Crisis Support

Help with Emergency Money or Debt

We have gathered a list of local drop-in services for people who are in crisis. Edinburgh churches are hearing the call to mission, to open their doors and get involved in outreach, which is impacting our city.

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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
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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.

Find other crisis support

> Free Food without a Referral
> Housing and Homelessness Support
> Help with Addiction
> Help for Women in Sex Work
> Support and Advice


If you know of a community outreach activity that isn’t on our list, please contact us with details so that we can add it.

Please note that this information was correct before the Covid-19 pandemic, please check with the service provider to see if their services have now been cancelled or changed.