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Ability Centre Support Service

Ability Centre, Carmondean, Livingston EH54 8PT

Tel: 01506 774 066
Email: jorden.smith@westlothian.gov.uk
Website: www.westlothianchcp.org.uk

The Ability Centre offers both a centre based and outreach service to adults aged between 16 and 65 who have a physical disability. They provide fifteen places each day in the centre and facilitate twelve outreach groups located throughout West Lothian within local community facilities.

Each client has an individual programme to meet their agreed needs, which is regularly reviewed, and a moving plan is agreed with each individual prior to leaving the service.

A variety of occupational, educational and therapeutic opportunities are available daily within the Ability Centre and each Outreach Group determines their own programme. Work experience opportunities are offered on the reception desk and the cafe checkout. Other pre-employment skill preparation and support is offered through the B4 and On2 Work schemes. These schemes work in close collaboration with the Department of Work and Pensions to ensure that nobody is financially disadvantaged through taking up an employment opportunity.

Through the brokerage service, individuals are supported to try a range of educational, leisure or volunteering opportunities in their own local communities.

How to access this service: Adults with a physical disability can be referred for a centre based placement following an assessment of their needs by representatives from Health or Social Care practitioners.Clients can self-refer to the Outreach Service.

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Anne Cossar & Associates Ltd

Redside Farmhouse, North Berwick, EH39 5PE

Tel: 01620 895 303
Email: admin@annecossar.co.uk
Website: www.annecossar.co.uk

Anne Cossar & Associates Ltd provide medico legal services for those affected by serious or catastrophic injury.

Services include;

  • Medico Legal Reports
  • Immediate Needs Reports
  • Case Management
  • Manual Handling Reports
  • Loss of Service Reports.

How to access this service: Contact directly or through solicitors.

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Brain Tumour Action

25 Ann Street, Edinburgh EH4 1PL

Tel: 0131 466 3116
Email: administrator@braintumouraction.org.uk
Website: www.braintumouraction.org.uk

Brain Tumour Action (BTA) is a voluntary organisation with four major aims:

  1. Support for patients and carers of those with a brain tumour
  2. Training programmes for those working with brain tumour sufferers
  3. Information on brain tumours and their treatment
  4. Research into brain tumours

Brain Tumour Action facilitates an Edinburgh Support Group which meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Maggie’s, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU. It is open to patients, carers, relatives and friends.

BTA also provide a Helpline with a trained, highly experienced counsellor. The Helpline is entirely confidential.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Care for Carers

St Margaret’s House (Room 4.25), 151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE

Tel: 0131 - 661 2077
Email: admin@care4carers.org.uk
Website: www.care4carers.org.uk

Care for Carers is a Voluntary Organisation which provide support services to all carers, regardless of age, gender, disability or relationship of the person they care for.

They deliver services to carers in Edinburgh and deliver specific short breaks through their Stepping Out service to carers from across Scotland.

The aims of the organisation are to :

· Raise awareness of carers issues
· Promote early identification of carers
· Provide a range of support services
· Provide information to carers and staff
· Provide respite breaks and short breaks to carers in their own right
· Provide learning opportunities to carers
· Signpost carers and connect them to other services, locally and citywide
· Participate in all aspects and levels of Strategic Planning and Consultation
· Reduce carer isolation and promote social inclusion

Care for Carers runs a number of support groups and meetings for carers on a regular basis.

The groups are :

· Portobello Carers Support Group

This group meets monthly at Portobello Library from 11.30 to 1pm and is open to all carers, meeting on the last Tuesday of the month.

· Evening Carer Support Group meets at St Margaret’s House, Room G3 ground floor, beside main front door ( Link up offices )

This group meets monthly from 7-9pm and is open to all carers.

· Family & Friends Carer Support Group

This group meets monthly at Davidson Mains Parish Church from 2-4pm. This group is specifically for carers looking after a person with a mental health illness ( excluding dementia ).

· A number of focus groups may be held over the year, please check the newsletter for details

How to access this service: Directly via contacts above

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Carers of West Lothian

Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, Livingston EH54 6AX

Tel: 01506 448000
Email: office@carers-westlothian.com
Website: www.carers-westlothian.com

Carers of West Lothian is a carer-led organisation that aims to provide carers with support, information and a voice. It does so in a way that reflects the changing environment in which carers and the organisation operate. It continues to be led by a management board comprising mainly of carers who have first-hand experience of the caring role. It now employs skilled staff, supported by volunteers, to carry out the day to day running of the organisation.

Services include:

  • Information and advice
  • Training
  • One to one emotional support
  • Home visits
  • Hospital based carer support
  • Signposting and referral to appropriate support services
  • Counselling
  • Carer support groups
  • Recreational courses
  • Individual and group support for young carers

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Citizens Advice Bureau West Lothian

Almondbank Centre, Shiel Walk, Livingston EH54 5EH

Tel: 01506 432977
Email: enquiries@cabwestlothian.casonline.org.uk
Website: www.cabwestlothian.org.uk

At West Lothian CAB we provide free, confidential, impartial and independent advice to anyone who needs it.

The Bureau provides advice on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Benefits – questions about entitlement, benefit checks, help with completing application forms and advice on how to challenge unfair decisions
  • Debt – how to manage your debts, improve your financial situation and maximize your income
  • Employment – questions about terms & conditions, dismissal, wages owed, redundancy & discrimination
  • Consumer – everything from broken televisions to difficulties with gas & electricity suppliers
  • Relationships – issues such as separation, children & bereavement
  • Housing – questions about homelessness, housing allocation, repairs & deposits

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Citizens Advice Edinburgh

23 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8PG

Tel: 0131 510 5510
Email:
Website: www.cas.org.uk

​Citizens Advice Edinburgh provides free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on a variety of issues. Citizens Advice Edinburgh has five bureaux and twenty five outreach points across Edinburgh. The five bureaux can be found at the following locations:

  • Dundas Street
  • Leith
  • Portobello
  • Pilton
  • Gorgie/Dalry

How to access this service: Please use the website to access your local service area.

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Community Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Service (CRABIS)

Strathbrock Partnership Centre, 1st Floor, 189a West Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5LH

Tel: 01506 284440 Option 2 OR 01506 284371
Email: CRABIS@westlothian.gov.uk
Website: www.westlothianchcp.org.uk

CRABIS provides multi-disciplinary assessment and rehabilitation within the home or community setting to individuals over the age of 16 who live in West Lothian and who have a physical disability and/or acquired brain injury. The service also provides follow up and early intervention as required to individuals who have suffered a mild head injury. They must also have a diagnosed neurological condition.

The service’s core aim is to improve the individual’s independence, level of function, participation and quality of life.

CRABIS is funded by Lothian Health and West Lothian Council and the service is delivered by an experienced, multi-disciplinary team, including:

• Occupational Therapists
• Physiotherapists
• Clinical Psychologists
• Speech and Language Therapists
• Rehabilitation Assistants

How to access this service: Referrals to the Service can be made by any professional involved in your care e.g. GP, Consultant, Social Worker, Nurse.

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Digby Brown Solicitors

Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR

Tel: 0333 200 5925
Email: chris.stewart@digbybrown.co.uk
Website: www.digbybrown.co.uk

​Digby Brown is Scotland’s largest personal injury practice. From our seven offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Aberdeen and Ayr, we cover the length and breadth of the country. Our expertise in personal injury law, particularly in the fields of serious head and spinal injury is widely acknowledged. Digby Brown is ranked Band 1 for Personal Injury in Scotland by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and Legal 500.

In cases of traumatic brain injury a specialist solicitor is vital. Seeking rightful and fair compensation after the accident is just one aspect of the package of measures which needs to be considered and implemented to try and ensure that the process of rehabilitation and adjustment can start.

We can immediately provide advice and support on statutory benefits and how to access local authority social services through our in-house welfare rights service. We can make a real difference by arranging private rehabilitation, by assessing housing needs and, most importantly, implementation of care and case management regimes where required.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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EARS Advocacy

14 Ashley Place, Edinburgh EH6 5PX

Tel: 0131 478 8866
Email: info@ears-advocacy.org.uk
Website: www.ears-advocacy.org.uk

EARS is an independent advocacy service for people in the Edinburgh and the Lothians in the following circumstances:

  • Adults with a physical disability and/or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) 16+
  • Older people (over 60) in hospital, residential care or in the community
  • Older people with a mental health issue (including dementia)
  • Stroke survivors (for all ages)
  • Adults with a Learning Disability

The purpose of EARS is to provide independent advocacy, which will:

  • Assist and support people to speak up for themselves
  • Ensure that people who cannot speak up for themselves have their voices heard
  • Assist people to achieve their goals and/or to access the services they need
  • Provide the information people need to ensure that they can make informed choices and decisions.
  • Assist people to gain control over their situations and lives.
  • Protect rights, services and interests.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above. Please note that not all services are available in all areas. Please refer to the website, or contact EARS for further details.

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East Lothian Works

9-11 Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3DX

Tel: 01620 827262
Email: elworks@eastlothian.gov.uk
Website: www.eastlothian.gov.uk

East Lothian Works (ELW’s) in East Lothian Council’s free supported employment service.

ELW’s helps people with physical, learning, sensory or mental health disabilities to prepare for, find and keep a job.

ELW’s also provides support and advice to both employees and employers, who are experiencing disability related difficulties to help retain people in their current job. The service is available free of charge to East Lothian residents aged 20 and above.

They work in partnership with Intowork - Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, 0131 475 2600, who have an Acquired Brain Injury, supported employment team.

How to access this service: Access service by making a self-referral or via health, social work or other support services. Contact above contact details to request a referral form.

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Edinburgh Community Stroke Service

Edinburgh Community and Rehabilitation Support Service, 62 Longstone Street, EH14 2DA

Tel: 0131 443 3837
Email: ECSS@edinburgh.gov.uk
Website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

The Edinburgh Community Stroke Service (ECSS) aims to provide stroke specific rehabilitation within the community when identified goals still have to be achieved.

ECSS is a multidisciplinary service provided by Occupational Therapists Physiotherapists, an Employment and Training advisor and Community Support Workers.

The service has close links to other agencies including Speech and Language Therapists, Assistive Technology Occupational Therapy, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Nurses, Consultant in rehabilitative medicine (community). Neuropsychology, Grapevine (welfare checking service), and other statutory/voluntary services.

ECSS can provide rehabilitation input once a week. This can be either community and/or centre based. ECSS is a flexible, personalised service providing 1:1 input or group work as appropriate incorporating health promotion and self management strategies. The duration of ECSS input is time limited depending on individual rehabilitation need and goals.

ECSS is available to adults over 16 years of age living in the City of Edinburgh. To access ECSS you must have a primary diagnosis of stroke and be motivated and able to actively participate in rehabilitation.

How to access this service: Via Social Care Direct

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Edinburgh Headway Group

Headway House, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Canaan Lane, Edinburgh EH9 2HL

Tel: 0131 537 9116
Email: office@edinburghheadway.org.uk
Website: www.edinburghheadway.org.uk

Edinburgh Headway Group aims to empower and enrich the lives of adults who have survived an acquired brain injury. They do this by providing high quality person-centred rehabilitation services which support both adults with brain injuries and their carers:

Rehabilitation: They help people improve their cognitive, physical and emotional abilities to improve their quality of life and help them re-join their communities. Their Day Service provides an important part of their rehabilitation work enriching the quality of life for their service users whose opportunities to get out of their homes may be very restricted and many activities inaccessible.

Support: They offer practical and emotional support to members and their families. Their Carers Project provides support to unpaid carers via social events, peer groups and offers training and information. Their new Brain Injury Carers Support Project supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, also provides a 1:1 service enabling adults with an acquired brain injury to take part in activities in the community with a trained volunteer. This aims to provide valuable respite opportunities to carers who are resident in Edinburgh.

Awareness: They are committed to raising awareness about ABI to the wider public, the media and Parliament. Their external training programme provides Acquired Brain Injury Training to individuals and professionals.

How to access this service: Referrals can be made by your health professional or social worker. A charge applies for this service – please contact the service directly for details of the charges.

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Edinburgh Speakability Group

Tel: 0131 447 1372
Email: graham1mcguire@gmail.com
Website: https://www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support

Speakability Self-Help Groups are run by and for people with Aphasia - language-loss following stroke, head injury or other neurological condition.

At meetings support each other, share experiences, make new friends, rebuild self-confidence and develop new skills. You will have the opportunity to practise total communication using words, drawing, pictures and gesture. Everyone understands Aphasia and encourages each other in our recovery.

Speakability Self-Help Groups raises awareness of Aphasia in our local community and raise funds to support our group meetings, activities and outings.

The Edinburgh club meets every third Thursday of the month between 2pm and 4pm at The Cluny Centre, 1 Cluny Drive, Edinburgh EH10 6DN

Please get in touch to check details of meeting dates, times and venue as things do change.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above

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Edinburgh Young Carers Project

Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY

Tel: 0131 475 2322
Email: info@youngcarers.org.uk
Website: www.youngcarers.org.uk

Edinburgh Young Carers Project is a voluntary organisation working with and on behalf of young carers throughout Edinburgh. Edinburgh Young Carers mission is to make a positive difference in the lives and futures of young carers through support, information, respite and personal development and training.

Their Services and Activities include:

  • Young Carer Individual Support - One to one time with a worker
  • Young Carer Groups - Organised activities, discussions, support and a chance to meet other young carers and have fun
  • Residential and Day Trips - Time-out from home. A chance to try new things and have fun
  • Information and Support - To enable young carers and their families to access other services
  • Young Carers’ forum - An opportunity for young carers aged 12 years and over to have their say and take action on what matters to them
  • Awareness Raising - Campaigning on behalf of young carers locally and nationally.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Epilepsy Scotland (Edinburgh)

SPACE, 11 Harewood Road, Edinburgh EH16 4NT

Tel: 0131 659 4730
Email: contact@epilepsyscotland.org.uk
Website: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk

​Epilepsy Scotland provides information and support to anyone affected by epilepsy via phone, social media, email, or face to face in our Glasgow office.

We run a national confidential helpline 0808 800 2200 providing information, support and a listening ear.

Our adult and family service provides practical one to one support and information to parents, individuals and families affected by epilepsy including support groups, lifestyle and emotional support and a sleep counselling service. Contact 0131 659 4730 or email madair@epilepsyscotland.org.uk .

Our youth project provides support to young people affected by epilepsy. This includes a support group organising activities throughout the year. Contact 0131 659 4730 or email kcameron@epilepsyscotland.org.uk .

We can do schools awareness talks, for more information contact our youth worker on 0131 659 4730 or email kcameron@epilepsyscotland.org.uk.

And finally, we offer a wide range of training courses on epilepsy to suit your needs, contact our training officer on 0141 4274911 or email istewart@epilepsyscotland.org.uk.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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get2gether

c/o Thistle Foundation, Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen’s Walk,
Edinburgh EH16 4EA

Tel: 07970 000 454
Email: info@get2gether.org.uk
Website: www.get2gether.org.uk

​get2gether is a Scottish Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) charity which offers social and friendship opportunities to adults with disabilities in Edinburgh and the Lothians. get2gether was created to respond to the social isolation regularly reported and experienced by people with disabilities who wanted opportunities to find friendship and love in adult relationships.

get2gether arrange social activities for people with disabilities in safe and friendly places in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Their members tell get2gether what they’re interested in - and that’s what they do.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Headway East Lothian

The Bleachingfield Centre, Countess Crescent, Dunbar EH42 1DX.

Tel: 07895 193 974
Email: headwayeastlothian@live.co.uk
Website: www.headway-eastlothian.org.uk

Headway East Lothian aims to support and improve the quality of life for people in East Lothian with Acquired Brain Injuries, their families and carers. They provide adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), their families and carers opportunities to access advice and information, and resources to help them cope with challenges and remain together as families.

Headway East Lothian encourages members to socialise, support each other and share experiences and advice. This involves regular meetings, activity sessions, social events and outings. They offer access to therapeutic activities and workshops aimed at enhancing physical and mental wellbeing. These include music and arts and crafts activities. They also help members build coping strategies to help deal with financial stresses.

Through a range of activities, Headway East Lothian strive to empower members to manage their own condition and develop confidence in their own abilities. The service is entirely led by members, each with unique experiences of living with ABI, which they can offer to the group.

How to access this service: Contact Joyce Cattanach, Development Worker using the details above.

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Healthy Active Minds

Tel: 0131 458 2188
Email: stephenhughes@edinburghleisure.co.uk
Website: about.edinburghleisure.co.uk

The Healthy Active Minds programme gives adults experiencing mild to moderate depression, stress, anxiety or low mood, the support to get active. Healthy Active Minds allows participants subsidised access to a range of physical activities including walking, swimming, gym and fitness classes. Instructors will support participants through the initial 12-weeks of the programme introducing them to physical activity options and offering flexible support to suit individuals. This approach is designed to encourage participants to find out which physical activities they enjoy and build physical activity into their everyday lives at their own pace.

To be referred to the Healthy Active Minds programme you must be experiencing mild to moderate depression, low mood, anxiety or stress, be inactive at present, living in Edinburgh and aged over 18 years. This programme is funded by NHS Lothian and is delivered with local health and community partners to ensure that participants get supported access to physical activity opportunities both within Edinburgh Leisure venues and their own community.

How to access this service: Please contact your GP in the first instance. If you’d like more information please get in touch with our Healthy Active Minds Development Officer using the details above.

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Intowork

Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY

Tel: 0131 475 2600
Email: enquiries@intowork.org.uk
Website: www.intowork.org.uk

Intowork is a non-profit organisation for people who would like a job but need support to get one or keep one. The service is for people who live in Edinburgh and the Lothians and have a disability or long-term health condition. They provide help for job seekers and work with employers to help create a diverse work force and untapped talent.

The Acquired Brain Injury Team provide a supported employment service to people with an acquired brain injury seeking to gain employment. Supported employment is widely recognised as a model for successfully integrating people with disabilities into the labour market. Mentoring and peer support can support the transition into employment and enable the new employee to maintain their employment and develop at work.

How to access this service: Directly using details above.

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Kindred

7 Rutland Court Lane, Edinburgh EH3 8ES

Tel: 0800 031 5793
Email: enquiries@kindred-scotland.org
Website: www.kindred-scotland.org

​Kindred provides advocacy and information on services available to children with additonal support needs and their carers. Kindred provide a ‘listening ear’.

The organisation welcomes enquiries from parents, carers, professionals and anyone else with an interest in additional support needs.

Kindred do not charge for information and they will call back if contact is made by phone.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living

Norton Park Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY

Tel: 0131 475 2350
Email: lcil@lothiancil.org.uk
Website: www.lothiancil.org.uk

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) is a user-led disabled people’s organisation. We work with disabled people, people with long-term conditions and older people, parents and carers. LCiL support people in East Lothian, Midlothian, Edinburgh and West Lothian.

Services are designed and delivered by disabled people and include:

• Independent Living Support - Providing you with information and one-to-one support to manage your own self-directed package.
• Grapevine Disability Information - Free, confidential and independent disability information and advice to people in Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 475 2370 Email: grapevine@lothiancil.org.uk
• Payroll Service - Wages processing and administration if you employ your own Personal Assistants (PAs). Enhanced support to help you budget and plan, make payments and manage paperwork.
• Training Services - For individuals and organisations, on topics such as Disability Equality and self-directed support. Skills training for disabled employers and PAs.
• Peer Support - Workshops, peer support groups and one-to-one peer support to help parent carers and disabled people in the Lothians increase their knowledge, skills, confidence and resilience.

How to access this service: Directly using contact details above or email enquiry via the website.

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Lothian Disability Sport

Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

Tel: 0131 475 2364
Email: admin@lothiandisabilitysport.co.uk
Website: www.lothiandisabilitysport.co.uk

Lothian Disability Sport run a comprehensive sports specific programme which allows approximately 1500 young people and adults with a disability the opportunity to take part in sport each year

They aim to promote sport and physical recreation for people with a disability by:

•providing appropriate sporting opportunities in partnership with a variety of key organisations
•providing and promoting opportunities for competitive sport, encouraging and supporting participation
•encouraging individual members to develop any particular sporting abilities which they may have, and to aid them in furthering their sporting potential to a level which they aspire
•publishing and distributing regular up-to-date information on club/organisation activities and facilities
•functioning as a branch of Scottish Disability Sport

How to access this service: Directly via contact details above

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NeuroPhysio Scotland

111 Balcarres Avenue, Glasgow G12 0QW

Tel: 0141 255 0304
Email: info@neurophysioscotland.co.uk
Website: www.neurophysioscotland.co.uk

The neuro physiotherapists at NeuroPhysio Scotland provide a service in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness and the surrounding areas. NeuroPhysio Scotland visit patients in their own homes or arrange visits to specialist clinics.

NeuroPhysio Scotland treatments can help people who have a neurological condition achieve their personal goals of maximum fitness, function and quality of life:

  • Mobility in walking, climbing stairs and physical transfers
  • Hand and arm movement such as grip strength, dexterity, eating and drinking
  • Balance and co-ordination to prevent falls
  • Stiffness and tightness in muscles
  • Pain control

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Neurorehabilitation Service: Astley Ainslie Hospital

Charles Bell Pavilion, Astley Ainslie Hospital, 133 Grange Loan, Edinburgh EH9 2HL

Tel: 0131 537 9039
Email:
Website: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Inpatients:

The Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation service is provided by a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team in a 40 bedded unit at Charles Bell Pavilion. This includes the Scottish Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (SBIRS) which provides tertiary referral services for patients in those health board regions that do not have local access to inpatient brain injury rehabilitation. The inpatient team includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and neuropsychology. The unit also provides assessment of Disorders of Consciousness.

Though the service is predominantly targeted at the 16-65 year age group, patients in older age groups, who have similar needs are frequently admitted. In addition to managing patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, the unit has also developed expertise in inpatient rehabilitation for patients with stroke; progressive neurological disorders; neurological cancers; non-traumatic spinal disorders and polyneuropathies.

Outpatients:

The Neurorehabilitation Outpatient Service aims to provide a specialist interdisciplinary neurorehabilitation outpatient service for patients with complex neurological needs and their families. The service aims to provide timely access to specialist, flexible, coordinated and effective interdisciplinary outpatient services for adults with neurological rehabilitation needs within Lothian. Patients may be seen on a 1:1 basis, for joint assessment/treatment or in a group.

The service also provides specialist interventions in the following areas: spasticity management, neurological splinting, functional electrical stimulation, vocational rehabilitation, cognitive assessment and rehabilitation and assessment of motor processing skills. Patients may be seen in clinics, at home, at work or in community settings.

How to access this service: Referrals to this service are made by NHS health professionals involved in your care.

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Partners In Advocacy

2nd Floor, Beaverhall House, 27/5 Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh EH7 4JE

Tel: 0131 478 7723
Email: edinburgh@partnersinadvocacy.org.uk
Website: www.partnersinadvocacy.org.uk

Partners In Advocacy provides independent advocacy to support people to have their voices heard, their opinions respected and to be empowered to be involved in the important decisions that affect their lives. Partners in Advocacy offer a range of independent advocacy in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. Please refer to the website for full details of services in each area.

How to access this service: Directly via contact details above.

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Penumbra Milestone

Penumbra Milestone, 113 Oxgangs Road North, Edinburgh EH14 1EB

Tel: 0131 441 5778
Email: lothian.penumbra@nhs.net
Website: www.penumbra.org.uk

Penumbra Milestone is a residential step down unit for people recovering from Alcohol Related Brain Damage. It includes 10 single en-suite bedrooms with private indoor and outdoor space where residents are supported by a team of specialist staff. The unit will provide rehabilitative support to people for up to 12 weeks. At Penumbra Milestone experienced staff will work with you in your recovery to:

• Improve your physical and mental health
• Connect you with people, places and organisations in your community
• Plan for your future.

Staff will provide residential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will ensure that you have the support you require to prepare you to return home.

Who can stay here?

• If you have ARBD and live in the Lothian area
• You are currently an in-patient in the RIE, WGH or St Johns Hospital
• You have completed an alcohol detoxification and are sober
• Have been assessed by the Multi Disciplinary Team

How to access this service: Referrals will be made by NHS Lothian Clinicians

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Positive Inspiration

3 Lime Kilns View, Edinburgh EH17 8TS

Tel: 0131 283 8015
Email: info@positiveinspiration.co.uk
Website: www.positiveinspiration.co.uk

Positive Inspirations Lead Therapist Rogan Grant is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who specialises in working with those clients who survived Acquired Brain Injury, those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and their support network.

Positive Inspiration is a non profit business, where all proceeds are used to offer free or heavily subsidised treatments for organisations that support ABI and PTSD.

How to access this service: If you are an ABI survivor, care giver or Head Injury support group, contact Positive Inspiration for details via the online information page or directly at the above number.

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The Robert Fergusson Unit: Scottish Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Service

Robert Fergusson Unit, Morningside Park, Edinburgh, EH10 5HF

Tel:
Email:
Website:

The Robert Fergusson Unit is a specialist national service providing comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation for patients with complex needs following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

How to access this service: Referrals to this service are made at NHS health board level only.

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Scottish War Blinded

50 Gillespie Crescent, EH10 4JB

Tel: Freephone 0800 035 6409
Email: enquiries@scottishwarblinded.org or Hannah.mitchell@scottishwarblinded.org
Website: www.scottishwarblinded.org

Scottish War Blinded give free support to ex servicemen and women who have lost some or all of their sight as a result of a head injury, or for any other reason. They support those who feel their independence has been affected as a result of their sight loss, and help them to regain independence and to feel fulfilled again.

Support can include:

• Rehabilitation and training to adapt to sight loss

• Grants for equipment to assist with independent living

• Funded respite care

• Home modifications

• Sports, recreation and social activities.

Scottish War Blinded can provide access to the ‘light box’ which is part of Neurological Vision Technology (NVT) to access visual abilities using a non-invasive training package. This can be done at their centre or in veterans’ own environment.

Their rehabilitation team is able to offer the NVT assessment and follow up with training using the light box and subsequent tailored support, to any veteran who has suffered an acquired brain injury, for example strokes, regardless of the cause.

How to access this service: Contact directly via details above

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Stroke Support Groups

CHSS, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ

Tel: 0808 801 0899
Email:
Website: www.chss.org.uk

There are a number of Stroke Support Groups across Edinburgh and the Lothians. They are as individual as the people who run them, reflecting local interests and diversity. The principle of all Community Stroke Groups is to support their members to participate in and enjoy activities in their local community.

These self-managed groups are affiliated to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) though not provided directly by the charity. CHSS provides dedicated support to the community stroke groups, offering advice and guidance. Details of each group can be found on the CHSS website.

How to access this service: Directly using the contact details above or using the enquiry form on the website.

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The Stafford Centre

The Stafford Centre, 103 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RZ

Tel: 0131 557 0718
Email:
Website: www.staffordcentre.org.uk

The Stafford Centre is a community resource for people experiencing mental health difficulties living in the Edinburgh area. The Centre has various services, groups and even their own radio station.

The Centre operates as a Drop-In where people can enjoy the company of others and begin to build supportive networks. The Stafford Centre also has a snack bar and some of the Centre users help by volunteering behind the counter.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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Veterans First Point: Lothian Drop-in Centre

Floor K, Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DR

Tel: 0131 220 9920
Email: enquiries@veteransfirstpoint.org.uk
Website: www.veteransfirstpoint.org.uk

V1P Lothian was designed in collaboration with veterans who were seeking a mental health and well-being service that understood them and met their needs both clinically and for wider support and advice. The team consists of veterans peer support workers, clinicians, therapists and administration team.

They provide:

  • Information and signposting
  • Understanding and listening
  • Support and social networking
  • Health and well-being

They provide ex-forces personnel, families and carers with services and support to address whatever issues may be concerning you. Our aim is to know what call to make and to support you in addressing any issue of concern you may have related to your past service and now living in “Civvy street”.

Open access drop-in centre from Monday to Friday between 1.00pm and 3.30pm.

In addition V1P Lothian host two national pilot projects – Individual Placement Support needing support into employment and our Criminal Justice Social Work Project that works with the courts to look at supportive options to reduce offending behaviour of veterans should they appear at court.

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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VOCAL: Edinburgh

VOCAL Carers Centre, 8-13 Johnston Terrace, EDINBURGH, EH1 2PW

Tel: 0131 622 6666
Email: centre@vocal.org.uk
Website: www.vocal.org.uk

VOCAL have been supporting unpaid carers in Edinburgh for over 20 years.

Today, through one Edinburgh carer centre and carer support workers based in local communities we continue to provide:

  • Information
  • Individual support
  • Counselling
  • Support for families affected by drug or alcohol addiction
  • Social, leisure and training events for carers

How to access this service: Directly using details above.

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VOCAL: Midlothian

VOCAL Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3NX

Tel: 0131 663 6869
Email: midlothian@vocal.org.uk
Website: www.vocal.org.uk

The VOCAL Midlothian carer centre provides carer support in Midlothian. The VOCAL Midlothian carer support team works with unpaid carers to enable them to support their own needs and help with access the support and services they require.

VOCAL also aims to provide carers with social, learning and leisure opportunities to support their caring role or their own wellbeing and interests, and access to breaks from caring through Wee Break Midlothian.

In addition, they offer support to families and friends affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol misuse (Family Support Addictions) and a carer counselling service.

How to access this service: Directly using details above.

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West Lothian Council Advice Shop

Bathgate Partnership Centre, South Bridge Street, Bathgate EH48 1TS

Tel: 01506 283000
Email: adviceshop@westlothian.gov.uk
Website: www.westlothian.gov.uk

The Advice Shop is a free, impartial and confidential service to help the people of West Lothian with a focus to alleviate poverty and to promote inclusion and equality through advice, assistance and advocacy. Our fully trained advisors are available to speak to daily from Monday to Friday in the Bathgate Partnership Centre. The Advice Shop also holds regular sessions and roadshows in towns across West Lothian.

Some ways the Advice Shop can help:

  • Energy Advice
  • Money and Debt Advice
  • Benefits Advice
  • Housing Advice

How to access this service: Directly using details above.

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West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service

First Floor, The Almondbank Centre, Shiel Walk, Craigshill, Livingston EH54 5EH

Tel: 01506 430 225
Email: enquiries@wldas.org
Website: www.wldas.com

West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service (WLDAS) is a 3rd sector organisation that was set up in 1985 to reduce the harm caused by drugs, alcohol and tobacco to West Lothian residents and communities. We aim to provide easily accessible, confidential and non-discriminatory services to reduce substance misuse related harm to individuals, families and the community.

We enjoy a good working relationship with our NHS, local authority and voluntary sector providers to ensure the delivery of the highest quality service to those in most need.

They have a professional multi-skilled staff team to deliver our wide range of services which include:

• Information and Support
• Prevention, Education and Training
• Counselling and Support

How to access this service: Directly via the contact details above.

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