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National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux offers these useful fact sheets, covering issues such as employment, housing and taxation
See where your nearest CAB is. National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux site. Free advice on all subjects. Click on to get advice on several social policy areas.
Local Consumer organisations with contact details and location maps.
Birth and Beyond - Counselling for pregnancy and motherhood

18 Pittville St, Edinburgh EH15 2BY, UK – 07968 392362

There are honestly no words that can give justice to how much I have gained from Sarah’s services. I went to Sarah after entering into a very low point in my life. I was very anxious, having panic attacks and felt stuck in a place that I very desperately wanted to get out but didn’t know how. I had spent the previous few years in a cycle of pregnancy and breast feeding and then further stressors just tipped things over the edge. I was very angry with people that were close to me and really felt like I had no control over my own life because of their actions. When I first went to Sarah I believed quite strongly that their was nothing wrong with my behaviour, it was purely the actions of my husband and other close family members that were causing my anxiety. Because of this, I wasn’t sure that counselling would be able to help. WOW was I wrong! Sarah was amazing! Within a few sessions she was able to help me see the situation from a fresh point of view and really untangle all the strong emotions I had been attaching to certain triggers. It was an emotional journey and quite difficult at points but her supportive and non-judgemental demeanour helped to get me through it. I am now in a point in my life where I feel much happier than I ever was before and I have a re-newed love and appreciation for my husband, my family and myself. She has taught me skills to help me deal with my anxiety as well as just life in general. I cant recommend Sarah enough and there really are no words to describe how much she has helped. Thank you so much Sarah, your words and wisdom have changed my life in the most fantastic way!

Sarah has helped me through a very tough period. Her ability to gently offer a different perspective has allowed me to see things more clearly and be hopeful and excited for the future with my baby. I would encourage anyone who is feeling out of sorts pre or post natally to consider counselling with Sarah.

Janet Watson

232/1 Portobello High St, Edinburgh EH15 2AU, UK – 07807 228543

Open Door Counselling

108 Market St, Musselburgh EH21 6QA, UK – 07732 624079

The National Careers Service is a Government run service and so totally neutral. It has recently be redesigned and so well worth a look. They cover:
  • CVs
  • Skills health check reports
  • action plans
  • course searches
Job profiles - Find out what a job involves and if it's right for you.

Skills health check - to find out what kind of jobs could suit you.

Find a course - Find a courses and learning providers

Help you to get a job
  • Get advice on the different stages of a job hunt
  • How to improve your interview technique
  • Write an effective CV.
They can even help you to search for your first job, get back into work or change career direction.
Click for more careers information. This takes you to our whole careers section where you can actually get a job and put your CV online.
Find your nearest Jobcentre plus loads of other stuff. Boring but it is all there!
Local disability and special needs services with contact details and location maps.
Disabled Person's Tax Credit
Telephone helpline 0845 605 5858
Textphone 0845 608 8844 or click the Disability Rights link below
Child Maintenance Service (The Child Support Agency is part of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. Its role is to make sure that parents who live apart from their children contribute financially to their upkeep by paying child maintenance.
You may not always have family service nearby but these are your nearest sexual health and family planning centres serving Edinburgh
National Council for One Parent Families in England and Wales
Support for one parent families in Scotland. Runs the National Lone Parent Helpline for advice and help. Freephone 0808 801 0323
Local social services and Welfare Organisations serving the area around Edinburgh and Edinburgh
HMRC Website - another 'snappy' government site with everything there if you can keep at it!