Help In Edinburgh

We are gathering a list of local drop in services which we can signpost people to who are in crisis. You can access the current list below. Edinburgh churches are hearing the call to mission, to open their doors and get involved in outreach and church planting which is impacting our city. If you know of or are involved in a community outreach, please contact us with details so that we can add it to our list.

Free Food without a Referral in Edinburgh

Care Van

A partnership between Bethany Christian Trust and Edinburgh City Mission, Serving soup and Sandwiches.

Lunchtimes: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays only.

  • 12.30pm Market Street
  • 1.00pm-2.00pm King’s Stables Road, Grassmarket, North Bridge
  • 2.00pm Leith Walk (north of McDonald Rd) 

Evenings: Every night except New Years Eve

  • 9.00pm Waverley Bridge
  • 9.50pm-10.30pm King’s Stables Road, Grassmarket, North Bridge

Telephone: 0131 225 9445.

Soul Food

46 York Place at Ps & Gs Church.

Saturdays, from 5:30 pm. Offering a free meal, a safe space & a warm welcome. 


Social Bite

Offers free coffee and food, donated by customers who have "paid it forward' ie. a member of the public pays for an extra coffee or meal when they are buying their own and then this is available for someone who needs a free coffee/meal later.

131 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN, / 89 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 3DT.

Monday - Friday: 7am - 11am and 3pm - 5pm.

Telephone: 0131 220 8206. 


Maison Bleue at Home

Closed to the public on Monday afternoons but open to serve a hot meal to people in need.

Location: 7-8 Queensferry St, Edinburgh, EH2 4PA.


Kilted Lobster

A family-friendly environment offering free evening meals to those in need. 

Serving families on Tuesday evenings when the restaurant is closed to the public. 

Limited space so the service is by booking only:

Telephone: 0131 220 6677.

Housing and Homelessness Support in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership (EHAP)

If someone is at risk of losing their home because their landlord or mortgage company is taking legal action to evict them, they should immediately contact Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership who can provide advice and arrange for someone at risk of losing their home to be represented at court hearings. Advice is also provided on a wide range of housing issues - phone for an appointment with an adviser at venues across the city.

Telephone 0131 442 1009 or 0845 302 4607

Notice to Quit drop-in sessions at 1A Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF. Tuesdays and Thursdays 1.00pm - 4.30pm.


Access Point

17 & 23 Leith Street.

Register as homeless here if you are 18+ and don’t have children. Providing advice regarding entitlements, eligibility for temporary accommodation and benefits.

Telephone: 0131 529 7438.



Hostels are now to be accessed through the Council by going to The Access Point (previous).

Salvation Army - Regener8

25 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG

Day drop in service located just off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

Open on a daily basis from 9am to 1pm, providing a safe refuge for the street homeless. The service includes breakfast and lunch, with access to laundry and shower facilities.

Telephone: 0131 523 1060


Help with Emergency Money or Debt in Edinburgh

Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF)

Crisis Grants for people on income-related benefits who, due to an emergency or disaster, have no money to pay for immediate essential living costs, or

Community Care Grants to pay for essential items to help a vulnerable person to leave care or supported accommodation, or remain in their own home.

Contact: SWF is administered by Edinburgh City Council.

Telephone: 0131 529 5299.


Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

Offering free debt help and money courses.  Anyone with an income either benefits or employment who is facing debt is eligible for support. CAP is unable to support people who are self employed.

Call head office in England to make first contact- 0800 328 0006, 

you will then be referred to a local branch in Edinburgh and an advisor can visit you in your home or somewhere local to you.  


Help with addiction

Teen Challenge bus Edinburgh

Drop into the parked up bus for a cuppa and a chat.

A chance to talk to people who have come out of addiction and have faith. Not just for teenagers. 

Monday 19.30 – 22.00 Hunter Square.

Tuesday 11.30 – 15.00 Drylaw.

Thursday 11.30 – 15.00 Bottom of Leith Walk (Tesco car park).

Telephone: 01664 822 221 (Teen Challenge UK).


Serenity Café

Run by people in recovery for people in recovery.

8 Jackson Entry (off the Royal Mile) open daily 9am-5pm.

Help for women in sex work

Salvation Army

Salvation Army’s support van for sex workers in Leith.

The van is in Leith late on Sunday and Monday night. This service operates in conjunction with NHS Lothian and the charity Sacro with the aim of monitoring the health and circumstances of sex workers. Police Scotland also work closely with these services to ensure the women and volunteers are safe.


Working with woman who are at risk of or invovled in sex work.

Referrals can be made by the Police and Procurator Fiscal as diversions from prosecution. We can also accept referrals from health services, social work, other agencies, other Sacro services and self-referrals.

Telephone: 0131 622 7500 or 077 7265 2645.

It can be difficult for women to access services during office hours. Therefore Sacro provide various outreach services, for direct referrals:

- Women’s Clinic, 22-24 Spittal Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PG. Every Thursday between 5pm -7.30pm

- NHS Harm Reduction Van, Salamander Street, Leith, EH6 8PG. Every Wednesday evening between 9pm – 12am

- Sacro also provide support within the saunas in Edinburgh. 

Support and Advice in Edinburgh

SAMARITANS of Edinburgh and the Lothians

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 9:00am - 10:00pm. 
Location:: 25 Torphichen Street Edinburgh EH3 8HX
Local Branch: 0131 221 9999 (local call charges apply)
National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 9:00am - 10:00pm. 
Location:: 25 Torphichen Street Edinburgh EH3 8HX
Local Branch: 0131 221 9999 (local call charges apply)
National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Citizen Advice Edinburgh (CAE) 

For money (debt, benefits, tax) Family (relationships, health, housing, education) Daily life (employment, consumers affairs, communication, travel) Your rights (civil rights, immigration, legal rights and responsibilities) 

Dundas Street: 58 Dundas Street, EH3 6QZ
Appointments only or call for drop in times:  0131 558 3681  

Leith: 23 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8PG
Appointments only or call for drop in times: 0131 554 8144

Pilton: 661 Ferry Road, EH4 2TX
Appointments only or call for drop in times: 0131 202 1153

Portobello: 8a-8b Bath Street, EH15 1EY
Appointments only or call for drop in times: 0131 669 9503

Gorgie/Dalry: Fountainbridge Library Building, 137 Dundee Street, EH11 1BG
Appointments only call:  0131 474 8081

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