The EVOC Red Book

The online directory to find third sector Organisations, and their services across Edinburgh


Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.

Organisation Details

Address 17 Gayfield Square
Post Code EH1 3NX
Locality South East 
Telephone 0800 254 0088 / 0131 557 9800
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  • Advice/Information
  • Campaigning/Lobbying
  • Community Development
  • Education/Learning/Training
  • Family Support
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Offenders/Ex-offenders
  • Poverty
  • Self Help/Support

Families Outside is a Scottish Charity which helps hundreds of families each year who are affected by the imprisonment of a family member or friend.

How do we help?

Families Outside supports children and families affected by imprisonment through:

- Support & Information Helpline – for family members and professionals
- Family Support Coordinators who provide direct support to children and families throughout Scotland
- Bespoke training and awareness-raising
- Development of policy and practice
- Campaigning and research
- Coordination of the development of existing and new prison visitors’ centres, and the introduction of minimum standards across Scotland

Through research training and partnership work Families Outside aims to raise awareness of the needs of families affected by imprisonment so that they can get the information and support they need to cope.

The imprisonment of a relative can have a huge impact on their family:

- Anxiety, distress and health problems
- Rejection and stigma by neighbours and the community
- Risk to housing tenure
- Financial pressures
- Problems in caring for children and the impact on the 13,500 children who lose a parent to imprisonment each year

Families affected by imprisonment face a process of grief and readjustment throughout the course of arrest, trial, imprisonment and release. They often have difficulty getting the information and support they need to make them feel in control during periods of crisis and stress.



Name Telephone Cost Actions
Support and Information Helpline 0500 83 93 83 More info »