CrossReach was launched in June 2005, and had previously been known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility. Under our new name CrossReach continues the Church of Scotland's long tradition of providing care and support. In fact, this work started back in 1869, so we have a long history in the field of social care.
Welcome to Simpson House - often described as friendly, welcoming, safe and encouraging.
Simpson House is a charity based in a large townhouse in the centre of Edinburgh. The building is the former home of Sir James Young Simpson, who discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform, and successfully introduced it for general medical use. The charity was established in 1984 in response to the growing drug problem in Edinburgh.
Simpson House provides counselling for people affected by their own or another’s drug use, works with children affected by drug or alcohol misuse, provides training courses for counsellors and provides recovery services.
We strive to provide professional services that are empowering, transforming and innovating.
We look forward to hearing from you, and are especially keen to hear your feedback on how you have experienced the services and how things could be even better.
What we do:
Empower, innovate and transform.
Simpson House provides counselling for people affected by their own or another’s drug use; working with individuals, couples, families and people in close relationships (e.g. a mother and daughter). The service is available to people aged 16 years or over, and is available at Simpson House and HMP Edinburgh, free of charge.
Simpson House provides a number of services to help people on a journey to recovery through a number of support groups, such as SMART Recovery and Choose Life. The groups provide a safe and confidential space to work on issues together with others, and learn tools and skills which can be used on a daily basis as a strategy for recovery.
Sunflower Garden works with children within the city of Edinburgh who are affected by drug or alcohol misuse in their families. The service is child-friendly and child-focussed in its work, providing a range of therapeutic services to children aged from five to 14 years old.
Simpson House provides training related to counselling. There are a variety of courses available for people with differing knowledge levels. Courses are related to counselling children and young people, substance use and dependence and counselling/supervision. There are also a number of free training courses and taster days throughout the year.
Simpson House supervisors are trained in counselling supervision and a variety of counselling approaches, and can provide a counselling supervision service on request.