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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.

What the Research says about LGBTQ+ People and Substance Use

Tuesday 30th Jun, 2020

What the Research says about LGBTQ+ People and Substance Use

Author: Ash Husband ashleigh@sfad.org.uk Research in both Scotland and across the United Kingdom (UK) suggests that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) people are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs and develop problematic or dependant use than the general population (Emslie, Lennox & Ireland, 2015; Valentine & Maund, 2016; Bachmann & Gooch, […]

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Introducing our new podcast mini-series Alcohol Shorts

Monday 15th Jun, 2020

Introducing our new podcast mini-series Alcohol Shorts

Alcohol Shorts is a new podcast mini-series from Scottish Families! Since being asked to stay at home, some family members have noticed that their loved ones are drinking more. Some are also experiencing challenges with drinking for the first time because of the additional pressures of staying at home including schools closed and homeschooling pressures, […]

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Work with us: Support Assistant for Routes young person’s group

Tuesday 26th May, 2020

Work with us: Support Assistant for Routes young person’s group

We have secured funding from National Lottery Community Fund through the Young Start programme to establish a new Support Assistant post to join our Routes young person’s project working across East and West Dunbartonshire. This new post will co-develop, deliver, support and promote a range of support and engagement for young people (aged 12-26) who […]

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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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