News — 2020

Latest news and updates from Scottish Families

Scottish Families always have news to share. Every day we deliver our services, attend events, work on campaigns, and speak with family members. Here is all the latest news from our team and our work. Find out more news on our Facebook page.

Blog: How To Talk To Your Children About Alcohol

Blog: How To Talk To Your Children About Alcohol

Back in August, the Alcohol Health Alliance asked us to contribute to their blog on how to start a conversation with your child about alcohol. Our Senior Development Officer Claire Wadsworth was more than happy to share her top tips on opening up the conversation on drinking. We have cross-posted this blog with the original […]

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It's Everywhere - Family Stories about Alcohol Harm

It’s Everywhere – Family Stories about Alcohol Harm

For the Commission on Alcohol Harm, 2020 In September 2020, the Commission on Alcohol Harm launched their report ‘It’s everywhere’ – alcohol’s public face and private harm: The report of the Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020). This independent Commission was established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and […]

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An update on our support services

An update on our support services

As we move further into phase three of lockdown, things have changed slightly in some of our support services. Our helpline, bereavement support and telehealth support all continue to be available by phone and online. Our Routes young person’s group have had some socially distanced meetings that are mainly one-to-ones, and our support groups are […]

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Practical steps for coping with grief

Practical steps for coping with grief

Coping with the loss of a loved one is one of life’s greatest challenges. If you have lost someone who used alcohol or drugs, our bereavement service is here to support you. We can chat and offer some advice and information. We also can put you in touch with an accredited counsellor who is local […]

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Overdose Awareness Day 2020: Scottish Families Take-Home Naloxone

Overdose Awareness Day 2020: Scottish Families Take-Home Naloxone

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. This global event is held on 31 August each year. Its aim is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges that grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of a […]

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Benefits of Mindfulness

Benefits of Mindfulness

Reduced Stress: Improved ability to manage stress Increased Focus: Improved ability to pay attention, focus and concentrate Increased Emotional Intelligence: Improved conflict resolution skills Increased Empathy and Respect: Increased empathy and understanding of others Increased Resilience: Increased capacity to overcome challenges Improved Physical Well-being: Increased engagement in physical activity Improved Creativity & Collaboration: Improved expression of creative arts. Useful websites:  […]

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New Support Service - All In The Family

New Support Service – All In The Family

The Beacons in South Lanarkshire welcomes a new service, All In The Family! A partnership between Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and My Support Day. The service will empower family members (age 16+) across South Lanarkshire to access one-to-one support, group support, learning and development including Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), and […]

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Our New Strategy 2020-2023 - 'Change Will Come'

Our New Strategy 2020-2023 – ‘Change Will Come’

“My message for other families would be never give up, keep going. Don’t be feart to voice your opinion. Contact Scottish Families who are a great support. Join a group, a family group that’s experiencing the same stuff as yourself, join in with them because we’re all in the same boat. And families, if we […]

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Second Video for #VoicesTogether Virtual Choir!

Second Video for #VoicesTogether Virtual Choir!

Back in May, we launched our first video for our virtual choir, now we’re back a couple of months later with the next one! This time our choir are singing You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King. You may see some new faces and some familiar ones from our first video. Thank you to everyone […]

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