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The Office of the Public Guardian

Hadrian House
Callendar Business Park
Callendar Road
Falkirk FK1 1XR

Telephone: 01324 678300

Website: www.publicguardian-scotland.gov.uk

E Mail: opg@scotcourts.gov.uk

The Office of the Public Guardian aims to ensure that the guiding principles of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 are adhered to.

Civil and International Justice Directorate

DG Justice and Communities
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Telephone: 0131 244 3581

Website: www.scotland.gov.uk/justice/incapacity

E Mail: adultsincapacity@scotland.gov.uk

Further information available from:

Alzheimer Scotland

22 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh EH3 7RN

Telephone: 0131 243 1453
Dementia Helpline: Freephone 0808 808 3000 (24 hours)

Website: www.alzscot.org

E Mail: alzheimer@alzscot.org

Alzheimer Scotland work nationally and locally to raise awareness of dementia and to influence local and national government. They run a national 24 hour freephone Dementia Helpline (0800 808 3000) and provide local services throughout Scotland.

ASCS (Advice Service Capability Scotland)

11 Ellersley Road
Edinburgh EH12 6HY

Telephone: 0131 313 5510

Website: www.capability-scotland.org.uk

E Mail: ascs@capability-scotland.org.uk

Disabled people, parents, carers and others often need information and advice on Capability Scotland's services but also on many other aspects of living with a disability. ASCS offers information on Capability Scotland Services, specialist advice on cerebral palsy and general advice on disability issues.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Research Group at Stirling University

Department of Psychology
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA

Telephone: 01786 467645

Website: www.psychology.stir.ac.uk/old/A+C/index.htm

E Mail: aacscotland@stir.ac.uk

The Alternative Communication (AAC) Research Unit is an interdiciplinary team involving speech and language therapists, psychologists, sociologists and linguists. Although originally concerned with the communication of people with cerebral palsy, they are now involved with people with different disabilities, both congenital and acquired. This organisation is committed to the belief that people with disabilities should be actively involved in helping to train their communication partners.

Care Commission

Compass House
11 Riverside Drive

Telephone: 01382 207 100

or lo-call: 0845 6030 890

Website: www.carecommission.com

E Mail: communicationsteam@carecom.com

The Care Commission operates throughout Scotland and has five regional offices with local resource offices to co-ordinate regulation and inspection of care services at a local level.

Carers Online Scotland

91 Mitchell Street
G1 3LN

Telephone: 0141 221 9141

Website: www.carerscotland.org

E Mail: info@carerscotland.org

Information, support and advice for carers.

Chief Medical Officer

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is the Scottish Executive's principal medical adviser, and as such has direct access to Ministers of the Scottish Executive, and is also Head of the Scottish Medical Civil Service. The post has direct involvement in the development of health policy in Scotland, including prevention, health promotion, health protection and harm reduction. CMO also has lead responsibility for issues such as clinical effectiveness, quality assurance, accreditation and research, and covers the spectrum of health related issues ranging from Public Health policy to NHS Operations.

Website: www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/health/nhs-scotland/17914/10696

Citizens Advice Bureau

Address of your local office in your local phone book or from:

Citizens Advice Scotland
Spectrum House
2 Powderhall Road

Telephone: 0131 550 1000

Website: www.cas.org.uk

E Mail: info@cas.org.uk

Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of matters, including debt, benefits, housing, legal matters, employment, immigration and consumer issues.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Tay House
300 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 4LN

Telephone: 0141 331 2726

Website: www.cica.gov.uk

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority administers the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Since its introduction in 1964, it has provided some tangible acknowledgement of society's sympathy for innocent victims of violent crime or those injured trying to apprehend criminals or prevent a crime.


6th Floor
7 Buchanan Street
Glasgow G1 3HL

Telephone: 0141 226 4541

Website www.enable.org.uk

E Mail: enable@anable.org.uk

Campaigns, provides services, information and support for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Law Society of Scotland

26 Drumsheugh Gardens

Telephone: 0131 226 7411

Website: www.lawscot.org.uk/

The Law Society of Scotland provide a wide range of easy-to-understand leaflets giving information on a broad range of legal topics. These can be obtained from the Society, from solicitors' office and from general public outlets. In addition, the Society has developed the Dial-a-Law information and referral service. With a library of over 40 different legal topics from family law to employment law, from making a will to choosing a solicitor, it gives clear, down-to-earth information about a wide variety of situations from everyday life.

The Legal Services Agency (West Coast Scotland & the Lothians)

3rd Floor
Fleming House,
134 Renfrew Street
Glasgow G3 6ST

Telephone: 0141 353 3354


3rd Floor, Princes House
5 Shandwick Place
Edinburgh EH2 4RG

Telephone: 0131 228 9993

Website: www.lsa.org.uk

A key source of legal research, advice and representation for those in disadvantage. Generally LSA aims to assist those in disadvantage who suffer injustice. LSA particularly concentrates on housing and social welfare law very generally, but also deals with areas such as mental health and dementia. Initial advice on all matters is free.

Local authority social work departments

Follow the link above or find your local social work department in the telephone directory.

Website: www.cosla.gov.uk

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh EH3 9SH

Telephone: 0131 222 6111

Website: www.mwcscot.org.uk

E Mail: enquiries@mwcscot.org.uk

The Mental Welfare Commission protect the welfare and rights of individuals with mental disorder including those with learning disabilities.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

2 White Hart Yard
London SE1 1NX

Telephone: 020 7378 1200

Website: www.rcslt.org

RCSLT works to improve understanding of all aspects of communication impairment. It produces leaflets, runs an information service and offers individual advice to its speech and language therapist members and the general public.

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Cumbrae House
15 Carlton Court
Glasgow G5 9JP

Telephone: 0141 568 7000

Website: www.samh.org.uk

E Mail: enquire@samh.org.uk

SAMH operates a range of services across Scotland for people with mental health problems. It also strives to influence public policy as it affects people with mental health problems.

Scottish Court Service

Hayweight House
23 Lauriston Street

Telephone: 0131 229 9200

Website: www.scotcourts.gov.uk

E Mail: enquiries@scotscourts.gov.uk

Provides an access point to information relating to all civil and criminal courts within Scotland, including the Court of Session, the High Court of Justiciary, the Sheriff Courts and a number of other courts, commissions and tribunals as well the District Courts. Information includes location details, contact numbers, advice and details of recent significant judgments.

Scotland's Health on the Web

Online health information provided by NHS Scotland.

Website: www.show.scot.nhs.uk

Scottish Legal Aid Board

44 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh EH3 7SW

Telephone: 0131 226 7061

Website: www.slab.org.uk

E Mail: general@slab.org.uk

Civil or criminal legal assistance helps people to get legal advice and "representation", which means a solicitor to put their case in court. Legal aid allows people who would not otherwise be able to afford it to get help for their legal problems.

Sense Scotland

5th Floor
45 Finnieston Street
Glasgow G3 8JU

Telephone: 0141 429 0294

Website: www.sensescotland.org.uk

E Mail: info@sensescotland.org.uk

Sense Scotland is a leader in the field of communication and innovative support services for people who are marginalised because of challenging behaviour, health care issues and the complexity of their support needs.

It is a significant provider of services and also engages in policy development for children and adults with complex support needs because of deafblindness or sensory impairment, learning disability or physical disability.

Social Research, Scottish Government
Uses data on the experience, perceptions and opinions of people in Scotland to inform the Scottish Government's present and future policy development.