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 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Alcohol and Drug Facts and Harm Reduction
Our alcohol and drug fact resources have information on specific substances, harm reduction advice and overdose awareness.
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.
General COVID-19 Information
Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice.
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.
COVID-19 – General Hygiene Harm Reduction Tips
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.
We Are With You – Advice on Withdrawal Symptoms
We Are With You have developed an online resource on the following:
- What to do if you drink regularly and start to withdraw
- What to do if you take benzodiazepines(benzos) and start to withdraw
- How to safely detox from alcohol at home
We Are With You Webchat
Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/
ParentLine is offering practical and emotional support to help parents and carers through the uncertainties and challenges of the developing coronavirus situation.
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.
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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.
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.
Tailored advice for people who live with specific health conditions
The government has produced guidance for people with specific health conditions. These conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBD; chronic kidney and liver disease; dermatological, neurological, respiratory and rheumatic conditions; and rare diseases.
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.
The Great Indoors - Activities for Kids
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.
From Volunteer Scotland
This page provides both organisations and members of the public wishing to volunteer with safe and practical advice and guidance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technology and Going Online Guides
Digital Unite have put together a brilliant list of how-to guides on all things digital like going online, internet security, online banking and shopping, social media, and how to play games/watch tv and things like that.