A service for children and young people in Edinburgh affected by drug and alcohol use in their families.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update January 2022: 

If you need immediate support please contact Samaritans on 116 123 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87.  Information about other mental health supports in Edinburgh can be found at https://ithriveedinburgh.org.uk/ .

Sunflower Garden supports children and young people aged 5-18; helping them to find ways of coping with their situations by expressing and managing their worries, feelings and fears.

Office hours

9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Monday - Friday)

Arrange a visit

Call 0131 220 2488

Contact us



Margaret Dobie & Anna Rahimian

Services offered at Sunflower Garden

  • One-to-one Counselling for children and young people
  • Support for families affected by substance use

We recognise that the needs of every child and young person is different. Our multi-disciplinary team offers a range of services to provide support that is right for each individual. We offer:

Family Outreach Service
Sunflower Garden works in partnership with Circle Harbour Project to provide support across the city for families affected by drug and alcohol use.

As part of this service, Sunflower Garden provides 1:1 therapeutic support to children and young people on an outreach basis, usually in school. This support is varied and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the child. To make a referral please contact us directly or, alternatively, contact the Family Outreach Worker for your area: 

South East –  07921 700539
North East - 07703714761
North West - 07903248740
South West – 07903822059

Individual Counselling and Art therapy
Children and young people can receive support through our counselling service based in Simpson House, Queen Street. Counselling is open ended and offered weekly by our team of committed counselling staff and volunteers. For more information, see our service leaflet below. To make a referral please use the form below.

Group work for children affected by parental alcohol use
This group helps children and young people express their feelings and to make sense of their situations.  It helps them understand more about alcohol use and to build relationships with other people who have similar experiences. To make a referral please use the form below.

Volunteer with us
We have a committed group of volunteers and students who support the day-to-day running of the service. If you are interested in a student placement or volunteering with us, please contact us.

Room hire
At Simpson House, we have rooms available for hire:

Family Outreach Service Leaflet
Counselling and Art Therapy Service Leaflet 

Referral forms for download
Referral Form

Questions about funding, referrals or availability?
Call us on 0131 220 2488

All our practitioners are either, qualified and registered with a PSA-recognised professional body, or in the process of gaining their qualification.  The PSA, or Professional Standards Authority, assesses organisations that register health and social care practitioners (e.g. BACP, COSCA, BAAT, UKCP) so that you can choose a practitioner to meet your needs with confidence.