Supports and Resources

Welcome to this North Lanarkshire directory of information and supports for families. This page of the website hosts information about resources provided from a range of agencies.

In this section you will find information about a range of advice, supports and services to assist with issues such as wellbeing, parenting, drugs/alcohol and youth activities.

Whilst aiming to provide the best quality information possible, we do not recommend or endorse any particular service which is listed, offer advice about choice of service and have no responsibility for any support provided.

Self help for families  – free parent resources – free parent resources – information, advice and support – parentline for families  – free online course ‘understanding my child’  – support and advice for single parents  – advice and resources for parenting apart  – help with children’s sleep issues  – guidance on your child’s health and education   – advice for parents about additional support for learning   – mental health charity for children, young people and their parents  – support to families affected by imprisonment   – Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs


North Lanarkshire Recovery Network

Safe, substance free environment for people in recovery from any type of addictive behaviour.

  • Support groups
  • Recovery cafes Airdrie, Coatbridge, Wishaw

07920 576375


Who Cares? Scotland

We work with care experienced young people and care leavers age 14-26 yrs to provide advocacy and to ensure they have their voices heard.

0330 107 7540

The Old House, 70 North Road, Bellshill, ML4 1EN – 01698 657 877


Autism Takes 5

Support for parents and carers of children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum, with or without a diagnosis.

Hope for Autism

Support for families and children affected by autism. Pre- and post- diagnostic support to families living in North Lanarkshire

01236 779 191

145 Chapel Street, Airdrie, ML6 6LH

Reach Lanarkshire Autism

Support for families affected by autism. Post diagnostic service emotional & practical support.

  • Activities & therapeutic intervention
  • Education & awareness raising
National Autistic Society

Provide support, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.Dedicated sections online for families, adults, professionals and education professionals, containing support, advice and resources. 


Covey Befriending

Family Support and mentoring/befriending for young people age 8-14 yrs experiencing difficulties.

01698 337488

Regent House, 9 High Patrick Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 7JA

Volunteering Matters

We offering a Befriending Support service to vulnerable young people aged 8-18.

07985 105586

Ypeople – intandem mentoring service 

Community-based mentoring programme:
– Weekly mentoring for young people who are living at home under a compulsory supervision order.
– Opportunities to have fun, learn new skills and access their local communities within a safe environment.
– It will help young people set and achieve their goals.

0141 5651212

Bereavement Support

The Miracle Foundation

Bereavement and trauma support -counselling and art therapy for children and young people age 4 -18 yrs.

01698 760 479

Lanarkshire Sands support group

Support meetings for bereaved parents, families and friends. Peer support, emotional support and befrienders, signposting to the right support at the right time. 

0809 164 3332

St Andrews Hospice

Bereavement support including Seasons for Growth and groups.

01236 766951


NL Carers Together

Information and advice service for Carers in all aspects of their caring role. Includes advocacy, income maximisation and bereavement support

01698 404055


Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland

Advice, guidance and support in relation to all areas of kinship care.

0808 800 0006

Nurture Scotland

Advice on up to date kinship news, kinship policy changes and support groups in your area.

07547 525 674

Child Protection

North Lanarkshire Council

Information and reources about child protection in North Lanarkshire.

01698 894129

Children affected by disability

Jack n Jill

Support group for families who have children with disabilities. Includes weekly social group for parents/carers; activity group for children and summer trips.


PlayPeace is run by parents, for families with children and young people with any form of additional needs. Includes parent peer support, Active Saturdays and Bounce Fun Thursday.

07752 227924

Partners in Play

Provides direct support and information to families of children and young people with disabilities.

01236 897377


Getting Better Together

Community-based health initiative to help improve health & wellbeing and build life skills for children and young people across all ages.

01501 825800 (option 5)

Shotts Healthy Living Centre, Kirk Road, Shotts, ML7 5ET

Glenboig Development Trust

Community organisation open to all in Glenboig delivering youth work services, advice and information, community transport, training and employability services, and volunteering opportunities.
Community cafe serving healthy low-cost meals and acting as a hub for the local community.

01236 874520

Glenboig Community Centre, Main Street, Glenboig, ML5 2RD

Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre

We are locally based organisation which has an open-door policy and all members of the community are welcome to access all services and activities.

01236 426200

Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Haddington Way, Kirkshaws, ML5 5BF.

Viewpark FLC

Provides facilities for the local community for all ages but with a focus on families with younger children.

01698 801774

Old Edinburgh Road Glasgow G71 6PG, United Kingdom

Social Track

A social enterprise, we want to get you outdoors and more importantly help you keep life fun. Activities include bike and scooter repairs, lessons, led ride outs and bike maintenance classes.


Diamonds in the Community

Community based support aiming to better the lives of people living in Airdrie.

Cornerstone House Centre

Family support resource with family based activities. Includes Bookbug, arts and crafts, e-learning, employability services, Community space, health and wellbeing groups and supports, cafe.

01236 739220 / 07940569527

1 Esk walk, Cumbernauld, G67 1BZ

Family Support


Support for families who have experienced murder or suicide. We aim to deliver a wide range of services that will include one to one and group counselling, telephone support, Befriender peer support, advocacy and practical advice.

( Office 9am-5pm Mon to Fri 01698 294443 ) ( Helpline 10am-10pm 07736 362962 )

Paul Gerard’s Lighthouse, 353 Orbiston Street, ML1 1QW


Support for parents/carers with children under 5. We work alongside families in their own homes and support them through challenges of family life.

01698 442883

Home Start North Lanarkshire, c/o Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre, Busby Road, Bellshill, ML4 2BW

One Parent Families Scotland

We offer support and advice to single parents. Includes one-to-one support, and small groupwork sessions.

01698 239961 ( Lone Parent Helpline 0808 801 0323 )

One Parent Families Scotland, 2 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP


Parent Action for Safe Playoffers a range of activities for children and families in the Coatbridge area.

01236 426737

Parent Action for Safe Play (PASP), 2a Scarhill Street, Kirkshaws, Coatbridge, ML5 5BB

YMCA Cumbernauld

We work with children, young people & families in the community of Cumbernauld and offer childcare services, after school care, activities and a community garden

01236 721382

Afton Road, Glasgow, G67 2DN

Families Outside

Provides a helpline and direct support to families in Scotland affected by imprisonment.

0800 254 0088

CLD Family Learning Team

Homelink workers are linked to Family Learning Centres and will work with parent/carers of children from birth – 3 years to provide family learning and parental engagement opportunities.

CLD Schools workers will work with parent/carers of primary school age children to provide family learning and parental engagement opportunities.

CLD Adult Learning & Resettlement Team

Food Poverty

Lanarkshire Community Food & Health Partnership

Community Food Project, working with children, young people and their families. Improving children and family’s life skills and knowledge of healthy eating; improving confidence to try new recipes, providing a fun activity which will improve bonding and attachment; support to cost out and manage a food budget each week.

0141 7716095

Unit 7, Strathclyde Business Centre, 391 Langmuir Road, Bargeddie, G69 7TU

The wee mobile foodbank

Delivering throughout Lanarkshire the service offers a one time food delivery for people in desperate need.


LGBT Foundation 

Provides information to over 600,000 people online every year- more LGBT people than any other charity of this kind in the UK. Aims to help maintain your health and wellbeing and build strong LGBT communities.

0345 3 30 30 30

LGBT Helpline Scotland

Helpline for anyone needing support. They also offer a daily live chat service on their site between 3PM-9PM. Just use one of the links above and click on the box in the bottom right-hand corner.

0300 123 2523, Open Tuesday & Wednesday between 12-9pm, and Thursday & Sunday between 1-6pm

Martial Arts

A-Jabs Community Boxing

For children and young people from Viewpark, Tannochside, Fallside and Birkenshaw we use boxing and physical training as an engagement tool for young people to explore their thoughts and feelings on their life circumstances and how these impact on our actions.

07401 081581

Rival School of Martial Arts

Martial Arts and Personal Training Centre age 3+. Includes 1:1 and group wellbeing and mental health sessions.

07746 715904

Rivals School of Martial Arts, 94 Main street, Wishaw, ML2 7LU

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Bazooka Arts

 Support for children and adults, whose wellbeing/quality of life is compromised by an adverse childhood experience including social isolation, poverty & caring responsibilities. Support includes group and 1/1 therapeutic support.

07742 017312


Support for children, young people and their families affected by a range of issues that impact on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

0131 552 0305 

Circle, 18 West Pilton Park, Edinburgh EH4 4EJ

Health & Wellness Hub

A range of services that deliver holistic support to children P1- S6 including relaxation/stress management sessions.

01698 262437

The Health and Wellness Hub, Unit 3, 58-60 Albert Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PR

Ponies Help Children

We provide a safe haven allowing children and young people to engage with rescued ponies. The aim is to help build resilience and promote positive mental health.

07729 535183

Blairmains Farm, Harthill, Shotts, ML7 5TJ

Living Life to the Full (CLD NLC)

Living Life To The Full (LLTTF) is a self-help CBT based course that aims to give the participants skills to gain better control of their lives, feel less stressed and more able to cope with challenges


Lanarkshire Mind Matters

SilverCloud Helping Children and Teens – These include ‘Dayligh’t and ‘Sleepio’ (for anxiety and insomnia) and two new modules to help adults support anxious children and teens.

Support for sport. Active & Creative communities

Support young people with Mental Health and Wellbeing through sport.- individual sessions and group sessions.

Kickstart- Active & Creative communities

People experiencing mental health, addiction or recovery- opportunity to attend weekly football sessions -play football with fully qualified coaches.


Experience counts peer support service, community link workers. Support with experience of mental health.

01698 265659 (Motherwell)
01236 439418 (Airdrie)

Breathing Space

Free confidential phone and web based support for anyone in Scotland who is experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

0800 87 85 83 (Call)

18001 0800 22 44 88 (Text)


If you need someone to talk to due to low mood, anxiety or feelings of suicide. Also able to support people working with others (schools, healthcare settings, workplaces, prisons etc) who may experience these feelings.

116 123


Immediate text based support 24/7. De-escalation volunteer driven service to work with people in immediate distress and empower them to take steps to feel better.

TEXT ‘SHOUT’ to 85258

Young Minds Textline

Free 24/7 text support for mental health crisis. This includes self harm, loneliness, panic attacks, anxiety, depression etc.

Text YM to 85258

The Mix

Mental health support for crisis and distress. Discussion boards, group chat, speak to someone.
On all social media platforms with urgent chat facility also.

0808 808 4994

LAMH Wellbeing Cafe

Supporting people who attend through peer support and wellbeing activities. Cafe is open to all.

01698 687280

57 Kirk Road, Wishaw, ML2 7BL

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

03444 775 774 (Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Bipolar UK

A specific charity helping people who are living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

0333 323 3880


If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice. 9am – midnight every day of the year (Weekends and Bank Holidays included)

0800 068 4141

Campaign Against Living Miserably (C.A.L.M)

Online support, telephone support and live chat. Self-help information, support an advice online.

0800 58 58 58 From 5pm to midnight.


Free counselling, community support and self help tools for young people.

Sexual Abuse

Moira Anderson Foundation

People experiencing mental health, addiction or recovery- opportunity to attend weekly football sessions. play football with fully qualified coaches.

01236 602890

3 Mavisbank Street, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, ML6 0JA

Substance Misuse

Barnardos Axis Service : Barnardos Lanarkshire Attachment and Nurture service (LANS)

Support for S1- 21yrs (26 if care experienced) young people who are affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse and other related complex issues.

01698 262443, ext 3

Lanarkshire Attachment and Nurture Service (LANS), Town Hall Business Centre, 1-11 High Road, MOTHERWELL, North Lanarkshire, ML1 3HU

Wellfare Rights

Social Inclusion and Wealth Team

Provide a Welfare Rights (Income Maximisation) and Debt Advice (Money Advice/Financial Education) Service to the Residents of North Lanarkshire.

01698 332551

Young Carers

Action for Children North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project

Supports for young carers aged 8-18 years who care for a member of their family

01698 258801

Action for Children North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project, Town Hall Business Centre, 1-11 High Road, MOTHERWELL, North Lanarkshire, ML1 3HU



Peer education service. We work with young people across Lanarkshire to promote messages of harm reduction on topics such as drugs, tobacco and sexual health.

01698 269872

3A King Street, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, ML2 8BS

Right There : Ypeople – intandem mentoring service

Weekly mentoring programme for care experienced young people 8-14 yrs who are looked after at home.

0141 565 1200

Today Not Tomorrow (TNT)

TNT is an interface between Care Experienced People in North Lanarkshire and the local authority:
– Raise issues
– Work with partners on topical issues
– Create change
– Champion, challenge.
– Champions Board Meetings every 3 months
– Network of peers to support activity

Youth Arts

Make & Create Arts

Creative workshops (visual arts and drama) that will encourage children and young people to get active, explore their creativity, increase their social skills and self-esteem while learning about the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing. Airdrie and surrounding area.

07762 441975 


Reeltime Music aims to bring about a positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people. Promotes team work and personal development, by providing affordable recording and rehearsal services; workshops and training; song writing; production of music videos and live performances.

01698 862860

Reeltime Music, Newarthill Community & Education Centre, High Street, Newarthill, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 5JU

Trash Music

Trash Music is a community music-based project for young people 13-17yrs in Cumbernauld which uses recyclable objects such as repurposed 205 litre barrels as musical instruments
Drumbernauld (summer music festival) for local teens.

VIP (VIP PASS Community Project)

Community based health initiative offering Dance, Gymnastics, Drama, Guitar and Singing Lessons for Preschool to teens. Also offers a mentoring program for 5th/6th years pupils.

07975 896146 / 01698 307146

Youth Outdoor

Outlet Play

Community Project which provides forest school and outdoor play/learning programmes to improve health & wellbeing; building resilience and confidence. Includes Family Woodland play, Den building, Loose Parts play, Wildcraft adventure, Street play and Story sessions.

01698 209934

10 Oakbank, Lesmahagow, ML11 0FG

Youth volunteering

VANL – Youth Guarantee Programme

Match people with volunteering opportunities to gain valuable work skills and build confidence. Young people age 16-24 yrs not in education.

01236 748011

90 Brandon Parade East, Motherwell, ML1 1LY

Youth Work


We work with children, young people and with the wider community around the theme of wellbeing, with the aim of seeing people encouraged, empowered and engaged. Includes girls group; street work; football; volunteer development; chat cafe; youth drop in; in school visits and sessions.

01698 384030

Greenfield Drive, Cambusnethan, Wishaw, ML2 8NT

YMCA Bellshill

Various Peer Mentoring Programmes for young people aged 8-16 who need additional support such as confidence building, developing positive relationships, or engaging with education.

01698 747483

294 Main Street, Bellshill ML4 1AB

Community Learning and Development (CLD)

* NLYC/ Youth Forums/ Youth voice/ MSYPs
* LGBT supports
* Employability support
* Wider Achievement opportunities
* Volunteering opportunities
* Community based youth groups
* Friday and Saturday night Youth Provision
* Residential Experiences
* Young Parent Groups
* Sign post to other services and organisations
* Mental health support

Community Action Newarthill

A number of activities open to anyone, either free or at low cost, which are based in Newarthill Community Centre. 

07305 086474

Friday night project

Youth work, activities, accreditation, sports

Bellshill: Fri. 6-10pm, Keir Hardie Sports Centre
Bellshill: Fri. 6-10pm, Birkenshaw Sports Barn
Coatbridge: 6-10pm, Townhead Community Centre Coatbridge ML5 2HT

Saturday night project

Access to sports centre activities, youth work, sports, activities, accreditation

Wishaw Sports Centre 6.30pm-9.30pm
Shotts Leisure Centre 6.30pm-9.30pm
Tryst Leisure Centre
Sir Matt Busby Sports Centre 6pm-9pm
St Margaret’s High School: 6.30- 9.30pm

Youth Engagement and Participation

Youth engagement and participation opportunities, NLC wide. Including climate ambassadors, members of scottish youth parliament, educational reference group etc. Accessed online

07305 086474

CLD Youth Work Team

We will work with parents/carers and young people aged 11+ to provide Youth Work and family learning opportunities in educational establishments and community settings.

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