Searchlight Scotland was founded in 2018 with a drive and hope to see societies most vulnerable receive trauma informed care and support in order for them to live the life that they deserve.
Over the past few years we have seen many individuals come through our doors and start a journey to freedom from addiction, abuse, exploitation and many other life controlling issues. We are passionate about providing specialised care to those who have suffered trauma in their lives.
We have a vision and a drive to identify and rescue those who are trapped in the travesty of human trafficking. We want to raise awareness and provide training to front line professionals to see as many individuals identified in Scotland as we can. We have a passion to see slavery ended in Scotland in our life time.
We are committed to expanding and developing our services to see the long lasting recovery and restoration of many more individuals who have found themselves in very dark situations.
We are a network dedicated to bringing about a 70% reduction in child abuse and neglect by the year 2030 – we are the 70/30 Campaign. 70/30 is not just another campaign - it is part of a highly-developed, long-term, ground-breaking action plan to stop child abuse and neglect from ever beginning. We call this Primary Prevention. The 70/30 Campaign was created by the WAVE Trust charity.
To participate in partnerships with the Al-Amal Project, Aberdeenshire Refugee Resettlement Team, Aberdeenshire Refugee and Asylum Strategic Group (and others as may be deemed appropriate by the Friends) to support the vision of a welcoming Scotland where people seeking protection from persecution and human rights abuses are able to settle and rebuild their lives in the North-East.
This will be achieved by:
• supporting the capacity of New Scots living in Aberdeenshire to achieve their purposes as expressed through the Al-Amal Project
• providing a voice for volunteers who are working towards refugee integration
• assisting partners to make the best use of resources and expertise to achieve our purposes
We work with people and providers to promote equality and change in health and social care. We do this by:
• bringing people and providers in health and social care together, as members - to identify common
issues and form collective voices and actions
• supporting them to speak with that voice, or representing them where required
• keeping them informed and up to date
• supporting their learning and development through training
• identifying gaps and developing new ideas in health and social care to address them
• supporting co-production at all stages in the design and delivery of health and social care in the
To offer a hollistic approach to promote physical, emotional and practical wellbeing. To offer practical advice, support and training and liase with other support organisations to assist the individual to overcome any physical, emotional and spiritual barriers thus improving the quality of life for them and their families. To network and partner with other organisations in order to offer a wider variety of resources for individuals and their families.
We are a value based organisation focused on delivering issue based advocacy that is independent, confidential and accessible to all who experience vulnerability.
We support and promote the development of high standards and principles in independent advocacy at a local and a national level, in partnership with, and independently of, other organisations.
We defend the rights of those in most need to services and to inclusion in the planning of those services, and we work towards empowering them to take part, and also influence service providers to listen to those that use their services.
Aberdeen Women's Alliance are a small, local, charity that was set up in 2004. Our aim is to enable Aberdeen womens' voices to be better heard by decision-makers. Since 2013 we have also run a successful local women's history project. Most recently during the pandemic, we have worked with our partners to make sure some disadvantaged women are having their basic needs met.
We’re an independent charity and one of the UK’s largest providers of advocacy and involvement services. We want to deliver the best possible quality of support to people so they are heard, respected, safe and in control of their own life.
We believe that everyone, regardless of situation, illness or disability, has a right to:
> be heard and respected
> have the same choice, control and freedom as any other person
> be safe from violence, discrimination, harm or abuse
Everything we do is focused on achieving this aim.
VoiceAbility is an independent charity and one of the country’s largest providers of advocacy and involvement services.
We support people to be heard in decisions about their health, care and wellbeing.
We believe that everyone, regardless of situation, illness or disability, has a right:
-to be heard and respected.
-to have choice, control and freedom.
-to be safe from violence, discrimination, harm or abuse.
Carers Link is the local organisation dedicated to carers and we provide a range of services for people who live or care within the East Dunbartonshire area.
Carers want to see the person they care for have the best possible quality of life.
Carers Link wants to see the Carers of East Dunbartonshire also have the best possible quality of life, encompassing help and support for your caring role, and the opportunity to pursue your own needs, interests or work.
Carers Link wants to see that the Carers of East Dunbartonshire are both informed and involved and that your experience as a Carer is respected and valued.
Advocacy gives people a voice, standing up for their rights, concerns, views and wishes ensuring they are listened to as they engage with services.
Everyone can, at times, feel vulnerable when dealing with people in authority. At You First Advocacy we empower individuals to change this by speaking for them or supporting them to speak for themselves.
We assist people who live in Renfrewshire who have mental health problems, physical disabilities, learning disabilities plus older people
You First Advocacy is an independent service.
Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity.
We began in 1884 and for many years were known as the RSSPCC (Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). We became Children 1st in 1995. We did this to say that children are at the heart of everything we do. And that not only do we want to prevent harm - we also want to ensure every child gets the love and nurture they deserve.
We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.
Who Cares? Scotland provide independent Advocacy to children and young people across North Lanarkshire who are or have been looked after,are involved in Child Protection proceedings, have a learning disability or subject to treatment under the mental health act.
Pain Concern provides information and support to people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals.
Our primary purpose is to provide support for the people in the UK who live with chronic pain, their families, supporters, social circle, employers, and healthcare professionals, bringing them all under one umbrella – the pain community.
We want to deliver the best possible quality of support to people so they are heard, respected, safe and in control of their own life.
We believe everyone has a right to be heard and respected; have the same choice, control, and freedom as any other person; and be safe from violence, discrimination, harm or abuse.
Across Scotland, we support people who identify as having a disability, or their carers, to access Social Security Scotland benefits. We have paid advocates across the country, and are looking for volunteers to support the delivery of this service nationwide.
We want to deliver the best possible quality of support to people so they are heard, respected, safe and in control of their own life.
We believe everyone has a right to
• be heard and respected
• have the same choice, control, and freedom as any other person
• be safe from violence, discrimination, harm or abuse
Everything we do is focused on achieving this aim.
• deliver the best possible quality of support
• be the provider of choice for the services we offer
• be the source of authority for expert insight on voice and rights
• be the place to work or volunteer with, for anyone who shares our aims
Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren't. That's why we're here.
We're working with our partners in some of the toughest places in the world. Together, we have reached millions of people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, enabling entire communities to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.
And while installing taps and toilets is essential to our work, we do so much more. We convince governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.
Our commitment is to ensure that people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are valued both as individuals and in the contribution people make to the community. That people receive all the support they need to realise their potential. To ensure that peoples right to a full life shaped by personal choice, abilities and needs underlies all provision and policy affecting their lives. That the knowledge and experience of family carers is recognised, and that their views are fully taken into account in service development.
Quarriers is one of Scotland’s leading social care charities. We provide practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances. We challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity to bring about positive changes in people’s lives.
Founded in 1911, Macmillan Cancer Relief (formerly Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund) works to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Each year they help more than 200,000 people throughout the UK. They provide funding for Macmillan nurses, doctors and other posts, provide patient grants, fund building developments or refurbishments and provide an information service. They can help by giving benefits advice and showing you how to fill in forms and apply for grants. Find local services on the website.
We provide a high standard of care and offer appropriate levels of support for Carers in Perth and Kinross. Giving carers respite we enable those who have a degree of physical and/or mental frailty to remain as independent as possible, to improve their quality of life and to delay possible admission to residential nursing home care.
CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation for people who use or have used mental health services. We are completely independent from the people who fund us and those who provide other services to the people we work with. We provide individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian. We also host several experience-led projects across Lothian.
The Vegan Society's mission is to make veganism mainstream. We're working tirelessly to make veganism an easily-adopted and widely-recognised approach to reducing animal suffering and environmental damage.
We support victims of crime, witnesses and their family members, regardless of who they are and their circumstances. Our service is independent, free, non-judgemental and confidential. We offer bespoke support, personalised to the needs of each individual.
Victim Support Scotland provides information, practical help, emotional support and guidance through the criminal justice system. We offer specialist services to support people who face specific crimes including murder, terrorism, rape and sexual assault, domestic violence and hate crime. We empower people to cope with the aftermath of a crime and find the strength to move forward with their lives.
We have dedicated volunteers, supported by paid staff, in our national and local offices across Scotland, as well as our teams in the Sheriff and High Courts, helping us to provide high quality support to those affected by crime.
Victim Support Scotland represents the voice of people affected by crime. We influence key national policy decision-making to champion victim and witness rights and improve support services.
We advocate for positive improvements within the criminal justice system, working alongside our partners in the key criminal justice agencies, the third sector and local organisations.
THE PRINCE’S FOUNDATION PROVIDES HOLISTIC SOLUTIONS TO CHALLENGES FACING THE WORLD TODAY. WE CHAMPION A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO HOW WE LIVE OUR LIVES AND BUILD OUR COMMUNITIES, WE RUN A DIVERSE PROGRAMME OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS, AND WE REGENERATE AND CARE FOR PLACES WHERE COMMUNITIES THRIVE AND THAT VISITORS ENJOY.
We work nationally and internationally but at the heart of our organisation is the heritage-led regeneration of the Dumfries House estate and its wider community, where our principles and philosophies are explored and put into practice.
The work of The Prince’s Foundation is inspired by The Prince of Wales’s philosophy of harmony: that by understanding the balance, the order and the relationships between ourselves and the natural world we can create a more sustainable future.
For more than 40 years His Royal Highness has been at the forefront of championing sustainability. During the last decade the impact of natural resource depletion, climate change and rapid urbanisation has become evident and widely understood. The work of The Prince’s Foundation is inspired by the belief that only by taking a holistic view can we create a sustainable future to meet the needs of our world.
The Prince’s Foundation was created through the merger, in 2018, of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
VisionPK is a charity that supports people living with sight and hearing loss. We offer a range of services to people with sensory impairments to help them retain their independence and ability to live, work and participate in their local communities. These services includes rehabilitation and habilitation services; specialist equipment assessment and provision; information, advice and support; volunteering opportunities; fundraising opportunities and activities, groups and clubs.
Rape Crisis Grampian is a voluntary organisation providing vital support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse and challenging the misconceptions which surround these issues-services/support is available to both women and men.
Our mission at More Than Fibro is to create a safe community in order to support our members in all aspects of their life. This will allow our members to learn, grow and thrive in a positive environment.
Our vision at More Than Fibro is to raise awareness of the condition fibromyalgia. We aim to end the stigma surrounding the condition by educating the greater community and helping them to support those around them.
Meal Makers has been brought to Scotland by the award winning charity Food Train and is proudly sponsored by the Scottish Government and the Tank Foundation. It is a free, local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects volunteers who have a passion for cooking and want to be active in their communities (Cooks), with older neighbours (Diners) who would appreciate a home cooked meal.
Home-Start East Fife have been supporting families across East Fife for over 30 years. Every year 20 - 30 trained volunteers support an average of 60 families with around 170 children. Home-Start East Fife has a staff team of four who work with the Board of Trustees to train and support volunteers so they in turn can support families. Support takes two forms: home-visiting and Family Support Groups. Home-visiting volunteers visit families in their own homes once a week to offer friendship and support, whether parents need an extra pair of hands, help to get out, or just some adult company and a listening ear. In this rural area of North East Fife, social isolation is one of the recurring reasons families are referred to us. Families are referred to us by health visitors, social workers, community psychiatric nurses and other local professionals, or parents can refer themselves. In addition to home-visiting volunteers, Home-Start East Fife runs three Family Support Groups, in Auchtermuchty, St Andrews and Cupar. The Family Support Groups are only for families referred to Home-Start East Fife. They provide a safe and stimulating environment for our parents and their pre-school children. Within the groups, our Family Support Group Co-ordinator and volunteers organise activities aimed at improving parenting skills and promoting positive interaction between parent and child and within their peer groups. Family Support Groups also provide a supportive environment and information exchange for parents experiencing difficulties. The children are given healthy snacks, and have access to educational toys and an environment that allows for physical activity.
Include Me recruits, trains and supports volunteers to become citizen advocates for vulnerable adults aged 16-65 in North East Fife. The development workers accept referrals from any source and the work to identify the best possible volunteer match for that individual. The organisation works with individuals affected by physical or learning disability, mental health issues (including Personality Disorder), chronic illness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, early onset Dementia and Acquired Brain Injury.
Chest, heart and stroke conditions affect one in five people in Scotland and we know there’s so much more to be done to reach everyone who needs support. That’s why, as a values-driven organisation, we are striving to develop innovative solutions to the challenges people living with our conditions face. We want people living with our conditions to be able to live their life to the full, accessing the medical, rehabilitation and wellbeing support they need at the time and place they want. Through our campaigning work, we fight for their right to the services they need. We are using our entrepreneurial talents to generate income to develop new services using the latest technology. Our agile forward-thinking approach is creating health solutions that will improve lives and reduce the burden on our struggling NHS. CHSS is playing a major role in healthcare in Scotland, with aspirations to work collectively with local and national healthcare partners to do so much more. We are accountable to the people we support living with our conditions. That’s why we have embedded a people-driven, participative approach to work inclusively to identify our priorities.
Our vision: welcome to a Scotland where people with our conditions can live their lives well. Full lives, with the right support, at the right time and in the right place. A place where they can shape their future and live the life they want to lead.
Our mission: welcome to a community where people can support each other, secure the expert help they need and collectively advocate for the care that matters to them. Welcome to the charity that never underestimates the power of a cup of tea, a conversation started, a recovery begun. No Life Half Lived means we need to listen to people with our conditions and deliver well for them. We have identified four goals to get us there:
• We will place our focus on addressing the unmet needs of people with our conditions - social, emotional and physical - across all Scotland’s communities.
• We will be led by our people: people with lived experience of our conditions, their families and carers, friends, colleagues and healthcare professionals.
• We will secure the funding required to deliver via a diverse income portfolio that is consistent with our values and ethical approach
• We will be effective and accountable in all that we do
Everyone has the right to live life to the full. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives. CHSS won’t stand for that. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to.
CSREC is a voluntary organisation with the Mission to eliminate discrimination and harassment from Central Scotland, so that everyone has an equal chance to learn, work and live free from prejudice and fear of harassment.
Wellbeing Scotland is a voluntary organisation with services across Scotland. We provide a wide range of holistic services for individuals and families whose life experiences have impacted negatively on their wellbeing. Since 1994 we have offered client centred, holistic, trauma informed therapeutic services and have specialised in abuse and trauma work. We work with both children and adults.
Equal Futures has been supporting people with an additional support need to make connections since its foundation by family carers in 2002. We work with adults (18 years plus) with an additional support need, this could be a learning disability or another significant lifelong condition, such as Down’s syndrome or autism.
We believe that people with Additional Support Needs are among some of the most isolated, our vision is a society without loneliness with your help we can try to achieve this for everyone.
Befriending and Circle support can help someone with an additional support need make valuable connections: building their confidence, resilience and independence.
Our services also provide reassurance and respite for their family members who have often undertaken a significant caring role.
We offer a flexible approach with services that are delivered at a time and pace to suit the individual and family at the centre of the support. The services we offer are entirely free of charge.
Muscular Dystrophy UK (previously known as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) was founded in 1959 and is the charity bringing individuals, families and professionals together to fight muscle-wasting conditions. We bring together more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions affecting around 110,000 children and adults in the UK.
CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation for people who use or have used mental health services. We are completely independent from the people who fund us and those who provide other services to the people we work with. We provide individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian. We also host several mental health related, experience-led projects across Lothian.
Global Family Care Network is a non-profit organisation that works to prevent and intercept child trafficking and systematic abuse and provide long-term and family-based care for children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse.
Our mission is to preserve the family and protect at-risk children with the assistance of community organisations, volunteer caregivers, and donors. Our vision is to help as many children as possible who are victims of poverty, exploitation, and abuse by modelling and sharing principled methods that represent the best possible outcome.
Collectively, our model projects are active in nine countries with 304 global team members.
The Active Travel Network is the go-to space for community groups and organisations looking for advice and guidance on Active Travel engagement and activities in Scotland.
The network’s mission is to connect individuals, groups and organisations to share knowledge, experience and resources, creating peer-to-peer support, new partnerships and opportunities across Scotland. The network will:
• Actively provide support, advice and guidance for existing and prospective members
• Offer online and in-person space to enable members to share knowledge and best practice
NOTE: These may change if the new committee feels they do not reflect the way forward for the network.
ENABLE Scotland is a dynamic charity run by its members. We campaign for a better life for children and adults who have learning disabilities. We support people who have learning disabilities and their families to live, work and take part in their communities.
We provide a growing range of person centred services designed to be flexible and adapt to the needs of the people using these services.
We make sure that children and adults with learning disabilities and their carers are at the heart of everything that we do.
At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. Almost half of us will get cancer, and we need your help to make sure that people get the support they need. Whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, the time you give by volunteering with Macmillan really does matter.
Pain Concern is a charity working to support and inform people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals. We believe that pain is best faced together by the ‘Pain Community’ of people with pain, their family, supporters and healthcare professionals. This ideal is reflected in the make-up of the Pain Concern team.
Fife Communities Climate Action Network (FCCAN) is a network of community groups in Fife that are taking action on climate change. We empower and enable communities to create a low carbon future and promote local resilience and well-being. By working through our network we share information, resources and knowledge whilst tackling barriers to low carbon living in Fife. FCCAN is a Community Interest Company (CIC)
FCCAN is the membership body which community groups can join to receive support, relevant updates and connect with others in Fife.
FCCAN deliver a number of projects promoting climate action in Fife, one of which is the Fife Climate Hub.
DebRA was founded in 1978 by a group of parents whose children were affected by EB. At this time only some 200 people with EB were known to health professionals in the UK.
The original aims of the charity were to stimulate knowledge of and interest in