Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline aimed primarily at Scottish men who are experiencing low mood or depression, and for those who are unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to. The website contains information and advice on health and mental well-being.
One Scotland is the Scottish Executive campaign designed to tackle racism in this country. It aims to raise awareness of racist attitudes and highlight its negative impact, to make Scotland no place for racism.
Part of the London Advice Service Alliance which operates a website with a range of welfare law information translated into a large number of minority ethnic languages. There is a section on information specifically for carers.
Providing support to Black and Minority Ethnic carers in the Edinburgh and Lothian area to access supports and services appropriate to their caring situation. Mecopp are expanding to other areas in Scotland. For further information contact the organisation.
Fairness, Race Awareness and Equality Fife is a partnership between service providers and BME groups in Fife working together to overcome problems and lack of opportunities being experienced by people in BME communities. Frae Fife is working to increase self-confidence, knowledge and skills, thus making it easier for communities to exercise their rights as citizens and to access services which take into consideration their language, culture and tradition.
Barnardos Family Placement Service is a voluntary fostering agency based in Edinburgh and through their Rainbow Families project can find temporary or longer term placements for children with carers from BME communities.
Rainbow Families can also offer training and advice to professional agencies involved in the assessment and care planning of BME children.
The EHRC can provide legal advice and assistance to people who think they have been discriminated against. It should be noted that theEHRC does not rule on whether or not discrimination has occurred: this is for an employment tribunal or a court to decide.
The EHRC also has powers under the Race Relations Act to investigate companies or organisations where there is evidence of possible discrimination, and require them to make changes to their policies and practices. It can also take legal action against companies or organisations in certain specific circumstances (for example, if they have published a discriminatory advertisement).
Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure Scotland was established in 1997 to address the gap that exists in support for the black and ethnic minority voluntary sector in Scotland. The role of BEMIS is:
To act as the voice for the black and ethnic minority voluntary sector;
This site provides a list of dates all holy days and religious festivals for the coming year across all the main faiths. There are also links from this site to information on the customs and beliefs of the different religions and faiths.
The Scottish Society for Autism is a Scottish registered charity established in 1968 which works together with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families, carers, and other organisations, agencies, and individuals in Scotland to:
Provide and promote exemplary services and training in education, care, support and life opportunities for individuals of all ages with ASD;
Influence policy and practice to ensure the best possible education, care, support and life opportunities for individuals of all ages with ASD;
Raise public awareness about what ASD is, and how it affects the lives of individuals and families in Scotland.
“The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 122 independently managed Carers’ Centres and interactive websites, Carers.org and YC Net (young carers website), The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to almost a quarter of a million carers, including 13,000 young carers.”
“Penumbra is a leading Scottish voluntary organisation working in the field of mental health. We provide an extensive range of person-centred support services for adults and young people including residential respite care.
Since we opened our first supported accommodation project in 1985 we have based the development of our services on the rights of the people who use them to choice, dignity and participation in ordinary life. This philosophy has guided our growth over the past 18 years and we now provide a range of services located across Scotland.”
One Parent Families Scotland works to ensure that all families, particularly those headed by a lone parent, have the support, information and confidence needed to play a full part in Scotland’s economic and social life. OPFS provides vital childcare services – allowing parents respite and time to work, learn, and develop their skills.
“The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs. The website includes information about autism and Asperger syndrome, the NAS and its services and activities. The NAS also provides information on Autism specific holidays.”
The LTCAS exists to support people with long term conditions to enjoy, not endure, full and positive lives – lives free from discrimination and supported by high quality services. Their work includes: campaigning and influencing policy, supporting and improving practice, supporting voluntary and community organisations & tackling health inequalities.
Leonard Cheshire operates over 150 services in the UK, each tailored to the needs of disabled people, enabling them to live as independently as possible. Our aim is to enable disabled people to get on with their own lives, whether they need intensive support, respite care, or just a few hours support each week in their own homes
ENABLE Scotland campaigns for a better life for children and adults with learning disabilities and support them and their families to live, work and take part in their communities. Enable also run a range of flexible person-centred services.
“Crossroads (Scotland) is the national organisation established in 1978 to develop local services for Carers throughout Scotland. There are now 48 local schemes providing over 1 million hours of care and short breaks for Scotland’s Carers.”
Counselling Directory provides a support network of counsellors, allowing those in need to find a counsellor in their area and appropriate for their needs. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.
“Contact a Family is a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children – no matter what their health condition. We also enable parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis. Each year we reach at least 250,000 families.”
“Capability Scotland is the leading Scottish disability organisation and has nearly 60 years experience of providing services to disabled people of all ages in Scotland.
The organisation was launched in 1946 by a group of committed parents and professionals. The first service, Westerlea School for children with cerebral palsy, opened in December that year.
From our original purpose of supporting people with cerebral palsy, we have developed to support children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities. Today we are Scotland’s leading disability organisation providing a diverse range of services including community living, day and residential services, employment, respite/short breaks, therapy, education and learning, family support and activities.”
“We are the UK’s leading Children’s Charity and have over 25 years providing quality foster care in Scotland. We offer unbeatable support and training for carers, with career progression and competitive benefits. We are actively seeking to recruit new carers to become long term, bridge and short break carers. We are dedicated to improving children’s lives.”
Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families. Our members include carers, relatives, people with dementia, professionals, groups and organisations. From this site you can access information about local support services which may be able to offer short break opportunities.
The report sets out the recommendations of a research project on the future of unpaid carers in Scotland, commissioned by Care 21, a social care innovation unit within the Social Work Services Policy Division of the Scottish Executive. This link will take you to the key findings from the report, including a summary of the specific issues affecting black and minority ethnic carers.