Support Groups


CAA host a network of support groups across Scotland, from Inverness to the Scottish Borders, providing a place for you and your family to meet others for mutual support,

The aim of the groups is to bring together those who are living mesothelioma, and all other asbestos conditions, with others who are affected, in a local venue, to socialise together, share experiences and discuss any concerns that anyone may have.

The group participated in a number of activities including things like self-management of asbestos conditions, gaining information about local services, campaigning activities, having guest speakers from your local area or just somewhere to meet and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.




Monthly meeting. Venue: RUA Club, 5-7 West Craibstone Street, Aberdeen AB11 6DL 

Meetings are normally between 12.00 and 2.00pm.

Some of the activities the group has been taking part in

Aberdeen Care & Repair – gave advice on local handyman service, carrying out small repairs around the house with no charge for labour.
Community Physiotherapist team from Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership visited and provided a demonstration of breathing and relaxation exercises.
Energy Adviser from the Scarf Project to advise on reducing bills, saving energy, switching suppliers, accessing grants for boiler upgrades and specialist advice on insulating granite built buildings.


Irvine, ScotlandAYRSHIRE

Monthly support group meeting. Venue: North Ayrshire County Building, Cunningham House, Irvine, KA12 8EE (Kilwinning committee room which is located on the ground floor).

Some of the activities the group has been taking part in

Local respiratory Physiotherapist from NHS Ayrshire & Arran provided a talk and demonstration on the active cycle of breathing to help combat breathlessness.
Citrus Energy a social enterprise based in Ardrossan that assist with switching suppliers, dealing with any problems with your gas & electricity supplier, saving money on your energy bills and ongoing support.



84 Channel St, Galashiels, Scottish Borders TD1 1BD

Meetings are normally between 12.00 – 2.00pm




Edinburgh skylineEDINBURGH

Monthly support group meeting.

Venue: Unison Building, Douglas House, 60 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3UQ.

Meetings are normally between 12.00 – 2.00pm

Some of the activities the group has been taking part in

Audrey McKinven from Edinburgh Leisure’s Ageing Well Project – a demonstration of seated exercise to music and advice on health and leisure activities that are suited to those with long-term health conditions that can be accessed in Edinburgh and the surrounding regions.
Care & Repair Edinburgh advised on the free handyman service available to those living in the local area as well as advising on grants available to support more major work around the home and a list of verified and trusted contractors.


The Falkirk Wheel


Monthly meeting

Venue: Larbert Library, 22 Hallam Rd, Stenhousemuir, Larbert FK5 3BF

Meetings are normally between 12.00 – 2.00pm.

Some of the activities the group has been taking part in

Specialist Respiratory Physio from NHS Forth Valley attended to demonstrate breathing and chest clearing techniques.
Falkirk Care & Repair spoke about disability grants available to local people to help adapt their house to continue home living.


caa staffGLASGOW

Meetings are monthly. 

Venue: Glasgow Life; 220 High Street; G4 0QW.  


Some of the activities the group has been taking part in

G-Heat Energy adviser advised on energy efficiency, money-saving tips, switching suppliers and grants available to those living in the Glasgow area.
Local MSP’s visited to answer questions from members of the group on a range of issues relating to ARD’s


The shore of greenock bay



Monthly support group meeting.

Venue: Your Voice Inverclyde Community Care Forum, 12 Clyde Square, Greenock, PA15 1NB

Some of the activities the group has been taking part in

i-Heat spoke about the fee impartial energy advice and support to any resident in Inverclyde who has an energy-related concern.
Inverclyde Care & Repair advising on small repairs and handyman service advising of the support available to local residents who need assistance with home repairs ranging from changing light bulbs to fixing taps and plumbing.
Inverclyde Future Skills are attending our November meeting to demonstrate the use of digital technology, tablets & mobile phones and other ways of getting online.


Inverness in Scottish highlandsINVERNESS


Usually meets quarterly.

Venue: Unison Building, Highland Area Resource Centre, 53 Shore Street, Inverness

Meeting normally between 12.15 – 1.30pm




Dalzell Estate & Baron's HaughNORTH LANARKSHIRE


Venue: Daisy Park Community Centre, Cassels Street, Motherwell, M1 1DX


Some of the activities the group has been taking part in

• Samantha Buggy, Care & Repair Co-ordinator attended the group to give an overview of the service in North Lanarkshire.

The Local Respiratory Managed Clinical Network for NHS Lanarkshire visited the group to talk about the work carried out throughout Lanarkshire to help improve the lives of those living with a respiratory condition as well seeking the views on the type of services people would like to be provided locally.

Last updated: 27 June 2018

For further information on CAA support groups, please contact Monica on 0141 552 8852 or E-mail: 

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