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About Scottish Families

Supporting families across Scotland

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity that supports anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland. We give information and advice to many people and help them with confidence, communication, general wellbeing, and we link them into local support. We also help people recognise and understand the importance of looking after themselves.

When we say family, we mean who you see as your family. It could be close and extended family members, friends, your friend’s family, colleagues, neighbours, anyone.

We were created in 2003 by families themselves who came together to support each other and campaign for recognition. We’ve grown a lot since then!

We support people through our helpline, bereavement support service, Telehealth (one-to-one support), and our family support services in Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire, and Forth Valley. We also deliver workforce development through our training courses, communications and campaigning work, our young person’s project ‘Routes’ in East and West Dunbartonshire, and wider community development including our Connecting Families programme.

We have our own call to action in our strategic plan 2017-20 ‘It’s All Relativeand we work to five main outcomes:

  • Families are supported
  • Families are included
  • Families are recognised
  • Families are connected to communities
  • Families are a movement for change

Meet our Staff…

Find out about the dedicated team behind Scottish Families.

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Latest News & Events

Here you will find all the latest informative and entertaining news from the organisation.

#VoicesTogether - Scottish Families Virtual Choir

Friday 22nd May, 2020

#VoicesTogether – Scottish Families Virtual Choir

When we starting working from home in March 2020, Ash from the team had an idea of doing a virtual choir with the support of her friend Emilie Boyd. There was a lot of interest in the choir and in the end 23 lovely people (and awesome singers) joined in to sing ‘You Gotta Be’ […]

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Work with us: Family Support Development Officer for South Lanarkshire

Wednesday 20th May, 2020

Work with us: Family Support Development Officer for South Lanarkshire

In partnership with South Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, My Support Day (peer-led family support) and Liber8 we have secured funding from the national Challenge Fund to establish a new two-year Family Support Development Officer post, working across South Lanarkshire. This new post will develop, deliver, support and promote a range of family support and […]

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Catching up with #BehindTheNumbers (with new video and findings report)

Friday 15th May, 2020

Catching up with #BehindTheNumbers (with new video and findings report)

Nearly a year later, we have published our ‘Findings Report’ of #BehindTheNumbers which takes on a storybook style explaining the campaign, its progress and its success. We also share story summaries and feedback from the incredible four women who took part in the campaign. Most importantly, our report includes the Five Key Recommendations for Change […]

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Telehealth is our free 1:1 support service where support is given over the phone, through email, FaceTime or NHS Attend Anywhere. Telehealth sessions are typically an hour a week, and we offer up to 6 sessions. Telehealth can support you if you live in rural or remote locations, can’t travel far, cannot get childcare, or do not live near a support group or service. The quickest way to get in touch with us about Telehealth is through our helpline.

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