About Us


Link Up Women’s Support Centre is a women’s only mental health charity that provides a safe caring community in North East Edinburgh.

Link Up empowers women who experience mental health difficulties, to achieve their full potential by offering long-term support, health education, health promotion, creative and social activities.

Our holistic approach supports women to develop self-belief and confidence on their own terms.

Women are also involved at every level of the organisation including planning and service delivery. As a result, women’s lives, families and communities are enhanced as they find a voice both individually and collectively.


Our Objectives

1. To help women to develop strategies to improve their mental health.

2. To provide formal and informal support for members within and out with the Centre.

3. To improve women’s self-confidence and skills through participating in a full programme of education, health promotion and creative activities.

4. To enable and encourage the women to participate fully in the management of the Centre, through voting membership and membership of the Management Committee.

5. To ensure that the individual group programmes and the Centre programme are negotiated with members and are responsive to their declared needs.

6. To provide education, guidance and information to enable the members to move on to other formal and informal activities.


Staff Team & Volunteers

Sharon Kelly – Centre Manager

Linda Furley – Admin Worker

Stephen Cooney – Finance Officer

Zosia Ross – Project Worker

Margaret Heinsar – Project Worker

Rebecca Mitchell – Project Worker

Suzanne Carmichael – Counsellor

Emily Dodd – Writing Group Leader

Creche Team – Rajwant Singh, Val Clapton & Shelley Crowe

Carmen Martinez – Volunteer Communications Officer 


Management Committee

Margaret-Anne MacArthur – Chair

Maggie Squires – Secretary

Treasurer – Carmen Martinez

Jo Samuels

Ann Roberts

Issy Williamson

Dora Welker


Funders and Partners

A great big thank-you to all the following:

Achieving Community Empowerment Programme, Art in Healthcare, Awards for All, City of Edinburgh Council, Care 4 Carers, Craigentinny and Duddingston Neighbourhood Partnership, Craigmillar Family and Child Centre, Denise Ford, Durham University Charities Committee, Edinburgh Community Food, Edinburgh Leisure, ELCA, EVOC, ELTF, Feniks, Frank Sargent: The Shiatsu Centre, Greenspace Trust, Hibernian Community Foundation, Lochend Community Garden, Lothian and Borders Police, Lyceum Theatre, Melanie Jordon, National Portrait Gallery, NHS Lothian, The People’s Health Trust, Pilton Disabled Alliance Retreat, Rosa Fund, The Speaker, Seasons, Scottish Community Foundation, Tampon Tax, Standard Life and The Ripple Project.