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.
Tuesday 11th Feb, 2020
On our first week back after the Christmas holidays, we took part in Self Advocacy training with Patricia Clark from Carers Scotland. Carers Scotland has an entire website filled with resources for carers in Scotland and also for paid support workers. We’ve put together some of the information that was shared in the training below […]
Monday 3rd Feb, 2020
Back in October 2019, we announced that we were launching a new programme of work called My Family, My Rights. The programme sets out to help make sure that the rights and commitments outlined in the Scottish Government’s national alcohol and drug strategy ‘Rights, Respect and Recovery’ become reality for families across Scotland. The strategy […]
Monday 27th Jan, 2020
Last year in partnership with Glasgow Council on Alcohol (GCA) Scottish Families established a Glasgow-wide working group focused on addressing drug and alcohol-related health inequalities experienced by LGBTQI+ people, communities and families. The working group is a partnership between LGBTQI+, drug and alcohol family support organisations and academics. The group has committed to focusing on […]