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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.

Self Advocacy Training from Carers Scotland

Tuesday 11th Feb, 2020

Self Advocacy Training from Carers Scotland

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 […]

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My Family, My Rights Programme Update

Monday 3rd Feb, 2020

My Family, My Rights Programme Update

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 […]

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Glasgow LGBTQI+ Substance Use Working Group

Monday 27th Jan, 2020

Glasgow LGBTQI+ Substance Use Working Group

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 […]

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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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