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Where to find additional support

To protect yourself and others, it’s really important that everyone follows the Government advice. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re alone.  

If you’re looking for some additional support for you or someone you know, here’s a list of organisations who may be able to offer help and advice.

This page will be updated as more resources become available.

You can also click to find out more about how to help in your community.

National Assistance Helpline

We recognise that this is a challenging time and that some people will need extra support to access essentials such as food and medicine, this includes those who are self isolating to stop the spread of Coronavirus. If you need support, and can’t get this from friends or family, the National Assistance Helpline is there to help and can be reached on 0800 111 4000. You can pass this number on to someone you are supporting or call on their behalf Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.

Please remember this helpline is dedicated to helping those who cannot leave their home and who cannot get help online.

General information and advice

For help and advice relating to work, benefits, housing, well-being, and businesses.

Voluntary and community organisations

Help and advice, including about funding.

SCVO’s COVID-19 Third Sector Information Hub

Mental health

Support and guidance for anyone struggling with their mental health and well-being. 

Breathing Space - Phone 0800 83 85 87 from 6pm every evening
Clear Your Head
Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
Samaritans - phone: 116 123 (24 hours a day 365 days a year)
Young Scot


Domestic abuse and sexual violence

Support for anyone experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage or anyone affected by sexual violence.

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Rape Crisis Scotland

Parents and carers

Family support, information and advice on staying at home with the kids.

Parent Club
One Parent Families Scotland


Health guidance for pregnant women and maternity professionals looking after them.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
NHS Inform

Older people

Help for people over 70, their carers and families.

Age Scotland


Information and support for those with dementia or their carers.

Alzheimers Scotland

Learning disabilities

Information on coronavirus as well as resources and support for those with learning disabilities or their carers.

Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities
Enable Scotland


Information on coronavirus for those with autism or their carers.

Scottish Autism or phone the helpline on 01259 222 022

National Autistic Society

BSL signers

The First Minister’s briefings are being interpreted so that BSL users can access updates.

Scottish Government YouTube channel
BSL channel on Parliament TV

Those with a disability

Helpline details and a host of useful information.

Disability Information Scotland

Those with sight or hearing loss

Information, advice and helplines for people with sight or hearing loss

Guide Dogs
Action on Hearing Loss

Ethnic Minorities

Ethnic minority National Resilience Network or 0141 255 2133

Gypsy / Traveller community

Information and guidance has been produced for Gypsy, Traveller and Liveaboard Boater communities on coronavirus.

Friends, Families and Travellers