About Us

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 your spouse, your parent, your sibling, your partner, your friends, your friend’s family, your colleagues, your neighbours, and anyone we may have missed.

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 have a number of local and national Family Support Services. Our four national Family Support Services are our Helpline, Bereavement Support, one to one Telehealth Support and Holding On.

Our Local Family Support Services include one to one support and group support in Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire, Forth Valley, Fife, Inverclyde and South Lanarkshire.

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 are one of the Scottish Government’s Nationally Commissioned Organisations (NCOs) for alcohol and drugs and are recognised as Scotland’s leading charity for families affected by alcohol and drugs.

Read our Impact Report 2020/21 here.

How We Work

How we work is as important as what we do.

We use relationship-based practice which places family members at the heart of everything we do.

Our relationships with family members are based on trust, respect, compassion and time. We recognise and build on families’ own strengths and expertise. We acknowledge their influence in preventing and reducing harm and risk. All of our work with families is trauma-informed.

We work with family members to develop knowledge, skills, confidence, self-care and connections. We use a rights-based framework that recognises that family members have the right to be supported in their own right; included as active partners in their loved one’s treatment, support and recovery; and involved in the planning and development of policy and practice.

Our previous Strategy, ‘It’s All Relative’ (2017-20), introduced five Outcomes that underpin all our work. These Outcomes act as a framework for everything we do. They are easy to understand and communicate to others. We use them to summarise what we do, to organise our work, and to report on our performance.

  • Families are supported
  • Families are included
  • Families are recognised
  • Families are connected to communities
  • Families are a movement for change

Change Will Come Our Strategy 2020-2023

One in three adults say they have been negatively affected by the alcohol or drug use of someone they know. In Scotland, it has been estimated that up to 60,000 children are affected by parental drug use, and up to 51,000 children are affected by parental alcohol use.

Yet most families who are harmed by someone else’s substance use remain hidden from sight. Even those closest to them – friends, work colleagues and other family members – can be unaware of what is going on. This is due to the secrecy, shame and stigma of addiction in the family, as well as a lack of visible and high-quality local support, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and a sense of powerlessness and disconnection.

Our ‘Change Will Come’ Strategy (2020-23) identifies 12 Key Changes which we want to see in the next 3 years. As well as these Key Changes, we will continue to develop and improve all of our existing services and activities. We will know we have succeeded when we have no more hidden families.

Delivery Plan

Download Strategy as PDF

How We Are Funded

Funding from charitable trusts and foundations is key to the work of Scottish Families. We are grateful to have received support from many grant-making bodies including:

Funders for 2020-21:

Scottish Government, Corra Foundation, Forth Valley Alcohol and Drug Partnership, and East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

Trusts and Foundations:

Morrison’s Foundation, W A Cargill, Cash for Kids, Tesco Bags of Help, Bowie Charitable Trust, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, Barclays, W M Mann Foundation, Corra Foundation, Miss Swinton Trust, Neighbourly, Tiny Changes Trust, National Lottery – Young Start, Foundation Scotland, Glasgow Credit Union, Bank of Scotland, Volant Trust, Merchants House, Scottish Women’s Baptists, Schroder Charity Trust, Miekel Foundation, James Weir Foundation, Youthlink, Helping Hand Fund, McNabbs, ASDA, Saints and Sinners, Willis Group Services, Robertson Trust, Kintore Trust.

Meet Our Team

Our Staff

Justina Murray : CEO

Justina Murray

CEO

Justina joined Scottish Families as CEO in June 2017, following previous roles in partnership development, and research and policy in Scotland and New Zealand. This included roles in community justice (focused on reducing reoffending), community planning, public policy and equal employment opportunities.

Justina’s role at Scottish Families includes providing strategic leadership for the charity, supporting the Board in its governance role, making sure we have the resources (money, people and skills) to do our job, and driving forward our work to respond to changing needs and issues.

She is committed to championing the hidden role of families, campaigning for improved support for families in their own right, and enjoys working with so many interesting, amazing and experienced people across Scotland.

Justina lives with her family on the Ayrshire coast and enjoys holidays and travel and catching up with friends.

Justina can be contacted on ceo@sfad.org.uk and you can follow her on Twitter @ceoSFAD.

Claire Wadsworth : Senior Development Officer - Young People

Claire Wadsworth

Senior Development Officer - Young People

Claire has been with Scottish Families for nearly 7 years. She began as our East Dunbartonshire Family Support Worker but found she was asked to support teenagers regularly who had a parent who was using alcohol or drugs. She recognised a huge need for support for this age range and was delighted when our new service for young people Routes was launched.

Claire now runs Routes along with Pam. She has over 10 years’ experience of working with vulnerable children and was keen to return to working with this age range. She has been blown away by the resilience and bravery of the young people she works with and although it’s full-on, she loves this rewarding new role.

When not at work, Claire enjoys spending time with her own teenagers or playing netball or eating!

For enquiries about our young person’s group Routes, contact Claire claire@sfad.org.uk

Rebecca Bradley : Communications Officer

Rebecca Bradley

Communications Officer

Rebecca has been with Scottish Families since October 2016. She has over 4 years’ experience working in communications for the third sector. Her personal focus areas are content creation, filmmaking, storytelling, campaigns and social media.

Rebecca’s role at Scottish Families is to maximise our reach and engagement throughout Scotland and deliver our communication strategy using different methods, channels and getting creative.

Rebecca is passionate about illustrating the impact a parent’s alcohol use can have on their child and highlighting the connection between mental health and addiction.

When she’s not at work, Rebecca enjoys photography and travelling around Scotland.

For press enquiries or anything comms-related contact Rebecca rebecca@sfad.org.uk

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Sarah Campbell : Fundraising Manager

Sarah Campbell

Fundraising Manager

Sarah has been the Fundraising Manager at Scottish Families since October 2016. She has 10 years of experience working in fundraising, from bucket shaking to 10k trust applications and everything in between.

Sarah’s role at Scottish Families is to raise the money we need to keep providing support to families. Her favourite part of the job is meeting people across Scotland doing brave, weird or wonderful things to raise cash.

When not at work, Sarah is kept busy with her one-year-old son.

For any enquiries about fundraising with us, contact Sarah sarah@sfad.org.uk

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Scott Clements : Head of Programmes

Scott Clements

Head of Programmes

Scott joined Scottish Families in March 2011, bringing both operational and quality and training management experience from former roles, including managing multi-channel contact centre health and lifestyle services.

Scott’s role as Head of Programmes covers responsibility for performance management, quality assurance, service development and improvement.

Scott is an associate member of CIPD and experienced trainer delivering on both internal and external workforce learning and development activities.

Scott is passionate that Scottish Families provides quality services in partnership with the families accessing them.

For enquiries about our training courses and feedback on our services, contact Scott scott@sfad.org.uk

Suzie Gallagher : Helpline Development Officer

Suzie Gallagher

Helpline Development Officer

Suzie (commonly known as Sooze) has been with Scottish Families since October 2014. She manages our national helpline including recruitment, training and ongoing supervision of our home-based helpline volunteers.

Suzie has over 25 years of telephony-based support, having previously worked with the emergency services.

Suzie’s role at Scottish Families is managing our national helpline to make sure families have access to support when and where they need it most. She works hard building partnerships with other organisations and services that may encounter struggling families and building referral pathways for Scottish Families to support them.

When she’s not at work, Sooze likes to sample cakes and coffee shops with her partner Andrew. She can also be found roaming around at River Garden Auchincruive usually with a bag of arts and crafts, having some top-class banter with the residents and staff.

She is also a keen volunteer in her home area. She is on the board of the local Housing Association, provides support to the Board of a local Hospice, and is a member of her local children’s panel.

For any enquiries about our helpline, service directory or helpline volunteering contact Suzie suzanne@sfad.org.uk

Twitter @SuzanneSFAD

Martha Rae : Senior Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Martha Rae

Senior Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Martha joined Scottish Families in 2015 providing local family support as a Family Support Development Officer in Forth Valley before changing roles in 2017. She is now based in our Glasgow office delivering and coordinating our Telehealth and Bereavement services as the Senior Virtual Family Support Practitioner.

Martha has over 12 years’ experience working in the alcohol and drug field and brings this experience with her when supporting families.

Believing strongly that families should always have support in their own right, Martha loves providing a listening ear and support to families and helping them to forge their way through sometimes unpredictable and unsettling experiences.

Outside of work, Martha can be found trying to entertain her young daughter- with varying degrees of success- baking, eating and spending time with friends and family.

Martha is currently on maternity leave. To talk about Telehealth or Bereavement please contact Gill Harmon gill@sfad.org.uk.

Susie McClue : Senior Connecting Families Development Officer

Susie McClue

Senior Connecting Families Development Officer

Susie has been with Scottish Families since May 2014 and currently leads the Connecting Families programme of work. Susie’s role at Scottish Families is to increase capacity and sustainability and of family recovery throughout Scotland by building connections and opportunities to share experiences, learning, and ideas to create change.

Her main focus areas are to support community groups to access the Family Recovery Initiative Fund, connect leaders of family support groups into an emerging leadership network, pilot new approaches to empowering families such as the Family Recovery College, and organise partnership-based community events.

Away from work, Susie enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, especially if it involves the beach.

For a chat about the Family Recovery Initiative Fund, to get involved in our community events, to find out more about the Family Recovery College project or to join our Leadership Development Network for family support group leaders contact susie@sfad.org.uk

Lynne Wandrum : Senior Family Support Development Officer- Forth Valley

Lynne Wandrum

Senior Family Support Development Officer- Forth Valley

Lynne joined Scottish Families in November 2017. In the six years before joining the team, Lynne was an Addictions Support Worker, a role which allowed her to champion the message of Recovery.

This is a passion which remains with Lynne and as the Senior Family Support Development Officer in Forth Valley with us, her role is to develop and deliver a range of family support services across Forth Valley.

Lynne engages with people in any way she can to help them feel supported, listened to and empowered to find recovery.

Away from work, Lynne loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, and sharing laughs.

For any enquiries about family support in Forth Valley, contact Lynne lynne@sfad.org.uk

Gill Harmon : Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Gill Harmon

Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Gill has been with Scottish Families since November 2018. Gill works on our Telehealth service delivering CRAFT to family members. She also works on our bereavement service setting up counselling sessions for family members. Gill has seven years of experience of working in an alcohol and drug treatment service in a Local Authority. Before this Gill worked with young people experiencing homelessness, trauma and addiction.

Gill’s experience to date forms her passion of working with family members. Gill has always felt that families should have the right to their own support. As well as often being an integral part in their loved one’s recovery families have to be recognised in their own right.

In her spare time, Gill can usually be found spending time with her two children. Days off can range from adventures in the park to cosy afternoons in the house. Gill also enjoys going to the gym to switch off and spending time with her husband and friends.

For any enquiries about our Telehealth service, please contact Gill gill@sfad.org.uk

Colin McIntosh : East Dunbartonshire Family Support Development Officer

Colin McIntosh

East Dunbartonshire Family Support Development Officer

Colin has been at Scottish Families since March 2019. He has experienced in the third sector over the last 6 years in outreach, assisted accommodation and Recovery and Rehabilitation with SAMH as well as a year with SMART Recovery as National Coordinator, Scotland.

Colin’s role at Scottish Families is to promote and develop the support that is available in East Dunbartonshire, supporting family members at support groups, drop-ins, and one-to-ones.

Colin’s passion is in supporting family members to endeavour to change their behaviours, however small, around their loved ones in their addiction and the chaos it can create.

Away from work, Colin enjoys walking and holidays with his partner as well as fitting in time with family and friends.

For any enquiries about our East Dunbartonshire support service, contact Colin colin@sfad.org.uk

Pam Burns : Development Officer - Young People

Pam Burns

Development Officer - Young People

Pamela has been with Scottish Families since April 2019. She has over 10 years’ experience supporting children and families in the third sector. Her main focus is to make sure young people are adequately supported to achieve their goals and able to live a life free of stigma.

Pamela’s role in the charity is to support young people aged 12-26 years, living in East and West Dunbartonshire that have been affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use. She works with the young people in co-production to develop a young person-led service.

Pamela’s main focus is on building relationships with young people and involving them in the running of the service. Challenging stigma, disadvantage, and exclusion faced by young people, she works with them to make sure they have equal access to services and support for their emotional and physical wellbeing.

When not at work, Pamela enjoys spending time with her husband and two children – always saving for that next big family adventure!

For any enquiries about our young person’s group, contact Pamela pam@sfad.org.uk

Carly Patterson : Aberdeenshire Family Support Development Officer

Carly Patterson

Aberdeenshire Family Support Development Officer

Carly joined Scottish Families in July 2019, having previously worked with people in recovery from mental health, physical health, and substance use problems.

As the Family Support Development Officer for Aberdeenshire, Carly focuses on providing support to anyone affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use. She provides support on an individual basis, or within a support group setting.

Carly has a particular interest in health and wellbeing and thrives to help people live happy and healthy lives.

Outside of work, Carly enjoys walks with her dog and loves exploring different parts of the world.

For any enquiries about the Aberdeenshire family support service, contact Carly carly@sfad.org.uk

Aylice Millar : PA to CEO/Business Support Assistant

Aylice Millar

PA to CEO/Business Support Assistant

Aylice joined Scottish Families in October 2019. She has over 20 years of experience in admin in the Public Sector, mainly in Justice Services.

Aylice’s main role is as a Personal Assistant to our CEO Justina Murray and to provide business support to the whole team.

Aylice is committed to using her organisational and admin skills within public or third sector providers, where the main outcome is to support people to improve their lives.

Outside of work, Aylice spends most of her time with her four grandchildren and enjoys socialising with close friends and taking part in church activities.

For any enquiries about events, training, or anything general, contact Aylice aylice@sfad.org.uk

Callum Shipcott : Support Assistant - Routes

Callum Shipcott

Support Assistant - Routes

Callum joined Scottish Families in July 2020. He has a degree in Sport and Physical Activity from the University of Strathclyde wherein he had the opportunity to work in and around schools and develop experience working with children and young people.

He is passionate about developing health and well-being and enjoys working with different people.

In his free time, he is part of a football team and enjoys socialising with family and friends.

For any enquiries about our young person’s group, contact Callum callum@sfad.org.uk

Laurie Lee Whitton : South Lanarkshire Family Support Development Officer

Laurie Lee Whitton

South Lanarkshire Family Support Development Officer

Laurie Lee joined Scottish Families in July 2020. Before joining the team, Laurie Lee worked in a role that supported women who sell or exchange sex online in Scotland. Prior to that role, Laurie Lee worked with male, LGBT+, and BME survivors of domestic abuse.

Laurie Lee’s passion lies in amplifying the voices of people in communities that may be over-looked or stigmatised. She is a strong believer that everyone deserves to be heard and supported.

As the Family Support Development Officer for South Lanarkshire, Laurie Lee’s role is to support those affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. This can be on a one-to-one basis, or within a group setting. This is in partnership with the peer-led group ‘My Support Day’.

Outside of work, Laurie Lee enjoys spending time with friends and family, eating good food and reading non-fiction.

For any enquiries about our South Lanarkshire Family Support Service, contact Laurie Lee laurielee@sfad.org.uk

Daryl McLeister : Inverclyde Family Support Development Officer

Daryl McLeister

Inverclyde Family Support Development Officer

Daryl joined Scottish Families in November 2020. Prior to working for Scottish Families, Daryl studied Psychology and spent over 10 years working as a Recovery Worker in Substance Misuse Services in Scotland and Suffolk. This role has also allowed him to work directly with affected family members.

Daryl’s role at Scottish Families is to promote and develop the support that is available in Inverclyde, supporting family members at support groups, drop-ins, and one-to-ones.

He enjoys engaging with people in a warm and empathetic way and loves helping people work towards the changes they want to make. He is really passionate about the role of family members in recovery, and the incredible influence the right support can have in helping family members find their way through tricky situations.

Away from work, Daryl enjoys spending time with his young family, going for walks, music and travelling. He is known to enjoy the finest Italian ice creams that Scotland has to offer!

For any enquiries about our Inverclyde Family Support Service, contact Daryl daryl@sfad.org.uk

Nicole Darroch : Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Nicole Darroch

Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Nicole joined Scottish Families in November 2020. She has worked with children and families for 10 years in different sectors such as residential care, children’s rights and advocacy, as well as variants of other third sector projects.

Nicole qualified as a Social Worker in 2014. Relationship-based practice is always at the heart of what she does and she always aims to work for an organisation that places relationships at the centre.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys eating out and is always looking for new restaurants to try. She enjoys travelling – after she graduated she visited 8 countries over 8 months! She loves spending time with her family and friends, especially if food is involved.

Nicole is currently on maternity leave. To talk about our Holding On project please contact Alison Fleming alison@sfad.org.uk.

Lena McMillan : Family Support Development Officer - Forth Valley

Lena McMillan

Family Support Development Officer - Forth Valley

Lena joined Scottish Families in November 2020. She has over twenty years experience of working in the third sector, in both paid and voluntary positions, and qualified as a counsellor in 2005. Most recently, Lena worked in a primary school where she provided a counselling service to pupils. Prior to this, she has been employed as a Recovery Support Worker and as a counsellor working with both adults and young people affected by their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

Lena is passionate about engaging with people, working in ways that support them to find their own solutions to their situations. She particularly enjoys working with groups and values the enriching experience this can be for participants.

Lena’s role at Scottish Families involves supporting the delivery of the Forth Valley Family Support Service and includes delivering community-based services that specifically address the needs of families affected by alcohol and drugs.

Away from work, Lena loves reading; long walks in the countryside; having family and friends over for home-cooked meals; holidays and oodles of time spent with her husband, three children and two big, hairy dogs.

For any enquiries about our Forth Valley Support Service, you can contact Lena at lena@sfad.org.uk.

Gillian McHendry : Family Support Assistant - Forth Valley

Gillian McHendry

Family Support Assistant - Forth Valley

Gillian joined Scottish Families in November 2020 as Family Support Assistant for our Forth Valley Family Support Service. Gillian first started working in social care 14 years ago in youth homelessness and then progressed into criminal justice and addictions.

She discovered that her strengths lay in relationship building, empowering people to find their voice and supporting them to use it. Gillian calls herself a people person and plans to continue progressing in this area.

For any enquiries about our Forth Valley Support Service, you can contact Gillian at gillianm@sfad.org.uk.

Eve Lyall : Helpline Support Assistant

Eve Lyall

Helpline Support Assistant

Eve graduated (virtually) in July 2020 from Glasgow Caledonian with a degree in Social Sciences, specialising in Sociology and Criminology. Eve became involved with Scottish Families as a volunteer helpline advisor in mid-2019 before joining as our Helpline Support Assistant in January 2021.

Eve’s voluntary experience with Scottish Families enabled her to appreciate the value of providing recognition to individuals who may feel that their perspectives and struggles are often overlooked. Eve has also worked in social care as a mental health support worker, supporting individuals to live independently within their local community.

Eve holds the firm belief that families of those with drug and alcohol issues should feel visible, supported, and empowered in feeling best able to support both their loved ones and themselves as individuals.

Eve enjoys attending live music events and festivals, as well as going on city breaks across Europe. She loves to read and is a strong proponent of the benefits that reading can provide for our mental health and emotional wellbeing. In 2020, Eve read 30 books!

You can contact Eve at eve@sfad.org.uk.

Alison Fleming : Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Alison Fleming

Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Alison joined Scottish Families in April 2021 as a Virtual Family Support Practitioner delivering Telehealth and our Holding On project. She has five years’ experience in delivering CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training).

Prior to working for Scottish Families, she established family support in South Ayrshire. She has also worked as a Project Worker for people in addiction. Alison is passionate about families and getting them support in their own right.

Away from work, Alison enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves going on adventures with her sister and kids such as Go Ape, paddle-boarding and lots of other things. Her dog Buddy likes to get in on the action as well.

For any enquiries about Telehealth or Holding On, contact Alison alison@sfad.org.uk

Rebecca McColl : Policy and Research Intern

Rebecca McColl

Policy and Research Intern

Rebecca graduated from the University of Dundee in June 2020 with a dual degree in History and Politics. After that, she began studying at the University of the West of Scotland on the MSc Contemporary Drug and Alcohol course to specialise in what she learned from the politics department at the University of Dundee. Her studies led her to become passionate about research and policy development regarding alcohol and drugs.

Rebecca first became involved with Scottish Families during her studies at UWS. She had a placement with us for around 8 weeks for work-based learning. From there, she learned more about the experience of families. Working with Scottish Families furthered her belief that family members should be involved in policymaking and that their voices and experiences should be heard.

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys travelling, eating out, walks with her dog Leo and trips home to Dundee to see family and friends!

You can contact Rebecca on rebeccamc@sfad.org.uk

Debra Nelson : Connecting Families Development Officer

Debra Nelson

Connecting Families Development Officer

Debra joined Scottish Families in June 2021 as Connecting Families Development Officer. Throughout her career, she has worked in human services in the Statutory, Voluntary and Private Sectors and worked with and alongside many families in different roles and circumstances in both Scotland and England.

Since moving to the West Coast of Scotland, she has worked in Advocacy and Substance Misuse Services working in collaboration with families and activists to establish new recovery and family support groups and venues, giving her the opportunity to spend time with and get to know individuals who often feel unheard and disempowered. Debra passionately believes that with the right support and time, people can find strength in the most fragile of times, and their shared experiences can be an inspiration to many.

In her spare time, she loves walking with her dogs and she has varied interests from an online Shakespeare group to clown workshops to Netflix! She also goes on annual silent retreats in keeping with her Buddhist beliefs.

For any enquiries about Connecting Families, contact Debra at debra@sfad.org.uk.

Richard Watson : Connecting Families Development Officer

Richard Watson

Connecting Families Development Officer

Richard joined the team in June 2021 as Connecting Families Development Officer. He is passionate about improving quality and access to services for families. Previously he worked with the Department of Work and Pensions where he developed their addictions strategy and promoted a trauma-informed approach. He has used his own lived experiences of addiction, bereavement and recovery, and the impact that has on families in his previous roles as a Civil Servant and as an active member of various recovery communities. He has sat on the Scottish Government Drug Death Task Force (DDTF) where he focused on addressing where multiple complex needs contribute to drug harm. He also helped develop the DDTF stigma charter which he hopes will be embraced across Scotland.

Richard says one of his greatest achievements is being a father to his two daughters who have walked his recovery journey with him and are a testimony to the fact that families can meet any challenge with support and love. He likes running and is a bit of a specialist coffee fan.

For any enquiries about Connecting Families, contact Richard at richard@sfad.org.uk.

Sarah O Hare : Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Sarah O Hare

Virtual Family Support Practitioner

Sarah joined the team in July 2021 as a Virtual Family Support Practitioner, delivering both Telehealth and Holding On. Children and young people were at the heart of her previous experience, as well as working in the voluntary sector.

Sarah was a volunteer counsellor at Childline for 5 years and has supported families in a hospice setting, and school/community settings. In a previous role, she delivered an evidence-based family therapy model to young people and their families to reduce the risk of relationship breakdown and accommodation. She is passionate about improving family relationships and empowering families.

In her spare time, she takes her rescue greyhound on long walks. Sarah also enjoys travelling and getting to see the world, going to live comedy and considers herself a bit of a foodie!

You can contact Sarah at saraho@sfad.org.uk.

Clare Morrison : Community Fundraiser

Clare Morrison

Community Fundraiser

Clare joined Scottish Families in June 2021 as our Community Fundraiser. She has worked in the third sector for over 9 years and is something she feels very passionate about. Clare graduated in Events Management in 2019. Her studies, coupled with several years volunteering with charities close to her heart, led her to develop a strong desire for creating events that raise funds and awareness for charities.

Clare works alongside our Fundraising Manager Sarah and together they raise the vital money needed for Scottish Families to continue delivering our services.

Outside of work, Clare enjoys going for long walks, playing netball and spending time with family and friends.

For any enquiries about fundraising with us or volunteering at events, contact Clare at clarem@sfad.org.uk.

Jade Harley : Family Support Assistant - Forth Valley

Jade Harley

Family Support Assistant - Forth Valley

Jade joined the team in July 2021 as Family Support Assistant for our Forth Valley Support Service. She’s a self-professed people person and loves meeting new faces. She was a fundraiser for MAD Scotland and has enjoyed running several successful quiz nights through the years for various charities.

After a decade of events and hospitality, Jade moved into voluntary and community work where she focused on families and student mental health. She co-created a free wellbeing resource for students available through their student unions.

Jade loves getting involved in new concepts and wants to keep producing creative works that help people to use different tools to understand and improve their wellbeing. She is currently a student at the University of Edinburgh working towards a degree in Learning in Communities.

When she is not running around after her young daughter, she can be found downloading yet another book to her Kindle!

To contact Jade you can get in touch at jade@sfad.org.uk.

Kirsten Holland : Fife Family Support Development Officer

Kirsten Holland

Fife Family Support Development Officer

Kirsten joined the team in July 2021. She graduated from the Scottish Drugs Forum Addiction Workers Training Project in July 2015, attaining an SVQ2 in Health and Social Care with an emphasis on addiction, trauma and mental health and has since attained the SVQ3.

She has been working in the third sector since graduating, working in a rehabilitation service supporting adults affected by their own substance use. She also volunteered with a local youth service delivering drug, alcohol, sexual health and keeping safe sessions in schools and 16+ groups.

Kirsten is herself 12 years in recovery and is passionate about helping others find stability and calm. She feels strongly about challenging the stigma around addiction and breaking down the barriers of accessing treatment.

Away from work, she loves spending time with her husband and son in the garden or on nature walks, visiting her daughter in Glasgow, and looking after her many small animals. She is at the happiest hosting family gathering in her garden, bringing her clan together for food, music and dancing – all her favourite things!

You can contact Kirsten at kirsten@sfad.org.uk.

Shana Lord : Communications Assistant

Shana Lord

Communications Assistant

Shana joined us in November 202 with a background in hospitality, after nearly a decade working in various restaurants and coffee shops, she is determined to utilise her skills to make a positive impact within the third sector. Since moving to Glasgow, she has been involved in various PR and Marketing campaigns within hospitality and most recently started volunteering as a Communications Consultant for Scottish Fair Trade Forum.

As Communications Assistant her focus is on maximising our engagement across all media channels, and increasing awareness and support throughout Scotland. Shana is passionate about using the power of social media to make real change and believes it is a key tool when highlighting the effects alcohol and drugs can have on families.

Outside of work Shana enjoys running and training for various events, as well as exploring the North of Scotland with her dog on weekends.

You can contact Shana at shana@sfad.org.uk.

Maureen Stewart : Helpline Support Assistant

Maureen Stewart

Helpline Support Assistant

Maureen joined Scottish Families in November 2021 after having previously been employed as a support practitioner working with people with complex emotional and physical needs. She has extensive experience in phone-based customer service roles which she gave up to return to university to gain her pg. diploma in community development.

Maureen is passionate about the principles of community and development, and how communities can come together to address issues of social inclusion within those communities. Working with Scottish Families allows her to witness first-hand who much this collaborating work can achieve for the lives of those affected by their loved one’s drug and alcohol use.

When not at work she enjoys hanging out with her daughter, usually carrying her musical equipment from one gig to the other or catching up with friends and their families.

You can contact Maureen at maureens@sfad.org.uk.

Our Board

Colin Hutcheon : Chair

Colin Hutcheon

Chair

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 Byrne : Board Member

Michael Byrne

Board Member

Michael is a Scottish-qualified Solicitor and Notary Public who joined the Board in April 2017. He started his career in a large, full-service Scottish law firm, and after working for four years post-qualification in private practice decided to move in-house in 2018. He currently works as corporate counsel for a Fortune 500 Life Sciences multinational corporation, providing strategic and practical advice across a wide variety of fields.

When he is not working, Michael enjoys military history, science fiction and spending time with his young family.

George Haggarty  : Board Member

George Haggarty

Board Member

George joined the Board in January 2019.  He manages two ICT teams for a charity called Key where he’s worked for the past 20 years.  He is a founding member of the Scottish Charities IT Managers Forum.  He has a breadth of experience related to technology and digital services in the third and public sectors.  George’s experience of growing up in a family affected by alcohol drew him to Scottish Families.

Lorraine Halliday : Board Member

Lorraine Halliday

Board Member

Lorraine joined the board of Scottish Families in October 2017, her background is in Human Resource Management. She currently works in the Scottish Government where she heads up the HR Business Partner Team and has over 33 years’ experience in a variety of management roles across the Public Sector. Lorraine volunteered previously when she was a panel member in the Children’s hearing system and was keen to get involved again in volunteering with an organisation which specifically recognises the importance of family support during difficult times.

In her spare time, Lorraine can usually be found (in all weathers) on the side of a football field, cheering on one of her son’s in their sporting endeavours.

Kira Watson : Board Member

Kira Watson

Board Member

Kira joined the board in January 2018. Bringing experience in digital health, mental health and harm reduction, Kira has extensive experience of working with young people and working to support people in the LGBT community.

Kira currently works for the Scottish national charity, Crew, delivering training on harm reduction and drug trends.

Before joining SFAD as a board member Kira had no previous experience of being on a board but has spent a great deal of time volunteering with drug harm reduction organisations in the UK and mainland Europe. One of these organisations is the Loop – a UK wide NGO offering Multi Agency Safety Testing (MAST) at festivals and pop up city centre locations.

Frank Robertson : Board Member

Frank Robertson

Board Member

Frank joined the Board in August 2019. He retired from BP Petrochemicals in October 2018 after 38 years, with the final 22 years overseas (Switzerland, Belgium, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the USA (twice)) running large global businesses. Frank enjoys watching sport particularly rugby and football and continues to enjoy running and Jiu Jitsu. Frank brings to the Board his extensive business acumen as well as experience and understanding of diverse challenges for families and an overall passion for the charity sector.

Lisa Bennett : Board Member

Lisa Bennett

Board Member

Craig Chatwin : Board Member

Craig Chatwin

Board Member

Craig Stuart Chatwin is a Chartered Management Accountant with an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Business School (2018). Craig is a graduate of Babson College, Boston USA, an invitation only global leadership and entrepreneurial development programme and has an BA(Hons) from University of Huddersfield in Business and Hospitality. Craig is a transformational leader with over 25 years’ experience of local and international markets; the last 6 years gained working within global banking and investment management, with post merger, business sale and debt refinancing experience.

James McLellan : Board Member

James McLellan

Board Member

James joined the Board in March 2020. He currently works in the Scottish Government and has over 10 years’ experience in the civil service working in a range of economic and financial policy roles.  James’s personal experience drew him to Scottish Families and the crucial work they do in supporting families affected by alcohol and drugs. In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing football, and exploring the outdoors with his young family.

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