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 Relative’, and 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.
Latest News & Events
Here you will find all the latest informative and entertaining news from the organisation.
Friday 23rd Jul, 2021
The Family Recovery College offers a free informal 12-week online course, Understanding Substance Use and Holding on to Hope, for anyone living in Scotland concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. We will support you to build knowledge, skills, and confidence to support yourself and your loved one. The 2021 Family Recovery Course starts Tuesday […]
Thursday 22nd Jul, 2021
The next episode of our podcast series Life with Alcohol and Drugs is now available! In this episode, we talk about ‘Creative Coping Methods’ with Gillian McHendry and Rebecca Bradley from Scottish Families. Gillian and Rebecca talk about creative ways that help you cope such as writing, photography and crafts. They also talk about the […]
Tuesday 20th Jul, 2021
Are you brave enough to join us for Scottish Families first ever Firewalk? We are delighted to be working with our friends at Carers Link East Dunbartonshire to bring you this special event. Take on a life-changing challenge and raise money for families affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol use across Scotland by […]