Blogs — Staff Blogs

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.

It’s easy to share your story on our website – email us at info@sfad.org.uk.

Gill and our Telehealth Support Service

Gill and our Telehealth Support Service

I’m Gill and I’m fairly new to Scottish Families yet I feel like I have been here much longer. It is an exciting time as we have three new staff members joining the team. It means I will already be passing on the title of the new girl. But I have never written a blog […]

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Our staff's self-care routines

Our staff’s self-care routines

Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword recently, but that’s a good thing. We should be focusing more on ourselves, our emotions and our wellbeing. Working at Scottish Families means the team is supporting families and friends and encouraging them to spend more time for themselves, taking a break and taking a step back […]

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Our top 5 online support services

Our top 5 online support services

Share your thoughts and ideas of online services in our digital survey here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QS6LW2K A lot of the time, we phone organisations when we are looking for help – that’s why helplines are still very popular. Our own Scottish Families helpline takes up 40% of our monthly contacts, but at the same time our […]

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Rights, Respect, Recovery – Transformational Rights for Families

Justina Murray, January 2019 The development process for the new national alcohol and drugs strategy was not always straightforward. However when Joe Fitzpatrick, the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, launched ‘Rights, Respect, Recovery’ on 28 November 2018, we publicly welcomed this as introducing “transformational rights” for families. The strategy’s vision of a […]

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Lynne Wandrum Forth Valley Family Support Development Officer

I started with SFAD in November 2017, stealing the “New Girl” Title from Justina. I plan on clinging onto it for as long as I can and many of my sentences begin or end with … I’m not sure about that, because I’m new … suppose that might wear a bit thin soon … but […]

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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 Nottingham – 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 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 a […]

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