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.
To find out about support available in Forth Valley contact 01786 583299 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call our National Helpline on 08080 10 10 11
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)
- Creative Coping Activities
- Opportunities to get Oot & Aboot
- Connect, Learn & Share Sessions
- Access to Naloxone
- Support to Access Bereavement Counselling
We can offer you one-to-one support if you would like to speak to someone, in confidence, about a loved one you are concerned about.
We 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. We travel across Forth Valley and frequently use rooms in libraries, community centres and treatment services to meet with family members. Alternatively, support can be arranged via phone or video calls (Zoom etc).
Currently, in Forth Valley, we are facilitating in person Family Support Groups in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling. These are open groups, for anyone 16+ affected by someone else’s substance use.
Most Family Members are anxious about joining a group and often will say – “I’ll come but I probably won’t say very much”. That’s rarely the case, sharing experiences with others that really ‘get it’ and are willing to share what they have experienced can bring a sense of relief, make you feel less isolated and help you find a way to cope with your situation.
If you want to talk to someone before attending email email@example.com or call 01786 583 299.
Dates and times for our groups can be found here.
(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 we can deliver either 1:1 or in group settings.
Project Balance – Since 2019 the brilliant Angie Harron (Miss H Yoga) has been running Project Balance for us, offering Guided Meditation, Reiki, Yoga and Massage. For any enquiries about Project Balance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Coping – This group is a space to explore the things we enjoy doing that bring us peace and tend to go out the window when we are under immense amounts of stress. The group is held in the community and online, we experiment with a variety of outlets from crochet to oil pastels. Each member is encouraged to bring along their chosen activity and we provide the space and the resources to experiment. The aim is to empower people to use these things in their own time to manage their emotions and to connect with other people who can provide the support they need. The group are invited to join a closed Facebook group where we share what we have been up to in order to inspire and motivate one another.
For any enquiries about the Creative Coping Group, contact Gillian- email@example.com
Drop in Sessions
The Forth Valley Team are available across the community at various drop-in -link to calendar sessions, where they’d be happy to have a chat with you.
If you want to talk to someone before attending contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01786 583 299.
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, you can visit our Take Home Naloxone page to order a kit.
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.
Our Forth Valley Family Support Team:
Lena McMillan – Forth Valley Family Support Development Officer
Lena has worked for over twenty years in the third sector, in both paid and voluntary positions, and qualified as a counsellor in 2005 and 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.
Gillian McHendry – Forth Valley Family Support Officer
Gillian first started working in social care 16 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 is passionate about using creative outlets to improve your overall health and well-being and loves having the ability to promote creative coping within her role.
Rodrigo Reis – Forth Valley Family Support Assistant
Rodrigo has a diverse background in Oceanography and more recently in Health & Social Care, Autism and Learning Difficulties. Rodrigo is passionate about Mental Health and believes everyone should be talking about it openly. Rodrigo was attracted to the work with Scottish Families due to his lived experience with family members affected by various addictions and feels strongly about the power of connection, and community and family support to overcome it.
Brian Scott – Forth Valley Family Support Assistant
Brian previously worked for the UK’s largest disabled persons’ organisation where he supported disabled people into employment, volunteering, and education. He led on the organisation’s work on reducing poverty and tackling hate crime. He has worked in both the public and the third sector supporting those facing exclusion, discrimination, and deprivation. He is passionate about providing person-led services; the value of peer support and empowering people to use their voice to change society.