Stafford Centre

Professional views sought for future of mental health support servicesThe Stafford Centre is a community resource for adults who experience mental health difficulties.

Service Description

The centre aims to help people to gain greater self-confidence and become more integrated within the community.

Groups and Drop-in
The centre operates as a drop-in centre where we offer a range of groups. Activities typically include arts and crafts, wellbeing group and social activities. There is also a community radio station with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

There is a one-to-one counselling service where you can be supported through any difficulties. This is for adults aged 18 and over who have experience of mental health difficulties.

The aim is to enhance your quality of life and help find ways for you to move forwards – helping you towards helping yourself. The first session is a chance to discuss how counselling may work for you and address any questions you have.

Next Step
The Centre also has a Next Step Service. This provides one-to-one support, advice and guidance to help you find an interest or activity that will improve your skills, build your confidence and assist you to take a step forward in your life.

Next Step offers information and guidance about education and training, volunteering, leisure activities, and can help you to find out more about any opportunity that interests you.

Next Step can also help you to create or update a C.V., complete an application form or improve your interview skills.

Outreach Service
The Outreach Service is for people who would like to use the centre but are worried about the usual referral process. An Outreach Worker can meet potential new members outwith the centre, to introduce the service and discuss how we may be able to support them. Outreach workers can then accompany new members to the Stafford Centre for their first visit if they wish and support them to get involved.

Using the Stafford Centre
Although the Centre runs a “drop-in” service you must be registered with the Centre before you can access the service. You can be referred by an agency, or you can self-refer.  We see new people Monday to Thursday between 12:30 – 2:30pm.

To access the service, there is a short referral process. A staff member will meet with you to tell you what the Centre can offer and to find out a bit about you. The staff member will also complete a registration form with you which is completely confidential.  After this process, you will be able to access the service.


Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

18 years old and over and experiencing mental ill health.

Contact Info. & Service Address

103 Broughton Street

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm

Service Hours

-Monday to Friday 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm-

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 557 0718

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Translation Service
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

Lothian Regional Transport bus numbers - 17, 8

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: Support in Mind Scotland

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Support in Mind Scotland works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of those affected by mental illness including schizophrenia.  This includes family members, partners, friends and carers.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 557 0718

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

Service Hours

Monday to Friday 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm

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