Family Support Groups
There are many family support groups across Scotland and they are a way of meeting other people who share the same experiences and thoughts. These groups are places for people to speak, learn from each other, to get things off their chest, and offer support and advice to each other. There are talks, activities, guest speakers, catch-ups, events, everything. And there’s always time for a cuppa and a blether.
If you are worried about going to a group or don’t feel it is for you, that’s okay. Groups are not for everyone and there are other ways to support you. But groups are a place sharing, laughter, and friendship. They are there to support you and make you feel comfortable. They’re a little world that you can be yourself in. If you’re not sure about going along to a group, why not give the group a call first? Many groups offer one-to-one support first and this may make you feel more comfortable to go along.
Scottish Families Support Groups
We currently run our own support groups in Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire, Forth Valley, Inverclyde and South Lanarkshire. If you do not live in these areas we can help you find a group that is closer to you. These groups are facilitated by members of our team:
Colin (East Dunbartonshire)
Lynne (Forth Valley)
Laurie Lee (South Lanarkshire)
Daryl McLeister (Inverclyde)
Not sure what group is local to you? Click here to find support near you.
To get in touch with us about our groups, contact our helpline:
If you call and ask for support, the helpline adviser may recommend one of our groups if you live in the area. The adviser will take your name and phone number and will pass this over to one of our group facilitators. The member of staff who works in the area will phone you for a chat about the support options available to you and you choose what you are comfortable with. If you want to have one-to-one meetings with the group facilitator instead of or before going along to the group you can let them know. If you have been coming along to a group but feel you need extra support, this can be arranged with the facilitator too.
We collect personal information from you when you contact us about our Family Support Groups. Full details can be read in our Support Service Policy Notice.