Our first SiMBA support group started in May 2011 after a request from a bereaved parent who felt there was need for a group in the area where she lived, a place where she could talk to other parents who had gone through similar. SiMBA responded to her and others needs and set up our first group. Since then we have with the help of parent volunteers who had gone through the death of a baby and also of others who wanted to give support by setting up further SiMBA support groups. Our groups open to anyone who has gone through the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or close to the time of birth. Our groups are all within central locations and accessible by all and open to other family members and friends. Each group takes place on the same day of each month, apart from public holidays such as Christmas and New Year. All our groups are drop in groups where you can have a coffee/tea and an informal chat with others who have been through the same. It extends to all family members dads, grandparents & friends.
These are not professional counselling group they are run by maternity staff and/or those who have gone through the loss of a baby and who are ready to support you. The majority of our group facilitators have had training & certification from the Child Bereavement UK.
Borders Support Group
The group takes place at Old Gala House on the first Wednesday of each month 7-9pm.
Our group Facilitators are Louise Blair & Sara Fitzsimmons.
If you would like more information on the group phone Louise Blair 07796 493931 or Sara Fitzsimmons 01368 860141
Edinburgh & Lothian’s Support Group
55 SIGHTHILL ROAD
*** bus routes 3 3a 21 25 32 34 and 35. Also buses from Livingston and Ratho ***
Entrance is through the main door, turn left and the “kitchen” is the last door on the left. …
Dates of the group: The last Wednesday of every month 6.45 – 8.45
The group is ran by Jenni Morris, Vicky Hogg & Lesley Boyd
For further information you can contact Jenni Morris on 07894165579 or Sara Fitzsimmons on 01368 860141
“Responding to the needs of those affected by the loss of a baby”
There is a small car park directly in front of the building and free on street parking. Walk through the main entrance, turn left and the “kitchen” is on the left. There will be a sign on the door.
Orkney Pregnancy Loss Support Group
Venue: Meeting Room 1, St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney
Melissa Lindsay is running the SiMBA support group in Kirkwall, Orkney for those who have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy or close to the time of birth.
The group meets on the third Monday of every month. 7-9pm
Contact Melissa Lindsay on 07812 706 639 or email: Melissa.email@example.com
Inverness Support Group
SiMBA support group for those in Inverness and the surrounding areas.
Venue- Glen Mhor Hotel
8-15 Ness Bank
Group runs the first Monday of the month 7-9pm
The group is run by Jane Phillip.
Contact Jane on 07519521289 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ayrshire & Arran Support Group
The Carlton Hotel, 187 Ayr Road, Prestwick. KA9 1TP.The group will be on the first Tuesday of every month 7-9pm
Contact: Elaine Pirrie on 07734916668
OBAN Support Group
This group takes place at Regent Hotel, Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5PZ, on the last Friday of each month from 7-9pm (not in December).