Online Resources

This page is currently in the process of being updated. 

We have compiled a useful list of equalities organisations and resources.  If you have an organisation or resource you would like us to include then please get in touch.

General

Hate Crime and Third Party Reporting – In some cases victims and witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police, and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.  To ensure anyone is able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. These partners have been trained to assist people in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on their behalf.  Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centres participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups.

Victim Support Scotland – Free and confidential support for anyone affected by crime including helpline and support for people in urgent need of financial help as a result of crime.

Age

Childline – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Free and confidential service to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Email and online chat available.

Midlothian Champion’s Board – a group for young people and children who are currently or have experience of the care system.

Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (MYPAS) – providing free and confidential services for young people (aged 12 to 21) in Midlothian.

Midlothian Youth Platform – For young people aged 12-21, meet twice a month. New members always welcome.

Midlothian Older People’s Assembly – Midlothian Older People’s Assembly (MOPA) – provides a supportive platform to people aged over 65 years old living in Midlothian, enabling them to be involved in decisions that impact them and their community.  Contact Eric at Midlothian Voluntary Action for more info.

Disability

Deaf Action –

Health in Mind –

People First (Scotland) –

Gender Reassignment

MYPAS LGBT+ Service – online groups and 1:1 support for young people aged 12-21 years based in East and Midlothian.

Health in Mind LGBT+

The Equality Network – national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland. They provide a range of advice and information for organisations, including public sector, voluntary sector and private sector bodies, and for LGBTI organisations and people seeking to establish LGBTI organisations.

Galop – This national LGBT+ anti-violence charity has a domestic abuse helpline and a separate LGBT+ hate crime helpline. They also have a dedicated Trans advocacy service.

LGBT Youth Scotland:– Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people, working with 13–25 year olds across the country. LGBt Youth Scotland provides range of groups, digital supports and advice services.  They also have a useful resources section.

LGBT Health and WellbeingWorking to improve the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) people in Scotland.  Provide a range of supports including online events, 1:1 support, telefriending service for older people (50+) and LGBT Helpline Scotland. They also provide a range of online resources for working with LGBT+ people.

Mermaids:- Helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families.

Scottish Trans Alliance – work to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.

Stonewall Scotland – campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Pregnancy and Maternity

Pregnant Then Screwed – Pregnant Then Screwed exists to end the motherhood penalty.  They campaign on the many issues which impact working mothers and offer free advice and support to those who face pregnancy or maternity discrimination.

Race

Equal Access Project by Health in Mind – Supporting people from minority ethnic communities living in Midlothian through the provision of group and 1:1 support.  The service is for anyone aged 16 or over, from a minority ethnic community who would like to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equalities Council (ELREC) – works towards a prejudice free society where everyone is treated with respect, integrity and justice through the delivery of supporting advice; community projects; events; training and resources.

The Anti-Racist Educator – a collective of educational stakeholders working toward building an education system that is equitable; free from racial injustice; critically engaged with issues of power, identity and privilege.

OpenLearn The Race and Ethnicity Hub .  Free learning from Open University.  This hub offers fresh perspectives on race, racism and ethnicity through free courses, articles, interactives and audio/visual materials.

Linknet mentoring – mentoring, befriending, English language classes and social events/ opportunities.

Saheliya – a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black,  minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Shakti Women’s Aid – Help for black and minority ethnic (BME) women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse in Edinburgh and Lothians.

Religion and Belief

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centrean inclusive organisation that empowers and supports Muslim and BME women to create an inclusive Scotland in which they can contribute fully.  Offer helpline and chat service, groups, forums and events.  Help for women in English, Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Bangli and Swahili and, when required, using online interpreting.

Interfaith Scotland – offer a variety of resources including videos, publications and workshops which are suitable for use in local interfaith groups, classrooms, and throughout your own interfaith journey. Another key resource is their faith communities guide which provides in depth information about the many faith and belief communities in Scotland.

Sex

Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centrean inclusive organisation that empowers and supports Muslim and BME women to create an inclusive Scotland in which they can contribute fully.  Helpline and chat service, groups, forums and events.  Help for women in English, Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Bangli and Swahili and, when required, using online interpreting.

AMIS (Abused Men in Scotland) – Supports men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. Call the confidential helpline (it’s free to call from landlines and most UK mobiles, and does not appear on itemised phone bills).

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) helpline (run by NSPCC) – Free and confidential help for anyone who is worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM.

National Stalking Helpline –  a confidential service if you’re impacted by stalking. They’ll provide impartial advice and information to men and women, including: how to identify if you’re being stalked; the law on stalking; how to protect yourself; talking to the police.

Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline – Free and confidential support and information for anyone, women and men, affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. Includes advice/ help in different languages including British Sign Language.  They can arrange for language interpreters.

Respect Phoneline – Free and confidential service for anyone who is concerned about their own behaviour towards their partner (male, female, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships).  Talk to someone in confidence about your violence and domestic abuse – a friendly helpline advisor will listen to you without judgement and give you honest advice.

Shakti Women’s Aid – Help for black and minority ethnic (BME) women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse in Edinburgh and Lothians.

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free and confidential service for anyone of any gender who has experienced domestic abuse or forced marriage.

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre – Help for self-identifying women aged 16 and over affected by violence and abuse by providing free legal information and advice through helpline, legal surgeries and ongoing casework.

Women’s Aid East and Midlothian – A confidential service that provides valuable information, support and temporary accommodation to women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse.

Zero Tolerance – Scottish charity working to end men’s violence against women by promoting gender equality and challenging attitudes that normalise violence and abuse.

Sexual Orientation

MYPAS LGBT+ Service – online groups and 1:1 support for young people aged 12-21 years based in East and Midlothian

Health in Mind LGBT+

The Equality Network – national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland. They provide a range of advice and information for organisations, including public sector, voluntary sector and private sector bodies, and for LGBTI organisations and people seeking to establish LGBTI organisations.

Galop – This national LGBT+ anti-violence charity has a domestic abuse helpline and a separate LGBT+ hate crime helpline.  They also have a dedicated Trans advocacy service.

LGBT Youth Scotland:– Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people, working with 13–25 year olds across the country.  LGBt Youth Scotland provides range of groups, digital supports and advice services.  They also have a useful resources section.

LGBT Health and WellbeingWorking to improve the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) people in Scotland.  Provide a range of supports including online events, 1:1 support, telefriending service for older people (50+) and LGBT Helpline Scotland. They also provide a range of online resources for working with LGBT+ people.

Stonewall Scotland – campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain.