These are resources with content suitable for 12 - 17 year olds
AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual who turn to the Fellowship for help. There are meetings across West Dunbartonshire.
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is feeling low, anxious or depressed.
Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87
access2safety specialist language support service helps overcome the barriers to services vulnerable black and minority ethnic women can experience – particularly services for domestic abuse, sexual abuse, rape, exploitation or abusive cultural practices. Costs
Al -Anon Family Groups
Al-Anon Family Groups offers free and inclusive local meetings for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking.
Helpline number: 0800 0086 811
AMIS (Abused Men in Scotland)
AMIS supports men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. It runs a national helpline and its website has resources for men at risk and their workers.
Helpline number: 03300 949 395
Anna Freud Centre
The Anna Freud Centre transforms mental health by working with infants, children, young people and their families, their communities and professionals to deliver timely evidence-based support for all.
ASSIST provides support to families going through the domestic abuse courts. Their aim is to ensure that all victims of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity are safe, informed and supported throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system.
Phone: 0141 276 7710
Awestruck Academy Creative Arts and Media Centre
Awestruck Academy provides access to Creative Arts, Music, Media, Drama, Gaming and Digital Technology in Clydebank.
Awkward Moments worked with young people across Scotland to create these films to help improve conversations about sex and consent.
Aye Mind inspires professionals to confidently use digital technologies to support young people's mental health and wellbeing.
Baby Box (Parent Club website)
The Baby Box helps families prepare for the arrival of their baby. With a free box packed full of clothes, bedding and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life. The Box also provides a safe and comfy place for your wee one to sleep. It comes complete with a mattress and bedding that fits perfectly.
Beat Eating Disorders
Beat Eating Disorders provides information, facts and help from those who know how to make a difference. Find local services or contact the helpline.
Helpline number: 0808 801 0432
Bellsmyre Development Trust
Bellsmyre Development Trust is a community organisation delivering a range of activities and opportunities for the Bellsmyre community from the Cutty Sark Centre, including youth groups, holiday programmes and volunteering opportunities.
Phone: 01389 730111
Benefits and Grants
Information from the Scottish Government on benefits, funds and grants including Child Benefit and tax credits.
Beyond Your Limits (EY Foundation)
The Beyond Your Limits programme, run by the EY Foundation, supports care-experienced young people to realise their potential. It offers a two-year programme in bite-sized chunks to fit around school or college, with paid work experience, a bursary, employability training, mentoring, and a progression coach.
Phone: 0207 951 3133
BRAVE was developed for children and teenagers who experience Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Calm Harm is an app developed for teenagers to provide tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Track your progress and notice change.
CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are core clinical multi-disciplinary teams with expertise in the assessment, care and treatment of children and young people experiencing serious mental health problems. Specialist services for those at risk and with specific conditions are also provided, including inpatient care.
Specialist CAMHS are for children and young people age 0 – 18th birthday with clear symptoms of mental ill health which place them or others at risk and/or have a significant and persistent impact on day-to-day functioning. While some children and young people will need to come straight to CAMHS i.e. those requiring urgent mental health care, most will require this service when an intervention within primary care, education or a community-based service has not been enough.
Phone: 01389 817324
Campaign Against Living Miserably
CALM has a website, helpline 5pm -midnight and webchat open 365 days a year, offering practical suggestions for all of life's problems - whether that's anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, money worries or suicidal thoughts.
Helpline number: 0800 58 58 58
CARA (challenging and responding to abuse)
CARA provides confidential counselling support to children, young people of school age and women who have experienced domestic abuse, rape, and/or sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. Both self and agency referrals are welcomed
Phone: 0141 562 8800
Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.
CEDAR (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery)
CEDAR offer a free and confidential service for children and young people aged 4-16 years and their mothers. Self and Agency referrals are welcomed
Phone: 0141 562 8870
Centre 81 is a Community Centre in the heart of Whitecrook, Clydebank. Home to many great groups, services, activities, free accredited training course, and Gym81.
Phone: 0141 941 1044
Charlie Waller Resource Library
Charlie Waller works with young people, parents and carers, schools, colleges, universities and employers to give people the confidence and skills to look after their mental health.
Childline Counselling service for children and young people in the UK. Phone, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
Helpline number: 0800 11 11
Citizen's Advice Scotland
Free, impartial and confidential advice, delivered by trained advisers across Scotland. Working for a fairer Scotland where people are empowered and their rights respected.
Helpline number: 0800 028 1456
Phone: 0800 484 0136
Citizens' Advice Bureau West Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire CAB offers general advice and assistance to local residents across a wide range of subjects .
Phone: 0800 484 0136
The Clear Fear app provides ways for children and young people to manage symptoms of anxiety. It can help change anxious thoughts and emotions, alter anxious behaviours and calm fear responses.
The Clifftop Project provides artistic and dance activities for all in West Dunbartonshire.
Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. Find information on local groups here.
Helpline number: 0141 959 6363
Combined Minds is a free app to help families and friends support a young person who has certain mental ill-health conditions. It helps them find ways to provide the right environment to help the young person affect their own change.
Crisis Counselling (Erskine Counselling)
Crisis Counselling offers counselling therapy to children and young people aged 10 and over experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. Referral through Education services.
Cruse Bereavement Support Scotland
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland provides professional support for bereaved adults, children and families across Scotland. They also train and educate individuals and organisations to help bereaved people.
Helpline number: 0808 802 6161
Developing the Young Workforce
DYW's part of the Young Person's Guarantee, provides easily accessible programmes and packaged activity support to young people at different ages and stages to prepare for the world of work.
The award-winning distrACT app provides trusted information and links to support for people who self-harm and may feel suicidal. 17 years +
Distress Brief Intervention Service (Young person)
The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) service provides support quickly to young people who are experiencing distress and feeling overwhelmed emotionally. Referrals are made by your GP or the police (if aged 16-24 years), or someone in school or college (from age 14 years). The service will contact you within 24 hours of your referral and will support you for up to 14 days, working with you to address some of the difficulties you may be experiencing now and in the future.
Ditch the Label
Ditch the Label helps young people aged 12-25 years navigate the issues affecting them the most; from mental health and bullying to identity and relationships.
Domestic Abuse - Police Scotland
Police Scotland's website has information about domestic abuse, how to report if you or someone you know is a victim, support you can receive, and a message to perpetrators.
Eating Disorders Support
The Eating Disorder Support App enables people with disordered eating and eating disorders, and people close to them, to find useful information, self-care tips and links to support - all in one place. 17+ years.
Smart Futures (EY Foundation)
Smart Futures is a 10-month programme from the EY Foundation which includes paid work experience, interactive employability skills training and mentoring for those in Year 12 or S5 in Scotland. The Smart Futures programme is formally recognised and accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Mangement, and will help you develop key skills that are essential in the workplace.
EY Foundation is an independent charity supporting young people from low-income backgrounds get paid work experience, employability skills training and career guidance. Programmes are exclusively for young people who are aged 16 and above, and have been recently eligible for free school meals, a college bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). There is also a specific programme designed for young people with experience in care.
An app for older teens or young adults featuring an anxiety test, relaxing music, guided meditation, TED talks, a thought diary and ideas for activities to help when you’re feeling anxious.
Feeling Good offers Positive Mental Training audio programmes which can help you feel better, lift your mood and recover from stress, anxiety and depression by building resilience and developing positive feelings.
Fumble is a digital sexual health and relationships education resource with reliable, relatable content on intimacy, relationships, identity, health and wellbeing.
Whether you're feeling sad, anxious, or stressed, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts and help you lead a more fulfilling life.
HappyMaps website pools some of the best mental health resources for parents and carers, and for young people and children, in one place.
An app to help learn to manage feelings and thoughts with the lifelong skill of everyday mindfulness, any time of the day.
Health Talks - Drugs and Alcohol
In this section of the Health Talks website you can find out about the experience of drugs and alcohol, by listening to young people share their personal stories on film.
Includem works with young people and families to help them transform their lives. They work with social services, schools and criminal justice services to identify which young people could benefit from support, then engage with the young person and their family or carer to develop a package tailored to their specific needs.
Helpline number: 0808 800 0408
Phone: 0141 427 0523
Scotland’s national mentoring programme for young people aged 8 -14 years who are looked after at home. Intandem helps Scotland’s children, young people and families stay together to build and maintain positive, loving relationships. The intandem service is run in West Dunbartonshire by Y Sort It .
Phone: 0131 442 8760
KIDS - Kids Independently Developing Skills
Helping children and young people to live meaningful, healthy, independent lives. Information from NHS staff for young people, families and professionals. You can find out about attending hospital and clinic appointments, with examples of children and young people’s experiences with health services. There are also links to supporting websites and other sources of help.
Know the Score
Whether you’ve taken drugs, are thinking of taking them, or are just curious and want to know more, it’s important to know the real facts about drugs.
LEAP Sports Scotland
LEAP Sports Scotland (Leadership, Equality and Active Participation in Sports for LGBTI people in Scotland) works for greater inclusion for LGBTI people in sport and against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in a sports context. We are committed to breaking down the structural, social and personal barriers which prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people across the country from accessing, participating and excelling in Scottish sports.
Phone: 0141 202 0777
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.
Phone: 0345 3 30 30 30
LGBT Health and Wellbeing
Promoting the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) adults (16+) in Scotland. We welcome the entire diversity of our LGBT+ community including non-binary, queer, intersex, asexual people and all identities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella
Phone: 0300 123 2523
LGBT HERO is the national health and wellbeing charity supporting over 100,000 LGBTQ+ people a month by providing trusted information, advice and various types of support including one-to-one, group and peer-support.
LGBT Youth Scotland
Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people, working with 13–25 year olds across the country. We also deliver the LGBT Charter programme to schools, organisations and businesses. Our goal is to make Scotland the best place to grow up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people.
Phone: 0141 552 7425
A confidential counselling service accessed through West Dunbartonshire secondary schools, where young people can chat to a counsellor to help manage personal and social issues which may be affecting their life.
Lifesigns provides information about self-injury and supports people as and when they choose to make changes in their lives.
Link Up West Dunbartonshire
A free to access community website helping local people and organisations share skills, spaces and things.
A free phone service run by a team of therapists, offering appointment-based telephone support based on cognitive behavioural therapy for anyone in Scotland over 16 years of age with low mood, mild to moderate depression, or anxiety.
Helpline number: 0800 328 9655
Support for transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families. Mermaids has evolved into one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities, empowering thousands of people with its secure online communities, local community groups, helpline services, web resources, events and residential weekends.
Helpline number: 0808 801 0400
Mind Yer Time
Designed by children and young people from the Children's Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament, Mind Yer Time has been created to support everyone who loves social media and screen time. We've got positive tips, stories and information for children and young people, to help you use your screen time positively!
The Moodgym app is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
A free app for managing depression with a mood tracker, videos, meditations and more.
My Possible Self
Tackle anxiety, stress and unhelpful negative thinking with this app.
My World of Work
My World of Work is Scotland’s career information and advice website. The site is designed to support everyone develop their career management skills, no matter what stage you’re at in your career.
NACOA (National Association of Children of Alcoholics)
Providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking via a website, webchat and a free helpline.
Helpline number: 0800 358 3456
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Narcotics Anonymous Glasgow & West Coast Of Scotland is a community of people who support each other to achieve and maintain a drug free life. The only requirement for participation in NA is a desire to stop using drugs. Meetings take place online and face to face. NA is free. Local meeting details can be found on the website.
Phone: 0800 140 4645 Glasgow
National Autistic Society West Dunbartonshire
Help for autistic people and their families. We are dedicated to transforming lives and changing attitudes. National Autistic Society branches can offer support to families who have an autistic child or member.
Phone: 0207 833 2299 (Monday to Friday 9am-12pm and 1-3pm)
National Bullying Helpline
Information and advice for anyone dealing with bullying.
Helpline number: 0300 323 0169
Phone: 0845 225 5787
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Free, confidential advice to people experiencing domestic abuse. 24 hour helpline. Live webchat available via the website.
Helpline number: 0808 2000 247
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service helping the people in Scotland to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for. Also includes a service directory with details of health and wellbeing services across Scotland.
The 111 service provides urgent care triage if you think you need A&E but its not life-threatening, and advice when your GP, pharmacy or dental practice is closed.
Provides a youth and adult helpline and services to sufferers and carers of people with panic, anxiety, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD). No Panic also offers advice, support, recovery programs and help.
Helpline number: 0300 772 9844
notOK App® is a free digital panic button to get you immediate support via text, phone call, or GPS location when you’re struggling to reach out. Connect to trusted contacts when you need them most. Just open the app and press the large, red notOK® button.
Papyrus - Prevention of young suicide and HOPELINE
PAPYRUS UK is a charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35) and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.
HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why thoughts of suicide might be present. They provide a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.
Helpline number: 0800 068 4141
Partners in Advocacy
Independent advocacy for children, young people, adults and older people across Scotland. Providing independent advocacy to support people to have their voices heard, their opinions respected and to be involved in the important decisions that affect their lives.
Phone: 0141 847 0660
PETAL: People Experiencing Trauma or Loss
Telephone and face to face counselling and support for families and friends of murder and suicide victims including support for children and young people.
Phone: 01698 324 502
Rape Crisis Scotland
Information on helpline and Rape Crisis centres across Scotland who provide trauma-informed support. The website also contains a number of resources for survivors, friends and family, and young people.
Helpline number: 08088 01 03 02
For advice about rights to education and support for children in Scotland. REACH can help you understand your rights to support with your learning and your rights to be included, listened to and involved in decisions about your education.
Eating disorder management from the privacy of your mobile phone. Includes a log for how you feel, and suggestions for positive thoughts and coping strategies. Set yourself goals and choose coping skills that you think might work for you. There are guided meditations which you can pair with images of your choice.
Richmond’s Hope provides support for children and young people aged 4-18 years who have been bereaved. The website has a range of information leaflets and resources to download. Refer a child or young person to the service online.
Phone: 0141 230 6123
Runaway Helpline can help if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back. You can also contact if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused.
Helpline number: call or text 116 000
SafeSpot is designed to help you through tough spots. It gives you your own personalised coping plan, useful strategies and tools to help and directions to local resources to help you - all at your fingertips. Includes information on a range of mental health issues on the 'safespotopedia'.
Salvesen Mindroom Centre
Salvesen Mindroom Centre provides one-to-one advocacy to empower children and young people with learning difficulties to have a real say about decisions in their lives.
Phone: 0131 370 6730
A 24 hour support service for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
Sandyford (Young person)
Sandyford is the specialist sexual health service for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Services include STI services, contraception and abortion services and advice.
Phone: 0141 211 8130
Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
A helpline and website to support anyone experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. A confidential, sensitive service, including an interpreting service, for anyone who calls.
SFAD Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
Young person's support group for 12–26-year-olds affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use.
Helpline number: 08080 10 10 11
Scottish Refugee Council
Practical support, advice and a listening ear delivered through a direct services to help people rebuild their lives in a sustainable and meaningful way. The Scottish Refugee Council also works with communities and community groups. They speak out against an unjust asylum system and campaign for policy changes that make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Helpline number: 0808 196 7274
Scottish Women's Rights Centre
A unique collaborative project providing free legal information, advice, representation and advocacy support to self-identifying women in Scotland affected by violence and abuse.
Helpline number: 08088 010 789
Scratch is the world's largest free coding community for kids aged 8-16 years. Create stories, games and animations and share with the world. Scratch is a safe and playful learning environment that engages all children in thinking creatively, reasoning systematically, and working collaboratively—essential skills for everyone in today's society. Includes links to Scratch Jr (ages 5-7) and Scratch for Education.
See Me is Scotland's national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, encouraging people to take action to make a difference. You can be part of that change by joining a movement of thousands of people across Scotland.
Visit the See Us pages and get all the tools and resources you need to take action.
Sign up to be part of the See Us movement and you'll receive an action activity pack, get updates on what is happening and how you can get involved, and receive our monthly See Change mail out, which focuses on where stigma exists and what you can do to tackle it.
Self Harm Alumina
Free online self-harm support for 11-19 year olds. Alumina groups are online support groups made up of up to 14 young people and 2 leaders, and meet online once a week for 7 weeks. They offer a friendly, inclusive, non-judgmental space offering tools and ideas to help you reflect on your journey and what might be the next right step for you, as you move towards a life free from self-harm. You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox.
Self-help App for the Mind (SAM)
A simple app to help you manage anxiety, depression and loneliness, with breathing exercises, an anxiety tracker and distraction feature, which is helpful if you’re feeling panicky.
SHOUT Crisis text service
Shout is the UK's first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
Helpline number: 85258 free text support service
The leading provider of sleep support, training and resources in the UK, working with professionals, families and employers to promote healthy sleep for everyone. Information and techniques to help you support your child or teenager to get a great night’s sleep
Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life through daily meditation and mindfulness exercises which you can practice from any device.
This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox where you can store photos that are important to you.
Staying Safe from Suicidal Thoughts
If you’re struggling and you’re not sure if you want to live or die, can you, just for now, hold off making this decision and visit this website for some ideas about how to get through. There may be things that you - and other people - can do to make things better.
stem4 - supporting teenage mental health
Stem4 promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them. Discover stem4's free guides to manage mental health issues, free supportive apps and mental health videos.
Help for people over 16 years old in West Dunbartonshire who are experiencing common mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety or stress. Stepping Stones also offers a Bereavement and Loss support service.
Phone: 0141 941 2929
Teen Sleep Hub
The one stop shop for all you need to know about sleep. If you’re looking for advice on how to sleep better, would like tips on tweaking your routine or help to understand the science behind your sleep patterns, you’ll find it all here.
Phone: 03303 530 541
The Leamy Foundation
A community-led Mental Health Organisation established in response to West Dunbartonshire residents' need for accessible support in times of need due to challenges associated with loneliness, or anxiety/depression
Phone: 01389 759 769
The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
The Phoenix Centre
The Phoenix is a community hub for the people of Dumbarton West, based in Castlehill. Some activities have a cost.
The Proud Trust
The Proud Trust is an LGBT+ organisation that supports LGBT+ young people through youth groups, peer support, mentoring programs and the Proud Connections chat service
Phone: 0161 660 3347
Think You Know
The National Crime Agency's CEOP Education team aim to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse through an education programme, providing training, resources and information to professionals working with children, young people and their families. Age specific videos and webpages are also available on this site.
Time for You - SAMH support service
Time for You is an online wellbeing support service for anyone experiencing mild to moderate emotional or mental health difficulties aged 16 and over and living in Scotland. Time for You offers access to Wellbeing Coaching and Counselling for anyone experiencing symptoms that have a limited effect on their daily life.
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Tullochan aims to support young people to overcome barriers that impact upon young people engaging in their education, progressing into further training or employment through a range of youth development programmes.
Underlined is a community of book nerds and aspiring writers, make Underlined your official book destination and start reading with us today!
Venture Scotland offers young people, who are facing challenges and are aged 16-30, a personal development course based in the outdoors.
WD Strategic Skills & Support Pipeline
The Strategic Skills Pipeline is a key element in West Dunbartonshire's employability and employment strategy. The Pipeline provides a route map identifying national and local service provision that is available to support residents into employment through a staged process, at the core of which, is the identification of individual need.
WD - Period Positive
Free period products are available to anyone that needs them across West Dunbartonshire in community venues including health centres, libraries, community centres and leisure centres. Simply drop in and pick up what you need. Don’t worry, we won’t ask any awkward questions.
WD Champions' Board
The Champions Board is a platform for care experienced young people to get to know, and build strong positive relationships with those who make decisions about the care system and other professionals. The ultimate aim of the Champions Board is for those care experienced young people to help to change and develop policies and procedures in relation to their care, and to the care of future young people.
Community Foodshare, Baby Bank and Fuel Bank
A registered charity in West Dunbartonshire supporting those affected by poverty and food insecurity. We can help with school uniforms, school holiday meals, baby food, baby clothes and equipment, and fuel vouchers.
Phone: 0800 345 7050
WD Community Volunteering Service (CVS)
WDCVS supports, promotes and develops volunteering and third sector activity across the West Dunbartonshire local authority area.
WDC Working 4U
West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U service was established to improve the quality of lives of West Dunbartonshire residents by assisting them to overcome barriers to social and economic inclusion. Working 4U help people to access a wide range of employment, training and learning opportunities designed to help them overcome barriers, develop their skills and assist them in their journey towards work
Phone: 01389 738296
WD Leisure, Parks and Events
From the latest events and leisure activities to parks and hobbies, find something to do in West Dunbartonshire.
WD Libraries for Babies and Children
West Dunbartonshire libraries have a range of activities and resources for babies, children and parents, including baby massage and lego club.
WD School and Educational Grants
Information on school and educational grants available within West Dunbartonshire.
WD Schools and Learning
Local schools' contact details, information on term dates, extra-curricular activities, how to apply for childcare and more.
WD Sports Hub
West Dunbartonshire Sports Hub app has all of the information that accredited clubs, schools, members, parents and others might need about sports in West Dunbartonshire, all in one easily accessible location.
WD Youth Theatre
Are you aged 8-18? Interested in testing out your acting and performance skills? West Dunbartonshire Youth Theatre could be the place for you…
Who Cares? Scotland
Who Cares? Scotland supports care experienced people to have their voice heard and we make that happen in a number of ways. Website includes a page for children under 11 years.
Women's Aid - Scotland
Information and support on all aspects of domestic abuse.
Phone: 0800 027 1234
WorryTree helps you record, manage and problem solve your worries and anxiety based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques.
Y Sort it
Y Sort It youth centre provides a dedicated youth friendly space with various weekly youth activities offered throughout the West Dunbartonshire area, including support for young carers (10-25 years), peer mentoring for care experienced young people, Outreach Project (8-25 years), Intandem (ages of 8 and 14 and on a Compulsory Supervision Order)
Phone: 0141 941 3308
Young Carers Package (Young Scot)
Information on how to apply for the Young Carers Package, Carer’s Allowance and the Young Carer Grant.
Young Carers' Club at Y Sort It
If you are aged 12-18 and provide care and support to others, including parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, then you are a young carer. If you are aged 12-25 and would like to meet with other young carers then contact Y Sort-it to find out more about their young carers clubs in Clydebank and Dumbarton.
Phone: 0141 941 3308
Young Composer's Music Forum
A place where composers and musicians have come together to create a collaborative resource from which our users can learn.
Young minds provide young people with tools to look after their mental health. The website is full of advice and information on what to do if you're struggling with how you feel. There is also information to empower parents and adults who work with young people, to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives.
Young Minds - Drugs and Alcohol
Facts on drugs and alcohol, how they can affect your mental health, and advice on what to do if you need support.
Young People in Mind Service
Young People in Mind (YPIM) is for young people who are looked after and accommodated in West Dunbartonshire, between the ages of 0-21yrs, including young people who are homeless or living in supported accommodation/ homeless accommodation and offers individual interventions and consultation with young people and other professionals involved in their support plan.
Phone: 01389 754121
Young Persons' Free Bus Travel Scheme
Free travel on any bus in any part of Scotland on registered bus services. You can travel on buses outside the area you live in using your card. How you apply depends on where you live and the age of the young person.
Youth Club Haldane Youth Services
A small non-profit-making children’s charity who provide workshops and experiences for young people aged 8-18 in Haldane and the surrounding area. Hop, Skip and Jump caters for young people in P4-P7 and Ur-Turn caters for young people in S1-S6.
Youth Mentoring & Befriending Project
The Youth Mentoring project has been set up to help young people. Mentoring is linking you with an adult who can spend positive time with you and build upon your relationship. It is hoped the relationship will provide you with additional support and the opportunity to try new things.
Phone: 01389 776497
DACA (Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol)
DACA is the community alcohol service for West Dunbartonshire, supporting anyone affected by their own or a loved one’s drinking. Confidential one-to-one counselling and advice, groups and other activities, and a range of health and wellness services are all delivered from offices in Dumbarton and Clydebank.
Phone: DACA Dumbarton – 01389 731456 DACA Clydebank – 0141 952 088
Empowering people with dyslexia to reach their full potential.
Advice, information, and support services for those affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), and campaign to end the trivialisation and stigma of OCD.
Phone: 01332 588112
Help for bullied children, advice to help you support your child if they are being bullied, and guidance for adults working with children.
Helpline number: Parent Advice Line: 07496 682785
Improving access to mental health treatment by developing therapy resources using images instead of text.
Offers a range of innovative and high quality services delivered by professionals. Free resources to download on a range of anxiety conditions.
Helpline number: 03444 775 774
Celsis: Your right to Continuing Care
If you are a looked after young person living with foster carers, kinship carers or you live in residential care this is important information for you. This site helps explain your rights and what you are entitled to.
Children and Young People's Comissioner Scotland
Get help, information and advice about your human rights, and find out the ways you can get involved in the work done by the Children and Young People's Commissioner and team.
Phone: 0800 019 1179
Children's Health Scotland
The only charity in Scotland dedicated to informing, promoting and campaigning on the healthcare needs and rights of all children and young people.
Phone: 0131 553 6553
Cost of Living Campaign
Scottish Government website on the supports available to help with the cost of living
Disability Sports Finder
Find fun and engaging activities in your local area to suit all ages and abilities. Some activities have a cost.
Dumbarton Credit Union
Dumbarton Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative owned and managed by its members all of whom live or work in 'G' postcode area. Save with the credit union first and then borrow from a local alternative to banks and money lenders.
Phone: 01389 768585
Free Condom Service
Free Condoms Service provides Free Condoms to the population of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to anyone aged 13 or over. Both male and female condoms are available. The service can be used as often as required.
Heads Up Mental Health Support
NHS GGC information on mental health conditions, mental health advice, how you can support yourself or the people you care for, the services available to you and the range of interventions.
Hematt Gryffe Women's Aid
Safe temporary accommodation and culturally sensitive support for women, children, and young people.
Phone: 0141 353 0859
HospiChill helps you prepare for hospital and clinic appointments by teaching you relaxation skills and methods to make you feel more calm and in control.
Independent Living Fund
Provides funding and support to help people in Scotland with a disability live independently.
Phone: 0300 200 2022
Kinship Care West Dunbartonshire
Our aim is to support families in Kinship Care, whether you are an "informal" or formal kinship carer.
Salvation Army Clydebank
Providing practical help for people in need, defending those who are vulnerable and abused, and fighting against injustice, the services provide are diverse, reflecting the needs of the communities served.
Phone: 0141 941 1353
Scotland's Service Directory
Details of health and wellbeing services in Scotland. Includes GP practices, dental services and support groups.
Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Team
STAF is Scotland's national membership organisation for all of those involved in the lives of young people leaving care. The site includes a page with information on financial support for both care leavers and care experienced young people.
Phone: 0141 465 7511
Self Harm Network Scotland
Self-Harm Network Scotland provides compassionate support, resources, and information to people who self-harm. They also provide support and information to friends, families and professionals.
Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland provide a wide variety of information, advice and tools to help you get a job from their centres based in Dumbarton and Clydebank.
Phone: 0800 917 8000
Stonewall Scotland works with education, employment and public services to ensure they develop better policies which will lead to better lives for LGBT people, whilst also campaigning for changes in legislation and attitudes.
The Promise Scotland supports Scotland to keep its promise to care experienced children and families. The promise is that Scotland's children and young people will grow up loved, safe and respected. To keep it, Scotland must bring about the change demanded by the Independent Care Review, built on what children and young people had to say.
The Scottish Refugee Council
A charity dedicated to supporting people in need of refugee protection.
Helpline number: 0808 1967 274
Vale of Leven Trust
The Trust's aim is to improve the physical and mental health of local people while reducing isolation in the community.
Phone: 01389 752 629
WD Quit Your Way
Quit Your Way stop smoking services are local, free, friendly, and here to help you stop smoking.
Helpline number: 0800 916 8858
Young Scot - Care Experience Support
Benefits, support and places to go for help if you've been in care or are a care leaver in Scotland.
Feeling Good Teens
Feeling Good offers Positive Mental Training audio programmes which can help you feel better, lift your mood and recover from stress, anxiety and depression by building resilience and developing positive feelings.
Food for Thought
Food for Thought provide emergency food aid parcels to anyone who requires it via drop in sessions with no referral needed.
Phone: 01389 743908 daily 10am - 5pm
Old Kilpatrick Food Parcels
Old Kilpatrick Food Parcels (OKFP) help any resident of Old Kilpatrick, Bowling & Dalmuir, without the need for a referral.
Phone: 07368 496836
A local service where you pay £2.50 for up to 10 items from fresh, frozen, tins and toiletries. Free drop in cafe, which is open Wednesday & Friday based in Concord Centre, Dumbarton.
Faifley Food Share
Faifley Food Share provide emergency food parcels on Tuesday and Friday’s in Faifley Parish Church Hall between 10am and 11am for Faifley residents and between 11am and 12pm for those from other areas. No referral is needed.
Everything we do protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood. Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children's mental health to staying safe online as well as support for parents.
Consent It's Simple as Tea
A quick and simple animation explaining consent.
I Am Me
Changing attitudes and behaviours so that disabled and vulnerable people can feel safe within their communities. Keep Safe is a network of safe places for anyone who may feel lost, scared or vulnerable when out in the community.
Includes information on a new app 'Keep Safe Kids' which brings together a selection of organisations who provide information and support for issues which may affect young people.
Also includes the I Am Me Learning Platform - an exciting suite of online resources supporting the Health & Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes for Early Years, Primary & Secondary schools. Developed with, and for, children & young people.
Substance Misuse Toolkit
This online resource contains quality assured substance misuse education resources to support staff working with young people in both education and community settings. Resources include lesson plans, resource packs and relevant websites.
FASD Hub Scotland
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Hub Scotland provide a support service for parents/ carers (adoptive and biological parents, foster carers, kinship carers and step parents) across Scotland who live with children, young people and young adults who have a history of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), with or without an FASD diagnosis.
Scotland's Children's Reporter Administration
The Children's Reporter Administration provide administration to Children’s Hearings. The Children’s Hearings System is the legal system for children and young people in Scotland who are either at risk or who have been caught offending.
Families become involved in the Children’s Hearings System if the child or young person is getting into trouble with the police, there are concerns that they are being abused, they are taking drugs or alcohol, or they are not attending school.
If you have never been involved with the system before, you will have lots of questions. This website should help you.
Phone: 0131 244 8540
Get Self Help
This website provides resources for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
CBT has been proven to help mental health problems. This website provides CBT self help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets, plus videos and self help mp3s.
Anger - a self help guide
Do you get frustrated and annoyed by the slightest thing?
Do you find yourself saying hurtful things when someone has annoyed you?
Have you damaged or thrown things because you were so furious?
Have you been physically aggressive towards someone?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, you may be experiencing problems relating to
anger and you may find this workbook helpful.
Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution
SCCR is a charity based in Edinburgh, Scotland with expertise in mediation. Their award-winning digital resources and free training and events improve understanding of conflict and emotional needs, to transform relationships and lives. The SCCR focuses on early intervention with young people and their families experiencing difficulties and conflict.
ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity
The ADHD Foundation is the UK’s leading neurodiversity charity, offering a strength-based, lifespan service for the 1 in 5 of us who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, DCD, Dyscalculia, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome and more. The website has a huge range or resources for children and young people, families, and professionals to download or listen to.
ADHD and You
ADHD and You is a website with information on ADHD for people with ADHD, their families and professionals who work with them. ADHD isn't just a childhood condition – it affects young people and adults as well, and can affect all aspects of life, including home, school or workplace and relationships.
Tourette Scotland is a charity providing support, advice and awareness for anyone living with Tourette's in Scotland and their families.
The UK’s leading charity supporting young wheelchair users up to 25 years old provides them with the equipment and skills they need to live life as independently as possible. To enjoy all of the opportunities and activities that so many others take for granted ‐ at home, at school, at work and beyond.
The charity for families with disabled children. We support families, bring families together and help families take action for others.
Helpline number: 0808 808 3555
Get free support to develop the skills and confidence you need to find a job or start a business. Whatever challenges you’re facing, if you’re aged 16 to 30, The Prince’s Trust is here for you.
Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. We provide information, support and training on sibling issues for adult siblings, young siblings, parents and professionals.
The Speech Language Communication Company
Based in Dundee, SLCo is Scotland’s only charity set up to support the needs of children and young people who experience speech, language and communication problems and make sure that their families get the help and guidance they need. SLCo provides an information, guidance and support service for parents and carers, and offers a range of evidence-based therapeutic, skills and activity based support for children and young people.
Helpline number: 01382 250060
Phone: 01382 202644
Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. Providing easy to understand advice and information about additional support for learning legislation and guidance for families and professionals.
Helpline number: 0345 123 2303
Scottish Autism and Right click
Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enabling autistic people to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives, providing a wide range of support services across Scotland for autistic individuals, their families and professionals.
Includes 'Right click' - an online support programmes which enable parents and carers to further understand autism and develop effective skills and strategies to support their family.
Helpline number: 01259 222022
Phone: 01259 720044
Helping make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people, Childnet works directly with children and young people from the ages of 3-18, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online and the positive things they are doing.
A place to help you boss your life online. Whatever you need – help and advice, skills or inspiration – we have it covered.
Includes a Parents section - a toolkit to help your kids navigate life online, including handy tips on setting up your child’s first devices and videos addressing your common concerns about online gaming.
There is content for teachers to share in class and build into lessons on online safety and digital wellbeing.
SAMH (Scottish Action for Mental Health)
Whether you’re living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who is, accessing information about a condition is vital. SAMH provides resources, support and online information to help.
Helpline number: 0344 800 0550
Forces Children's Education
This website includes clear and accurate information for education professionals and Armed Forces families in Scotland, with information and resources being added regularly.
Pregnancy and parenthood while you are in school or education
Every pregnant young woman, young parent-to-be, and young parent should be supported to stay in education. This information page includes a leaflet from the Scottish Government providing basic information to young people about how their school or college will support them to make decisions about their education during pregnancy or parenthood.