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    Includem are a Scottish youth support charity that works with young people and families to help them transform their lives. We see a world where every child and young person is respected, valued, and has the opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of society. Young people come to us when they need someone to talk to, for practical help, or sometimes just someone to listen. We help with their court case. We help them with their mental health and wellbeing. We help them talk to their parent or guardian and their family. We help them talk to their teachers and social work. We work with young people when they need it most and we never give up. We work with social services, schools and criminal justice services to identify which young people could benefit from our support. We engage with the young person and their family or carer to develop a package of support, tailored to their specific needs. Our support is truly unique to each individual. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to helping children, young people and families to achieve positive outcomes.
    Telephone : 0141 427 0523
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    Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF)

    The Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and is governed by a Board of seven non-executive directors (appointed by Scottish Ministers).  It provides funding and support to help disabled people in Scotland and Northern Ireland live independently. ILF Scotland currently delivers:
    • the 2015 Fund - providing discretionary payments to disabled people, allowing them to purchase care and support to live independently.
    • the Transition Fund - providing up to £4,000 to help young disabled people, transition into adulthood, and become more engaged and active in their communities.
    • the Person Centred Planning Grant - helping young disabled people plan for the future (ahead of an application to the Transition Fund).
    • the Technology Grant - If you are aged 16-25, helping young disabled people to get online.

    Telephone : 0300 200 2022
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    Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland

    Kinship Carers are Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, Siblings, other relatives and or family friends who step in to take care of a child who is unable to live with their parents. Kinship carers provide love and security for children who would otherwise not be cared for within the family. We will provide a service that offers high quality advice and guidance in appropriate ways through appropriate channels at appropriate times through:
    • Providing a dedicated telephone helpline and email service for Kinship Families offering emotional support, practical, financial and legal advice
    • Providing advice and tailored information for Kinship Families through the dedicated Kinship.Scot website

    Telephone : 0808 800 0006 or 0131 202 3670
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    Lead Scotland

    Lead Scotland is a charity which provides learning, befriending and helpline services for disabled people and carers. We have projects across Scotland and a national helpline and information service. Our local services are offered one to one or in small groups so that people have the space and support they need in order to become empowered and in control of their own decisions. We support people to build a bridge to reach their ambitions of personal development, learning, volunteering and work. At a national level, we provide information and advice on the full range of post-school learning and training opportunities, as well as influencing and informing policy.
    Telephone : 0131 228 9441 or 0800 999 2568
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    LGBT Youth Scotland

    LGBT Youth Scotland's mission is to play a leading role in the provision of quality youth work to LGBTI young people that promotes their health and wellbeing, and to be a valued and influential partner in LGBTI equality and human rights.
    Telephone : 0131 555 3940
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    My Rights, My Say

    All children have the right to have their views considered when decisions are being made about the support they get with their learning. Children aged 12–15 with additional support needs have specific rights to be involved in decisions that affect them. My Rights, My Say provides: - advice and information about a child’s rights - advocacy to support a child to have their voice heard when talking to their school - independent support to make sure the child’s views are heard in formal processes (such as assessments) - support to enhance professional practice in listening to children’s views - legal representation to support a child making a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal.
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    National Autistic Society – Parent to Parent Service

    Parent to Parent is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing emotional support to parents and carers of autistic children and adults. The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who offer telephone support from their own homes. The Parent to Parent volunteers are based across the UK, so parents don’t have to share information with someone in their local area. Volunteers have personal experience of autism and the impact it has on their own families. They can give other parents the opportunity to talk through problems and feelings.
    Telephone : 0808 800 4106
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    National Autistic Society – Transition Support Service

    Provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of young people making the transition from school to adult life or further education. Gives information about rights and entitlements throughout the transition process, or useful services such as legal support, assistance to make informed decisions, and guidance and support on specific issues such as finding suitable provision or appealing against a decision.
    Telephone : 0808 800 0027
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    National Deaf Children’s Society NDCS Scotland

    NDCS is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. Call the Freephone Helpline (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) on 0808 800 8880 or email Deaf parents, carers and professionals can contact the Helpline using InterpreterNow BSL video relay service at
    Telephone : 0808 800 8880
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    One Parent Families Scotland

    One Parent Families Scotland is the leading charity working with single parent families in Scotland. We provide expert advice, practical support and campaign with parents to make their voices heard to change the systems, policies and attitudes that disadvantage single parent families. Our direct services tailored to the needs of single parent families cover:
    • Tailored advice and information.
    • Welfare rights and money advice
    • Family support
    • Mental health and wellbeing support
    • Support into training, education and employment programmes
    • Access to flexible childcare services (now run by our sister organisation FCSS)
    • Training for practitioners
    • Services to reduce the digital exclusion facing single parents.
    We want to change single parent families’ experiences of isolation, loneliness, poverty, inequality, stigma and poor health, for the long-term. Our approach supports single parents to build their self-esteem, confidence and skills, to take up employment, training and education opportunities and to participate in OPFS policy and campaigning activities.
    Telephone : 0808 801 0323 or 0131 556 3899
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