Support for Families about COVID-19

Giving the current coronavirus situation that is impacting all our lives, we wanted to let you know that our support services are still open for business. Our helpline, bereavement support and one-to-one support are all available online or by phone.

Helpline: 08080 10 10 11
Helpline email: helpline@sfad.org.uk
Webchat available on our website: www.sfad.org.uk

We are able to call you, email you, host video chats and we are currently looking into more ways to connect with you.

Currently all of our support groups in Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire and Forth Valley are no longer meeting, but if you were being supported by one of our local workers (Lynne, Carly and Colin) then they are still able to keep in touch with you and arrange phone chats, etc.

If you are a young person being supported by our Routes team Pam and Claire, you can continue phoning and texting them and they are here to support you.

We are trying out new ways to connect with everyone so please follow our Twitter feed @ScotFamADrugs for the most recent updates and information.

There is no doubt that you are facing a variety of challenges at this current time and we want you to know that our team are here to help in any way we can. We have put together a selection of resources that are helpful particularly for family members at this current time and will update as more resources are released.

We also have a page full of frequently asked questions we are receiving from helpline callers and family members which you can see here.

Look after yourselves and each other

– The Scottish Families team

Supporting Someone Else

Supporting Someone Else

Many of us may be self-isolating or social distancing right now which means we may be living with someone who has an alcohol or drug problem. CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) techniques teach the best ways to make small but powerful changes in your life.

Click Here to Read Supporting Someone Else

Alcohol and Drug Facts and Harm Reduction

Alcohol and Drug Facts and Harm Reduction

Our alcohol and drug fact resources have information on specific substances, harm reduction advice and overdose awareness.

Alcohol Facts

Drug Facts

16 Activities for Keeping Busy

16 Activities for Keeping Busy

We’ve put together 16 different activities for keeping busy when you are staying in the house. There’s lots to do including free online courses, baking bread, learning about plants and doing a bit of creative writing.

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General COVID-19 Information

General COVID-19 Information

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice.
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Food Banks Information

Food Banks Information

From Trussell Trust

Things are changing quickly, so the Trussell Trust are keeping the page below updated regularly with information about what’s happening in food banks across the country.

Find your local Food Bank

COVID-19 – General Hygiene Harm Reduction Tips

COVID-19 – General Hygiene Harm Reduction Tips

From Crew2000

Viruses (such as the common cold, flu and hep C) and bacteria (such as E. coli and Staph), can be spread when people take drugs with unclean or shared equipment. To help prevent the spread, good hygiene practices are essential.
https://www.crew.scot/coronavirus-general-hygiene-tips/

Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing

Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing

From SAMH

There are things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing during this time. SAMH are gathering the information, links and resources that we can, to help keep you informed and protect your mental health.
https://www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing

Young Scot coronavirus information

Young Scot coronavirus information

It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now. Find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others

https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

We Are With You Webchat

We Are With You Webchat

Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/

ParentLine

ParentLine

ParentLine is offering practical and emotional support to help parents and carers through the uncertainties and challenges of the developing coronavirus situation.
https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/guidance-advice/cat/support-for-families-about-coronavirus

Universal Credit

Universal Credit

Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. The page is updated regularly on the arrangements the Department of Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus.
Click Here for Further Information

Scottish Recovery Consortium’s Recoverist Network Facebook Group

Scottish Recovery Consortium’s Recoverist Network Facebook Group

In light of many recovery groups and meetings having to cancel across Scotland please feel free to use the Recoverist Network to offer and receive support.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/267095750579359/

Guidance on contingency planning for people who use drugs and COVID-19

Guidance on contingency planning for people who use drugs and COVID-19

From Scottish Drugs Forum

The intention of the Guidance is to support local areas and services in their contingency planning for COVID-19 in relation to people who use drugs and particularly the provision of opiate substitution treatment and injecting equipment provision.
http://www.sdf.org.uk/covid-19-guidance/

Looking after your mental health while working during the Coronavirus outbreak

Looking after your mental health while working during the Coronavirus outbreak

From mentalhealth.org.uk

Our working lives have been changing for a while now – but the emergence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to massive change, more uncertainty, and new challenges for many of us.
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/while-working

Carers Emergency Plan

Carers Emergency Plan

An emergency plan gives carers the opportunity to think about and document concise, relevant information on the person they care for. This information can then be used if they cannot care, in the short term, due to an unplanned event or accident. It means that in an emergency the practical arrangements for caring are set out, and the carer’s views and knowledge of the person they care for can be shared with others.

https://carerslink.org.uk/emergency-planning/

The Great Indoors - Activities for Kids

The Great Indoors - Activities for Kids

From Scouts

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources

From Chatterpack

A list of free, online, boredom activities for everyone

Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Scotland

From Volunteer Scotland

This page provides both organisations and members of the public wishing to volunteer with safe and practical advice and guidance.

https://www.volunteerscotland.net/covid-19/

Your Self Help Survival Guide

Your Self Help Survival Guide

From Dr Jenn Cooper

It is strange, uncertain and worrying times, and whatever you are feeling in relation to it is valid and ok. This self help guide has been designed to give you practical and immediately implementable strategies to help manage any anxiety or distress that Covid-19 is causing.

Download Now

What AFA members are doing to support families and the sector

What AFA members are doing to support families and the sector

From Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA)

The AFA have put together this page to show what member organisations are doing to support families affected by alcohol use, other vulnerable groups, as well as the charities and organisations supporting these vulnerable groups.

Click Here

 

 

 

Support for Alcohol Issues and Recovery

Support for Alcohol Issues and Recovery

From Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The COVID-19 pandemic presents those in recovery with an unpredecented set of cirumstances which may have an impact on health and well-being. In order to support those in recovery at this difficult time, the Alcohol Health Alliance has put together a list of resources that may be useful.

Click here to read.

 

 

 

 

Scottish Drugs Forum's Information and Resources

Scottish Drugs Forum's Information and Resources

Scottish Drugs Forum have put together a page of infomation and resources that may be helpful for people using drugs.

Click here to read.

 

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