Our Services

Changing lives for the better

Financial Grants

When you need a little help.

It’s not easy surviving on a low income and living in London.

To help ease money worries we offer Children’s grants to help with the likes of school uniforms or funding a school event. Or we can help with the cost of buying essential household items.

Or if you’re thinking of training for a new job, or attending further education, we can also help with the costs.

These are just some of the grants that are available to help you get on with

After experiencing antisocial behaviour from a neighbour, Dilan contacted our Advocacy support team. Hear more about how the charity were able to assist her. View Dilan’s story here.

Advocacy

Get your voice heard.

Our Advocates are there to ensure your voice is heard, your wishes are respected, and your opinion is taken seriously. They can help you take action to secure your rights on a particular issue.

We can support you:

  • At meetings, such as assessments, appeals and reviews.
  • At appointments with agencies, including the NHS, social services, home care agencies and housing.
  • If you want to make a formal complaint.
  • Gaining access to services which may improve your standard of life.

The main principles of Independent Advocacy at ScotsCare are:

  • We put you first.
  • It’s not about giving advice – it’s about helping you access information.
  • The service is a partnership between you and ScotsCare.

ScotsCare’s Advocacy service is confidential and has no vested interest with any statutory body.

For Advocacy applications, contact our Senior Advocate, Gearóid, either via email or by calling 0800 622 2989 for free, to talk about your options, rather than filling in an application form online.

After experiencing antisocial behaviour from a neighbour, Dilan contacted our Advocacy support team. Hear more about how the charity were able to assist her. View Dilan’s story here.

Having experiencing a number of life setbacks, Erin engaged with the charity’s counselling service. View Erin’s story here.

Having experiencing a number of life setbacks, Erin engaged with the charity’s counselling service. View Erin’s story here.

Mental Health

One in four of us will experience one form of mental illness in our lifetime.

We can refer you to a counselling therapy service to offer you the support you need quickly.

For more information, please contact our office on 0800 652 2989 or email us

Alongside various family grants, ScotsCare provided Linda with training grant, allowing her to retrain as a mental health nurse. View Linda’s story here.

Employment & Training

Our job is to help you find a new career.

It might be to help with costs to retrain for a new type of job. Or further-education fees.

We’ve also developed a service designed to help you get back into employment or training. Our job coaches provide one-to-one, flexible support to you in person, by phone and email. We’ll look at practical areas such as CV writing, making applications and interview skills.

Whatever your age, if you want to find a new career, then we can help. Call it our own job satisfaction.

Alongside various family grants, ScotsCare provided Linda with training grant, allowing her to retrain as a mental health nurse. View Linda’s story here.

Janette contacted the charity seeking housing, listen to her story and the impact of being offered one of sheltered housing flats has had on her life. View Janette’s story here.

Janette contacted the charity seeking housing, listen to her story and the impact of being offered one of sheltered housing flats has had on her life. View Janette’s story here.

Housing

We can put a roof over your head.

We have 84 flats over three different locations, offering safe, supported living for over 55’s or over 50’s living with a disability.

Allocations are made on a priority system ensuring those most in need receive the housing they require.

We stick together. It might simply be meeting with other Scots for a wee chat at our Over 50s Lunch or singing together in our new choir.

Over50s events
We offer free events for Over50s including a monthly lunch in London and one in Luton; a summer seaside outing; and Christmas and Burns Lunches.

Family events
For families with children, we offer three free outings each year, including Winter Wonderland, Thames river boat trip and a train trip to the seaside.

ScotsCare Choir
Our newest project is the ScotsCare Choir – free and open to clients and volunteers of all ages. No experience necessary and no auditions required. It’s a great way to build confidence and make friends – after just two terms the choir has sung for Princess Anne and taken part in a promotional video.

Blether Buddies
Our befriending service where one of our volunteers can visit you at home, accompany you on outings in your community or chat with you over the phone once a week.

All our volunteers are carefully selected and police checked.

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As a ScotsCare client you will receive information about upcoming events. If you are not a client, please apply here to become one to be eligible to attend our events, or email for more information.

Families

It’s never easy bringing up kids. Especially if you’re on a low income and living in London.

It’s never easy bringing up kids. Especially if you’re on a low income and living in London.

That’s where we come in. As well as school grants, we also help with things like fun activities for your children. We organise adventure trips away, where the kids can build their confidence and self-esteem.

Clothing grant
Our children’s clothing grants can help with the expense of school uniforms and other children’s clothing.

Children’s activity grants
Our children activity grants grant enables you to let the child take part in a sport or extracurricular activity of their choice. Popular activities include swimming, football, rugby, drama lessons and learning to play an instrument – e.g. piano and flute. In some circumstances, this grant can go towards supporting the cost of a school trip.

Please call us on 0800 652 2989 or click here to start the process of applying for a children’s activity grant.

Managing Money

Money too tight to mention?

Then talk to us. We can offer practical advice on how to manage debts, as well as help with money management and sensible borrowing to avoid future financial problems.

Visit StepChange for advice on finding the right solution for you.

Substance Misuse

Drugs and alcohol tear families apart. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We offer support and direction to help put you back on the road to recovery.

For more information, please contact our office on 0800 652 2989 or email us

Soldiers

The St Andrew’s Scottish Soldiers Club.

The St Andrew’s Scottish Soldiers Club gives individual grants to serving and former Military personnel and their families and dependents to relieve need, hardship or distress.

Applications must be by referral from charities such as the Royal British Legion, the Earl Haig Fund, the Benevolent Funds of many military units and particularly from SSAFA.

To find out if you qualify for these funds, please read the criteria below:

  • The fund is for Army personnel only (not navy or RAF).
  • The applicant or at least one parent must have been born in Scotland. May be male or female.
  • Service in a Scottish regiment does not of itself constitute eligibility.
  • Applicants can be from anywhere in the UK.
  • Applicants can be homeowners.

The St Andrews Scottish Soldiers Club is run as a separate charity by the Royal Scottish Corporation.

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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.