Local Services Directory



Alcoholics Anonymous

Information and advice on alcohol addiction.

Tel: 08457 697555

Calls charged at local rate, mobile rates will vary.

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk


Community Psychiatric Nurse for Addictions (local service)

Portree Hospital, Fancy Hill, Portree, IV51 9BZ

Tel: 01478 614216


Council on Alcohol - Skye and Lochalsh (local service)

Counselling service for people with alcohol addiction.

Tel: 01478 612633


Dry Out Now

Help, information and advice for people with alcohol problems, their friends and families.

Website: www.dryoutnow.com

 Tel: 0845 564 7559





Skills Development Scotland Careers Advice Centre

King's House, The Green, Portree, IV51 9BS

Tel: 01478 612328


High Life Highland (local service)

Provides learning opportunities and tutoring for over 16s in basic skills such as Maths and English, as well promoting opportunities in culture, sport, leisure and health and wellbeing.  Website also provides links to learning centres and other initiatives.

Tel: 0800 02 88 111

Website: http://highlifehighland.com/


My World of Work

Advice and information on careers.

Website: www.myworldofwork.co.uk


Highland Council Jobs

Council job vacancies, with links to external job adverts.

Website: www.highland.gov.uk


Job Centre

Search for a job and find information and support about looking for work.

Tel: 0800 055 6688

Website: www.jobseekers.direct.gov.uk


Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Information on business and training

King's House, The Green, Portree, IV51 9BS

Tel: 01478 612841

Website: www.hie.co.uk


Inverness College

Tel: 01463 237000

Website providing information on courses and application process: www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk


The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust

Advice and help to set up your own busines

Website: www.psybt.org.uk


Sabhal Mór Ostaig

Local Gaelic Medium College

Tel: 01471 888000

Website providing information on courses and application process: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk


West Highland College

Tel: 01478 614833 (Portree), 01599 566775 (Auchtertyre), 01471 822622 (Broadford)

Website providing information on courses and training opportunities: www.whc.uhi.ac.uk





Carers Trust

Online support and information for young carers.

Website: www.carers.org



Information and support for young people who have been affected by death.

FREEPHONE: 0808 808 1677

Helpline open Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.00pm

Website: www.rd4u.org.uk


Crossroads Care (local service)

Support to help give carers a break

Tel: 01478 612399


Cruse Bereavement Care

Information and support for anyone who has been affected by death.

Tel: 0844 477 9400

Helpline open 9am-5pm on working days.

Website: www.cruse.org.uk


Connecting Carers

Information, advice and a voice for adult and young carers.

Tel: 01463 723561

Helpline open Monday and Friday during working hours.

Website: www.hccf.org.uk


The Carers Trust

Online information and support for adult and young carers.

Website: www.carers.org





Breathing Space

FREEPHONE: 0800 838587

Confidential helpline open 6pm-2am.

Website: www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk



FREEPHONE: 0800 1111

Helpline for any young person with any problem, open 24 hours.

Website: www.childline.org.uk


Govan Law Centre

Provides legal advice regarding education, debt and benefits

Tel: 0141 440 2503

Website: www.govanlc.com

Email: m@govanlc.com


National Counselling Service Skye and Lochalsh (local service)

A Christian counselling service available to anyone in need, regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation or financial circumstances

Tel: 01599 530011


Eighteen and Under

Helpline for young people aged eighteen or under who have experienced any type of abuse.

FREEPHONE: 0800 731 4080

Website: www.18u.org.uk



Tel: 08547 909090

Open 24 hours, calls cost up to 3p per minute from a landline.

Website: www.samaritans.org



Emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.

Tel: 0845 7678000

Helpline open 6pm-11pm; calls from a landline charged at a local rate, costs from a mobile may vary.

Website: www.sane.org.uk


School Nurse (local service)

Portree: Tel: 01478 613484

Plockton: Tel: 01599 534878


Highland Council Youth Service (local service)

Portree: Tel: 01478 614059

Plockton: Tel: 07748 105520


Social Work Services (local service)

Portree: Tel: 01478 612943

Broadford: Tel: 01471 820174







Highland Society for the Blind

Advice, information and support to visually impaired children and adults, and their parents and families.  Also provide equipment for the visually impaired.

Tel: 01463 233663



Deaf Society

Advice, information and support.

Tel: Head Office: 0131 5563128

Text: 0131 5571419

For sign language interpreting services for NHS and Highland Council, contact Highland Communication Support Service:

Tel/Text: 01463 250204

Website: www.deafsociety.org


Support for the Deaf (local service)

Tel: 01478 613113


Skye and Lochalsh MS Therapy Centre (local service)

Friends of Multiple Sclerosis

Tel: 01478 612984

Website (national): www.mstherapycentres.org.uk


Skye and Lochalsh Multiple Sclerosis Group (local service)

Meet in the Kyle Medical Centre.  For further details and information:

Tel: 01471 822076 / 01471 820380


Skye and Lochalsh Access Panel (local service)

Helps and advises people regarding service, buildings or information barriers.

Tel: 01478 612035

Website: www.access-panel.org.uk


British Red Cross (local and national service)

Medical equipment service and First Aid training.

Tel: 01599 530150

Website (national): www.redcross.org.uk



Information, advice and support services for disabled people and their families.

FREEPHONE: 0808 8003333

Website: www.scope.org.uk


Direct Gov

Online information about existing legislation and rights for disabled people.

Website: www.disability.gov.uk


Capability Scotland

Works with children, adults and families living with disabilities.

Tel: 0131 3379876

Text Phone: 0131 3462529

Website: www.capability-scotland.org.uk


The Way Forward Group (local service)

A support group meeting fortnightly in Portree, for adults under 65 with physical disability or chronic illness, and their carers.

Tel: 01479 521243 





Carer Scotland

A wide range of information and advice including information on financial help for carers.

Website: www.carerscotland.org


Citizens Advice Bureau (local service)

Free, confidential and impartial advice service.

Tel: 01478 612032

Website: www.cas.org.uk


National Debt Line

Free, confidential and impartial helpline for people with debt problems.

Tel: 0808 8084000

Website: www.nationaldebtline.co.uk


Money Advice

Free, confidential and impartial advice and information on debt solutions and debt problems.

FREEPHONE: 0800 090 1004

Website: www.highland.gov.uk/livinghere/consumeradvice/moneyadvice


Department for Work and Pensions

Can provide specific information, services and benefits for carers and people with disabilities.

Website: www.dwp.gov.uk


Calman Trust

Free and confidential service regarding housing for young people aged 16-25 years.

Tel: 01463 248630

Website: www.leavinghomeinthehighlands.org


Handy Person Service (local service)

For help with small jobs in and around the home.  Can assist any elderly or disabled household in Skye and Lochalsh.

Tel: 01478 612035

Website: www.lsha.co.uk


Highland Council (local service)

For queries about housing, contact Housing and Property Service, Portree:

Tel: 01478 613806

Website: www.highland.gov.uk

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, contact Highlands Housing Advice Line:

FREEPHONE: 0808 801 0804 (Calls are free from a landline, but some mobile networks may charge.  Line open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm and Sat 10am-2pm.)

Out of these hours, call the Housing Emergency Line:

Tel: 0845 700 2005


Home Safety

Provides advice and guidance on how to live safely in your home.

Website: www.rospa.com/homesafety/


Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (local service)

Morrison House, Bayfield, Portree

Office open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Tel: 01478 612035

Website: www/lsha.co.uk





Chronic Illness


Alzheimer Scotland (local and national service)

Support, advice and information for people with dementia and their carers.

Tel: 01478 613450

Website: www.alzscot.org

24 Hour Dementia Helpline FREEPHONE: 0808 808 3000


Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

Website: www.chss.org.uk

Local Volunteer Stroke Service:

Tel: 01471 820001


MacMillan Nurse (local service)

Practical, medical, financial and emotional support for cancer sufferers and their carers.

Tel: 01478 613029

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk


Marie Curie

Provides practical care and support in hospices and the home, for cancer sufferers.  Website provides information and advice for patients and carers.

Website: www.mariecurie.org.uk


Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centres

Website: www.mstherapycentres.org.uk


NHS Direct

A wide range of information and advice relating to physical and mental health.

Tel: 0845 4647 (24 hour helpline providing information and advice if you or someone else is unwell.)

Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk


Occupational Therapist (local service)

Contact for aids and adaptations in the home.  Service also offers information and advice.

Tel: 01478 612943


Mental Health


Community Psychiatric Nurse (local service)

Portree Hospital, Fancy Hill, Portree, IV51 9BZ

Tel: 01478 614216


Highland Users Group - HUG (regional service)

A network or users of mental health services who live in the Highlands.

Tel: 01463 719366

Website: www.hug.uk.net


Depression Alliance

Information and support services for those experiencing depression.

FREEPHONE: 0808 802 2020 (Line open Wednesdays 2pm-4pm)

Website: www.depressionalliance.org


Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association - Am Fasgadh (local service)

Support, information, advice and drop-in centre

Tel: 01478 613533

Website: www.slmha.co.uk


Mental Healthcare

Information on psychosis (hallucinations, delusions, confused and disturbed thinking) for those who suffer from it, and their carers.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk


Training and Adult Guidance - TAG (local service)

Provides training, guidance and supported placement services for unemployed adults who have experienced mental health problems.

Tel: 01478 613535


Sexual Health


Brook Helpline

Advice on contraception, pregnancy and sexual health for young people.

FREEPHONE: 0808 802 1234 (Line open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm)

Text: 07717989023 (standard text rates apply)

Website: www.brook.org.uk


G.U.M. Clinic

Help and advice on sexual health.

Tel: 01463 888 300


Sex and Young People

Online information from the NHS on a wide variety of sexuality and sexual health topics.

Website: www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexandyoungpeople


Sex and Relationships

Information, advice and support for young people, covering sexual health, relationships and wellbeing.

Website: www.thesite.org





Scottish Child Law Centre

Main Advice Line: 0131 6676333

Under 18s call free: 0800 3288970

For legal advice by text message:

Text 'SCLC' to 80800 with your question.

Website: www.sclc.org.uk


Children and Young People's Rights

Children's Rights Officers work with children and young people who are or have been 'looked after' by the local authority.

Tel: 01463 237302


Scottish Law

Information explaining legal responsibility for the most common offenses committed in Scotland.

Website: www.police-information.co.uk/legislation





Traveline Public Transport Information

Tel: 0871 200 2233

Website: www.travelinescotland.com


Learning to Drive

Information about learning to drive and applying for your driving license:

Website: www.dvla.gov.uk

Access practice Theory and Hazard Perception Tests online:

Website: www.theorytestpro.co.uk


In Case of Emergency:

The worldwide emergency number for a mobile is 112.  Wherever you are in the world, if you find yourself in an emergency and out of signal, dial 112 and your mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you.  112 can be dialled even when your keypad is locked.


How to disable your mobile phone if it is stolen:

- Check your mobile's serial number by keying in the following digits on your phone: *#06#

- A 15 digit code will appear on the screen.  This number is unique to your handset.  Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

- If your phone is ever stolen, phone your service providerand give them this number.  They will be able to block your handset so that even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.  You may not get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't sell/use it, or access your details on it.