A few months back, myself and 10 others from the East Dunbartonshire Family Support Group spent two nights away from our families.
We went to a beautiful and luxurious big house set in lovely grounds. It was a chance for us all to get away to spend time together relaxing and doing things we would not have had the time or opportunity to do at home.
We did yoga, relaxation, crafts, and a local beautician even came to the house one afternoon to pamper us. Even the Scottish weather didn’t stop us making the most of the beautiful countryside as we walked the gorgeous loch side path to a local restaurant for lunch (although by the time we arrived we looked like we’d swam there!). One of the biggest treats was having Claire (Scottish Families East Dunbartonshire Family Support Officer) as our private chef. We must have all put on a stone in weight!
Most of all, it was a rare chance for us to have a precious break from the stresses and pressures of living with someone with addiction problems. This trip not only benefited us, but also our families as we returned with our batteries charged and more able to face whatever life throws at us. It was a time of much needed relaxation, fun and learning. All in all –fabulous!
Maggie’s trip was funded by the Family Recovery Initiative Fund (FRIF). The fund offers one-off grants to groups that support families affected by alcohol and drugs in Scotland. The aim of the fund is to improve the wellbeing of family members affected by someone else’s substance use. Wellbeing is improved by social inclusion because people connect with other people, can participate in group activities and can access support.
The Family Recovery Initiative Fund is funded by the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit. It is administered by Corra Foundation with support from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs.
Other quotes from the trip:
“These couple of days have been just what I needed. Great company and great food. Had a lovely time, thanks so much.”
“What a fabulous time I’ve had! Fab food, fab company, fab house – so comfortable – a home away from home (or even better!) Thanks so much to Claire and Maggie for arranging it all but especially to the funders who have helped them bring a bit of joy, comfort and escape from the stresses of home. Such a relaxing time.”