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  • Pamela, our West Lothian counsellor, met with Jane Groves this morning from Craigshill Good Neighbour Network who dropped off some knitted cribs and gowns which were beautifully knitted by Linda Cowan.Craigshill Good Neighbour Network was set up about 33 years ago to tackle issues with social inclusion and to reduce loneliness
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  • Last night we had our annual West Lothian ladies night. Around 100 women attended and we had the best night with games, dancing and drinking!We had a target for the evening to raise enough money to be able to continue our complimentary treatment for midwives project which many of you
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  • Allie Cecilia and staff were delighted to meet Allie who has been knitting little Moses baskets for us. Allie's daughter Rasmey would be 18 in October this year and there's not a day goes by she doesn't remember her beautiful baby. Allie has half a loveheart necklace which she has
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  • Grief is exhausting and surviving after the loss of a baby is tough beyond words. Remember you don't have to pretend you are doing ok. It's ok to say "I'm struggling" "I need your help" "today is not a good day". It's ok to take down the mask and expose
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  • Today I met Jane Matheson who is the Operational Manager at Mortonhall. I was given a tour of their newly renovated crematorium and it is looking great. The main crematorium has a beautiful new central carpet with new drapes and a new family room is almost complete. The staff also
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  • A huge thank you to John Duffy and Ian Taylor for driving out on their very clean and impressive motorbikes today to present a cheque for £333.33. They are part of Scottish Pan Riders who raise money for charities every year and this year we were one of their nominated
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  • Introducing our very own superwoman duo - Nyree and Sharon. Here is a little bit about this wonderful pair written by Sharon (Nyree's good friend) We are so grateful to them and will be cheering them on all the way this year in their events.  We think you are amazing ladies!
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  • We had the pleasure of attending the grand final of Miss West Lothian, as their nominated charity. The evening was an amazing showcase of local, young talent including singers, dancers and of course the lovely Miss West Lothian 2017 finalists. On the night we were humbled to receive a cheque
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  • A fantastic morning delivering Sands, the stillbirth & neonatal death charity Bereavement Care Training to 1st year midwifery students at Edinburgh Napier University Sighthill Campus. Many thanks to Steph Burns for coming along to tell us all about her beautiful firstborn daughter Isla. Her little life continues to touch our hearts. She would be
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  • Angie and Nicola had the pleasure of meeting some of the new CSR team at Turner & Townsend which includes Andy, Murray and Jane who raised an amazing £1373.79 for us in 2016. This incredible team have been led by Jane Tweedale who is the most compassionate and motivating woman and they
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  • Can you help? Are you a knitter? It was a to meet Margaret Walker (a very talented knitter) who called at the beginning of the year offering to knit for the charity. We sent Margaret some patterns and she has done a beautiful job. However, we are running short on
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  • We were delighted to meet Helen Christie and receive a cheque for £500. Helen arranged a wonderful fundraiser at the weekend in memory of precious Madelyn. At the event, Take Two DDK Live Music provided the entertainment and made sure everyone had a great time. The fundraiser was a huge
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  • Angie, our Fundraising Manager, had the pleasure of attending the final lunch of the rugby season with the Edinburgh Rugby Oldies Society's (EROS) at Stewart's Melville Inverleith Sports Grounds and Club. She received a generous cheque for £1000 to support our work from the EROS Chairman, Howard Haslett (pictured). EROS
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  • More beautiful hand knitted items delivered with love from Scottish Qualifications Authority and the 'knutty knitters' led by Carole Lomas.  These incredible ladies have committed to knitting for us for two years and have given so much comfort to many families over the years. They knit a range of items
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  • Thanks to some new volunteers coming on board we are now open every day except Wednesday!! Why not pay us a visit, you never know what treasures you will find, our stock changes every day. We would like to thank you all for the fantastic donations which have been handed
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  • Kareen is doing the abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge in October. She wanted to do something to support our work and she is good friends with our Sports Fundraiser Tracy. Kareen was at her hairdressers Kevin O'Neill Hair this week and was telling Kevin all about her challenge. When she went
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  • A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who came and bag packed with us at Morrisons, Ferry Road today. It was a fab day, with lots of people keen to support us and learn more about our work. We have six heavy donation buckets to count, so we
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  • We are delighted to welcome our first two final year midwifery students on placement with us for the next 4 weeks. Nicole Murray and Laura Gillanders have already met with some families this week and been deeply moved hearing their stories and seeing pictures of their precious and much loved
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  • Lianne Docherty, our West Lothian volunteer co-ordinator and bereaved mum, was delighted to attend the Livingston Rotary Club charity dinner last week and accept a cheque for £1,250 which was raised through fundraising from Lizette and Paddy Bingham making and selling Rudolph's and other friendly creatures from bits of wood.We are even
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  • Another year and another fabulous ladies night to look forward to. This will be our 4th SANDS Lothians ladies night and last year sold out with 100 women attending. Tickets are £10 which includes buffet and DJ. We are delighted Jenny Halliday will also be singing for us and there
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  • Befriending Group

    Befriending Group - Edinburgh

    Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

    Mon 3rd Apr 2017         7-9 PM

    Mon 1st May 2017         7-9 PM

    Mon 5th Jun 2017         7-9 PM


    Befriending Group - West Lothian

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

    Mon 10th  Apr 2017       7-9 PM

    Mon 8th May 2017        7-9 PM

    Mon 12th Jun 2017      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 12th Apr 2017      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 10th May 2017      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 7th Jun 2017      7.45 - 9.45 PM

  • Parent and Toddler

    Parent and Toddler


    Meet on the last Tuesday of every month

    Tues 30th May 2017       9.30 - 11.30 AM 

    Tues 27th Jun 2017      9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Tues 25th Jul 2017       9.30 - 11.30 AM


    Meet on the Second Thursday of each Month

    Thur 15th Jun 2017             9.30 - 11.30 AM


  • Subsequent Pregnancy Support

    Pregnancy Support Group - Edinburgh

    Mon 17th Apr 2017       7-9 PM

    Mon 22th May 2017       7-9 PM

    Mon 19th Jun 2017       7-9 PM

  • TTC / IVF Assisted Conception Fertility Support

    TTC / IVF            Assisted Conception               Fertility Support - Edinburgh

    Tues 4th Apr 2017          7-9 PM

    Tues 9th May 2017         7-9 PM

    Tues 13th Jun 2017        7-9 PM