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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.

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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New Monthly Online CRAFT Practitioner Training

Friday 12th Feb, 2021

New Monthly Online CRAFT Practitioner Training

Since the success of our January 2021 online CRAFT training, we are running CRAFT Practitioner training once a month for the rest of the year! We decided to move our regular CRAFT training online in January because of the ongoing pandemic. We were so pleased with the feedback that we are now running sessions each […]

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Reporting of Substance: A discussion about developing media guidelines for reporting on alcohol, drugs, addiction and recovery

Tuesday 9th Feb, 2021

Reporting of Substance: A discussion about developing media guidelines for reporting on alcohol, drugs, addiction and recovery

Reporting of Substance: A discussion about developing media guidelines for reporting on alcohol, drugs, addiction and recovery Thursday 11 March 2021 10.00am-12.00pm Via Zoom Adfam, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and Scottish Recovery Consortium invite you to a discussion event for journalists, broadcasters, editors, press photographers and anyone with a role in developing […]

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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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