Proposed Name Change

Posted by admin on August 4, 2017 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Firstly, thank you for your continued support over the years which is so valuable to us; we appreciate all you do for our much needed service.

Requests for our services are increasing each year (last year by one-third).  We now have a waiting list for counselling and need to recruit another volunteer counsellor, but simply do not have space in our small office which overflows with material aid, coming in and going out.  We offer a unique combination of services in our area as other charities offering similar services have been forced to close due to lack of funding.

You will be aware that the charity has experienced financial problems over the past few years which became severe last year.  An appeal was sent out and because of your generosity we survived, but only just.  An important source of income for us is funding from trusts and, since the global financial crisis in 2008, this has been much more difficult to obtain with less money available to satisfy an ever increasing demand.  Our current position is that, if we do not secure significant additional funding this year, our doors will have to close as we simply do not have enough income to cover our outgoings.

It has recently been brought to our attention that the use of the word ‘Lifeline’ in our name means that we are often perceived as a ‘pro-life’ organisation and this can have an adverse effect on our ability to access funds from certain trusts or other sources.  In 2017, as a registered and professional counselling organisation, we are guided by an approved Code of Ethics and, as such, are entirely non-directive with our clients.  It would be completely unethical to advocate any particular course of action for a client or in general to take a stance on any relevant issue.

In light of the above, the Board are proposing to rename the charity as ‘Pregnancy Counselling & Care (Scotland)’.  We have already obtained clearance from the charity regulator, OSCR to use the new name and the proposal will be put as a special resolution to the members of the company at an EGM on 28 July.

We are aware that some supporters may be unhappy about the proposed change, as the name ‘Lifeline’ is an important link over the years back to the origins of the charity.  We hope everyone will appreciate the reasons for this rebranding exercise, which gives us the best chance of accessing funding from the widest possible sources.   Aside from trust funding there is the potential to tap into statutory funding, whether from the NHS, local authority or government.  Our goal is to achieve long-term sustainability for our vital and unique service.

We would welcome any comments you may have on the proposal.  Please send these by e-mail to or to the Lifeline office at the address below.


24a Haddington Place



Warm Regards,

Anthea Donaghue


Voluntary Admin Position Available

Posted by admin on May 30, 2017 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Lifeline is currently recruiting for a new administrative volunteer to join our team at the office on Tuesday mornings. If you think this is something you would be interested please have a look at the Job Description and get in touch with a CV and cover letter. No experience is necessary however an interest in pregnancy related issues would be beneficial. We ask that you are able to make a minimum three month commitment.

To apply please email our Office Coordinator Alice at

Lifeline Annual Sponsored Walk 2017

Posted by admin on February 27, 2017 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article


We’re excited to announce the date of this year’s Annual Sponsored Walk! This year our walk will take place on Saturday 22nd of April. We will be doing our traditional route, starting at Balerno High School and walking down the Water of Leith. There will be a break at the Water of Leith Centre in Slateford around midday and we will end at Rock Salt Cafe on Constitution Street at around 3pm.

Lifeline Annual Sponsored Walk 2017

If you would like to join us please let us know by contacting Celia either by email ( or by phoning our office on 0131 557 2060.

It would also be great if you could share the event on Facebook ( and you can use MyDonate to fundraise on our behalf (

You can download our updated Sponsorship Form and our Poster by clicking on the respective links.


Afternoon Tea Fundraiser

Posted by admin on September 21, 2016 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Lifeline Pregnancy Counselling Afternoon Tea

Join us for an afternoon of tea, cakes and prosecco at the beautiful Gillis Centre.

2pm on Wednesday 12th of October 2016

Tickets £5

Please call 0131 623 8911 to reserve a ticket

Upcoming Events

Posted by admin on September 6, 2016 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

We have 2 events this week to support our services. If you would like to find out more information please contact our office on 0131 557 2060 or email

Wine and Cheese Evening

Thursday 8th of September 2016, 6pm – 8pm, The Virgin Lounge

Join us for an evening of wine and cheese at the exquisite Virgin Lounge in St Andrew’s Square. Tickets are available through our office for £10. 

Cricket Competition

11th and 12th September, Leith FAC.

If you would like to register as an individual or team please contact Malhar on or pop down and watch between 10am and 5pm this weekend. 



40th Anniversary Newsletter

Posted by admin on August 19, 2016 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

Our 40th Anniversary newsletter is now available, you can view it here.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, either electronically or physically, please contact our office on 0131 557 2060 or by emailing

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Posted by admin on March 30, 2016 under Lifeline News | Comments are off for this article

Welcome to our first newsletter of the year. 2016 is a very exciting year for everyone involved with Lifeline as we celebrate our fortieth anniversary in June. It is an amazing achievement for a little charity like ours. 

This newsletter includes information about the various events we have coming up and details about how you can join in our celebrations. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our work. 

Download Here

Sponsored Walk 2016

Posted by admin on February 26, 2016 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article


Join us for the 10th Annual Lifeline Walk!

Join us on Saturday 16th of April to walk along the Water of Leith.

Start: 10am at Balerno High School
Mid-morning Break: 12.30pm at the Water of Leith Centre in Slateford
Finish: 3pm at Rock Salt Cafe in Leith

The Lifeline walk is an annual tradition that has raised over £14,000 towards our services over the last ten years. We would love to make this year’s walk our biggest ever so we are asking each of our walkers to bring along one friend to walk with them. You don’t have to do the full thing – we have several people joining us en route and we welcome children and dogs to join us too.

If you are interested in joining us please contact our office and let us know to expect you. You can also download a sponsorship form by clicking here or if you would prefer collect money online we have a MyDonate page set up for the event.

We Need Your Old Baby Items!

Posted by admin on February 9, 2016 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article

All of the items that we hand out as part of our practical help service are kindly donated by supporters of our work. At the moment we are running seriously low on:

  • Bouncy Chairs
  • Breast Pumps
  • Moses Baskets
  • Stair Gates
  • Sterilisers
  • Boys clothes in ages 2-4 years

If you can help us with any of these items please contact our office on 0131 557 2060 and we are happy to arrange collection, you can also drop items off at our charity shops in Gorgie or Portobello. Thank you so much for your support!

We Need Your Recipes

Posted by admin on January 5, 2016 under Uncategorized | Comments are off for this article


To begin our year of celebration and thanks for 40 years of service, we are hoping to create a recipe book to sell in our charity shops.

To this end, we are looking for recipes from our volunteers, supporters, staff, clients, referring agencies and shop customers. Our ‘brief’ is to produce a booklet containing recipes to make family meals, with the emphasis being on economy, nourishment, easy & quick, original, freezable and with child-friendly/baby food adaptations.

We hope to attribute each chosen recipe to the sender, with a little history of their connection with Lifeline. This will need to be in production by March, so please get thinking! If you would like to donate a recipe please email us directly