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 100 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

ACIS Youth

Who we are: Charitable organisation based in Aberdeen.

What we offer: Free confidential therapeutic counselling for children and young people.

How to contact us: Tel: 01224 573892  Email: acisyouth.office@mhaberdeen.org.uk  Website: www.mha.uk.net/acisyouth

ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices)

Who We Are: ARC is the only national charity helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences and continuing that support to those parents who have made that difficult choice and have had the traumatic experience of terminating their pregnancy.

At ARC, we provide much-needed non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement.

What We Offer:

  • A national helpline. Our helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm. Parents and healthcare professionals can call 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile.
  • A password protected, moderated Forum: a safe place for ARC parent members to make contact with others who have lost a baby following a prenatal diagnosis, in order to provide support and lessen the sense of isolation.
  • A Forum is also available for ARC’s healthcare professional members.
  • A volunteer Support Network: our Support Network is made up of trained parent volunteers who have themselves faced difficult decisions about the future of their pregnancy, giving them a unique insight into support newly bereaved parents.
  • A range of publications: ARC’s parents handbooks ‘Supporting you throughout your pregnancy’ and ‘A handbook to be given to parents when an anomaly is diagnosed’ describe some of the complex physical and emotional issues parents may face after a prenatal diagnosis. Booklets are also available for fathers, children and grandparents.

How to contact us: Tel: 0845 077 2290   Website: www.arc-uk.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


What We Offer: Immediate emotional support in the event of a personal crisis or just matters of concern. Although based in Aberdeen the charity is affiliated to the national Samaritans movement which means support can be provided by any of the 200 branches in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Both phone and Email system will connect you to a volunteer at no charge who will offer you a safe space to explore your feelings or the things that are affecting you. The service is available 24/7, though Emails can take up to 24 hours to answer.

In addition, the Aberdeen Samaritans can provide workshops to organisations who wish to learn more about emotional health and perhaps some coping strategies to look after individual emotional Health. These have primarily given to secondary school classes, oil industry companies and other charities.

How to contact us: Tel: 116 123 (free phone)   Email: jo@samaritans.org   Website: www.samaritans.org
Write to us: Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA
Visit us: 60 Dee Street Aberdeen (no appointment required but not 24 hours)


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: Seasons for Growth is a successful, well researched, peer support education programme that gives young people and adults the opportunity to learn that change, loss and grief are normal and valuable parts of life. The programme provides participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and manage how death, separation or other significant loss events may impact on their lives.

What We Offer: We are currently coordinating and running programmes of all levels within the Ellon school Cluster and surrounding area. All the individuals that facilitate Seasons for Growth have been specifically trained as Companions and must follow a Code of Ethics to become, and remain, accredited. Groups are currently run in school and community settings.

Seasons for Growth is available in age-appropriate booklets for primary and secondary pupils to work through with a facilitator (Companion) in small-group settings. There is also an Adult Programme and a Parent Programme to support parents in helping their children to manage change and loss.

Companion training is available across Scotland. Dates and further information is on the website.

How to contact us:

Graham Wilson- Pupil support worker Ellon Academy
Tel: 01358 720715 (ext 3018)   Email: graham.wilson2@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Colette Fraser- Class teacher- Auchterellon Primary
Tel: 01358 720863   Email: cmfraser4@icloud.com

Website: www.seasonsforgrowth.org.uk


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