Local support organisations


Who we are: We are a team of Educational Psychologists working in Aberdeen City.

What we offer: We offer support to children and young people through linking with schools in the city and carrying out pieces of work under our five core functions of consultation, assessment, intervention, training and research. All Educational Psychologists in the service have been trained as companions to deliver the Seasons for Growth programme and the impact of holding these groups has been positively evaluated.

How to contact us: Tel: 01224 764714   Email: ggilchrist@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Website: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk


Who we are: Aberdeen SANDS is one of more than 200 self-help support SANDS groups which exist nationwide. The Aberdeen group is run by a committee of bereaved parents who are volunteers and who have also suffered the loss of a baby. We have no office and are funded by our own efforts or by donations.

What we offer: We aim to support bereaved parents and families whose baby has died before, during or around the time of birth. We have trained befrienders and can offer support by telephone, email, one to one contact or at one of our monthly support meetings.

How to contact us: Tel: 0870 760 6649   Email: help@aberdeen-sands.org   Website: www.aberdeen-sands.org


Who we are: Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. Our counsellors are human beings with different jobs, families and friends. They may be gay, heterosexual, bisexual, of any ethnicity or religion, have a disability or long term illness. They have all been children and had different experiences of childhood but they will never assume things about your situation or how you may be feeling. The focus will always be you and because of this, counsellors do not talk about themselves or answer personal questions. They are real people who care and want to be there for you.

What we offer: You can contact a Childline counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email

Childline counsellors are trained staff and volunteers who all have experience of listening and talking to children and young people.Childline helps children and young people 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Becoming a Childline volunteer means being there when a child needs you the most. Just 4 hours out of your week can help thousands of children and young people. Sometimes all they need is someone like you who has the time to listen.

You’ll be trained and supported to develop the skills needed to offer comfort, support and practical advice to the many young people and children who call us for help. Think this may be the role for you? Learn more about our volunteer counsellor role. We also have volunteering roles on the switchboard and administration. Contact us at ChildlineVolunteerRecruitment@nspcc.org.uk for more information.

How to Contact Us: Tel: 0800 1111   Website: www.childline.org.uk


Who we are: ‘Choose Life’ is a National Strategy and Action Plan introduced in 2002 to address the rising rate of suicide in Scotland.

What we offer:

The strategy to reduce suicide focuses on five key themes of work in communities and services to continue a downward trend in suicides and contribute to the delivery of the National Outcome to enable people to live longer healthier lives.

The key themes are :

  • Responding to people in distress
  • Talking about suicide
  • Improving the NHS response to suicide
  • Developing the evidence base
  • Supporting change and improvement

Making improvements in how people think and behave about suicide is a priority and alertness training is delivered at a local and national level.  The training heightens alertness to identify someone with thoughts of suicide and promotes the importance of talking openly.  Training can be arranged through your local Area Coordinator.

How to contact us: Tel: All Local Authority Areas have a Choose Life Coordinator and full contact information can be found at www.chooselife.net/Inyourarea/coordinatorslist or alternatively through the website.

Email: info@chooselife.net   Website: www.chooselife.net


Who we are: We are a registered charity, based in Aberdeen but cover the whole of North East Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.  We provide support to people affected by a cancer diagnosis, whether as patient, family member carer or friend, from pre-diagnosis to diagnosis and throughout the stages of treatment, rehabilitation, re-occurrence, palliative care and bereavement.

What we offer: CLAN’s specialist team of counsellors, therapists, and support volunteers provide practical and emotional support and offer a range of person-centred services from support and wellbeing.  CLAN also offers affordable B&B accommodation and transportation to and from hospital.  CLAN also has a fully qualified Children and Families Service, providing individual/family support, information about cancer and treatments, bereavement work and children’s and teen’s activity groups.

How to contact us: Tel: 01224 647000   Email: iona.mitchell@clanhouse.org   Website: www.clanhouse.org


Who we are: Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland seeks to help ANYONE experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss.  This includes children and young people.

‘When you are ready to talk, we are here to listen’ this is regardless of who, how or when they have died.

What we offer: Cruse offers bereavement support throughout Scotland.  The range of support we offer is vast:

  • supportive listening through our Support Helpline
  • early days bereavement support
  • face to face bereavement counselling
  • telephone counselling
  • specialised groups

We also have teams of specially trained volunteers who work with children and young people; people with learning disabilities and; those in a prison setting.

Our counsellors are all highly trained to COSCA standards and are unique in that everyone one of them offers their services on a voluntary basis.  We have 10 paid staff and 350 volunteers throughout Scotland.

How to contact us: Helpline: 0845 600 2227   Head office: 01738 444178
Email: support@crusescotland.org.uk   Website: www.crusescotland.org.uk


Who We Are: Grampian Child Bereavement Network is a small independent charity dedicated to providing bereavement support services to children and young people across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

What We Offer: Telephone and email support, website, social media and newsletter to:

  • raise awareness of the impact of bereavement on children and young people;
  • assist children and young people to access appropriate bereavement support, including counselling, through signposting and effective networking;
  • provide resources, information, guidance and support to bereaved children and young people;
  • provide resources, information, guidance and support to the families and carers of bereaved children and young people.

Responder Service to provide:

  • direct support to bereaved children and young people;
  • advice, guidance and support to the parents and carers of bereaved children and young people.

Activity Days which:

  • provide opportunities for children and young people to come together to share activities and memory work in a safe and supportive environment;
  • build confidence and promote resilience;
  • give parents and carers of bereaved children the opportunity to come together in a supportive environment.

Training and Consultation:

  • for professionals and voluntary groups working with children and young people.

How to Contact us: Telephone: 01224 594099   Email: gcbn@mhaberdeen.org.uk
Website: www.gcbn.org.uk   Facebook: Grampian Child Bereavement Network


Who We Are: The Trust is the only cot death charity in Scotland. The Trust is available to any family affected by the sudden, unexpected death of a baby or young child under 5 years of age.

What We Offer:

  • Support – Bespoke support services for all family members including parents, siblings and  grandparents. The support available includes home visiting bereavement support and on-going contact with the regional support worker for that area, counselling, befriending and play therapy for siblings. The Trust also provides family days to bring parents, siblings and grandparents together for peer support.
  • The Next Infant Support Programme (NISP) is available for parents and siblings affected by a cot death, who are having a baby. The service includes all the support offered above plus the loan of an apnoea monitor for 12 months after birth.
  • Funding Research – Funding research into the cause(s) of cot death.
  • Education and raising awareness – Providing free education to parents and professional across Scotland on ways to reduce the risks of cot death and to raise awareness of cot death. We strive to improve the multi-professional response when a baby or young child dies suddenly and unexpectedly so that families may be better supported.

How to contact us: Tel: 01413 573 946   Email: contact@scottishcotdeathtrust.org
Website: www.scottishcotdeathtrust.org


Who we are: Sunrise Partnership offers a free, confidential service for children and young people up to age 18 who have been affected by loss and bereavement.

What we offer: We aim to help children and young people to cope with loss, change and bereavement in a healthy and positive way, by using therapeutic tools and strategies tailored to the individual and their age and stage of development.

This may be one to one, sibling or family work.  Sometimes group support is more appropriate and this can be offered as a one day session or several sessions spread over a period of time.  We provide a service in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

How to contact us: Tel: 07827 755735   Email: support@sunrisepartnership.org
Website: www.sunrisepartnership.org