Who we are

Welcome to Dr Bell’s Family Centre! We are a child-friendly family and community centre, based in the heart of Leith, Edinburgh.

Dr Bell’s aims to be a welcoming place where families with young children can get encouragement, support and advice in a relaxed environment.  We provide universal and targeted provision – for everyone and focusing on the most disadvantaged – in order to minimise stigma.

We play a significant part in creating community cohesion by bringing together people of different cultures around a shared agenda – the welfare of children.

What Support We Offer

Groups & Family Support

Our mission is to support families living in Leith with at least one child under the age of 5. Our groups have been tailored to support our families to give their little ones the best start in life, while also support their own wellbeing. 


Our crèche facility is key to the success of the Centre. It allows parents to attend groups and appointments; it supports families facing challenging circumstances through the provision of regular crèche spaces and offers a drop in facility for all local families.   

Counselling Services

Person-centred counsellors work by acknowledging your perspective of your difficulties and by creating a therapeutic relationship with you which has many benefits: it can support you, without judgement, to challenge beliefs and views which may be affecting you negatively; it helps you identify any relationship difficulties outside of counselling and helps increase your confidence through acknowledgement and acceptance of your experiences


"Thank you for everything you do I really appreciate it. I know how hard you work. Thanks so much. I managed to get my house work done."
Speaking about our creche
"I feel like I’m part of something. The group is so supportive and friendly. I feel like there’s a place for me to talk if I need to. It feels empowering to achieve being in the sea. The group gives me structure and something to look forward to every week. I really love this group."
Attending our Mindfulness Dip group


Get in touch with us by emailing info@dbfc.org.uk or calling us on 0131 553 0100. We will then ask you to complete some basic information so we can get in touch to let you know when groups will start. There are some waiting lists for particular groups, but we will do our best to get you involved as soon as possible! 

Our waiting list is currently open to children over 2 years only. Please email creche@dbfc.org.uk for more information.

Sadly, we are not accepting any donations of clothes or children’s toys/equipment. We really appreciate your thinking of Dr. Bell’s.