East Membership Region (Postcodes EH, KY, TD, DD6)

Carers of West Lothian supports unpaid adult carers, young carers and people affected by a disability living in West Lothian by providing information and advice, signposting to other support services and holding peer support groups, counselling, 1 to 1 support, training and accessing funding for short breaks. The Young Carers Service supports young people aged between 8 and 18, these young people look after a parent, sibling or close relative with a disability, long term or life limiting illness, a drug or alcohol dependency or a mental health condition. With funding Carer’s of West Lothian Young People’s Service want to make a real difference to young carers transitioning into adulthood; getting them into further education, training or employment with increased confidence and self-esteem.

Richmond’s Hope is a charity who support bereaved children and young people age 4 to 18 years old in Edinburgh and the Lothians.  Children and young people are counselled on individual basis with a bereavement support worker on a weekly basis for around 12-16 weeks or longer if needed.  Using therapeutic play and specialist grief activities the children are helped to express themselves and learn coping strategies with their emotional trauma. Remember the person they have lost if part of this process and are encouraged to make Memory Boxes. Any funding Richmond’s Hope receive would be used to buy the materials for the children’s support sessions (workbooks, memory boxes, arts & craft materials) and help towards staff salaries allowing more bereaved children to be helped.

SANDS Lothian are an Edinburgh based community charity supporting local bereaved families in Edinburgh and the Lothians whose has lost their baby. Many parents find it an incredibly traumatic time resulting in extreme loneliness as they struggle to find others who understand the overwhelming emotions and confusion of what has happened. At SANDS Lothians the majority of the staff and volunteers are bereaved themselves so the families they support know that they are receiving support from people who have been where they are and are not alone. All support is provided free of charge, is individual to each family and can be accessed for as long as is needed. Funding would be used to fund a specialist baby bereavement counsellor for a whole year.