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We encourage everyone to share their personal stories of their experiences with alcohol and drugs including families, friends, people in recovery and if you are a person who works in the alcohol or drugs field. You can do this by sending us a blog and we will publish it on our website for others to read and see.

Telling your story can help both yourself and the people who read it to understand and to find comfort if they are going through a similar thing.  We will use your story to raise awareness through our website and social media platforms.  These stories will be kept anonymous, however, if you would like to be more involved with sharing your story through other outlets, please leave your contact details when you message us.

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Justina Murray – CEO

I was thinking about writing this blog (being not quite the right generation to blog without pause and reflection), and in particular how to summarise ‘a day in the life’ when no two days (and sometimes no two hours) are even remotely the same. So here is an average day, if there is such a […]

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Sarah Campbell – Fundraising Manager

I am the Fundraising Manager for Scottish Families, this means I look for money from all kinds of sources; collecting cans, events, donations from individuals, companies, runs, walks, trusts and grants – big or small all amounts are appreciated! People often say my job must be hard but actually I am blown away by how […]

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Scott Clements – Head of All Programmes

I have now been with Scottish Families for over 6 years … I can’t believe how quickly time goes by! I have had the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the work of the organisation including answering helpline calls, supporting the team delivering family support and delivering training to the workforce and family […]

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Rebecca Bradley – Communications Officer

You would think with Communications Officer being my job title I’d find writing a blog about myself easy, but nope, probably one of the hardest things I’ve been asked to do so far in this job (and I have been asked to do quite a lot of things!) I could say that in my role […]

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Martha Rae – Telehealth & Bereavement Coordinator

I am Martha. I am new to the head office but not new to the organisation having worked remotely in Forth Valley for the past two years. Now I am in the office my main aims are to convince my team that having dogs in the office is a good idea and that I am […]

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Suzie (Suzanne) Gallagher, Helpline Development Officer

Often described as a radiator by day and a snooze machine by night! All my working life I have been known as Sooze or Suzie rather than Suzanne. Due to the fact my mother is from Hull and can’t say Suzanne. She says “Our Suzanne” sounds like A La Shazzam! As far as street cred […]

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A Day in the Life of Claire Wadsworth – SFAD

Claire Wadsworth Family Support Development Officer, East Dunbartonshire I am without doubt the dinosaur of Scottish Families; I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never been on ‘Twitter’ or ‘Facebook’, even my 93-year-old granny puts me to shame as she taps away effortlessly on her iPad (her favourite 90th birthday present!) So you can imagine my dismay […]

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From a family member: see the person, not the addiction

So today (15/08/2017), numbers were released that stated the number of deaths that were recorded due to drugs in 2016. A bunch of numbers, the highest we’ve seen in a while apparently. My mother fell under that count. On the 12th of April 2016, 10 days after my little boy’s 1st birthday, we lost her. […]

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