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National Services and Guidance

There is a wide range of services available to you should you require advice on areas such as: housing, debt, mental health, parenting, drug and alcohol support, legal issues or migration.


Rape Crisis Scotland
Support and information for anyone affected by sexual violence. Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (5pm – midnight).

Revenge Porn Helpline
The Revenge Porn Helpline supports all adult victims of intimate image abuse in the UK. 0345 6000 459 (Mon – Fri: 10am to 4pm, excluding bank holidays).

How to get in touch with the Revenge Porn Helpline | Revenge Porn Helpline

Scottish Women’s Aid
Support for those affected by Domestic Abuse. The site includes information on local women’s aid groups. Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (24 hrs a day)

Scottish Women’s Aid | Changing attitudes, changing lives. (womensaid.scot)

Victim Support Scotland
Victim Support Scotland provides information, practical help, emotional support and guidance through the criminal justice system.

0800 160 1985 (Mon – Fri: 8am to 8pm)

Home – Victim Support Scotland

Being a parent 

Ready Steady Baby!
Your guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood up to 8 weeks.

Ready Steady Baby! (nhsinform.scot)

The ParentClub website offers advice for parents, from pregnancy, through to teenage years. Information on Childcare can be found here.

Debt and Financial Advice

Cost of Living Support Scotland – Debt and Money
Support and advice to help during the cost of living crisis.

Debt and money – Cost of Living Support Scotland (campaign.gov.scot)

National Debtline
Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. Helpline: 0808 808 4000 (Mon – Fri: 9am – 8pm, Sat: 9.30am – 1pm)

Debt advice | Free debt advice | National Debtline | National Debtline

Extra financial support for students
Colleges and universities have access to discretionary or hardship funding for students experiencing financial difficulties. You can find out more at Student Information Scotland.

Drug and Alcohol Support Services

Free and confidential service for anyone who is concerned or looking for information or advice about their own, or someone else’s, drinking. Call: 0800 7314 314 (Mon – Fri: 9am–8pm, Sat – Sun: 11am–4pm)

Support lines | Drinkaware

With You
With You gives support and advice to adults who are experiencing problems related to their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

Home – With You (wearewithyou.org.uk)


General advice on Housing can be found at: Housing and local services – mygov.scot

Shelter Scotland Helpline
The Shelter Scotland Helpline is available, offering specialised information on housing rights and homelessness. To email an adviser or for information on local offices please visit:
Home – Shelter Scotland
0808 800 4444 (Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm)

Simon Scotland
Simon provide information, advice, care, support, accommodation & homes to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. 24 hour Helplines – Glasgow 0800 027 7466 or Edinburgh 0808 178 2323



Legal Support

Citizens Advice Scotland
Scotland’s largest independent advice network. Citizens Advice Scotland (cas.org.uk)

Legal Services Agency (LSA)
LSA is a Law Centre and Charity which provides legal advice, assistance and representation. .
Freephone: 0800 316 8450
Legal Services Agency

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC)
The SWRC is a free legal advice and information service available for women aged 16+ who have been affected by gender based violence.

Helpline: 08088 010 789 (Mon: 10am – 12:30pm, Tue: 12pm – 3pm, Wed: 10am – 1pm)
Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk)

Mental Health Services

Breathing Space
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
0800 838 587 (Mon – Thur: 6pm to 2am, Fri 6pm – Mon 6am)

NHS 24 Mental Health Hub
NHS 24 mental health services are available to everyone in Scotland. The services available include listening, offering advice, and guiding you to further help if required. The Mental Health Hub is open 24/7 and can be contacted on 111.

Helpline: 111
Mental health services at NHS 24 | NHS inform

Migration Support

Asylum Aid
Asylum Aid provides free legal advice and representation to asylum seekers.

Helpline: 0207 354 9631
Asylum Aid | Protection from Persecution

Migrant Help
A charity offering support, guidance and accommodation to vulnerable migrants across the UK.
Helpline: 0808 8000 630 (24 hrs a day)
Migrant Help (migranthelpuk.org)

Scottish Refugee Council
The Scottish Refugee Council offers a wide range of support services for refugees. 0808 1967 274 (Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm)
Home – Scottish Refugee Council

Sexual Health Services 

You can access free condoms, health advice and support at specialist sexual health clinics across Scotland.  You can also access free confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses.

NHS Choices – Sexual Health
Information on sexual health and support services
Sexual health – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

NHS Inform – Sexual Health
Sexual health clinics can offer a range of different services to support your sexual health and wellbeing.

Sexual health for people who sell sex | NHS inform

Skills and Employment Services

Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland offer career advice, information and guidance to support you to get the skills you need. 0800 917 8000 (Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm)

Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES)
WES encourage more women and girls to try out their business ideas, through the provision of needs-based support co-designed by women-owned businesses and experts in gender techniques.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland | About (wescotland.co.uk)

Social Security Services

Advice on Benefits can be found at: Benefits and grants – mygov.scot

Scottish Welfare Fund
Grant funding to help with living costs for adults 16 or older and on a low income, or getting certain benefits.

Scottish Welfare Fund – help with living costs – mygov.scot

Human Trafficking/ Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline

A free and confidential service providing information, advice and guidance. Call: 08000 121 700 (24 hrs a day)

Modern Slavery Helpline.

TARA – Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance
TARA support women, aged 18 years and over, who have been trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. Call: 0141 276 7724

TARA – TARA (tarascotland.org.uk)