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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.

Reflections On Our First Online Family Recovery College

Monday 8th Mar, 2021

Reflections On Our First Online Family Recovery College

Sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up, take a deep breath and try something new! Back in 2019 we worked with six family members with lived experience of someone else’s substance use to design and deliver a course for The Family Recovery College (FRC). They called the course ‘Understanding Substance Use and Holding […]

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Live in the Scottish Highlands? We want to hear from you.

Monday 8th Mar, 2021

Live in the Scottish Highlands? We want to hear from you.

The Highland’s Alcohol and Drug Partnership (HADP) are working with Scottish Families. They have asked us to help them get a better understanding of what life is like for families affected by alcohol and other drugs. The project ‘Families Are Recognised and Included’ began in November 2020. We’re keen to talk to as many families […]

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Family Support Service Update - March 2021

Wednesday 3rd Mar, 2021

Family Support Service Update – March 2021

Even though we have seen lockdowns and restrictions remain firmly in place over winter, our support services continue to offer support online and by phone. Our local support services are creating timetables of activities for families and our team are going above and beyond to support anyone who needs it. All of our local support […]

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Join our on-line community

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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