Support Groups

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

10 Louise Blair & Sharron McLeanVenue: Old Gala House, 3 Scott Crescent, Galashiels, TD1 3JU

The group takes place at Old Gala House on the first Wednesday of each month 7-9pm.
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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

EH11 4PB*** 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

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
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Contact Melissa Lindsay on 07812 706 639 or email:

Inverness Support Group

JaneSiMBA 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: 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
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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).

 This group is run by Susan Simpson, SiMBA Highland Coordinator For further information you can contact Susan on 07771358382 / 01631 720107 Or email

Glasgow Support Group

The group takes place at Fortrose House, 14 Fortrose Street, Glasgow, G11 5NS on the Second Tuesday of every month.

 The group is help in the Common Room, Buzzer 010.

If you would like more details or to chat to someone prior to coming along to the group please contact group facilitators Vallerie Callan 07775 870192 or Julie Campbell 07403553204
or contact the SiMBA office on 01368860141