Social Services

Listed below are some organisations / support groups that provide information and advice about mental health.
Although the information was originally collected for use within the Linlithgow community we hope the list could be useful to others.

For further information on any of the organisations - just follow the website link/s or where there are no website links available email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Age UK

Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged in Scotland has joined forces to form Age UK Group which works to improve later life for everyone- provides information and advice.

Community Laundry ServiceThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Service providing laundering and delivery of sheets to people with medical conditions who are living at home and who require help. For more information e-mail us at the Help Centre  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EARS Advocacy Service to Older PeopleThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free, Confidential, Independent and Professional Advocacy Service for Older People throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Fatherhood InstituteThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The UK's fatherhood think tank. Wide range of information about / for fathers on issues such as maternity, employment, education, and government policy etc.

Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc)

Health and Care Professions Council keeps a register of health and care professionals. Is the regulator of the social work profession and social work education in England. They protect the public by requiring high standards of education, conduct and practice of all social workers. Email available through website.

Home Safety Service for the Elderly (and Frail)

West Lothian Service helping people to live as independently as possible and feel safe. Equipment installed. For information about this service access West Lothian Council's website and look under H within the A - Z services section.

Legal Services Agency (L.S.A)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LSA aims to assist those disadvantaged by poverty, exclusion, disability, ethnicity or social isolation etc. who suffer injustice.

Patient Information CentreThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh providing information on health and social care for patients, relatives, carers, the public and staff. Open Monday to Friday: 9 to 5 Tel: 0131 242 7660

Refuge National Crisis Line 24hour

Supports women and children through a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services. 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247

Royal Voluntary Service  

Helps support older people all over the country to stay independent at home and active in their community. Formerly W.R.V.S.

Scottish Council for Voluntary OrganisationsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

National body for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

Scottish Social Services Council  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scottish Social Services Council is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training. Website has a searchable register and copy of Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers.

Scottish Women’s Aid 

Women’s Aid network that supports women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse across Scotland. These include safe refuge accommodation, information and support.

Shelter England

Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.

Shelter Scotland

Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. Provides housing advice on: homelessness; finding a place to live; renting rights; eviction and repossession; repairs and bad conditions; families and neighbours.

ShelterlineThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Helpline run by Shelter.

The Trussell TrustThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Community projects - e.g. Foodbanks - tackling poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria.

West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership  

Provides information about the services provided by West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership. A partnership between West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian, which brings health and social care together. 

West Lothian Food Bank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supplies emergency food for local people in crisis. See also The Trussell Trust website.