External support organisations during the coronavirus outbreak

Below is a list of organisations you can contact for various levels of support during the coronavirus outbreak.

The College’s Wellbeing team can also be contacted by email: wellbeing@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Children 1stwww.children1st.org.uk/parentline

Government – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Foodbanks – https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

SCVO local coronavirus support – https://coronavirus.scvo.org/

Information from councils local to the College can be found on their websites, click below for further details.

City of Edinburgh Council
https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus

Support for those most at risk and hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak will be prioritised in all circumstances – if you are experiencing an emergency or critical situation please call 0131 200 2000.

The Council Resilience Centres – which will be based in Wester Hailes, Pilton Gardens, Captain’s Road, Leith and Craigmillar – will provide a base for staff to provide welfare, housing and household support by phone and email.

Customers are asked to attend in-person only if it is critical, for example if they are experiencing homelessness, threats to their Wellbeing or require urgent cash payments. This will prioritise support for residents who face financial hardship. They will operate 10am-4pm.

East Lothian Council https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/homepage/10448/coronaviruscovid-19

Midlothian Council
https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200296/coronavirus

West Lothian Council
https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/coronavirus

Borders Council
https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/coronavirus

Fife Council
https://www.fife.gov.uk/

Wellbeing and health support services:

Self-harm

Penumbra – Edinburgh’s self-harm project

selfharm.edinburgh@penumbra.org.uk  or east@penumbra.org.uk  (East area office) or call 0131 229 6262

Eating disorders

Beat Helpline – call 08088010677 or visit www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

OCD

www.ocduk.org/ocd-and-coronavirus-survival-tips/

Mental health 

Gender based violence

  • Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline – 0808 801 0302 or text 07537410027
  • Rape Crisis East Lothian – 07800604164 or elsas@ercc.scot
  • Rape Crisis Midlothian – 07860774503 or msas@ercc.scot
  • Rape Crisis Edinburgh – 0131 557 6737 or info@ercc.scot
  • West Lothian Council Domestic and Sexual Assault Team – 01506 281 055, 07818421480/07919571531 or dasat@westlothian.gov.uk
  • Women’s Aid Edinburgh – 0131 315 8110 or duty@edinwomensaid.co.uk
  • Women’s Aid Midlothian – 0131 663 9827 or info@womensaideml.org
  • Women’s Aid East Lothian – 01968 670970 or info@womensaideml.org
  • Shakti Women’s Aid – 0131 475 2399 or info@shakiedinburgh.co.uk
  • West Lothian Women’s Aid – 01506 413 721
  • Scotland Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage helpline – 08000271234
  • Men’s Advice line – 08088010327
  • Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024
  • LGBT+ – 0800 801 0301