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Group Support

sands-lothian-group-meeting-600x443We hold monthly meetings both in Edinburgh and West Lothian. These meetings are open to anyone whether newly bereaved or longer ago. Parents are

welcome to come along with a partner or friend and they are open to anyone looking to meet others who might understand regardless of gestation of loss. They give bereaved parents the opportunity to speak with others in a similar situation who can share feelings and emotions. There is never any pressure for parents to discuss their personal loss..

When: our informal, friendly meetings are held at Craiglockhart and Craigsfarm

  • Craiglockhart is the first Monday of the month from 7pm till 9pm
  • Craigsfarm is held on the second Monday of the month from 7pm till 9pm

We hold a small library of books which can be borrowed and many people find this helpful.

  • In May 2007 our world was turned upside down when at 23 weeks into pregnancy we lost our little girl Ailsa. The first weeks passed in a blur and then a family friend who had sadly also lost her daughter a couple of years earlier encouraged me to go along to a SANDS meeting which she came with me to. I remember feeling really nervous and not knowing what to expect but i can honestly say that it was the most important Monday night of my life, in the lovely surroundings at Craiglockart where I met many other bereaved mums ( and ) dads at different stages of their grief but all with the common thing of being part of this club that none of us would ever wish to be in. If it were not for the support of Sands and the most amazing life long friends I have made through them I absolutely would not be where I am today. The meetings just give you that chance to be with others who truly understand. I have spent nights sitting in silence just listening, nights sharing my story and worries and nights even having a laugh which in the early days seems like something you will never do again! Luckily I went on to fall pregnant again and again Sands pregnancy support groups helped through this time. If you are thinking of getting in touch and going along to a meeting no matter what stage in your grief, how many years down the line you are I would strongly say do it – you have nothing to lose and a lifetime of friends and support to gain.

    Thank you SANDS for being there.

    Marion x

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Next Meetings

  • Befriending Group

    Befriending Group - Edinburgh

    Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

    There will be NO MEETING IN JULY due to the Annual Tennis Tournament 

    Mon 1st August 2016    7-9 PM

    Mon 5th Sep 2016        7-9 PM

    Befriending Group - West Lothian

    NEW PREMISES - Unit 3, Carmondean Business Units, Carmondean Centre South Road , Livingston, EH54 8PT   

    Tues 12th JULY 2016     7-9 PM

    Mon 9th Aug  2016       7-9 PM

    Mon 13th Sep 2016      7-9 PM

  • Counselling

    We have free counselling available in Edinburgh and West Lothian. Please email for more information or to seek an appointment.

  • Miscarriage Support

    Edinburgh Miscarriage Support Group

    Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

    Meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month

    next meetings -

    Wed 20th July 2016      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 10th Aug 2016      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 14th Sep 2016      7.45 - 9.45 PM

  • Parent and Toddler

    Parent and Toddler


    Meet on the last Tuesday of every month

    Tues 28th June 2016         9.30  - 11.30 AM

    Tues 26th July 2016          9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Tues 30th Aug 2016          9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Tues 27th Sept 2016         9.30 - 11.30 AM


  • Subsequent Pregnancy Support

    Pregnancy Support Group - Edinburgh

    Mon 18th July 2016      7-9 PM

    Mon 22nd Aug 2016     7-9 PM

    Mon 19th Sep 2016      7-9 PM

  • TTC / IVF / Fertility Support

    TTC / IVF/Fertility Support - Edinburgh

    Tues 19th July 2016      7-9 PM

    Tues 16th Aug 2016      7-9 PM

    Tues 13th Sep 2016      7-9 PM