Your health

These contacts provide a wide range of advice and support in areas concerning health, addiction, homelessness, disabilities and more.


British Pregnancy Advisory Service
BPAS provides help to women with an unplanned pregnancy or a pregnancy they choose not to continue with.
Tel: 03457 30 40 30

Offering confidential, unbiased pregnancy and abortion counselling.
Tel: 0300 4000 999 (helpline)

Family Planning Association (FPA)
Sexual health charity giving information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships.
Tel: 0845 122 8687 (9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays)

Sexual Health Scotland 
Advice and information on sexual wellbeing, health and relationships
Information Line: 0800 22 44 88

Alcohol, drugs and smoking

Alcohol Focus Scotland
Alcohol Focus Scotland is the national charity working to reduce alcohol harm.  AFS wants to reduce the impact of alcohol on individuals, families, communities and Scotland as a whole, through the implementation of effective alcohol control policies and legislation.
Tel: 0141 572 6700
Tel: 0800 7 314 314 (Drinkline)

Alcoholics Anonymous
Network of self-help groups where members encourage each other to stop drinking and to stay off drink. Look in the phone book for details of your local group.
Tel: 0845 769 7555

Baby Be Smoke Free
Developed by Tommy's to provide relevant and accessible information about smoking cessation options for teenagers.

Can Stop Smoking
Advice and support for stopping smoking, including local details for stop smoking services.
Tel: Smokeline - 0800 84 84 84 (9:00am – 9:00pm)

Drink Smarter
Provides nformation on health and wellbeing issues linked to alcohol, and on ways to reduce alcohol consumption.
Tel: 0800 7 314 314 (24 hours)

FRANK (national drugs helpline)
Free 24-hour confidential drug information, advice and counselling service.
Tel: 0300 123 6600 (24 hours)

Scottish Drugs Forum
Offers information on local treatment and services for drug users, family and friends.
Tel: 0141 221 1175 (Glasgow) or 0131 221 9300 (Edinburgh)


Reducing inequalities in oral health and ensuring access to dental services for every child across Scotland.

Disability and illness

Action for Sick Children (Scotland)
Supports sick children and their families. Offers information about going to hospital, designed for children and for parents. Hospital playboxes available for borrowing by playgroups.
Tel: 0800 074 4519 (national helpline)
Email: (national enquiries)

Afasic Scotland
Provides advice and information on speech and language difficulties among children.
Tel: 0845 3 55 55 77 (10:30am – 2:30pm Monday to Friday)

Allergy UK
A leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK.  Providing a dedicated helpline, support network and online forum for those with allergy and intolerance.
Email: (national enquiries)
Tel: 01322 619 898 (national helpline)

Anaphylaxis Campaign
Campaigns to help anyone who suffers from a potentially fatal allergy. Provides help to sufferers and aims to raise awareness within government, industry and the general public.
Tel: 01252 542029

Asthma UK (Scotland)
Information and support for people with asthma and their families.
Tel: 0131 226 2544
Tel: 0800 121 62 55 (National helpline 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

British Thyroid Foundation  
Tel: 01423 709707

Capability Scotland  
Offers advice, support and information to parents of children with cerebral palsy.
Email: contact form 
Tel: 0131 337 9876

Child Growth Foundation  
Support group for parents of children with growth disorders, and parents concerned about their child’s growth.
Tel: 020 8995 0257 (helpline 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday)

Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases (CLIMB)  
Makes grants and allowances available for the purposes of medical treatment and care of children with metabolic diseases. Puts parents in contact with others in similar circumstances.
Tel: 0800 652 3181

Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)  
Offers support to parents of children with cleft lip and/or palate. Offers a specialist service to those seeking help in feeding babies with clefts.
Tel: 020 7833 4883

Coeliac UK  
Advice and information for those with a coeliac condition or dermatitis herpetiformis.
Tel: 0845 305 2060

Contact a Family  
Encourages mutual support between families caring for children with any type of disability or special need.
Tel: 0131 659 2930 (Edinburgh office), 0808 808 3555 (National helpline 9:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

Craighalbert Centre  
A Scottish national centre that offers a system of ‘conductive education’ which aims to teach the cerebral palsied child all aspects of daily life, develop learning ability and prepare the child for school.
Tel: 01236 456100

Cystic Fibrosis Trust  
Funds medical and scientific research aimed at understanding, treating and curing cystic fibrosis. Aims to ensure that people with CF receive the best care and support in all aspects of their lives.
Tel: 0300 373 1000 (Helpline)

Diabetes UK (Scotland)  
Provides practical help and information on living with diabetes.
Tel: 0141 245 6380
Careline Scotland: 0345 123 2399
National helpline: 0845 120 2960 (9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

Down’s Syndrome Scotland  
Information, advice, counselling and support for parents of children with Down’s syndrome.
Tel: 0131 313 4225

Promotes the rights and needs of people with learning disabilities and their families. Can offer information, advice and practical help.
Tel: 0300 0200 101

Epilepsy Scotland  
A charitable organisation working for people with epilepsy, their families, carers and the professionals looking after them
Tel: 0808 800 2200

Family Fund 
Textphone users can call: 01904 658085. A government-funded trust whose purpose is to ease the stress on families who care for severely disabled children under 16 by providing grants and information related to the care of the child.
Tel: 08449 744 099

Genetic Alliance (Scotland)  
The national charity of patient organisations supporting all those affected by genetic disorders.
Tel: 0131 247 1404

Group B Strep Support  
Provides information for pregnant women, pregnant women who carry the bacteria, parents of infected children and healthcare professionals.
Tel: 01444 416176

Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy 
For those affected by any form of SMA. Can link families and help to provide equipment.
Email: contact form
Tel: 01789 2675 20

Works with children and adults with a learning disability and their families and carers to improve their lives and opportunities.
Tel: 0808 808 1111

Meningitis Association of Scotland
Free information and support to those suffering from meningitis or who are disabled as a result.
Tel: 0141 554 6680

Meningitis Research Foundation
Offers counselling for parents whose children have died from meningitis and gives support to people with loved ones in hospital or at home.
Tel: 080 8800 3344 (helpline), 0131 510 2345 (Edinburgh office)

Meningitis Now
Free information and support to those suffering from meningitis or who are disabled as a result.
Tel: 0808 80 10 388 (24 hours)

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
Offers practical help and emotional support to sufferers and their families, runs an information and education service for the medical professions, social services and the public.
Tel: 0800 652 6352 (Freephone 8:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday)

National Autistic Society Scotland
A parent support group which runs an advisory and information service.
Tel: 0808 800 4104 (10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays)

National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland
Offers information and advice on all issues relating to childhood deafness. Offers the expertise of specialist advisors in the fields of education, health, benefits and technology.
Tel: 0808 800 8880 (9:30am – 9:30pm Monday to Thursday, 9:30am – 5:00pm Friday)

National Eczema Society
Information, advice and support for people with eczema and their families.
Tel: 0800 089 1122

National Society for Phenylketonuria (NSPKU)
A self-help organisation offering information and support to families affected by the disorder.
Tel: 030 3040 1090

Reach (Association for Children with Upper Limb Deficiency)
Aims to promote the relief of children with upper limb deficiencies by encouraging mutual aid and support between their families.
Tel: 0845 1306 225

RNIB Scotland
Information, services and advice for blind people. Look Scotland (0131 313 5711) provides information to parents on services relevant to children with visual impairment.
Tel: 0303 123 9999 (helpline 8:45am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday), 0131 652 3140 (Edinburgh office)

Scottish Association for Children with Heart Disorders
Provides support to children and young adults with heart disorders, and their families.

Provides a range of services for people with cerebral palsy and their families/carers.
Tel: 0808 800 3333

Scottish Autism
Provides a range of services in care, support and education for people with autism, their families and carers.
Tel: 01259 720044

Scottish Spina Bifida Association
Information, advice, counselling, support and financial help for parents.
Tel: 03455 211 300 (helpline)

SENSE Scotland (National Deaf-Blind and Rubella Association)
Information, advice and support for families of deaf–blind and rubella-handicapped children.
Tel: 0300 330 9292

Sickle Cell Society
Information, advice and counselling on sickle cell disease and traits.
Tel: 020 8961 7795

Sleep Scotland
Provides support to families with children with special needs and severe sleep problems.
Email: contact form 
Tel: 0131 651 1392

Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases (MPS)
Acts as a parent support group; brings about more public awareness of MPS diseases; raises funds for research.
Tel: 0845 389 9901

The Butterfly Trust
Offers advice, practical help and advocacy to people with cystic fibrosis and their families.
Tel: 0131 445 5590

The Haemophilia Society
Represents the needs and interests of people with, or affected by, haemophilia.
Tel: 0207 831 1020 (Office)

UK Thalassaemia Society
Education, information, research and counselling offered to sufferers and carriers.
Tel: 020 8882 0011

General support

Ask Baby
All you need to know about getting pregnant, coming off the Pill and fertility problems.

UK government website covering all public service information.

Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine
Provides information on complementary medicine and referrals to qualified practitioners or helpful organisations.
Tel: 020 7922 7980 

Men’s Advice Line and Enquiries (MALE)
Provides information, support and advice for men experiencing domestic abuse.
Tel: 0808 801 0327 (9:00pm – 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

NHS 24
Information on pregnancy, childbirth and infections during pregnancy.

NHS Health Boards

NHS Inform

The Baby Website
Provides information on a range of topics from breastfeeding to baby names.

The Infertility Network
Helps couples coping with problems of infertility and childlessness.
Tel: 0800 008 7464

Information and advice on having a healthy pregnancy to women and their partners.  You can also order free books and leaflets from the website, including the 'The young woman's guide to pregnancy' which is aimed at women aged 16 - 19.
Tel: 0800 01 47 800 (Pregnancy line information service 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

Stonewall Scotland
Campaigning and lobbying organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Tel: 0131 474 8019


Shelter Scotland
Works to relieve poverty and distress among homeless people and campaigns for provision of housing to meet need; runs regional housing aid offices and charity shops.
Tel: 0808 800 4444 (9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday)

Stepfamily Scotland
If you are in a stepfamily already, or about to become part of one, Stepfamily Scotland can provide helpful advice and support.
Tel: 0845 122 8655 (10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Thursday, 10:00am – 1:00pm Friday)


HIV Scotland
HIV Scotland provides knowledge and expertise to help and inform and deliver strong policies and effective strategies.
Tel: 0131 558 3713

National AIDS Trust
Aims to promote a wider understanding of HIV and AIDS; to develop and support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV; and to improve the quality of life of people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Tel: 020 7814 6767

Positively UK
National charity that champions the rights of people living with HIV.
Tel: 020 7713 0444 (helpline 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday with late night opening on Thursday to 8:00pm)

Terrence Higgins Trust  
Working for a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all.
Tel: 0141 332 3838 (9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday) or call the helpline on 0808 802 1221 (10:00am – 10:00pm Monday to Friday, 12 noon – 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday)

Waverley Care
Supporting people in Scotland living with HIV.
Tel: 0131 558 1425

Mental health

Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI)
A network of telephone and postal volunteers who have suffered from postnatal illness and offer information, support and encouragement on a one-to-one basis.
Tel: 020 7386 0868 (10:00am – 2:00pm Monday to Friday)

Scottish Assocation for Mental Health (SAMH)
Offers an information service, campaigning, and training on mental health issues. Deals with any queries on the subject of mental health, and legal and, or benefits services.
Tel: 0141 530 1000

The Samaritans
Provides confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Tel: 08457 90 90 90 (7:00am – 7:00pm Monday to Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday)

Pregnancy and maternity services

Association for Improvements in the Maternity Service (AIMS)
A voluntary pressure group offering support and information about parents’ rights, complaints procedures and choices within maternity care, including home birth.
Tel: 0300 365 0663

Doula UK
A network which offers advice on finding a doula in your area.

Pregnancy and Parents Centre
Practical and emotional support for all women and their families: antenatal and postnatal classes, one-to-one support, sharing experiences, information, advocacy and child-centred activities.
Tel: 0131 229 3667

Pregnancy problems

Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC)
Charity providing support and information for sufferers of pre-eclampsia.
Tel: 020 8427 4217

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)
Offers support and information to women and couples who have had a diagnosis of abnormality in their unborn baby, and provides continued support to those parents who have a termination of pregnancy.
Tel: 0845 077 2290

Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation
24/7 helpline for women who think they might be having an ectopic pregnancy.
Tel: 0845 070 4636

Miscarriage Association
Information, advice and support for women suffering the effects of miscarriage.
Tel: 01924 200 799 (Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm)

Pelvic Instability Network Scotland (PINS)
Registered Scottish charity providing support and information to people affected by pelvic girdle pain.
Tel: 01463 782801

Scottish Care and Information on Miscarriage (SCIM)
A counselling service for women who have lost babies through miscarriage, offering support for future pregnancy and planning pregnancy following loss.
Tel: 0141 552 5070

The Chartered Association of Physiotherapy 
Information regarding the role and function of a chartered physiotherapist, including how to get in touch with local private practitioners.
Email: contact form
Tel: 020 7306 6666

Information, advice and supporting families through miscarriage, preterm birth and stillbirth.
Tel: 0800 01 47 800 (Pregnancy line information service 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday)


Scottish Refugee Council
Information and advice for Scottish refugees.
Tel: 0141 248 9799

Asylum Help
General advice and guidance for Asylum seekers
Tel: 0808 8000 630 (Advice helpline)

Sexual health

Free and confidential information for under 25s.
Tel: 0808 802 1234 (9:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday)

Caledonia Youth
Confidential support in both educational and clinical environments, enabling all young people in Scotland to make informed, responsible choices about their personal and sexual relationships.
Tel: 0131 229 1402

Fertility Care Scotland 
Fertility Care Scotland is a charity that provides information on the Billings Method of family planning.
Tel: 0141 352 7930

Family Planning Association (FPA)
Sexual health charity giving information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships.
Tel: 0845 122 8687 (9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays)

Sexual Health Scotland 
Advice and information on sexual wellbeing, health and relationships
Information Line: 0800 22 44 88

Last Updated: 28 January 2016
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