Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

How can ScotsCare help?

ScotsCare can help disadvantaged Scots in London through a variety of financial, practical and emotional support.

Our support could take the form of our  advocacy service, job coaching, counselling, sheltered housing, financial grants or social events. Some examples of these would be help with a landlord maintaining a properties living standards, rewriting your CV or skills training, mental health counselling with qualified professionals, accommodation at one of our properties, a grant for school uniforms or coming and singing regularly with our choir. For full details please see Our Services page for more.

Who is eligible for the service?

ScotsCare is a charity supporting disadvantaged Scots in London, through a variety of support including grants, training, housing and social events. To be eligible for support you must be:

  • a person born in Scotland, or;
  • the child of a person born in Scotland, or;
  • Someone married to a first generation Scot, or;
  • the widow, widower or surviving member of a civil partnership of a person born in Scotland.
  • Living within 35 miles of Charing Cross

If you meet these criteria please fill in an application form or call us on 0800 652 2989 for an initial assessment.
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If you are experiencing homelessness, you may be eligible for help from our sister charity Borderline, which specifically helps homeless Scots in London.

Can I access financial support?

People who meet ScotsCare eligibility criteria may be able to access grants too. You will be required to provide proof of income which could be a bank statement and or proof of benefits. Please note we do not provide grants in the form of cash.

Does ScotsCare provide advocacy for legal issues?

It is important to note that we are not an advisory or legal service. For independent advice contact the Citizens Advice Bureau.

How do I apply for help?

Please fill in an online application form and a member of staff will be in touch as soon as possible. If you don’t have access to a computer or have any questions please call us on 0800 652 2989.

Online Referral Form
Am I able to log in to my account using my smartphone or tablet?

Yes you can, however please note we do not have an app for this and so functionality may be limited on your device.

I want to access my online account but have forgotten/lost my password

This is quick and easy to resolve. Go to the Account sign in page and select Forgot password link. You will be asked to enter the email address associated with your account.

The system is not accepting my details when trying to create a new account

This usually happens when an account already exists for your email address. Please click Forgot Password to reset your password.

Will ScotsCare help me for life?

ScotsCare’s help is on a case by case basis, we will help you with a particular issue and agree a course of action and timeframe. Once this is completed you will need to reapply again for a separate matter, should one arise in the future. We work with you so that hopefully you will not need us in the future, but you can always call on us again should the need arise.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, absolutely. We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help us with things such as befriending, events and work at our head offices. We do our best to match your skills, interests and availability to the most suitable role for you. Please contact volunteering@scotscare.com for more information.

Can I fundraise for you?

Yes, we gladly accept donations from fundraising efforts. You could be putting on a charity “Highland Games” or planning on doing a sponsored “haggis tasting” for example.

We can help you with ideas and handy tips to make your fundraising event a huge success. Please contact us for support.

Can ScotsCare provide me with accommodation?

We have a limited amount of accommodation, in the form of sheltered housing, for the over 55’s. Due to the limited amount that we can provide, we allocate accommodation on a priority basis.

Where are you based?

We work London wide, but are based at 22 City Road, London EC1Y 2AJ. Some helpful info for getting to us is below.

Bus services to City Road:
21, 43, 76, 141, 205, 214, 271
Nearest tube stations:


Old Street, Moorgate

 and Liverpool Street

Need Our Help?

Were you (or one of your parents) born in Scotland? Do you live in London or the surrounding areas?
If so, and you need help, we are here for you.

Our Leaflets

For more information on our services view our information below.

General

Families

Advocacy

Befriending