About Action on Asbestos

Action on Asbestos (formerly Clydeside Action on Asbestos)

We are Scotland’s leading asbestos, industrial disease and injury charity. Providing practical and emotional support to those affected by mesothelioma, lung cancer and all other asbestos & work-related disease and injury.

We provide our services free to anyone in Scotland diagnosed with an asbestos or industrial disease, regardless of where you live.

During our 35 years of service to the communities of Scotland, we have established excellent working relationships and founded networks with many individuals and agencies including nurses and doctors from our NHS; the Scottish Government; MSP’s; Trade Unions; the Police, and Procurator Fiscal’s service; the DWP; third sector organisations and legal professionals.


We do so in order to build a network of cooperation and ultimately to provide a service that benefits individuals and families suffering from asbestos and industrial disease. We have proudly worked together, campaigning in the long fight for justice and rightful compensation for the devastation that our industrial past has inflicted, and continues to inflict, on our communities.

Support Groups

We provide specialist guidance on your legal entitlement to pursue civil/personal injury compensation.

For more than 35 years we have been providing free and confidential information, advice, practical assistance and emotional support to anyone affected by an asbestos disease and now we have extended our services to help those with other industrial disease or injury.  Each year, our specialist welfare rights team assist more than 750 individuals and their families to recover millions of pounds in benefits and compensation that they are rightly entitled to.

Our welfare rights team provide emotional and practical support and specialist advice on benefits and compensation. They have over 80 years of experience between them.

Compensation and Benefits Advice Service

During the current coronavirus crisis, our welfare rights team are assisting our new and current service users. We are continuing to provide practical and emotional support.

Our welfare rights team are able to progress new and existing benefit & compensation claims and are liaising closely with NHS medical professionals, specialist solicitors and the DWP:  Working together to provide you with the best service possible.

Our Welfare Rights Officers are here to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns.  We are able to provide you with practical and emotional support. We can also advise you what benefits you are entitled to and whether you are entitled to compensation from the government.  We provide specialist guidance on your right to pursue a civil/personal injury claim.

Compensation & Benefits Advice Service Compensation & Benefits Advice Service

If you or a loved one has been affected by asbestos or industrial disease please get in touch.  We provide our services free to anyone in Scotland diagnosed with asbestos or industrial disease or injury, regardless of where you live. 

Please get in touch. We are here to help.​

We are expanding our services with a new mission
Our newly refurbished premises with much improved facilities for our service users
Our newly refurbished premises with much improved facilities for our service users

Action on Asbestos, Industrial Disease and Injury, Scotland’s leading asbestos charity, is expanding with a new mission. The charity, until recently known as Clydeside Action on Asbestos, has been helping people with an asbestos-related disease for over 35 years. Now, we are expanding so that anyone who develops a work-related illness or injury can benefit from our advice service.

Some of the things we do to help people who are living with industrial disease or injury:

We Fund Cutting Edge Technology For the Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

The Interventional Pulmonology team at the RIE are immensely grateful to AoA for their support in making this technology available and enhancing the care of our cancer patients.

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We fund specialist nursing support for mesothelioma patients in Scotland

A specialist nurse dedicated to improving care for patients with pleural disease, including those with mesothelioma has been given funding by Scotland’s leading asbestos charity Action on Asbestos. The new pleural specialist nurse will be based within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and will see patients from throughout the West of Scotland;

We fund the first specialist nurse in Scotland to deal with all asbestos-related conditions

CAA Respiratory Nurse Specialist Kim Bracher (centre in the green jacket) with Phyllis Craig MBE (left of Kim) Dr Gourab Choudhury, left of Phyllis, Jim Kelso (Acting Chair of CAA, centre right).

Action on Asbestos fund a nurse dedicated to helping patients who have work-related lung conditions caused by no fault of their own. The new nursing post is the first in Scotland to be specifically targeted at people who are living with the effects of being exposed to substances such as asbestos and will make a significant difference to how people manage their illness.

We fund Continuing Professional Development (CPD) support for nurses in Scotland

Scotland’s nurses are to benefit from a new fund that has been launched by Action on Asbestos (CAA). The charity has been able to launch the fund following a donation from Dr Michael Crawford in memory of his late wife, Dr Audrey Finnegan Crawford, who died as a result of mesothelioma in 2013. The fund will be named after Audrey:  Dr Audrey Finnegan Crawford Memorial Fund

Donations & Fundraising

Please contact us for further advice and information: