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.

#VoicesTogether - Scottish Families Virtual Choir

#VoicesTogether – Scottish Families Virtual Choir

When we starting working from home in March 2020, Ash from the team had an idea of doing a virtual choir with the support of her friend Emilie Boyd. There was a lot of interest in the choir and in the end 23 lovely people (and awesome singers) joined in to sing ‘You Gotta Be’ […]

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Work with us: Family Support Development Officer for South Lanarkshire

Work with us: Family Support Development Officer for South Lanarkshire

In partnership with South Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, My Support Day (peer-led family support) and Liber8 we have secured funding from the national Challenge Fund to establish a new two-year Family Support Development Officer post, working across South Lanarkshire. This new post will develop, deliver, support and promote a range of family support and […]

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Catching up with #BehindTheNumbers (with new video and findings report)

Catching up with #BehindTheNumbers (with new video and findings report)

Nearly a year later, we have published our ‘Findings Report’ of #BehindTheNumbers which takes on a storybook style explaining the campaign, its progress and its success. We also share story summaries and feedback from the incredible four women who took part in the campaign. Most importantly, our report includes the Five Key Recommendations for Change […]

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Dying Matters Awareness Week - New Podcast from the Scottish Recovery Show

Dying Matters Awareness Week – New Podcast from the Scottish Recovery Show

Every year in May, Dying Matters hosts an Awareness Week, which gives an opportunity to highlight the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. This year the week was 11th-17th May with the theme ‘Dying to be Heard’. Every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives […]

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Why Are We Surprised? Poem by Karen MacDonald

Why Are We Surprised? Poem by Karen MacDonald

Some of our family member’s have been attending My Support Day’s online writing group that runs every Monday between 1pm-2pm (contact melaniemcpherson155@googlemail.com for more info). This group has been teaching family members to use poetry and writing to share their thoughts and help with their mental wellbeing. It has resulted in this lovely poem by […]

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Scottish Families Announcement – Coronavirus Outbreak

It is with regret that we’ve had to shut our office and suspend our support groups as the global spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to affect all our lives. We’ve taken this necessary precaution as a means of reducing the risk of spread of infection. We will always keep the safety and wellbeing of […]

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Glasgow Kiltwalk is Postponed

Glasgow Kiltwalk is Postponed

It is with sadness to announce that the Glasgow Kiltwalk will not be going ahead as planned and is being postponed till further notice. Large scale gatherings are high on the list of things to avoid as the global spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to affect all our lives and we welcome this cancellation […]

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Prison Support Work (Scottish Prison Service & Serco)

Prison Support Work (Scottish Prison Service & Serco)

Our Scottish Families support services can be contacted through a range of different channels –phone, webchat, email, etc. This allows families to get support when and where they need it most, but what about our communities who are serving a custodial sentence or on remand and therefore unable to access our support in the same […]

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Catching a Dose of Summit Fever (And Trying to Find a Cure)

Catching a Dose of Summit Fever (And Trying to Find a Cure)

Justina Murray, 28 February 2020 There were not one but two drug summits in Glasgow this week. The first on Wednesday, badged as the ‘Scottish Drug Deaths Crisis Conference’, was co-hosted by Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership and the Scottish Government. This was allegedly held to help shape Scotland’s input to the UK Drugs […]

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UK Drugs Summit: ‘opportunity to highlight the vital role of families’

UK Drugs Summit: ‘opportunity to highlight the vital role of families’

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (Scottish Families) is attending the UK Drugs Summit in Glasgow on 27 February, along with a number of family members and representatives. This includes family representation from the national Drug Deaths Taskforce, and our partner organisations Adfam and Drugfam in England. Justina Murray, CEO, said: ‘The UK Drug […]

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