Start Scotland

Fedcap Scotland is currently running the Fair Start Scotland contract in Fife supporting people into employment.  We are based in Dunfermline but run an outreach programme meaning we travel all over Fife to see our customers.  It is a free tailored service that looks at each customer’s needs and creates bespoke action plans to work on things such as CVs, interview skills and training options.

As well as employability advice our customers can access help from our Health and Wellbeing Team. This includes 1-2-1 support, for mental and physical health needs, as well as virtual group sessions such as anxiety management, confidence building, pain management, disclosing health conditions and more 

Once work is secured, we provide 1 year of work support to assist with travel to work, clothes, PVG or any other needs and ensure our customers are settled into long-term sustainable work.

Sam’s Cafe

The team at Sam’s Fife are employed peer workers with SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health), a Scottish-wide charity offering mental health support within the communities of Scotland.

Peer workers at Sam’s Fife have a lived experience of mental health issues and a recovery journey.

Peer workers offer their understanding of how it can feel to live with mental health issues.

Sam’s Fife work with people (aged 16 years plus and no longer in school education) across the whole spectrum of mental health and offer support for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

At Sam’s Fife, we offer support for family, carers and friends.

The team at Sam’s Fife believe in being there for people in their community… in the afternoon and into the evening time.

Lucky Ewe

Lucky Ewe’s vision is to use working outdoors with animals to empower each young person with the self-belief to change their world for the better. We have a small flock of dairy sheep in the beautiful Fife countryside where we aim to improve the mental well-being of everyone who works, volunteers or attends our working farm environment. 

We welcome all ages to become a member and keep in touch with what we do. Apply to become a volunteer and share or improve your practical skills or become one of our Trustees and take an active role in our charity. 

Link Befriending

LINK Fife Mental Health Befriending Projects provide a befriending service for Adults and Young People who have become isolated, lonely and disengaged due to a mental health issue. The aim of befriending is to enhance the quality of the befriendee’s life by supporting their welfare, personal development and capacity for self-determination, through forming a trusting relationship with a befriender. 

Volunteers provide regular 1-2-1 emotional, social and practical support which positively impacts people’s well-being and connectedness, and encourages them to participate more fully in the life of the community. 

LINK is a member of Befriending Networks, Volunteer Friendly Award accredited and is proud to be a Real Living Wage employer. 


Fife Alcohol Support Service is a leading provider of counselling and psychotherapy for people in Fife with alcohol-related problems. We help people deal with addiction, excessive regular drinking and binge drinking. 

We also have extensive self-help resources for anyone looking to cut down or stop because of worries they may be drinking too much. 

Our other projects include the Community Drug Service which offers outreach support in the community for people with drug-related problems. 

Our ADAPT service can advise, guide and support you into the best help and treatment that is available in Fife. 

Finally, our Curnie Clubs help people suffering from social isolation find their way back into community life.  

Our Counsellors within FASS are experienced in facilitating and supporting clients who have various mental health conditions.  It is identified that some clients initially use alcohol/substances to cope with underlying or undiagnosed mental health conditions, which can over time develop into compulsive and addictive substance/alcohol use.  It is also recognised that substances can cause, and indeed exacerbate existing mental health conditions, in particular, anxiety and depression and may in some cases lead to a serious mental health diagnosis.

Charis Foundation

Charis Foundation is a professional counselling, training and retreat service in the heart of Fife, for the community of Fife and beyond. Charis provides counselling for a voluntary donation, to all people regardless of race, belief or social status. The charity is dependent on gifts from individuals and organisations and most team members give their time voluntarily.  

In addition to counselling, Charis delivers professional counselling courses at all levels accredited by CPCAB.   

Historically the charity has also offered retreats for individuals, churches and agencies. However, due to restricted resources, this service is currently on hold.  

Further information can be found on our website Please note that regretfully, at busy times a waiting list for counselling is in operation.


Shout is the UK’s first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

We launched publicly in May 2019 and we’ve had more than 1.7 million conversations with people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need in-the-moment support.

As a digital service, Shout has become increasingly critical since Covid-19, being one of the few mental health support services able to operate as normal at this time.


Moodcafe is a website providing self-help information and support covering a wide range of topics – from managing your emotions, to anxiety and stress management techniques.

Moodcafe also provides areas dedicated to helping groups with specific needs, such as parents, teenagers, older people, carers, and those with addiction.

Fife Women’s Aid

Many women, who have experience of domestic abuse, have had no control over their lives for many years. They may never have had to make a decision regarding themselves, their children or home. Women and children also face the prospect of establishing themselves into a new community or school. Along with practical advice and support, the Fife Women’s Aid workers support women and children to become independent and confident as they can in all that they do. Telephone Support: 0808 802 5555 


DAPL is Fife’s local counselling service, born in the community 30 years ago by the request of families who were experiencing extreme trauma through deprivation and poverty.  DAPL provides a free and confidential counselling service delivered by qualified, experienced workers. Adults affected by substance use issues can access the services via a referral process.  

We are the commissioned  School Counselling Service in Fife and we are available to all children over 10 in both primary and secondary schools. These referrals can be made for a range of issues including  low mood, trauma, anxiety, bullying, substance use, stress… Referrals for the Children, Young Person’s and Family Service should be done through guidance teachers and primary school leads. We also provide a Digital Drop-in service to secondary school young people to ensure that they can access support without having to go through their GP, parents or teachers. 

Anyone that is referred to DAPL must be aware of the referral and be in agreement to the referral being made.  

You can find out more about us at and you can contact us directly via 01333422277.  

DAPL’s Counselling Service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).