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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.

The Family Recovery College 2021 - Now Enrolling!

Friday 23rd Jul, 2021

The Family Recovery College 2021 – Now Enrolling!

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 […]

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Episode 3 of Life with Alcohol and Drugs is now live!

Thursday 22nd Jul, 2021

Episode 3 of Life with Alcohol and Drugs is now live!

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 […]

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Are you brave enough to join us for Scottish Families first ever Firewalk?

Tuesday 20th Jul, 2021

Are you brave enough to join us for Scottish Families first ever Firewalk?

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 […]

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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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