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Opening hours

Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am

Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

This service is for people in Scotland


W3C standards

This website has been developed to comply with W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to ensure effective support for users requiring accessibility features. Below are some key features of support:

Access keys

Access keys have been setup to allow keyboard navigation to main parts of this website. They are as follows:

  • h: Home page
  • f: Feedback
  • s: jump to page content
  • 0: How we can help
  • 1: Information and support
  • 2: About Us
  • 3: News

Use of access keys differs from browser to browser – see below:

Browser Windows Linux Mac
Internet Explorer [Alt] + accesskey N/A  
Chrome [Alt] + accesskey [Alt] + accesskey [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Firefox [Alt] [Shift] + accesskey [Alt] [Shift] + accesskey [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Safari [Alt] + accesskey N/A [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Opera Opera 15 or newer: [Alt] + accesskey
Opera 12.1 or older: [Shift] [Esc] + accesskey

Conformance statement

Breathing Space is committed to providing a website that is usable and accessible to all. In accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the following non-compliances:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text


Whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac, you can listen to our website for free using ReachDeck.

What is ReachDeck?

ReachDeck reads website content out loud using the most natural and engaging voice to transform your online reading experience. 

Features include:

  • simplifier
  • screen masking
  • the ability to personalise the settings to suit individual needs and preferences

Who does ReachDeck help?

ReachDeck helps people that:

  • require online reading support
  • simply prefer to listen to information instead of reading it.

Those with print disabilities – such as dyslexia or mild visual impairments – may find ReachDeck particularly useful.

How do I use ReachDeck?

You can launch the ReachDeck toolbar by clicking the accessibility icon at the bottom of each page each page.

After the toolbar launches, highlight, or click, any text to hear it read aloud.


Using settings on your browser you can use your own stylesheet to affect the presentation of text and images throughout the site. Each browser supports this feature in a slightly different manner. Instructions on how to create a stylesheet are outside the scope of this website, but there are a number of free tools available on the web to help you create your own.

Text sizes

The font size of this website can be adjusted to your preference via settings on your browser. This differs from browser to browser. Internet Explorer, select View, then Text Size, and then a text size. In Firefox select View, then Zoom In or Out.

Screen readers

This site is designed to operate with most modern screen readers to ensure that navigation and content is delivered in a manner that is consistent with the written form.

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