Further Links


Table of Contents

Issues: General InformationMental HealthEmployability and Language SupportHousing Issues and HomelessnessPoverty and DebtDomestic AbuseOther SupportPrejudice and Hate Crime

Resources: Arts and CultureSport and FitnessCivic Participation

Community Groups: Age (Older People)Age (Young People)DisabilityEthnicity/Nationality/ReligionGender (Women)Gender (Men) •  LGBT+

General Information

Aberdeen City Council Equality Outcomes 2017-2020

Living and Working in North East Scotland Guide (multiple languages available)

Aberdeen City Council Website

Aberdeen City Libraries – including eBooks and Audiobooks, available online

A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS)

Mental Health

Mental Health Aberdeen

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Mental Health Foundation Scotland

Breathing Space
Helpline 0800 83 85 87

Samaritans Scotland
Helpline 116 123

Employability & Language Support

Aberdeen Foyer

GREC Employability Support (for ethnic minorities)


Skills Development Scotland

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes

Learning English in Aberdeen – including information about GREC language cafe, Language Works and ESOL for work classes

Housing Issues and Homelessness

Aberdeen Cyrenians

Shelter Aberdeen

Scarf – energy efficiency and advice

Instant Neighbour – affordable homewares

Living Rent

Aberdeen Foyer (housing for vulnerable young people)

Disabled Persons Housing Service (DPHS) Aberdeen

Poverty and Debt

Citizens Advice – debt, benefits, etc.

Scarf – energy efficiency and advice

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) – food bank, advice, sanitary products

Instant Neighbour – food bank, affordable homewares

Trussell Trust Aberdeen North Foodbank

Trussell Trust Aberdeen South Foodbank

Domestic Abuse

Aberdeen City Council Domestic Abuse Team

Grampian Women’s Aid • Scottish Women’s Aid

Rape Crisis Grampian • Rape Crisis Scotland
National Helpline: 08088 01 03 02

24-Hour Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline
Telephone: 0800 027 1234

Victim Support Scotland
Helpline: 0800 160 1985

Fear Free – for men and LGBT+ people

GALOP – LGBT+ Anti-Violence Charity
Helpline: 0300 999 5428

Domestic Abuse Support for Ethnic Minorities: 

Polish Women’s Support Network
Helpline: 0800 061 4004

Helpline: 0300 365 1700

Amina – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre
Helpline 0808 801 0301

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid
(website available in Cantonese, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu)
24-hour Helpline: 0141 353 0859

Shakti Women’s Aid
(website available in Arabic, Polish, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili)
Helpline: 0131 475 2399

Other Support

VSA – for carers, older people, and people with learning disabilities

Advocacy Service Aberdeen – for people with mental and psychological disorders

Prejudice and Hate Crime

Report Hate Crime via GREC

Victim Support Scotland
Helpline: 0800 160 1985

Hate Crime Scotland – information and reporting

Police Scotland Hate Crime information

Arts and Culture

(many venues are temporarily closed due to Covid-19)

Aberdeen City Libraries – including eBooks and Audiobooks, available online

Visit Aberdeen – wide range of listings for things to do

Aberdeen Performing Arts – concerts, theatre and other performances

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Station House Media Unit (SHMU) – local radio

57 North – music in North East Scotland

Scottish Culture and Traditions – traditional music and dance in Aberdeen

Society Aberdeen – information and event listings

Skiddle – event listings

Sport and Fitness

(many facilities are temporarily closed due to Covid-19)

Sport Aberdeen

Aberdeen Sports Village

Access to Leisure – discounts for people receiving benefits

Visit Aberdeen – information and event listings

Civic Participation

Register to Vote

Learn About your Elected Representatives

Write to your Elected Representatives

Community Councils

Consultations – Aberdeen City

Consultations – Scotland

Aberdeen City Youth Council

Aberdeen Civic Forum

Community Groups

Older People

Silver City Surfers – help to develop IT skills

VSA Services

Age Scotland

Generations Working Together

Ethnic Minority Older People’s Lunch Club

Young People

Aberdeen City Youth Council


Children 1st

Choices Aberdeen

For Care Experienced Young People:

Aberdeen Resources

Who Cares Scotland


Aberdeen Action on Disability (AAD)

North East Sensory Services (NESS)

Disabled Persons Housing Service (DPHS) Aberdeen

Inclusion Scotland


African Council 

Article 12 – Gypsy Travellers

Aberdeen Multicultural Centre

Polish Association Aberdeen

Amina – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Gender (Women)

Aberdeen Women’s Alliance

Engender (Scotlands Feminist Organisation)

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre
Helpline: 08088 010 789

Grampian Women’s Aid

Rape Crisis Grampian
National Helpline: 08088 010302

Gender (Men)

Men’s Sheds: Bridge of DonFerryhillCove & AltensDyce

Man Chat Aberdeen

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)



Four Pillars

Grampian Pride

Aberdeen Front Runners (LGBT+ inclusive running club)


Pink Saltire (LGBT+ News)

LGBT+ Youth Scotland

Stonewall Scotland

Equality Network Scotland

Scottish Transgender Alliance