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Social Services Issues

Listed below are some organisations / support groups that provide social services information and advice.
Although the information was originally collected for use within the Linlithgow community we hope the list could be useful to others.

For further information on any of the organisations - just follow the website link/s or where there are no website links available email us at

Age UK 
Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged in Scotland has joined forces to form Age UK Group which works to improve later life for everyone- provides information and advice.
Community Laundry ServiceYou can e-mail this person 
Service providing laundering and delivery of sheets to people with medical conditions who are living at home and who require help. For more information e-mail us at the Help Centre
EARS Advocacy Service to Older PeopleYou can e-mail this person 
Free, Confidential, Independent and Professional Advocacy Service for Older People throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Fatherhood InstituteYou can e-mail this person 
The UK's fatherhood think tank. Wide range of information about / for fathers on issues such as maternity, employment, education, and government policy etc.
Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc) 
Health and Care Professions Council keeps a register of health and care professionals. Is the regulator of the social work profession and social work education in England. They protect the public by requiring high standards of education, conduct and practice of all social workers. Email available through website.
Home Safety Service for the Elderly (and Frail) 
West Lothian Service helping people to live as independently as possible and feel safe. Equipment installed. For information about this service access West Lothian Council's website and look under H within the A - Z services section.
Legal Services Agency (L.S.A)You can e-mail this person 
LSA aims to assist those disadvantaged by poverty, exclusion, disability, ethnicity or social isolation etc. who suffer injustice.
Patient Information CentreYou can e-mail this person 
New centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh providing information on health and social care for patients, relatives, carers, the public and staff. Open Monday to Friday: 9 to 5 Tel: 0131 242 7660
Refuge National Crisis Line 24hour 
Offers a range of services which increases womenís choices and gives them access to professional support whatever their situation. 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247
Royal Voluntary Service 
Helps support older people all over the country to stay independent at home and active in their community. Formerly W.R.V.S.
Scottish Council for Voluntary OrganisationsYou can e-mail this person 
National body for Scotlandís charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
Scottish Womenís AidYou can e-mail this person 
Local Womenís Aid groups which provide specialist services to women, children and young people. These include safe refuge accommodation, information and support.
Shelter England 
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
Shelter Scotland 
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. Provides housing advice on: homelessness; finding a place to live; renting rights; eviction and repossession; repairs and bad conditions; families and neighbours.
ShelterlineYou can e-mail this person 
Helpline run by Shelter.
The Trussell TrustYou can e-mail this person 
Community projects - e.g. Foodbanks - tackling poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria.
West Lothian Council Social Care and Health 
Working in partnership with other agencies, and through the use of innovative technology, the council aims to reduce inequalities and promote the health and wellbeing of all its citizens.
West Lothian Food BankYou can e-mail this person 
Supplies emergency food for local people in crisis. See also The Trussell Trust website.

Disclaimer: Please note that this list was compiled in good faith, however some changes may have occurred since we last updated our files. Whilst the Help Centre makes reasonable efforts to include and up-date information on this website, it does not make any representation as to its accuracy or completeness. Those involved in creating and delivering this website's contents are not liable for any damages arising from use of this site.

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