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 Sharron McLean, Louise Blair & Jane Somers.

If you would like more information on the group phone Louise Blair 07796 493931 or Sara Fitzsimmons 01368 860141


Edinburgh & Lothian’s Support Group

Venue: St Thomas Episcopal Church, Gyle Hall, 75-79 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8LJ

The group takes place on the second Monday of each month 7-9pm,
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The group is run by Jenni Morris, Vicky Hogg & Lesley Boyd

For further information you can contact Sara Fitzsimmons on 01368 860141

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The room is at the rear of the hall and parking is available at the rear. On foot you can gain access from the front of St Thomas via the gate on the right hand side and follow the steps to the room at the rear. For parking, if you follow the road past the church towards the Gyle and take the first left and immediate left you will find the parking, the room is through the gate to the right.

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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: Melissa.lindsay@virgin.net


Inverness Support Group

13 Susan SimpsonSiMBA support group for those in Inverness and the surrounding areas.

Venue- Hilton Light House, 4 Tomatin Road, Inverness, IV2 4UA

Group runs the last Thursday of the month, 7-9pm.
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The group is run by Susan Simpson and Jane Phillip.

Contact Susan Simpson on 07771358382 or email: simbahighland@gmail.com for more information.

The group facilitator, Susan, has experienced the loss of 2 babies ~ Alex, miscarried at 13 weeks, and Eilidh Beth, stillborn at 34 weeks.


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).

It is a drop in group for a coffee/tea and chat with others who have been through the same. It extends to all family members: Parents, Grandparents, older siblings, friends.

This is not a professional counselling group, it is run by those who have gone through the loss of a baby and are ready to support you.

Our Group Facilitators have had training and certification from the Child Bereavement UK.

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

East Lothian Support Group

Cockenzie House ,22 Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie, East Lothian, EH32 0HY

Cockenzie house
 

A monthly support group for those who have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy or close to the time of birth, also for those planning or going through a rainbow pregnancy.The group takes place in Cockenzie House on the third Wednesday of each month from7-9pm, . It’s a drop in group for a coffee/tea and a chat with others who have gone through the same. It extends to all family members dads, grandparents etc.

This is not a professional counselling group- it is run by those who have gone through the loss of a baby and who are ready to support you.

**Entrance is via the main gates on Edinburgh Road where a path leads you to the front door. The group will be held in the first room on the left.**

All our group facilitators have had training & certification from the Child Bereavement Charity.

The group is run by Louise Clarke and Jane Margiotta

For further information you can contact Louise on 07909867064 or Jane on 07510548551