News — 2015

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.

Continuing Outbreak of Botulism in People Who Inject Drugs

While contaminated heroin supplies have so far been linked to Glasgow, the potential for contaminated supplies to reach Aberdeen has been highlighted. Anyone buying street heroin in Aberdeen needs to know of the current risk of infection. Botulism is a medical emergency Botulism is an illness caused by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Spores of these […]

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Engaging with the Licensing Process – A blog by John Holleran

The main piece of legislation that controls the sale of alcohol is the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act balances the rights of the majority who drink responsibly with the need to protect local communities from nuisance and crime associated with alcohol misuse. It is based on five licensing objectives: ·         preventing crime and disorder […]

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European Parliament’s Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm

The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information. Read the full press statement […]

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Happy 1st Birthday to our Bishopbriggs Family Support Group!

Today the Bishopbriggs Families Support Group celebrated their 1st Birthday.  Besides eating cake, the group wanted to share with you why they attend support group.   Happy Birthday Bishopbriggs FSG & thank you for giving Scottish Families a chance to support you!   You can find out more about joining a family support group in […]

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Consultation on the future of womens imprisonment

As part of the Scottish Government and SPS consultation on the future of women's imprisonment, Families Outside have been asked to collate the views of family members. If you are working with families of female prisoners, please draw their attention to a summary of the proposal and the questionnaire, available on their website:     […]

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Consultation on GP telephone numbers

In July 2005 the Scottish Government introduced a ban on premium rate numbers when calling the NHS. However, this did not include 084 numbers. The policy was reiterated in 2011 and guidance was issued to NHS Boards stating that no one calling a GP practice should be charged more than the equivalent of calling a […]

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Easterhouse to host Parliament Day this March

Encouraging more people from all walks of life to get involved in the political process will be the key focus when Easterhouse hosts the Scottish Parliament on Monday March 16th at the local Arts centre The Bridge on Westerhouse Road. Parliament Days aim to take the Parliament out of Edinburgh and into communities around Scotland, inspiring […]

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