisation concerned with new and long-term spinal cord injured people, their relatives and friends along with those involved in the management, care and rehabilitation of the injury.
SPIRIT Advocacy is a collective advocacy group, which represents the interests of users of mental health services across the Highlands.
Strathcarron Hospice’s vision is to provide specialist palliative care services and expert end of life care for the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and to promote the delivery of palliative care across this area.
They are based in the Scottish Borders and support people to achieve their potential, lead good loves and connect positively in their community. They have been operating for 0 yeats and aspire to be champions for outcomes-focused practice, participation, active citizenship community connectedness.
The Stroke Association works for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need.
Provides free care to those affected by life-changing illnesses, delivered through their fourteen care centres, homecasre services and healthcare clinics, both in the UK and internationally.
The Sydenham's Chorea Association was set up to support families where one of the young people has the condition. There is very little support for families living with the condition, the symptoms of which can often be quite severe, so they are here to support other families, educate people and help fund research into the condition.
Talk Lipoedema are a UK based organisation active across the UK. They provide benefit to sufferers of lipoedema and their carers through participating in various projects and increasing awareness of the disease.
Talking Mats Limited is a social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties, and those close to them, by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them.
TAP Fibromyalgia Support Group provides help and support for people with fibromylagia in Tayside, Angus and Perthshire.
Target Ovarian Cancer is dedicated to achieving a long and good life for every woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United Kingdom.
Tea in the Pot is a Drop-in & Support Service for women, and is run by women, for women. We provide a safe relaxing atmosphere where women can meet up with old friends and make new friends.
Terrence Higgins Trust is at the forefront of the fight against HIV, and improving the nation's sexual health.
The Butterfly Trust give people someone to talk to after diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis dealing with difficult change.
The Coach House Trust is a voluntary organisation that aims to promote social and economic inclusion through integrating people into their communities. They work with people aged 16 and over who have experienced exclusion from mainstream society and who are looking to improve their employability.
The Junction – Young People, Health & Wellbeing is an award-winning organisation established in 2005 in response to local action research: ‘Safe & Sorted? Not in Leith.’ Here at the Junction we take a holistic approach towards young people’s health & wellbeing. We understand that the various aspects of young people’s lives are interrelated, so we make sure that young people are able to access all of our services, without having to fit themselves in with defined issues or problems.
The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation is a charity focused on increasing the awareness of vasculitis, a rare auto-immune condition. The charity organises annual events to raise awareness of this rare condition and to raise funds for support services. The charity also sponsors educational initiatives and funds research to improve knowledge and understanding of vasculitis. Currently, LCTF organises patient support group meetings on a quarterly basis in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. There is also an extensive online patient support centre. The charity’s support service has recently been launched as Vasculitis-Scotland.org. LCTF also fund the Twilight Cabin, a respite retreat in Argyllshire, Scotland. This facility is available to anyone affected by vasculitis.
A group of residents based in West Dunbartonshire promoting self-improvement and wellbeing by engaging the most vulnerable in the community whose self-belief and lack of confidence limits their view of life and impacts the choices they make.
To create and maintain support groups within Scotland to help individuals and families affected by eating disorders along with promoting early intervention as the key to recovery.
They use what they have learned to help everyone by offering straightforward and clear information on every aspect of mental health and learning disabilities.
The Moira Anderson Foundation is a National Charity dedicated to supporting those affected by childhood sexual abuse. They support children and adults of both genders in whatever way they can.
They support people with learning disabilities in Edinburgh and the Lothians, this takes on a number of forms; residential care, housing support, care at home services, day services and a respite centre. They are registered with the Care Inspectorate and receive the majority of their revenue funding from local government.
Through the Residential Commissioning Framework, SCCMI has been identified as the highest ranked organisation in Scotland providing nursery and primary school education for children with additional support needs.
The Teapot Trust uses art therapy as a way of helping children and young people cope with long term medical conditions. Art therapy provides a way of expressing and dealing with feelings, helping children to feel more in control and to cope with their condition.
TheWEL project give guidance on supporting wellbeing and levels of wellness. This is focused on people who are dealing with long term conditions. They teach how to draw on inner natural strengths that grow helpful change, wellbeing and any healing and recovery that is possible.
Thistle is a pioneering, boundary pushing organisation that supports people with disabilities and health conditions to lead full and active lives.
Tourette Scotland is a registered charity dedicated to providing support and information to people living with Tourette syndrome and promoting "empathy not sympathy."
Town Break is a local community-based charity which offers a twice-weekly Day Club in Stirling and a weekly Day Club in Callender for more rural clients.
Transverse Myelitis Scotland Support Group is dedicated to advocacy for those who have these rare neuroimmunologic conditions.
Tuberous Sclerosis Association is the UK charity that supports individuals, promotes awareness and seeks the causes and best possible management of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC).
Twechar Community Action transformed the old recreation Centre into Twechar Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre. A community hub which houses a full time pharmacy, a satellite GP surgery, café, sports hall and meeting rooms and a vast range of activities and services.
Universal Comedy deliver unique comedy workshops and training courses for people experiencing the downside of ill health, depression and anxiety, employment problems or anyone who would benefit from a laugh.
To create a pathway to connect business and ex-offenders, (and the disadvantaged) to support both parties throughout every step of the ensuing employment journey. As a social enterprise, we are committed to improving the lives of all members of the community, regardless of their criminal record. We’re therefore working hard to break down the barriers that restrict employment opportunities for ex-offenders. (Although not restricted to Ex-Offenders)
The aims of the Urostomy Association are to assist those who are about to undergo or who have undergone surgery which results in a urinary diversion, such as a urostomy, continent urinary pouch or neo bladder To assist carers in the rehabilitation of people with a urinary diversion and to improve the quality of life of people who have undergone urinary diversion surgery and those who care for them.
Visibility listens and responds to people affected by visual impairment to encourage a culture and environment which promoted choice and independence for all.
VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) manages the CarersNet Edinburgh & Lothian website and works in partnership with other local carer organisations. VOCAL support carers in all family or relationship settings, be they defined by kinship, partnership, friendship, affection or obligation. Our services include information, advice and emotional support, training, advocacy, counselling and groupwork.
Voluntary Action Shetland's vision for Shetland is to achieve a position where all citizens and organisations are empowered and enabled to grow a strong vibrant community. This includes:
· To support growth, capacity and development of the third sector in Shetland.
· To continue to promote volunteering through the Saltire Award and locally developed schemes.
· To utilise the knowledge of the skills and expertise of the third sector to enhance delivery of local services.
· To support and encourage the development of social enterprise.
· To deliver the outcomes in the Enterprising Third Sector Action Plan through work with partners.
· To continue to be involved in the review of Community Planning locally.
Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) is a national intermediary body of voluntary and community health organisations.
Based in Aberdeen, VSA is the city's major social care charity. VSA has grown since 1870 from charities that operated with Voluntary Service Aberdeen, combining them to provide even better care and value for the local community today.
Waverley Care is Scotland’s largest charity providing support to people with HIV and Hepatitis C and to their partners, families and carers.
The purposes of the group are as follows:
- To improve the quality of life of persons in and around West Lothian who suffer from Fibromyalgia.
- To advance the education and awareness of the general public and relevant healthcare professionals regarding the nature, effects, incidence and management of this debilitating condition.
To provide a quality support service to all women and girls who have experienced sexual abuse, violence and/or exploitation, through individual support and group activities.
Work4ME is a social enterprise. They are champions of self-employment for people with long term conditions.
Xchange Scotland is a charity developed by young Scottish volunteers and others committed to making positive change in society. For the past 10 years, the founding members have been deeply involved in international volunteering and education projects. Their Aim is to connect individuals and organisations in Scotland to these exciting and accessible international opportunities.
Y.O.U. offers independent advice in terms of living with a disability in areas such as Self Directed Support, sharing my own experiences of life with a disability, advocating for those living with a physical impairment and offering consultations and training to support workers and others working with disabled people.