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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.

Monday 16th Mar, 2020

Scottish Families Announcement – Coronavirus Outbreak

It is with regret that we’ve had to shut our office and suspend our support groups as the global spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to affect all our lives. We’ve taken this necessary precaution as a means of reducing the risk of spread of infection. We will always keep the safety and wellbeing of […]

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Glasgow Kiltwalk is Postponed

Friday 13th Mar, 2020

Glasgow Kiltwalk is Postponed

It is with sadness to announce that the Glasgow Kiltwalk will not be going ahead as planned and is being postponed till further notice. Large scale gatherings are high on the list of things to avoid as the global spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to affect all our lives and we welcome this cancellation […]

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Prison Support Work (Scottish Prison Service & Serco)

Thursday 5th Mar, 2020

Prison Support Work (Scottish Prison Service & Serco)

Our Scottish Families support services can be contacted through a range of different channels –phone, webchat, email, etc. This allows families to get support when and where they need it most, but what about our communities who are serving a custodial sentence or on remand and therefore unable to access our support in the same […]

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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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