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Useful organisations

    BEMAS (Black and Ethnic Minority Advice Service)

    Advice and practical support for parents of disabled children (0 - 16 years), from black and ethnic minority communities. One to one casework on a range of issues, including; education, health, social work support, funding and grants, accessing leisure and social opportunities. Regular carers group meetings provide group support on topics of caring and disability. The service covers City of Edinburgh.
    Telephone : 0131 475 2315
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    Borders Additional Needs Group

    BANG (Borders Additional Needs Group) is an outreach service for parents, young carers and disabled children with rare, complex and additional needs. Our unique  Whole Family Approach and Person Centred focus enables us to provide and  support A.S.N  Families, we do this via a dedicated ASN Family Liaison Worker providing weekly Peer Parent Support, Thematic Information workshops, . We are funded by National Lottery to deliver Two dedicated Youth Programme for Additional Support Needs Young People aged 11-24 years of age. We support each other and encourage young people to live up to their full potential. We offer:
    • The opportunity to work with a family liaison worker
    • Dedicated ASN youth programmes
    • Families support to access information and advice to help them manage the changes involved in raising an additional needs child
    • Support to siblings and caregivers by providing them with training and peer support

    Telephone : 07825 812468
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    CALL Scotland – Communication and Technology Services

    CALL (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) Scotland is a unit within Moray House School of Education at The University of Edinburgh. ICT (Information and Communications Technology) has much to offer children and young people with disabilities or additional support needs through Assistive Technology (AT) and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. CALL pulls together information about local and national specialist ICT services. There might be an ICT specialist team in your area. Contact details for these services are available on the CALL website at the link below.
    Telephone : 0131 651 6235
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    Carers of East Lothian

    Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) focuses on supporting carers so that they can continue to care for others. They can provide anything from a bit of practical advice when needed or through to much more support for carers who are struggling to cope with the physical and emotional demands of caring for someone on a full time basis. Their aims are to support all adults in a caring situation in East Lothian to get information and services to help their individual caring role, enhance their own wellbeing and strengthen their collective voice to improve services.
    Telephone : 0131 665 0135
    Email :
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