The EVOC Red Book

The online directory to find third sector Organisations, and their services across Edinburgh


Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.

Organisation Details

Address Strathmore Business Centre, Hopetoun Gate, 8b McDonald Road
Post Code EH7 4LZ
Locality South East 
Telephone 0131 523 1322
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  • Advice/Information
  • Carers
  • Children Services
  • Family Support
  • Health
  • Learning Disability
  • Physical Disability
  • Poverty
  • Self Help/Support
  • Single Parent
  • Social Care

Firsthand Lothian exists to support disadvantaged families and children with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Our skilled staff and volunteers help build resilience by working with families in their community, providing support, respite care, guidance and information.

Our services are short term and will benefit :

- Families with children with additional support needs
- Disadvantaged and vulnerable families with children under 5 years of age
- Children and Young people with additional support needs

Our services include:

- 1:1 support for children with disabilities who will be able to achieve their goals and develop their confidence within a time limited service ( maximum of 6 months)
- 1:1 support for children and young people who will benefit from exploring opportunities available to them in their local community and be able to continue to access when the service ends.
- Short term input which will support children with addtional support needs to develop thier confidence and social skills
- Short term input that will support children and young people to engage in other activities outwith the family home on a regular basis
- Support and advice for parents who have few support networks of their own
- Working with parents to help establish routines with their children
- Information and support to access other agencies appropriate to the needs of the family

Our Services are provided by:

Volunteers and Paid Staff who are trained and supported by Firsthand Lothian.

Self Directed Support - If you are eligible to fund your service through Self Directed Support (SDS) please phone us in the first instance to discuss your requirements.



Name Telephone Cost Actions
Phoneline/Signposting 0131 523 1322 More info »