Supports and Resources
Welcome to this North Lanarkshire directory of information and supports for families. This page of the www.girfecinnl.com 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
www.parentingacrossscotland.org.uk – free parent resources
www.parentclub.scot – free parent resources
www.childline.org.uk – information, advice and support
www.children1st.org.uk – parentline for families
www.solihullparenting.com – free online course ‘understanding my child’
www.opfs.org.uk – support and advice for single parents
www.relationships-scotland.org.uk – advice and resources for parenting apart
www.sleepscotland.org – help with children’s sleep issues
www.sdsscotland.org.uk – guidance on your child’s health and education
www.enquire.org.uk – advice for parents about additional support for learning
www.youngminds.org.uk – mental health charity for children, young people and their parents
www.familiesoutside.org.uk – support to families affected by imprisonment
www.sfad.org.uk – Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
www.parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk – practical tips to support children’s wellbeing and behaviour
Kickstart – Active and Creative Communities
People experiencing mental health, addiction or recovery – opportunity to attend weekly football sessions. Play football with fully qualified coaches.
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
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.
Scottish Autism Outreach
Advice line and live chat.
01259 222 022
We offering a Befriending Support service to vulnerable young people aged 8-18.
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.
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.
North Lanarkshire Council
Information and reources about child protection in North Lanarkshire.
Children Affected By Disability
Partners in Play
Provides direct support and information to families of children and young people with disabilities.
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.
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.
Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Haddington Way, Kirkshaws, ML5 5BF.
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
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.
Home Start North Lanarkshire, c/o Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre, Busby Road, Bellshill, ML4 2BW
One Parent Families Scotland
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
We will work with ages 16+ to provide learning opportunities, including refugees and new Scots.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language resources online for parents/carers or anyone who is supporting a child.
01698 687 606
Occupational Therapy for Children
Occupational Therapy resources online for parents/carers or anyone who is supporting a child. Topics covered include mealtimes, anxiety, dealing with change, dressing and much more.
For more help with Occupational Therapy please type ‘Eventbrite’ and ‘NHS Lanarkshire Occupational Therapy’ into a search engine and up-to-date events will show, which you can join free of charge.
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.
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.
Programme of support & therapies offered to people with life limiting conditions such as cancer, MS, Parkinson’s etc. Also to carers and relatives to relieve stress, tension and reduce anxiety.
Family bereavement counselling offered.
Wishaw General Hospital, Netherton Street, Wishaw
North Lanarkshire Council Housing Service
Housing advice, information and housing options interviews. Assistance with completion of the Common Housing Register Application. Homelessness support and provision of temporary accommodation. Income Maximisation, signposting and referral to other agencies/services. Housing Support/Tenancy Sustainment Service/Resettlement Service.
Provision of temporary accommodation to care experienced young people in crisis. Provision of housing support and tenancy sustainment services. Linkage to area housing offices for housing options advice and support to access permanent housing.
Intensive Commissioned Housing Support Services
Housing support/tenancy sustainment services, including but not limited to support with tenancy resettlement, developing independent living skills, advocacy, signposting and referral to other services and connection with other community services.
Intensive wrap around housing support services and swift access to settled accommodation.
Breakthrough Service *Test of Change*
Intensive support to those who have complex and enduring needs to be supported into recovery and connected to their community.
01698 816 801
Intensive support and working Local authority boundaries to source suitable housing.
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
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.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
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.
Health & Wellness Hub
A range of services that deliver holistic support to children P1- S6 including relaxation/stress management sessions.
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.
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)
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)
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
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.
57 Kirk Road, Wishaw, ML2 7BL
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
03444 775 774 (Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm)
A specific charity helping people who are living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
0333 323 3880
Free counselling, community support and self help tools for young people.
Find information about how to look after your emotional wellbeing and mental health, discover support from organisations around Scotland and tips on how to promote a positive mindset.
Advice and practical tips from young people and advice on getting support. A-Z to help parents support their child.
Resource for mental health information, services and supports in Lanarkshire.
Talk Time Scotland
The first free counselling service for 12-25 year-old’s who are physically disabled or have long-term physical health conditions.
Lanarkshire Mind Matters
Designed for people who live or work in Lanarkshire, it offers free, high quality mental health information, advice & help. That includes self-help and a range of therapeutic courses for difficulties including anxiety, sleep problems, low mood, panic and much more.
A free, private and confidential service for children & young people to talk.
A website designed for Care Experienced children and young people – Information is relevant for all children and young people.
Information & help materials about current issues, including mental health. For young people and relevant to their interests.
Moira Anderson Foundation
People experiencing mental health, addiction or recovery- opportunity to attend weekly football sessions. play football with fully qualified coaches.
3 Mavisbank Street, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, ML6 0JA
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
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.
Action for Children North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project
Supports for young carers aged 8-18 years who care for a member of their family
Action for Children North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project, Town Hall Business Centre, 1-11 High Road, MOTHERWELL, North Lanarkshire, ML1 3HU
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
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.
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.
Reeltime Music, Newarthill Community & Education Centre, High Street, Newarthill, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 5JU
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.
10 Oakbank, Lesmahagow, ML11 0FG
VANL – Youth Guarantee Programme
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.
Greenfield Drive, Cambusnethan, Wishaw, ML2 8NT
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.
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.
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
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.