Help with Disability

capabilityscotlandCapability Scotland

Advice Service: 11 Ellersly Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6HY

Tel: 0131 313 5510

Capability Scotland campaigns with, and provides education, employment and care services for, disabled children and adults across Scotland.  They work with disabled people, their families and carers to provide a mix of services that meet their aspirations at all stages of their lives.  They are also a campaigning organisation, committed to helping ensure disabled people achieve the same human and civil rights as the rest of society.

actionhearinglosslogoAction on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)

Empire House, 131 West Nile St, G1 2RX

Tel: 0141 341 5330, Textphone: 0141 341 5347

Action on Hearing Loss provide day-to-day care for people who are deaf and have additional needs, supply communication services and training, offer practical advice to help people protect their hearing, campaign to change public policy around hearing loss issues, support research into an eventual cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.



12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA

Tel: 0131 652 3140

RNIB support people affected by sight loss, whether you need advice on staying in work, using technology to help you do everyday tasks, or simply someone who can offer emotional support to help you come to terms with sight loss.

sense scotland logoSense Scotland

43 Middlesex Street, G41 1EE

Tel: 0300 330 9292

Sense Scotland supports and advises thousands of families and individuals affected by deafblindness across the country.

Inclusion Scotlandinclusion scotland logo

Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, G1 1UZ

Tel: 0131 281 0860

Inclusion Scotland (IS) is a consortium of organisations of disabled people and disabled individuals. Through a process of structured development they aim to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect everyday lives as disabled people in Scotland. They aim to encourage a wide understanding of those issues throughout mainstream thought in Scotland. In short, they want to reverse the current social exclusion experienced by disabled people through civil dialogue, partnerships, capacity building, education, persuasion, training and advocacy.

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Glasgow Disability Alliance

Suite 301, The White Studios, Templeton Business Centre, G40 1DA

Tel: 0141 556 7103

Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) is an organisation controlled by disabled people (DPO) and has a membership of over 3000. GDA has, by far, the biggest groundswell of disabled members in Scotland, if not the UK. GDA’s mission is to act as the collective, representative voice of disabled people, promoting equality, human rights and social justice.

Glasgow Disability Alliance was established in 2001 and began with a small group of disabled people who were fed up of being ignored by policy makers and feeling excluded from social, civil and political participation in the city. a city-wide organisation was set up to challenge such exclusion and discrimination.

Since then, GDA has grown into a robust, representative and richly diverse disabled people’s organisation (DPO). It is by far, the biggest groundswell of disabled members in Scotland. GDA was delighted to receive The Equalities Award at The Herald Society Awards 2010 and 2011 and was a proud runner up in 2012 and 2013.

enable scotland logoENABLE Scotland

INSPIRE House, 3 Renshaw Place, Eurocentral, ML1 4UF

Tel: 01698 737 000

ENABLE Scotland is a dynamic charity run by its members. We have three main roles:

We are a charitable organisation founded in 1954 by the parents of children who had learning disabilities in order to ensure that people who have learning disabilities have the same choices and opportunities in life as everyone else. Find out about how we are run​.

We campaign to fight discrimination and inequality and ensure that people who have learning disabilities are regarded as equal members of society. Find out about how we campaign for a better life for children and adults who have learning disabilities.

We are a service provider offering a wide range of person centred services designed to ensure that people who have learning disabilities can live the life they want and actively participate in their community. Find out more about our person centred services​.

samh_logoScottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, G1 1UZ

Tel:0141 530 1000

SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

One in four people in Scotland will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. This means that you may know someone with a mental health problem, or maybe you’re worried about your own mental health.

At SAMH we believe there is no health without mental health. We’re here to provide help, information and support; to campaign on behalf of people with mental health problems and to raise money to fund our vital work. We’re here for everyone, and we’re here for you.

SAMH is Scotland’s leading mental health charity.

Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH)gamh logo

St. Andrews by the Green, 33 Turnbull Street, G1 5PR

Tel: 0141 552 5592

Glasgow Association for Mental Health(GAMH) is an independent Scottish charity that provides more than 2000 hours of community based support every week to people in Glasgow.

The services and opportunities we offer help people who are recovering from mental health problems to live the lives that THEY want to live. We also support Carers of people in recovery, including Young Carers. We work with people in ways that encourage hope (belief that recovery is possible) personal development and self confidence. If we support you we will recognise that you are the expert in your own life and your own health. You have the right to make your own choices and decisions. For more information about recovery see

We recognise that the effects of inequality, stigma and discrimination make recovery more difficult than it should be and undermine a person’s sense of wellbeing. As an organisation we work to ensure that both as a service provider and as an employer, we avoid discrimination and promote fairness and inclusion for everyone.

We work in partnership with the people we support, their allies and supporters and a range of other agencies to create the best opportunities for recovery and to overcome barriers to inclusion.

carers scotland logoCarers Scotland

The Cottage, 21 Pearce Street, G51 3UT, Tel: 0141 445 3070

We’re here to make life better for carers.  We give expert advice, information and support; connect carers so no-one has to care alone; campaign together for lasting change; innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers.

We’re here to help carers and professionals, with expert advice on issues such as carers’ benefits, community care and services for carers.  Looking after someone can be complicated.  Our leaflets, booklets and newsletters give you accurate and up-to-date information so you know exactly where you stand.

Our Carers Advocacy Service helps carers over the age of 16 living in South West Glasgow.  This service is designed to support carers to: express their own needs; make informed decisions; take greater control of the decisions that affect them and those they are caring for.

We publish briefings on policy changes, carry out research, promote good practice, provide training and enable the exchange of information among our affiliated members; we make sure carers’ voices carry to the highest level.

We provide training for carers and for people working in health and care services.  Our courses include topics such as carer awareness, telehealth and the impact of legislation.  They’re designed to help professionals provide the best support for carers and to help carers develop knowledge, skills and resilience.

Glasgow South West Carers Centre

1479 Paisley Road West, G52 1SY, Tel: 0141 882 4712

Glasgow South West Carers Centre provide support and advice to carers and their families, giving them the best support possible in their day-to-day lives.  I hold a drop-in surgery here every month, 1st Thursday of every month at 12:30pm, specifically aimed at carers’ issues and making sure I can give all the assistance possible.

Basic CMYKCarers Trust

Skypark 3, Suite l/2, 14/18 Elliott Place, G3 8EP, Tel: 0300 123 2008

We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners, through our unique online services and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.

With locally based Network Partners we are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks.

We offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individually tailored support and group activities.

The Advocacy Projectadvocacy project logo

Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, G5 9JP

Tel: 0141 420 0961

We all need an advocate at some point in our lives. It helps to have someone around to make a difficult phone call, someone who can write a letter or someone to go with you to a difficult meeting.
In many cases, the advocate is a friend or a family member; in others it is a teacher, nurse or social worker. This is fine, but what if we don’t have any of these people around? Or, what if the problem relates in some way to your family, teacher, nurse or social worker. This is where independent advocacy can help. This is when people are supported to speak up for themselves by a person who is only there for them and has no ties to the other agencies or people in their lives.

The Advocacy Project employs staff to act as independent advocates for people who have difficulty speaking up. The advocates are well trained and supported by the Project. They are all subject to checks under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and are bound by a number of policies and procedures that include things like confidentiality and adult and child protection.

Unfortunately, independent advocates cannot guarantee results but they can ensure that a person’s voice is heard and considered in all situations. Neither are advocates a substitute for other services like health or social care, welfare rights, solicitors etc.

gcil logo 20years smallGlasgow Centre for Inclusive Living

117 – 127 Brook Street, G40 3AP

Tel: 0141 550 4455

Glasgow CIL is a Disabled People’s User Led Organisation committed to promoting inclusive living by assisting disabled people to challenge barriers and make informed choices. We will do this by delivering a range of high quality services that aim to equip disabled people with the information, skills, and support necessary to control our own lives.

GCIL is part of the Independent Living Movement. It is an organisation OF, not FOR, disabled people. Full membership of GCIL is open to all disabled people. Our constitution requires that 75% of our Directors are disabled people elected by our Full Members. We believe it is important that our staffing reflects the people who use our services and we therefore try and ensure that the majority of our staff are also disabled people. We are committed to developing and improving our services with the full involvement of our members and service users.

At GCIL we believe that disability is created by the organisational, environmental and attitudinal barriers which people with impairments face in the world around them. This is called the social model of disability. We believe that society must change before disabled people can have equal opportunities in areas such as employment, housing, transport and education.

We aim to promote inclusive living by developing and delivering services that assist disabled people in overcoming or removing some of the existing barriers and that help statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations provide more inclusive services.

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2nd Floor, City View, 6 Eagle Street, G4 9XA

Tel: 0141 332 3903

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of similar illnesses. These illnesses all cause damage to the nerves called motor neurones, which are are the nerves that carry the messages which control our muscles.

A common early sign of MND is increasing muscle weakness. This can show up in many different ways such as not being able to do something you could easily do before. Depending on which muscles are affected this early weakness could perhaps cause you trouble walking or lifting your arms. In about one case in four, it can start in the muscles we use to speak, chew and swallow; this can cause slurred speech and eating difficulties for some people.

Some people can experience cognitive impairment. This means there may be changes in their thinking and behaviour, which can affect their memory, concentration, learning or language. Few people experience severe cognitive change.

There are many different kinds of problems that motor neurone disease can cause. However, it is important to remember that not everyone is affected in the same way. Just because something is mentioned here it doesn‟t mean it will definitely happen to everyone who is affected by MND. Some people with MND never lose the use of their hands, others never lose the use of their voice and others are always able to walk.

The damage caused by MND is progressive, which means that the damage gets worse with time. As the disease progresses any affected muscles will weaken until, perhaps, the muscle can no longer work properly. As well as this, the effects of the disease will normally spread to other muscles in the same area. This can often cause the loss of use of that limb or part of the body.

autism logoScottish Autism

West of Scotland Area Services, 279 Abercromby Street, G40 2DD

Tel: 0845 300 9277

Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism.  Established in 1968 by a group of parents, we are now the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice.

We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.

We also seek to share our knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for people with autism.

Alzscot_logo1Alzheimer Scotland

22 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7RN

Tel: 0131 243 1453

Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland. We campaign for the rights of people with dementia and their families and provide an extensive range of innovative and personalised support services. Our aims:

  • To be the national and local voice of and for people with dementia and their carers in Scotland
  • To improve public policies for the benefit of people with dementia and their carers
  • To provide and to secure the provision of high quality services for people with dementia
  • To provide and to secure the provision of high quality services for carers of people with dementia.

PrintParkinson’s UK

Local Adviser for Glasgow and Renfrewshire: David Goldthorp. Tel: 0344 225 3722, email:

Parkinson’s local advisers can help if you:

  • have just been diagnosed and are looking for advice and information about your condition
  • are looking for tips on how to deal with the day-to-day impact of Parkinson’s
  • need emotional support
  • want to find out more about the services available in your area
  • want to learn about your rights and entitlements
  • need help navigating the benefits process
  • need information on where to find grants and financial help
  • are looking for support on employment issues
  • need support with anything else relating to your life with Parkinson’s

Your Parkinson’s local adviser will have a wide range of knowledge and expertise about Parkinson’s, and know about services available in your area.

Parkinson’s local advisers are there to turn to, so no-one has to face Parkinson’s alone.


MS SocietyMSS-logo-orange

Free helpline: 0808 800 8000

We are Scotland’s leading charity dedicated to beating MS.

Scotland has one of the highest incidences of MS in the world. We make it our mission to beat it. We raise awareness of MS, make it a priority at political level and provide support and information to people affected by MS around the country.

We have a network of branches throughout Scotland offering support and services to people affected by MS. Find your local branch on the map.

Every branch is different, but services they offer include:

  • emotional and practical support
  • financial help
  • information events
  • social events
  • MS support groups

They also raise millions of pounds every year to help people affected by MS.


Haemophilia-ScotlandHaemophilia Scotland

4th Floor, Haywieght House, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ, tel: 0131 524 7286

Haemophilia Scotland is a registered charity (No. SC044298) based in Scotland for people who have haemophilia, von Willebrands and other bleeding disorders. We are an organisation for anyone who has these blood-related conditions so we can talk to each other; and we provides a united representative voice when speaking with the medical profession, with government, with the rest of Scottish society, and when connecting with people like us throughout the world.

Our Objectives

  • To provide a way for all people with haemophilia, von Willebrands and other bleeding disorders in Scotland, both through local groups or as individuals, to meet, share experiences, learn from one another and offer mutual support.
  • To provide accurate, up-to-date, accessible information on all matters related to haemophilia, von Willebrands and other bleeding disorders.
  • To facilitate progressive influential relationships with the medical establishment, voluntary sector intermediaries, government agencies, similar UK organisations and international partners.

british lung foundation logoBritish Lung Foundation

Freephone Helpline: 03000 030 555

Scotland has some of the best respiratory medics anywhere in the world and we often lead the way in public health initiatives like the ban on smoking in public places.  But our industrial history and continued high levels of smoking mean that we have some of the highest rates of lung disease anywhere in the world.

What we do

  • We support people who have lung disease, their families and carers.
  • We work with other organisations, such as voluntary groups, the NHS, and the Scottish Parliament to improve services across Scotland.
  • We raise awareness of lung disease at a local and national level.
  • We campaign to make lung disease a priority for the Scottish Government.

M_white_mid_RGBMacmillan Cancer Support

Freephone helpline: 0808 808 0000

Macmillan provide support, advice, and information for those suffering from cancer and those around them.  They provide a range of local services in Glasgow South West, including:

Cardonald Library: Thursdays 1000 – 1400 hrs

Elder Park Library: Fridays 1000 – 1400 hrs

Ibrox Library: Information Point available

Pollok Library: Mondays 1030 – 1430 hrs, Wednesdays 1100 – 1300 hrs

Macmillan also operate a Long-Term Conditions centre at the Pearce Institute.  The centre can help with help with benefit claim process; help with appealing against any refusal of benefit; help with housing issues, to ensure that your tenancy is not at risk; help with everyday finances by offering advice and work on your benefit with creditors; help with cost of heating your home and access to advice on energy efficiency.  The office is open Mon – Thurs 0845 – 1645, Fri 0845 – 1555.