Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs was set up in 2003 as the Scottish Network for Families Affected by Drugs. We extended our remit to include alcohol in 2013 and became Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs.
We were set up by families themselves who came together to support each other. They created a united voice to raise awareness of the challenges they faced as family members.
Scottish Families supports anyone who is concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. We use a broad definition of ‘family’, including family members, carers, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, and the list goes on.
We see the Whole Family as an asset, even where the family unit is fragile or damaged. We look to identify and support all of the potential strengths around individuals, whether or not they are in treatment or recovery. Supported, recognised, included and connected families will create stronger communities – a good investment for everyone.
We receive core funding from the Scottish Government as one of their National Commissioned Organisations (NCOs). This currently accounts for around 20% of our income. We are also supported by a range of other government funds, commissioned work, grant funding and fundraising. We are grateful to all of our funders for supporting our work.
How we are funded
Trusts and Foundations
Funding received from charitable trusts and foundations is key to the work of Scottish Families. We welcome all contributions to our projects, equipment or core costs.
We are truly grateful to have received support from many grant-making bodies including:
James T Howat Charitable Trust, Falkirk Community Schools Charity, Margaret Murdoch Trust, Martin Connell Charitable Trust, The James Wood Bequest Fund, Nancy Roberts Charitable Trust, Miss ME Swinton Paterson’s Charitable Trust, The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust, The Souter Charitable Trust, Stafford Trust, The Ward Family Charitable Trust
If you are considering making a grant or a gift to Scottish Families, we have full information on our finances, governance, and practice available. Please contact Fundraising Manager Sarah Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 465 7523 for more information.
Meet Our Team
East Dunbartonshire Family Support Development Officer
Development Officer – Communities & Families
Head of Programmes
Helpline Development Officer
Virtual Family Support Practitioner
Senior Virtual Family Support Practitioner
Connecting Families Development Officer
Forth Valley Family Support Development Officer
Chair of the Board
Isabel rejoined the Board in April 2016 after a break of about 18 months. She spent her working life in the Scottish Office now Scottish Government. During her career, Isabel worked in a range of different Departments. These included housing, town planning, the health service and human resources. She ended her career in the Effective Interventions Unit and the Drug Policy Unit. Isabel was inspired to support Scottish Families when she met family members at a seminar at which the concept of Family Support was being aired some 12 years ago.
Isabel has considerable experience of volunteering in the third sector and has served on several Boards. She is particularly keen to ensure that Board members take their responsibilities for good and effective governance seriously and that the Board recognises its role and responsibilities. Isabel lives in Edinburgh and when time permits she enjoys gardening and is known to bake the odd cake!
Kristofer joined the board in November 2011. Kristofer is a Legal Advisor/Solicitor for the Charity Commission for England and Wales. He joins the board with significant experience of fundraising and the voluntary sector. He served as a Committee Member of the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland for four years.
‘I joined the board as I recognise the importance of the organisation’s work and hope to see the organisation develop its capacity to support more people throughout Scotland.’
Heather joined the Board in the summer of 2016. She is a chartered accountant and qualified at professional services firm Ernst & Young. She has a passion for the charity sector and now works as a senior management accountant at Comic Relief.
Though based in London for work, being from the Scottish Borders and studying in Dundee, she considers Scotland to be her home, and the issues of its people are very close to her heart.
She brings financial experience, from both the charity and commercial sectors. Outside of work you will usually find her running around somewhere. She recently completed the Edinburgh marathon and finds it very hard to sit still!
Lindsey McArthur joined the Board in June 2016. She has more than 15 years experience in fundraising, marketing, communications and external relations.
‘I am delighted to join the Board of an organisation providing such valuable, necessary and often life-changing support to people in real need.’
Colin joined the board in June 2017. He retired in 2011 after a career in teaching, education management and, latterly, arts management. He first experienced the benefits of a family support group in Edinburgh in 2012. He later trained as a SMART facilitator before he and his wife established a group for Family and Friends in West Lothian in 2015. His personal experiences have convinced him of the need to extend support for families, the importance of family-inclusive practice and the value of Scottish Families as an organisation.
Colin also enjoys a range of leisure interests and is an active member of his local athletics club.
Michael joined the Board in April 2017. He works as a solicitor based in Glasgow. Michael has undertaken a wide variety of commercial and civil legal work during his career and brings this experience to the Board.
When he is not working, Michael enjoys military history, American football and teaching himself to code.
Brenda joined the board in June 2017. She first began working in the NHS laboratories, to which she took a career break after to take time to have a family. She went to university and returned to the NHS, working in primary care as a Fund Manager then laterally as a Business Manager for Breast Screening.
She has experience on other boards and is currently a Trustee on the Board of her local church. She is also no stranger to volunteering, she is involved with several groups from babies to teens and attends a monthly group named WLKO.
Brenda joined the Scottish Families Board as she recognises the impact supporting families can have. Not just at crisis times but in the day-to-day ‘just getting by’.