Holiday break for ECAP Tuesday support sessions

As usual the volunteers who staff the ECAP weekly support sessions will be taking a break between Xmas and the New Year. Our last support session of the year will be Tuesday 19th December and the sessions start again on 9th January 2024, and will continue to run every Tuesday. If you need support for benefits and poverty problems please email to make an appointment.

If you have an urgent situation over the break please email and we will try and get back to you within two or three days, but we are a small group of volunteers so our resources are limited.

If you are in need, then official sources of support include:

The Scottish Welfare Fund

Crisis grants, community care grants and food bank referrals – To make a claim call City of Edinburgh Council 0131 529 5299, or go to the web site. For more information on the Fund and what it will provide see our page The Scottish Welfare Fund. This includes links to other authorities if you are outside the City of Edinburgh area (scroll down to the bottom of the page to see links). See also Edinburgh Council’s cost of living advice.

Emergency Social Work

In the evening and at weekends or public holidays, you can call Emergency Social Work. In Edinburgh call 0800 731 6969. You may be able to get some help from the local authority social work department, particularly if you have children or if you are a ‘vulnerable’ adult (for example, you have health problems). The local authority has powers under section 22 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and under section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 allowing it to assist people in need. Help can be given in cash or ‘in kind’, for example, vouchers to buy food.


The voluntary group Empty Kitchens Full Hearts give food support in Edinburgh. Contact the group via its web site or email or call 07895 347157.

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