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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.

Seven Elements of Positive Communication (Talking With Your Loved One)

Thursday 9th Sep, 2021

Seven Elements of Positive Communication (Talking With Your Loved One)

At Scottish Families, we use a programme called CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) in our Support Services. We believe it gives the best possible outcomes for anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. It teaches the best ways to make small but powerful changes in your life. CRAFT helps you to think […]

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Walk Scotland's Kiltwalk For Scottish Families This September!

Friday 3rd Sep, 2021

Walk Scotland’s Kiltwalk For Scottish Families This September!

How does your support make a difference to families in Scotland? £13 could pay for an hour of staff support for our helpline, which receives around 200 contacts per month. £18 could pay for a session of one to one support, giving families a place to speak and be heard. £40 could pay for an […]

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Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Tuesday 31st Aug, 2021

Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and Scottish Families are taking the time to highlight that naloxone saves lives. Below you can find out more about our online click and deliver naloxone service from our own Suzanne. You can hear about the tragic loss one family member has gone through and why she won’t stop […]

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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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