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.

Covid-19 UPDATE...

The staff team can provide telephone or digital support at this time but cannot visit families at home at the moment. If you already receive support, the staff team will have been in touch to find out how you would like contact to continue.

We ave an emergency fund to enable access to e-vouchers (potentially useful for digital device purchase).

The staff team are available on the phone during usual working hours and all staff have access to a mobile telephone for work so you can call them during office hours. You can leave a message on 0131 564 1540 and we will get back to you. Alternatively, send an email to or message us through Facebook. A team member will get back to you ASAP.

Normal service details...

Looking for help?

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes….

If you have at least one child under the age of 5 then we can help.

Home-Start supports thousands of parents through our volunteers. They are parents themselves who understand the challenges of being a parent and know just what you’re going through.

You will be matched with a suitable volunteer who will usually visit you once a week and you decide what you will do together. Your volunteer will have completed our preparation course and will have undergone a criminal records check to ensure your child’s safety.

Maybe you need someone to talk to or perhaps someone to play with or read to your children. It could be that you need support to keep appointments or help to find out what’s available locally. You decide.

You don’t have to pay for Home-Starts help and our service is confidential. Our volunteers will respect your privacy and never forget that you have invited them into your home.

If you think Home-Start could help and you would like to find out more, please speak to your Health Visitor or give us a call yourself. We can visit you to talk about your needs and carefully match you with a volunteer.

Making a Referral

Any family with a child under 5 can be referred to Home-Start for support. The main referrers to Home-Start Edinburgh West and South West are Health Visitors and professionals in the social care and child care sectors. Other referrers can include GP’s and those working in the fields of mental health, education, early years and probation. Around a quarter of families self refer.

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Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 347 2881
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This record was last modified on: 19 August 2020