Can you feel it in the air?
Christmas is here and the spirit of joy and giving surround us. We are counting down to Christmas crackers filled with unknown surprises, mouth-watering turkey with trimmings and mince pies generously topped with clotted cream. As the Christmas spirit sweeps you into the festive season we ask you to share your joy and good tidings with families, friends, neighbours and colleagues who are struggling to cope.
For families supporting a loved one misusing alcohol and/or drugs, Christmas is a time of heightened stress, anxiety and fear. The temptations that can accompany festivities and the pressure of preparing for Christmas can challenge the entire family’s ability to cope. Many family members spend a significant amount of time worrying whether their family will survive Christmas and try to anticipate responses to protect children, friends and other family members from harm and prevent ruined Christmas memories.
‘My wife has worked really hard. She is trying to turn her life around and be a part of our daughters’ lives. I don’t know what is going to happen during the Christmas season. I know she will be tempted and I hope she stays away from alcohol. All I can do is hope and prepare for the worst so our daughters have a nice Christmas. I just hope it is a Christmas they want to remember.’ – Husband affected by wife’s alcohol misuse and father of two young daughters.
You can make a difference by supporting a family struggling to cope and help them realise they are not alone this Christmas.
- A £5 donation – Will help Scottish Families deliver one-to-one support in a welcoming place for family members to have a cup of tea and share their anxieties and concerns and explore ways to cope and keep the family safe.
- A £10 donation – Will assist Scottish Families with the costs of hosting a family support group which will enable families to come together, talk about their experiences, share coping strategies and realise they are not alone.
- A £15 donation – Will support Scottish Families to deliver training to provide confident, helpful and supportive volunteers.
- A £25 donation – Will contribute to the cost of Scottish Families’ national helpline to assist families in crisis and provide crucial listening support.
- A £50 donation – Will help Scottish Families create opportunities allowing family members to take time out after the festive season to focus on them, start the New Year refreshed and continue supporting the recovery of their loved one.
‘I spoke to someone from Scottish Families who offered to meet me and who turned out to be a well-informed, supportive person who was prepared to listen and to offer sound options to help ME. Helping me could, ultimately, help my son. The relief of sharing my fears with someone who knew what I was talking about was enormous.’ – Mother of a son misusing drugs.
We need your help to support family members affected by alcohol and drugs survive Christmas and begin a new year filled with hope. Here are 3 different ways you can give to support families across Scotland:
- Make a secure online donation now by clicking on the Christmas pudding.
- Give by texting SFAD02 and your amount, i.e. SFAD02 £10, to 70070.
- Donate by post. Please send donations to Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs, 226 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RQ.
Thank you for taking the time to share the Christmas spirit and bring joy to others.
We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
With best wishes,
Christine Duncan, CEO
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs