Forth Valley Family Support Service

We offer support to anyone in Forth Valley over the age of 16 who is affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. This could be a direct family member, or even a friend or a colleague who is using substances.  

Lynne Wandrum is our Senior Family Support Development Officer in Forth Valley. We also have Family Support Development Officer Lena McMillian and Family Support Assistant Gillian McHendry.

Contact Lynne directly on 07484024407, contact Lena directly on 07341372560, and Gillian directly on 07760129286

Email: fvfamilies@sfad.org.uk, or call our National Helpline on 08080 10 10 11

Connect with our Forth Valley service today:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynneSfadhttps://twitter.com/LenaSfad

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FVFamilySupport

We also take referrals from all external agencies – make a referral here.

What We Offer

Support comes in a range of different sizes. In Forth Valley, we offer:

  • One-to-One Support
  • Group Support
  • CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)
  • Support to access Bereavement Counselling
  • Access to Naloxone

One-to-One Support

We can offer you one-to-one support if you would like to speak to someone, confidentially, about a loved one you are concerned about.

Lynne, Lena and Gillian will offer you time and space to explore the issues affecting you, let you express your thoughts and feelings, and help you to come up with ideas and solutions to move forward. Common topics include improving communication, setting boundaries with your loved one, and looking after yourself.

Each support session lasts around one hour and the frequency can be arranged to suit your needs. Lynne, Lena and Gillian travel across Forth Valley and frequently use rooms in libraries, community centres and treatment services to meet with family members. Please note that as a result of Covid-19, support is currently delivered remotely via phone calls, texts, WhatsApp and Zoom.

Group Support

Currently, in Forth Valley, we are facilitating different zoom groups on rotation weekly:

  • What’s Your Story– Suitable for newcomers and existing family members to share their family’s personal experiences of alcohol and drugs
  • Connect, Learn & Share– Suitable anyone who is interested in discussing alcohol and drugs in a wider context – bringing in current events, speakers and videos
  • A Place to Share– A chance to share day to day worries

CRAFT

(Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)

At Scottish Families, we love using a programme called CRAFT.

CRAFT is a set of 7 structured sessions and is a solution-focused, skills-based programme with a strong evidence base. It involves role-plays to help you practice new skills and has small assignments and tasks which you will be asked to do away from the sessions.

If you would like to learn more about the CRAFT principles, this is something Lynne, Lena and Gillian can deliver either 1:1 or in group settings.

For more details on days and times of these groups and one-to-one supports available contact fvfamilies@sfad.org.uk

Additional Support

– Project Balance- Since 2019 the brilliant Angie Harron (Miss H Yoga) has been running Project Balance for us offering Guided Meditation, Reiki and Yoga.Before Covid, this was all happening face to face across Forth Valley but throughout last year and continuing this year we have invited people to join the Project Balance WhatsApp group where Angie posts the Zoom link to Guided Meditations which you can log into live or watch the recording of at a time that suits you. Individual Distance Reiki Sessions can be arranged with Angie as well and you can join in with one of her Miss H Yoga classes, which are not exclusive to Project Balance participants but are available to you at no cost as a Project Balance participant.

For any enquiries about Project Balance, contact fvfamilies@sfad.org.uk 

– Creative Coping- is a closed Facebook group where you will be set a weekly creative challenge using writing, photography, drawing or music. You’ll be encouraged to look for glimmers of positivity and hope and consider coping strategies, both for living with the effects of alcohol and drugs and lockdown restrictions around COVID-19. Weekly you’ll have a fun activity, a new goal to focus on, a chance for self-reflection and be able to connect to peers in an informal way.

For any enquiries about the Creative Coping Group, contact Gillian- GillianM@sfad.org.uk

– Book Group- If you are interested in the wider issues around alcohol and drugs we have an online book group discussing novels, memoirs and factual books with a focus on the effects of alcohol and drugs.For any enquiries about the Forth Valley Book Group, contact Lena- lena@sfad.org.uk

Support to Access Bereavement Counselling

If you have lost someone who used alcohol or drugs, our bereavement service is here to support you. We can chat and offer some advice and information. We also can put you in touch with an accredited counsellor who is local to you. Our service is free and is available across Scotland.

To discuss this further, contact Lynne on 07484024407 or call our National Helpline today on 08080 10 10 11

Access to Naloxone

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, methadone, opium, codeine, morphine and buprenorphine. It is only effective for opioid overdoses and won’t work with any other drug.

We are now able to provide naloxone direct to anyone living in Scotland who is over the age of 16 through our ‘Click & Deliver’ take-home naloxone service

Contact Lynne on 07484024407 to discuss this further, or visit our Take Home Naloxone page to order a kit.

Who We Are

Image of Lynne Wandrum, Scottish Families

Lynne Wandrum is our Senior Family Support Development Officer in Forth Valley

Lynne joined Scottish Families in November 2017. In the six years before joining the team, Lynne was an Addictions Support Worker, a role that allowed her to champion the message of Recovery.

This is a passion that remains with Lynne and as the Senior Family Support Development Officer in Forth Valley with us, her role is to develop and deliver a range of family support services across Forth Valley.

Lynne engages with people in any way she can to help them feel supported, listened to and empowered to find recovery.

Away from work, Lynne loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, and sharing laughs.

For any enquiries about family support in Forth Valley, contact Lynne, lynne@sfad.org.uk

Lena McMillan is our Family Support Development Officer for Forth Valley.

Lena joined Scottish Families in November 2020. She has over twenty years experience of working in the third sector, in both paid and voluntary positions, and qualified as a counsellor in 2005. Most recently, Lena worked in a primary school where she provided a counselling service to pupils. Prior to this, she has been employed as a Recovery Support Worker and as a counsellor working with both adults and young people affected by their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

Lena is passionate about engaging with people, working in ways that support them to find their own solutions to their situations. She particularly enjoys working with groups and values the enriching experience this can be for participants.

Lena’s role at Scottish Families involves supporting the delivery of the Forth Valley Family Support Service and includes delivering community-based services that specifically address the needs of families affected by alcohol and drugs.

Away from work, Lena loves reading; long walks in the countryside; having family and friends over for home-cooked meals; holidays and oodles of time spent with her husband, three children and two big, hairy dogs.

For any enquiries about family support in Forth Valley, contact Lena, lena@sfad.org.uk

Gillian McHendry is one of our Family Support Assistants in Forth Valley

Gillian joined Scottish Families in November 2020 as Family Support Assistant for our Forth Valley Family Support Service. Gillian first started working in social care 14 years ago in youth homelessness and then progressed into criminal justice and addictions.

She discovered that her strengths lay in relationship building, empowering people to find their voice and supporting them to use it. Gillian calls herself a people person and plans to continue progressing in this area.

Gillian’s role at Scottish Families involves supporting the delivery of the Forth Valley Family Support Service and includes delivering community-based services that specifically address the needs of families affected by alcohol and drugs.

Away from work Gillian is a keen photographer and loves spending time with her family.

For any enquiries about family support in Forth Valley, contact Gillian, GillianM@sfad.org.uk

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