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The following services are available:

Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS)

AMIS operate a national helpline, website and training services for male victims of domestic abuse.

Activity List 2024 (Ageing Well)

Ageing Well’s 2022 full timetable of activities.

Adult football sessions (Street Soccer Scotland)

Mental health friendly adult football sessions.

Ageing Well East Lothian (East Lothian Council and NHS Lothian)

Health activities that promote physical and mental health for people over 50.

Al-Anon Family Groups

A fellowship of relatives and friends of people with a drink problem.

Alcoholics Anonymous

A fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Amisfield Walled Garden

Amisfield Walled Garden offers volunteering, community and therapeutic gardening activities set within a beautiful and peaceful 8 acre walled garden on the outskirts of Haddington.


ANDYSMANCLUB is a volunteer led, male suicide prevention charity that offers free peer to peer support groups.

Arts Therapies (NHS Lothian)

Art Therapies offers psychologically informed educational arts groups and one-to-one art and music therapy as a way of helping individuals in their recovery.

Baby loss counselling (Held in Our Hearts)

Counselling service for bereaved parents.

Befriending and Buddy Walking: one-to-one (Changes East Lothian)

Feel more connected through our Befriending programme and build your confidence through a series of supported walks with a volunteer.

Befriending Network

An online directory for volunteer and befriending opportunities.

Beyond Diagnosis (Bipolar Scotland)

Beyond Diagnosis connect anyone who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar and is looking for some support, with a Peer Worker and/or Peer Volunteer who also live with bipolar.


Support for adults affected by Adoption with a Scottish connection.

Black and Minority Ethnic Peer Connecting Service (Health in Mind)

support people from minority ethnic communities looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Bridges Project

Bridges Project provides a wide range of flexible, tailored and person-centred one-to-one and group services to disadvantaged, disengaged and isolated young people aged 12-25.

Cancer Support Network East Lothian

A community group offering support, advice and cups of tea to those who have, have had, or know someone with cancer.

Care When It Counts Mental Health Service – CWIC (East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership)

Promoting positive mental wellbeing and aims to prevent mental health difficulties.

Carers peer support groups (Carers of East Lothian – CoEL)

Group support for carers.

Carers support (Carers of East Lothian – CoEL)

Support for unpaid carers.

Children and young people’s service (Salvesen Mindroom Centre)

Advocacy and support for children and young people with learning difficulties.

Chill East Lothian – North Berwick Courses

Making the most of the beautiful beaches of East Lothian, Chill are offering introductory cold water immersion courses to provide a safe and supportive way to access the health benefits of cold therapy.

Collective advocacy East Lothian and Midlothian (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

A collective advocacy for people living in Midlothian.

Community Mental Health Team – CMHT (East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership)

Specialist support for those experiencing a range of different mental health difficulties.

Community Pantry (The Fraser Centre Community Trust)

To support low income families with a range of household goods and groceries.

Community Support Team (Waverley Care)

Community support for people living with or affected by HIV, hepatitis C or poor sexual health.

Connect – a service for women in East Lothian (East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership)

Connect is a service for women in East Lothian, over the age of 18 and who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

Counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse (Health in Mind)

A counselling service for men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Counselling for carers (Carers of East Lothian – CoEL)

Counselling for unpaid carers aged 18 years old and over

Counselling: Short-term counselling (Changes East Lothian)

Short-term counselling.

Courage Over Fear Workshops (Anam Cara)

This workshop provides skills and techniques, through wellbeing workshops that enable women to make the positive changes required to help them lead healthier and happier lives.

Day Opportunities (Alzheimer Scotland)

Day opportunities for those affected by demenita.

Dementia Advisor (Alzheimer Scotland)

Point of contact with people living with dementia and those close to them.

Dementia Friendly Tranent Coffee and Chat Club (Dementia Friendly Tranent)

This is a space where people with dementia can have a coffee and chat.

Dial-A-Ride and Dial-A-Bus (Handicabs Lothian Limited – HcL Transport)

Supported community transport services in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

East Lothian Multiply (Lead Scotland)

Lead Scotland works to remove barriers to education whatever they may be, across East Lothian.

East Lothian PANDAS (Post-natal Depression Awareness and Support – PANDAS)

A peer support group for women affected by pre/postnatal depression and/or anxiety.

East Lothian project (Women’s Aid East and Midlothian)

Support and refuge to women who have experienced domestic abuse.

East Lothian Services (Penumbra)

Personalised and flexible support to individuals at home and/or in the community for those experiencing mild, medium or severe mental health difficulties.

East Lothian Substance Use Service (NHS Lothian )

Assessment, care and treatment of people experiencing a range of difficulties related to alcohol and/or drug use with interventions delivered by Mental Health Nurses experienced in substance use.

East Lothian Individual Advocacy (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

Independent advocacy for people in East Lothian.

Education as Advocacy (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

Experience led learning opportunities about mental health.

Enterprise (Prince’s Trust)

Support and resources for young people to start a business.

Experiences of Psychosis (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

A collective advocacy group for people with experience of psychosis.

Fair Start Scotland (Triage Central)

Fair Start Scotland deliver employability, skills and education services that help people find stable employment and improve their quality of life. 

Families Affected by Substance Use – Whole Family Support Service (Circle)

This service supports whole families. Circle’s vision is for all children to be safe, happy, healthy and nurtured within a stable family environment, which supports them to achieve their potential.

First Step Community Project

Support for families in Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.

Future Pathways

Support for people who were abused or neglected as children while they were living in care in Scotland.

Garden Therapy (Growing Matters)

Offering an environment that supports physical and mental wellbeing.

Haddington Shared Reading Group (Open Book)

Join the Haddington Shared Reading Group to read stories and poems aloud and talk about them.

Haddy Huddle (Haddington Athletic FC)

The group runs free football sessions for adults (16+) and providea safe space for individuals to meet new friends and have a chat.

Headway East Lothian

Local support groups and national services for brain injury survivors, their families and carers, and professionals in the health and legal fields.

Health and Wellbeing Walks 2024 (Ageing Well)

The Ageing Well Health and Wellbeing Walk project aims to maintain and promote wellbeing and quality of life for people over 50.

Historic Adoption Peer Support Service (Health in Mind)

A dedicated peer support service for people affected by former forced adoption policies

Home-Start East Lothian

A volunteer befriending service for families.

IMPACT Project (Action on Smoking and Health Scotland)

Training and resources to workers and volunteers from the Third Sector and the NHS about the adverse effects on mental health of smoking tobacco.

Improving the Cancer Journey (MacMillan Cancer Support)

Living with cancer in the Lothians? The Improving the Cancer Journey service is here to support you.

Independent Advocacy (EARS Independent Advocacy Service SCIO)

Independent Advocacy for adults aged 65 years and over with a physical disability (or an acquired brain injury) and/or a stroke survivor

Intensive Home Treatment Team – IHTT (East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership)

For individuals who are experiencing mental health crisis/risk.

Keep The Heid Mental Health Cafe

Keep The Heid Mental Health Cafe is an informal but structured discussion group for people living with mental health problems in and around Haddington.

Lammermuir Larder Community Food Initiative (Lammermuir Larder Group)

The Lammermuir Larder is a volunteer group serving Haddington and the outlying areas by providing food support to individuals and their families.

LGBT Foundation helpline

The LGBT Foundation helpline offers non-judgemental support and advice on a range of topics.

LGBT Health and Wellbeing helpline

The LGBT Health and Wellbeing helpline team provide information and emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland.

Lothian Bipolar 18-30 Self-help Group

Self-help group for people affected by bipolar.

Lothian Bipolar Self-help Group

Self-help group for people affected by bipolar.

Lothian Deaf Counselling Service (Health in Mind)

A counselling service for adults who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or deafblind.

Low Level Nordic Walking (Ageing Well)

The group is a walking group for adults over 50, who are interested to learn how to Nordic Walk.

Man2Man (StrongMen)

Man2Man is a telephone-based peer support service from a trained StrongMen volunteer with first hand experience of losing a loved one.

Mental Health Occupational Therapy (East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership)

Mental Health Occupational Therapy can support individuals with conditions to build on confidence, skills and techniques to manage everyday activities.

Milestone Residential Support Service (Waverley Care)

Intensive support for people living with HIV and hepatitis C.

Much More Than A label (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

A collective advocacy project for people with experience of a personality disorder.

Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins)

Music therapy for those in need.

Neighbourhood Networks East Lothian

Support for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairment, mental health difficulties and young people in transition.

NHS Lothian Bereavement Support Group (NHS Lothian)

This group provides a safe space for bereaved people to share their stories, talk about their grief and meet other people who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.

Nordic Wellbeing Walks (Ageing Well)

The group is a walking group for adults over 50, who are interested to learn how to Nordic Walk.

Oor Mad History (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

Collective advocacy project on community history and the arts.

Out Of Sight Out Of Mind (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

An annual exhibition of artwork by people with experience of mental health difficulties.

Outdoor Therapy Service (Venture Trust)

Venture Trust aims to support people by combining the full range of benefits from time in nature and the outdoors with professional therapy to improve mental health and wellbeing.

P.S. Dads Rock (Dads Rock)

A peer support service for new Dads in Scotland.


Pasda aims to improve the health and wellbeing of family carers of autistic adults in Edinburgh and the Lothians through peer support, information and activities.

Peer Support (Held in Our Hearts)

A befriending service for bereaved parents and grandparents, who have experience the death of a baby or infant.

Personal and Social Development (Prince’s Trust)

Support and resources to support young people’s learning and employability.

Reading is Caring (Scottish Book Trust)

Reading is Caring trains people who care for someone living with dementia to create personalised, shared and sensory reading experiences through free workshops that can help maintain their caring relationships, spark memories and relieve stress.

Reconnect (People Know How)

A service delivering computers and devices to people who need help staying connected, accessing support or home-schooling during the coronavirus outbreak.

Safe Sleep Scotland (Scottish Cot Death Trust)

A learning platform which focuses on increasing awareness of safe sleep for infants for the public and professionals.

Scottish Cot Death Trust

A learning platform which focuses on increasing awareness of safe sleep for infants for the public and professionals.

SEASONS (Skills, experiences, activities, socialising, opportunities, networks and support)

Support and activities to help benefit your mental wellbeing.

Seen But Not Heard (CAPS Independent Advocacy)

A collective advocacy project for people with experience of eating disorders.

Shared Care Scotland

Assistance for unpaid carers to take regular breaks from their caring responsibilities.

Sharing A Story CIC

Shared reading and creative writing sessions to help reduce social isolation.

Simple Yoga (Ageing Well)

The Ageing Well Health and Wellbeing Walk project aims to maintain and promote wellbeing and quality of life for people over 50.

Stepping Out

Tailored made mental health project for individuals with severe and enduring mental health difficulties offering a wide range of support to encourage confidence decision making and independence.

Student Counselling Service (Queen Margaret University)

Counselling service for students at Queen Margaret University.

Substance Use Recovery Support  (Mid and East Lothian Drugs – MELD)

Substance Misuse Workers offering one-to-one psychosocial support and recovery planning.

Support Groups and Courses (Changes East Lothian)

Through group work, you can learn from others who have similar struggles and will have the chance to support, and be supported by your peers, as well as our skilled facilitators.

SX (Waverley Care)

Support and information to improve the physical, sexual and mental health and wellbeing of all men who have sex with men.

Tea Dance (Ageing Well)

Dust off your dancing shoes and come join Ageing Well.

The Lothian Bipolar Carers Group

Self-help group for people affected by bipolar including carers and supporters.

The Prince’s Trust

Support and resources to support young people’s learning and employability.

The Ridge Support and Employability (The Ridge SCIO)

Support for individuals experiencing challenges including mental health difficulties, housing, welfare, employment and volunteering.

Training (Changes East Lothian)

Opportunities to meet new people, get active and and boost your wellbeing.


Transparentsees is a service is for parents, carers and other family members over 16 of trans people.

Trauma Counselling Line Scotland (Health in Mind)

A trauma counselling service for people in Scotland who experienced abuse in childhood.

Trauma support (Health in Mind)

Practical and emotional support for men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse or men who have experienced rape/sexual abuse or domestic violence as adults.

Veterans First Point Lothian (NHS Lothian)

Support for veterans looking for mental health and wellbeing support.

Victim Support Edinburgh (Victim Support Scotland)

Support for those who are victims/survivors of a crime.

Vocational Traning Services (Rural & Urban Training Scheme RUTS)

Vocational training and employability support to young people.

VoiceAbility Independent Advocacy – Support for Social Security Scotland benefit applications (VoiceAbility)

VoiceAbility are commissioned by the Scottish Government to provide a free advocacy service to people across Scotland who identify as disabled and want to access Social Security Scotland benefits.

Walk & Talk (Ageing Well)

The group is a Book group with a difference as it starts each gathering with a walk and ends with a cup of tea and a biscuit to discuss the books you have read that month.

Wellbeing Activities (Changes East Lothian)

Changes support groups and courses are friendly, welcoming, and inclusive and offer opportunities to meet new people, get active and get involved in the local community.

Wellbeing Resource Hub (NHS Lothian)

The Wellbeing Resource Hub is a weekly drop-in where you can find out what support is available to you in

Wellbeing Scotland

Offering a range of support to people whose adverse life circumstances have had any impact on their wellbeing.

Witness service at Edinburgh High Court (Victim Support Scotland)

Support for those who are victims/survivors and/or witnesses of a crime.

Witness service at Edinburgh Sheriff Court (Victim Support Scotland)

Support for those who are victims/survivors and/or witnesses of a crime.

Workshops and training (Carers of East Lothian – CoEL)

Workshops and training events to help carers feel more confident about aspects of caring and to get the information they need to feel confident in their role.