Family Support Groups
Support groups are a brilliant way of meeting other people who share the same problems and thoughts as you and it is a place for everyone to speak, learn from each other and offer support and advice to others. Some people may worry about coming along to a group as they don’t want to speak to other people or are too shy. That’s perfectly okay and we can look at other ways to support you.
Scottish Families Support Groups
We currently run support groups in East Dunbartonshire and Forth Valley. If you do not live in these areas, we can help find a group that is closer to where you stay. There are many groups that run across Scotland and our services directory has their contact details and information.
We are currently only able to support adults (aged 16 years and over) but we can direct you to other age-appropriate services in Scotland. We also do not work with the person who has the alcohol or drug problem, but we can share information about services that do.
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- How can I contact the group?
- Most of our Scottish Families group referrals happen through contacting our helpline. If you call and ask for support, the adviser may recommend a support group near you. If you are referred, your name and phone number will be taken with your consent and passed onto the group facilitator. They will then call you and chat about the various support options available and you decide what you are comfortable with.
- What will happen in the group?
- Each group runs differently and the numbers attending can vary from around 2 to 20. Sometimes guest speakers are invited along to talk and there are opportunities to learn new things and to share experiences.
- What is one-to-one support?
- If you are referred to one of our groups, you will receive a phone call first where you can decide if you want to have one-to-one meetings with the group facilitator instead of or before going along to the group. If you have been attending a group but feel you need extra support, this can be arranged with the group facilitator. One-to-one support is tailored to suit you.
Setting up your own group
We recognise that people are different and one type of group will not suit everyone. That’s why there are a number of different types of groups: some are linked with treatment services, there are also independent groups run by a facilitator or peer-led groups which are usually run by a family member.
If you are interested in setting up a support group in your local area, we can offer you advice and guidance on doing this. We can support you along the way with finding a venue, publicity, funding, local networking and running your group.
Setting up a group follows two basic stages with the option to become a charity:
- Forming the group – choosing a suitable venue and inviting people to come along.
- Maintaining the group – keeping the group running and supporting you with any challenges
- Becoming a charity – not every group needs to be formalised as a charity but it can help secure funding
Complete the enquiry form and one of our team will be in touch.
The group has brought laughter, friendship, and opened up a world that I can be myself in. For those couple of hours, I’m not the only one with problems and not the outcast!’
We collect personal information from you when you call our helpline and if you are referred into one of our support groups. Full details can be read in our Support Service Policy Notice.