Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (Scottish Families) today welcomes the publication of ‘Rights, Respect, Recovery’, Scotland’s new alcohol and drugs strategy. The strategy’s vision of a right to health and the right to a life free from the harms of alcohol and drugs are applied equally to people using alcohol and drugs and […]
The Family Recovery Initiative Fund offers one-off grants of up to £1500 to groups that support families affected by alcohol and drugs in Scotland. The Fund is designed to support independent groups led by family/ community members and is particularly keen to encourage applications from people wishing to set up a new group. The Fund […]
Our Impact Report 2017/18 is now available to read. Our report reflects on the positive changes we’ve made in the lives of families and friends in Scotland who are worried about someone else’s alcohol or drugs use. With the launch of our strategy ‘It’s All Relative’ back in November, we have laid out our impact […]
This year’s sharp rise in the drug-related death statistics has been widely predicted, but it is no less shocking. These are not just numbers, they are people, and they are people who have left behind a devastated family and community. This year hundreds of families have lost a loved one to drug-related death – those […]
A new campaign aimed at tackling the stigma around drug and alcohol problems in Scotland is being launched. The “Changing Stigma To Respect” Campaign is an initiative of the Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland ( PADS) – Communities Sub Group. The campaign is being kick-started today with the publication of a report that […]
This event will show why gender is important in understanding drinking, alcohol-related harm, recovery and family support. We will explore the double standards which are applied to men and women’s drinking, the ways in which alcohol marketing targets men and women, and why gender matters in terms of family support and recovery. This session is […]
Scottish Families fully welcomes the implementation of this landmark policy today; we believe this is a step in the right direction in changing Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. The evidence behind the policy tells us that Minimum Unit Pricing will reduce the disproportionately high levels of alcohol-related harm that impacts individuals, families and whole communities on […]
The Carers (Scotland) Act, 2016 came into effect yesterday (01/04/18). Here is a snapshot of the key changes and rights that apply under the legislation. Check out the links for full details and definitions. It is important that families are aware of the care/treatment processes and have access to the right information if they are […]
A new fund is now available for families. If you are involved in a local family support group whose aim is to support families affected by alcohol or drugs or you are thinking about starting a new local group in your area, the Family Recovery Initiative Fund wants to hear from you.
I have rarely got involved in fundraising activities for a charity but I made an exception last year and am very glad I did.