Support in your area
There are lots of groups and organisations that can help you arrange and find help in your local area. Some are organised by the local Council, and there are charities, carers’ groups and organisations that give advice.
On this page we have tried to gather together useful contacts and links by local Council area.
Also see the bottom of this page for information on a number of national organisations that can give help, support and advice throughout Scotland.
We want this page to be as useful as possible. If you spot any problems, mistakes or want to suggest other useful contacts please get in touch.
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National organisations that can give help, support and advice throughout Scotland.
ALISS stands for A Local Information System for Scotland. It is for people with long-term health conditions. It’s a wide-ranging project taking a number of approaches to making it easier to find local resources and self management support.
The Health and Social Care Alliance brings together organisations which support people who have long-term health conditions. Their members include many organisations which give advice on managing particular health conditions and getting the support you need.
Alzheimer Scotland has information and advice for people affected by memory loss and their families and friends.
They can give information about local sources of support and on SDS options to get the services you need.
The 24 hour dementia helpline is 0808 808 3000
Tel: 0131 243 1453
Deafblind Scotland, Deaf Connections and the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters
These organisations are working together to provide information and support on SDS for people who are deaf or deafblind, including access to translators.
Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters
phone: 0141 249 0380
SSAFA provides support and advice to people serving in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. This includes services they deliver themselves and help with finding local support, and also emotional and financial help.
There are many good sources of information on the way the new arrangements can work well for people who already get support.
In Control Scotland
In Control Scotland has information for people who want to have more control over the support they get.
PAMIS provides information and advice to families of people who have profound learning disabilities.
The Scottish Government’s website for Self-directed support has detailed information for people wanting to direct their own support, for family carers and for professionals.
Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) is a national membership organisation actively promoting Independent Living by supporting, working with and championing the aims of Self Directed Support disabled people’s organisations.
Each Council has a team for children and young people and their families, including support for children with disabilities or other needs. There is often a team that gives support for transitions, when a young person is moving between children’s services to services and support for adults.
You will get information from the general contact or out of hours contact listed under each local area.
The advocacy projects listed under the local help pages will tell you if they provide advocacy support for children and their families, or tell you of another local project which does.
You can find local advocacy projects in any part of Scotland from the Advocacy Alliance.
Aberlour has developed information on SDS for children and their families
The Health and Social Care Alliance brings together organisations which support people who have long-term health conditions. Their members include many organisations which give advice on managing particular health conditions and getting the support you need. This includes support for children affected by disability or long-term health conditions.
Children in Scotland
Children in Scotland is the national agency for organisations which work with children and their families. They are working to improve independent information and advice for children and their families on SDS.
This is a project to help families in the Edinburgh area get access to support. It includes planning for the support people need and helping families manage direct payments or Individual Service Funds.
In Control Scotland
In Control has a lot of useful information about SDS and planning for what you need. It includes work to help children, young people and families get support, especially around the transition to adult life and support.
This project provides information on the 4 options of SDS, explains the options and gives practical guidance to children and their families and to young adults before and after transition to adult support.
Address: Inclusion; 813 South Street; Glasgow G14 0BX;
Contacts: Mags Park, Jaynie Mitchell
tel: 0141 950 4910