MECOPP – Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project

MECOPP are Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project. They specifically support black and minority ethnic (BME) carers, by offering information, advice, and a range of support and social opportunities.

In Midlothian Carer support can be provided to people who care for someone aged 25 or over, and are of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, (Hong Kong and mainland China), Nepalese,  African, African-Caribbean or Arabic ethnic origin.

There is a wide range of carer training courses, including topics like stress management and accessing health and social care services.

BME carers and those they care for can access the following services in Midlothian:

  • Gypsy/Travellers Carers’ Project – The gypsy/traveller project can support anyone from the travelling community who cares for someone else. Support is available in both rural and urban areas of Midlothian.
  • Care at Home – this offers carers a regular break from caring by providing personal care and practical help in the home for assessed hours.  Personal care and practical support is also available to individuals.  One-off help is also available in emergencies to existing carers.  Anyone who has received a Social Work Assessment can apply.
  • Self Directed Support (SDS) project and SDS legal rights project – MECOPP have produced lots of accessible resources about SDS and how this can affect carers. For more see here.
  • South Asian dementia support project – The Link Worker will provide dedicated support to South Asian (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi) people with a diagnosis of dementia, their families and carers.  The Worker will provide flexible and proactive advice, information and support to people with a new diagnosis of dementia for a minimum of one year. 


For more information you can contact;

Main Line: 0131 467 2994

Chinese language line: 0131 467 2996

Asian language line: 0131 467 2997

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Carers

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Black and Minority Ethnic Carers in the Lothians who care for a person aged 25 or over.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

Any health or social care agency

Contact Info. & Service Address

Maritime House
8 The Shore

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 467 2994
Fax: 0131 467 2995
Email: [email protected]

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    limited on street
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Information in community languages
  • Translation Service
    Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Chinese
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

Lothian bus number 16

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: MECOPP – Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project

Type: Charity/Voluntary

MECOPP provides support and information for carers from Black & Minority Ethnic communities within Edinburgh and the Lothians including:

  • Multi-lingual advice and information
  • Advocacy and casework support
  • Individual and group support
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Multi-lingual health and social care library
  • Respite service

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 467 2994
Fax: 0131 467 2995
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

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