Action for Children is a UK children’s charity committed to helping vulnerable
children and young people and their families. They have 7,000 staff and volunteers and operate over
522 services in the UK, and they are a major provider of family support services, offering long
term help so families can stay together if possible. Support also includes counselling, help with
housing and benefits, access to training and education, basic skills tuition,
Action for Children also runs specialist projects for disabled children and those with learning and behavioural difficulties. These include residential care, short breaks and respite care services, keyworker support for families and carers, and advocacy work to help young disabled people transition into adulthood.
Action for Children Scotland help around 20,000 children each year.
17 Newton Place
Barnardos is the oldest children’s charity in Britain. In 1867 - at a time when one child in five
died before their fifth birthday, Thomas Barnardo set up the ‘ragged school’ – a place where
children could get a free basic education. And in As early as 1887 he introduced an early form of
He vowed never to turn a child in need away and today Barnardos maintains that pledge, offering support to children in need of help regardless of their, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Today, the organisation helps hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.
Their work ranges from helping children and young people with mental health and wellbeing to supporting parents to make a good home for their children. And Barnardo’s Scotland provides more than 130 community-based services throughout the country, including nurseries, play services and children's centres
Glasgow G51 1PR
0141 419 4700
Glasgow East End Community Carers has been providing support to carers in the east end of the city
A carer is anyone who looks after a relative, friend or partner who cannot manage without their help. This may be because of illness, frailty or disability. They may or may not live in the same house.
East End Carers provide carers with a range of services, support groups and activities aimed at improving health and well-being, reducing isolation and stress. They can offer help and support on a wide range of issues including:
• Telephone advice and support
• Respite care
• Welfare benefits and advice
• Support Services
1346 Shettleston Road
Differabled is a network of peer support groups across Glasgow supporting parents and carers of
children and young people who have additional support needs.
No official diagnosis is necessary for the child or young person – Differabled will be happy to advise and suggest possible support
The support group meets in Pollok Civic Realm Community Room every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 12noon - 2pm. All are welcome.
Flemington House Business Centre
S4, 110 Flemington St Springburn
Glasgow, United Kingdom
ENABLE Glasgow works with people with learning disabilities, their carers, and other supporters to
ensure people with learning disabilities have the best possible opportunities to get the most from
They provide a range of services that reflect the needs and aspirations of the people who use them. They also provide information and advice, and a forum through which people with learning disabilities and their carers can find mutual support.
They are part of the national ENABLE Scotland network.
61 Esmond Street
Glasgow G3 8SL
The Yard is a charity organisation that provides care, support, and opportunities for fun and
friendship for disabled children and young people. They host adventure play services for disabled
children, offering the - and their brothers and sisters - the chance to experience creative,
adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well-supported environment.
The organisation likes to promote challenge and adventure for children and young people. None of what they offer contains risk for its own sake, but they do promote physical development and social communication, to give children a vibrant experience and sense of achievement. For example, there are few places where children with visual impairments can experience building and lighting fires, and cooking their own food, or build dens, ropes bridges or simple spaces to enjoy their own time. Everyone who uses The Yard is safe to learn and explore through taking controlled risks.
The Yard is also about emotional as practical support for families. Besides offering informal respite, meeting other parents who face similar challenges gives you the chance to build a network of support and understanding that helps ease the difficulties they often face.
For the moment, weekly family sessions run in Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife – check in with their website to find out if and when they plan to run sessions on the west coast.
22 Eyre Place Lane
Quarriers is a Scottish charity that provides care and support for people with a disability, as
well as children and families, young people, young homeless people, people with epilepsy and
They are a large organisation and provide dozens of different services for children and their families. Their family centres provide information and support, drop-in services, health promotion and nursery and childcare facilities. And they run residential schools in Ardrossan, Ayrshire to help children re-integrate into mainstream schools.
Quarriers Head Office
Bridge of Weir