Support for People in Immediate Danger in Angus

If you need to access help or support or you are concerned about someone else in Angus, do not hesitate to seek support.

Concerns about an adult at risk:

ACCESSLine: 03452 777 778                                                             

This service is available Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5pm

Concerns about a child at risk:

ACCESSLine: 03452 777 778           

 This service is available Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5pm                             #KeepingKidsSafeC19

Support for children:

Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help: 0800 1111

NSPCC Helpline – If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support: 0808 800 5000


Support for women:

Angus Women’s Aid (AWA): 01241 439437

Tayside Domestic Abuse Service:0771 447 4112

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRASAC), Dundee and Angus: 01382 201291

Victim Support Angus: 01241 877563

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234

Scottish Women’s Aid: 0800 027 1234

National Rape Crisis: 0808 801 0302

Rape Crisis Scotland Textline: 07537 410027


Support for men:

Respect, Men’s Advice Line (Scotland): 0808 801 0327

Survivors UK: 0203 598 3898


Victim support:

Angus: 01241 878507

National Helpline: 0800 160 1985


Out of hours:

Contact outwith daytime hours can be directed to                                                                   Social Work Out of Hours Service: 01382 307964                                                           (evenings between 4.45pm and 9am, weekends)


Additional information:

Housing: 03452 777 778

Voluntary Action Angus: 01307 466113


Substance use:

Please see Angus Alcohol and Drug Partnership website for the wide variety of resources available.


For more details see the Immediate Danger Flyer

immediate danger- call police


Health Concerns and Not Sure Where to Turn?

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing and introduction of the strict lockdown mode, it’s easy to feel unsure for the health of yourself and others.

A number of health organisations and health-care professionals offer support to look after yourself during this time. The following resources provide useful information and advice as well as direct support:

General health: NHS Inform and Ready Scotland websites

Local mental health and wellbeing support services:

  • Penumbra Angus Wellbeing Services – enquiries and referrals can be made at
  • Penumbra Angus Peer Service – telephone appointments can be booked through GP Practices
  • Angus Suicide Prevention Service – telephone and email support (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm). Contact or 0800 135 7899. General updates are posted on Facebook
  • Community Listening Service – the service has moved to a telephone listening service during the coronavirus outbreak. Anyone in Tayside can contact the listening service – phone or text 0796 777 1941 – to arrange a telephone appointment.

Drug and Alcohol Services:

  • We Are With YouFree confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health (online and telephone service)
  • Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA)contact can be made on Email:, Facebook or phone 01241 872989 (leave a message)
  • SMART Recovery – online SMART meetings can be accessed at the SMART website

Online Support:

  • Cool2Talk – This is a confidential place and 121 counselling service for young people aged between 12 and 26 to freely ask questions about things that are affecting them.
  • Suicide? Help! – an information app for people who are thinking about suicide or worried about someone else. As well as providing information about suicide, such as how to get help and what signs to look for in others, this app provides details of relevant local services
  • Money Worries? – This app is a comprehensive resource which points people to the right help in a crisis. Search for ‘Money Worries? Find the right help in a crisis’ on the app stores.
  • Living Life to the Full – a free life skills course teaching how to tackle and respond to issues or demands in everyday life. Includes specific wellbeing advice related to Coronavirus for adults, young people and their parents and health workers.
  • Parents helpline (Parentline Scotland – tips, advice and support for parents) – 08000 28 22 33
  • Domestic abuse helpline (Domestic Violence Helpline – confidential support from highly trained female advisors) – 0800 027 1234
  • Bereavement helpline (Cruse Bereavement Care) – 0845 600 2227 – offers support to people who have lost someone close
  • LGBT health and wellbeing helpline (LGBT Helpline Scotland – information and emotional support) – 0300 123 2523
  • Samaritans –call 116 123, email: – provides 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide

Mental Health National Websites:

  • Alcohol Change UK – Information and advice on alcohol during the coronavirus outbreak, including how to manage your drinking
  • SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) – Hub of information and guidance about looking after your mental health as the coronavirus developments continue
  • Mind – information on coronavirus and your wellbeing, including useful checklists to help people to prepare for and cope with social isolation
  • Mental Health Foundation – information on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Young Scot – find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community
  • Young Minds – support for young people and parents who are struggling with news about coronavirus. Information for parents on talking to their children about coronavirus
  • COSLA – advice for supporting children and young people during Covid-19


URGENTLY NEEDED: Volunteers to Support People Affected by the Lockdown

Working with local Health and Social Care services, Voluntary Action is seeking to recruit locally based volunteers to help deal with the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

Volunteers will receive rapid training and support to undertake a number of tasks including:

  • Delivering food and prescriptions
  • Telephone befriending
  • Combatting poverty

Your help is urgently needed. You will be supported locally and supported by the Voluntary Action Angus central contact service.

Please sign up to help on the Voluntary Action Angus website

For more information contact:

Gary Malone:

Hayley Mearns:

Let’s show Angus actively cares.


Affected by Covid-19?

Volunteers are being coordinated by Voluntary Action Angus to support people in isolation with:

  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Shopping
  • A regular, friendly telephone call

If you or a relative are in need of help and a local volunteer hasn’t put a card through your door, get in touch with the team on 01307 466113 or email

There is no charge for this service.

Living well with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Connect with Others Online in September and October

In September and October, MS Society Scotland will deliver Virtual Living Well with MS sessions which offer the chance to meet other people living with the condition. The sessions are an opportunity to have a chat, reflect on and share experience.

MS poster

The virtual sessions will take place over 4 weeks.

The next sessions are

4, 11, 18 and 25 September

 between 6.30pm and 8pm

You can REGISTER HERE for the sessions in September

REGISTER HERE for the sessions in October

Login wherever you are in Scotland

All you need to join the sessions are a laptop/tablet/phone/computer with a stable internet connection and access to a microphone and camera.

For more information, contact Leann Kelly or Coleen Kelly at MS Society Scotland

Or call 0131 335 4050 or email


Do You Need Help to Manage Your Home? Contact the Homelessness Support Service.


If you need help to manage your home. It could be – 

  • getting benefits, budgeting and debt
  • setting up and keeping your tenancy
  • finding training, education or employment, or
  • dealing with Council, NHS or other services


You could get help from the Homelessness Support Service – call ACCESSLine 03452 777778.

Making a Stand Against Domestic Abuse

We’re proud to support the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand campaign to support victims of domestic abuse.


Our first step in this campaign was to appoint a champion to drive our activity in this area. We’re delighted to say that Councillors Craig Fotheringham and Lois Speed have both agreed to fulfil this role, as they understand how important this issue is. Our champions are pictured below at the launch of our work in this area.


Cllr Speed said:

I had absolutely no hesitation in signing the Make a Stand Pledge as unfortunately domestic abuse is a huge problem throughout the country, and sadly Angus is no exception. I’m very pleased that our Housing Team have taken such a robust response to help tackle these issues. I look forward to seeing greater awareness being raised, policy change come to fruition and further supports be made available. One incident in Angus is one too many and I hope that together we can all play our part in helping to protect and keep our most vulnerable citizens safe.

We’ll carry out further work over the next nine months to:

  • Devise and implement a policy to support victims of domestic abuse
  • Make sure information for victims of domestic abuse is readily available on our website and other public places
  • Make sure our staffing policies support people working for the Council who experience domestic abuse

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you can call us in confidence on ACCESSLine 03452 777778. You can also contact Angus Women’s Aid on 01241 439437 or their national helpline on 0800 027 1234.







Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan in Angus approved


A 5-year Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan was approved by Councillors in last week. As we mentioned in the previous post, Local Authorities, have been asked by the Scottish Government to work with local partners to bring forward a 5-year plan by December 2018.

This is a new policy to address homelessness more pro-actively; through prevention, by moving people through temporary accommodation quicker, and by improving the support they receive through better co-ordination.

Prevention will be the first priority, and that means directing resources to things such as mental health support, combating substance abuse, and helping prevent relationship breakdown. For those who do become homeless we will prioritise the allocation of our accommodation to them so that we can deliver the support they need to re-establish themselves quickly in the community. For that to happen we also need the help and understanding of the community.

We and our partners will also need to increase allocations to homeless households to 58% of all lets initially. So for us, out of the 800 changes of tenancy in the first year, we estimate that around 464 of those will be allocated to homeless households.

The main aim of the Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan will be provide long-term housing provision for Angus citizens, at a time when they are most vulnerable.

This plan sets out how we in Angus can achieve that aim over the next 5 years. Successful implementation of the plan will result in:

  • Increased focus on prevention, to reduce homeless applications
  • Reduced the time it takes to process homeless cases
  • Reduced time spent in temporary accommodation
  • Reducing the number of temporary accommodation units and instead helping support people into permanent housing quicker
  • Increasing tenancy sustainment 

Universal Credit support sessions

Universal Credit brings lots of changes for people affected. Moving to monthly payments and having housing costs paid directly, means people have to adapt to manage their monthly payments and paying bills. The Universal Credit service is delivered online and some people may need help to understand and operate it.

To support those affected, Universal Credit advice and support sessions will take place in Angus from 5 November to 7 December.

For more details please see the timetable below:UC support