Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs

Charity registered in Scotland SC034737

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs (Scottish Families) provides support to families affected by the substance misuse of a loved one and raises awareness of the issues affecting them.  We offer families a variety of services including a national helpline, one-to-one and groups support, training opportunities and community engagement activities to help families cope with their loved one’s substance misuse, rebuild relationships and improve their wellbeing.


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Connecting Families Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £29,577
  • Edward House, Glasgow – with extensive travel around Scotland (Note: all staff currently home working due to COVID)
  • Closing 18th April 2021

We are recruiting – come and join Scottish Families!

This post will support the delivery of Scottish Families’ strategic outcome that ‘Families are a movement for change’, including ongoing delivery of our Connecting Families programme through engagement, design, delivery and evaluation. The post will help increase capacity and create more opportunities for families to influence sustainable change in relation to substance use and recovery. The Connecting Families programme is dynamic and is co-produced with family members, however the role will include initiatives such as our Family Recovery College, tackling stigma, promoting family rights, engaging with peer-led family support groups and networks, and running family and community events.

The post-holder will be responsible for developing and delivering our national Connecting Families programme, where families drive the development of a families’ recovery movement, including co-producing projects, events and initiatives. This includes supporting the delivery of learning programmes to promote family recovery; engaging and supporting families; supporting families’ voices to be directly heard through a range of platforms; facilitating family engagement and influence in policy, research and service development; and working closely with other social movements, including recovery movements.

The post will be based at Edward House, Glasgow (Scottish Families’ national office) with extensive travel around Scotland. (Note that currently all staff are home working due to the COVID outbreak and there is currently no confirmed date for the re-opening of the national office, based on the Scottish Government guidance). The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential.

We are seeking applicants who have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional qualification, as well as experience of building and maintaining relationships with individuals and groups; engaging with unheard or under-represented groups; providing learning and development opportunities; and collaborative working. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by alcohol and drugs; principles of co-production; values underpinning community learning and development; awareness of recovery movements; and understanding of family rights in the context of human rights. We are seeking an applicant who can encourage and promote the development of family recovery actions to bring about change.

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Community Fundraiser

  • Full time
  • £21,848
  • Edward House, Glasgow – with extensive travel around Scotland (Note: all staff currently home working due to COVID)
  • Closing 18th April 2021

We are recruiting – come and join Scottish Families!

This post will support effective delivery of Scottish Families’ Fundraising Strategy. The role is primarily focused on income generation through community fundraising activity and events in Scotland, as well as providing local support to grow fundraising activity.

This role will focus on supporting the Scottish Families’ Fundraising Strategy, recruiting participants for events, developing and maintaining relationships with supporters and funders, answering all fundraising-related queries and maximising community fundraising opportunities for the organisation.

The post-holder will be responsible for achieving agreed annual income targets; recruiting, supporting and inspiring fundraising supporters; recruiting, supporting and developing volunteers to support fundraising; identifying opportunities for events and supporting planned events; liaising with community venues regarding collections throughout the year.

The post will be based at Edward House, Glasgow (Scottish Families’ national office) with some travel around Scotland. (Note that currently all staff are home working due to the COVID outbreak and there is currently no confirmed date for the re-opening of the national office, based on the Scottish Government guidance). The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends.

We are seeking applicants who are educated to HNC level, vocational qualification (level 4) or hold a relevant professional qualification. Membership of the Institute of Fundraising and a qualification in fundraising are desirable. Applicants should have previous fundraising experience or experience of working directly within the community in a sales capacity or people-facing events role, as well as a proven record of organising events. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use, as well as a proven ability to generate new ideas and approaches and excellent networking and relationship management skills.

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Family Support Assistant - Forth Valley Family Support Service

  • Part time
  • £21,420 pro-rata
  • Based in Forth Valley (Falkirk, Stirling & Clackmannanshire)
  • Closing 30th May 2021

Due to the internal promotion of the current post-holder, we are seeking a 0.6 FTE (21 hours per week) Family Support Assistant to join our team. This post will support the delivery of the Forth Valley Family Support Service. This includes delivering community-based services that specifically address the needs of families affected by alcohol and drugs.

The post-holder will be responsible for maintaining and delivering a range of support services in Forth Valley to families and support groups affected by someone else’s substance use, ensuring an effective response to the needs of support groups and evaluating and demonstrating the impact of our services.

This includes working with the assistance and support of the Senior Family Support Development Officer to facilitate family support groups; work with individuals on a one to one basis, addressing specific issues; provide advocacy to both support groups and individual family members; and actively promote family recovery and family inclusive practice.

The post has a Forth Valley wide remit and will involve significant travel throughout the region and some to our offices in Glasgow. It is expected that the post holder will be required to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Senior Family Support Development Officer.

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Please note this is a re-advertisement – previous candidates need not re-apply

This is a new post which will develop, deliver, support and promote a range of family support and engagement for family members who are affected by someone else’s substance use. The post will operate in partnership with NHS Fife Addictions Service and has an area-wide remit involving significant travel throughout Fife and some to our offices in Glasgow.

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering initial assessments and one to one intensive support for family members aged 16+ years (including face to face, telephone and online support); offering advocacy and self-advocacy support to ensure families can access their rights; supporting the development of family inclusive practice across NHS Fife Addictions Services; using and promoting evidence-based interventions; and evaluating and demonstrating the impact of these and of this new collaborative family support and engagement model.

The post will work across three NHS Addictions bases in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Windygates (main base tbc). The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Senior Family Support Development Officer.

We are seeking applicants who have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional qualification, along with experience of direct client work, group work and direct work with families. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use and values underpinning advocacy. We are seeking an applicant who can encourage and promote the development of family support groups, and effectively and sensitively advocate for others.

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Communications Assistant

  • Full time
  • £21,848
  • Edward House, Glasgow - Staff currently working between home and office due to COVID mitigation arrangements
  • Closing 19th September 2021

This post will support and deliver Scottish Families’ communication strategy, using different methods, channels and creativity to maximise our reach and engagement throughout Scotland. The role will focus on providing a platform for family members to share their voices and experiences, to keep our online community informed about our work, to grow the number of supporters in our online community, and to raise awareness of the charity through our media profile.

The post-holder will be responsible for effectively managing our social media channels including content creation, research, relationship and community building with family members and partners; supporting more family members to share their own views and experiences across our communications platforms; delivering an ongoing programme of media training for family members; bringing new creative thinking and ideas into our communications work; working with the staff team with internal communications; supporting our existing campaigns and helping to deliver new campaigns; increasing our media engagement, being a contact for journalists and taking media enquiries; and developing and engaging with our mailing list.

The post will be based at Edward House, Glasgow – Scottish Families’ national office. (Please note staff currently working between home and office due to COVID mitigation arrangements). The post has a Scotland wide remit and may involve some travel and out-of-hours working. The post will be part of the Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Communications Development Officer.

We are seeking applicants who have a proven record of working across social media channels (specifically Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) for business purposes, as well as experience of copywriting, writing for publications and online campaigns with set engagement targets. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use, alongside the ability to work as an effective team member, contributing ideas and assisting colleagues; use social media and social media management systems; communicate effectively with a wide range of staff and with external stakeholders, and prioritise tasks and work calmly under pressure. All applicants should be educated to HNC level, vocational qualification (level 4) or hold a relevant professional qualification.

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Helpline Support Assistant

  • Full time
  • £21,848
  • Edward House, Glasgow (Staff currently working between home & office due to COVID mitigation arrangements)
  • Closing 26th September 2021

This post will provide the first point of contact for families who contact Scottish Families national Helpline service, and provide appropriate support and information to meet their needs.

The post-holder will be responsible for providing support and information, signposting enquiries, taking referrals and all associated administrative processes associated with Scottish Families’ national Helpline. The Helpline contact will be multi-channel (phone and online communication, including email and webchat). This role is also responsible for delivering an ongoing programme of content revision of Scottish Families’ National Service Directory to ensure all information is accurate and up-to-date, through actively liaising with support services across Scotland. The Helpline Support Assistant role also contributes to supporting our volunteers in their role and handling any escalated complex calls.

The post will be based at Edward House, Glasgow – Scottish Families’ national office. (Please note staff currently working between home and office due to COVID mitigation arrangements). The post holder will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends to support Helpline coverage. The post will be part of the Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Helpline Development Officer.

We are seeking applicants who have experience of providing support in a health and social care, mental health, addiction or trauma support service/ organisation; as well as providing support via webchat and online chat methods. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use; drug and alcohol awareness; and mental health in relation to substance use, as well as ability to listen and support individuals from diverse demographics. Excellent IT skills are essential, particularly use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word and Excel). All applicants should be educated to HNC level, vocational qualification (level 3) or hold a relevant professional qualification.

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Board Member

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 13th December 2021

Are you passionate about supporting families?

Do you have a background in tackling inequality and promoting diversity?

Do you want to share your experience, skills and expertise with us?

We are seeking a new Board member!

Scottish Families supports anyone who is concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use. We were established in 2003 by families themselves, who came together to support each other and to campaign for recognition. Our five Outcomes are that Families are Supported, Included, Recognised, Connected to Communities and a Movement for Change.

We are a national charity based in Glasgow and working right across Scotland. We provide a free national Helpline, one-to-one Telehealth support, bereavement counselling for anyone affected by drug or alcohol related death, and local family support services. We also deliver workforce development, a Connecting Families programme, communications and policy/campaigning work.

We are Scotland’s leading charity supporting families affected by substance use, and are recognised by the Scottish Government as one of their Nationally Commissioned Organisations (NCOs) for alcohol and drugs. We are funded through a combination of Government grants, commissioned services, charitable trusts and fundraising.

To strengthen our Board membership, we are seeking an additional Board member with experience, skills and expertise in tackling inequality and promoting diversity. This follows on from a recent review of our approach to equality and diversity at Scottish Families.

You should be available to attend quarterly meetings. Board meetings are currently being held online via Zoom, but in future we plan to return to a combination of online and in person meetings (at our national office in Glasgow city centre). Meetings are held on Saturday mornings and the schedule is set well in advance. Please read the Board Member Role Description for further information on what is expected of all of our Board members.

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This new post will support the delivery of Fife Family Support Service. This offers a range of family support and engagement for family members who are affected by someone else’s substance use. The post will operate in partnership with NHS Fife Addictions Service, partner organisations, families and communities. The post has an area-wide remit and will work across three NHS Addictions bases in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Windygates, along with some home working. This post is part of an expansion of our existing Fife Family Support Service, working alongside one existing and one new Family Support Development Officer posts.

The post will be responsible for maintaining and delivering a range of support services in Fife to families and support groups affected by someone else’s substance use, ensuring an effective response to the needs of support groups and evaluating and demonstrating the impact of our services.

The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Family Support Development Officer.

We are seeking applicants who are educated to HNC level, have a vocational qualification (level 3) or relevant professional qualification, along with experience of direct client work, group work, facilitating or enabling the work of others and direct work with families. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use and values underpinning advocacy. We are seeking an applicant who can facilitate family support groups, and effectively and sensitively advocate for others.

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This post will develop, deliver, support and promote a range of family support and engagement for family members who are affected by someone else’s substance use. The post will operate in partnership with NHS Fife Addictions Service, partner organisations, families and communities. The post has an area-wide remit, including working across three NHS Addictions bases in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Windygates, along with some home working. This post is part of an expansion of our existing Fife Family Support Service, working alongside an existing Family Support Development Officer and a new Family Support Assistant post.

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering initial assessments and one to one intensive support for family members aged 16+ years (including face to face, telephone and online support); offering advocacy and self-advocacy support to ensure families can access their rights; supporting the development of family inclusive practice across NHS Fife Addictions Services; using and promoting evidence-based interventions; and evaluating and demonstrating the impact of these and of this collaborative family support and engagement model.

The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Senior Family Support Development Officer.

We are seeking applicants who have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional qualification, along with experience of direct client work, group work and direct work with families. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use and values underpinning advocacy. We are seeking an applicant who can encourage and promote the development of family support groups, and effectively and sensitively advocate for others.

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Support Assistant - Young People (Routes)

  • Full time
  • £22,940
  • East and West Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 24th April 2022

This post will support the delivery of Scottish Families ‘Routes’ Young Persons Project, working alongside young people in East and West Dunbartonshire, to provide a programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use. The post operates as part of the Routes team led by a Senior Family Support Development Officer and supported by two Development Officers and one other Support Assistant.

The post is located across East and West Dunbartonshire. The post has an area-wide remit and will involve significant travel throughout the area and some to our offices in Glasgow, as well as occasional travel elsewhere in Scotland. Some home working is involved. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. It is expected that the post holder will be required to work some evenings and occasional weekends. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be managed by the Senior Family Support Development Officer – Young People. There will be a close working relationship with young people and with local partner agencies in East and West Dunbartonshire.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the delivery of Scottish Families ‘Routes’ Young Persons Project. This involves working alongside young people in East and West Dunbartonshire to provide a programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use. The role is managed by the Senior Family Support Development Officer – Young People.

We are seeking applicants who are educated to HNC level, have a vocational qualification (level 3) or relevant professional qualification, along with experience of working with a range of children and young people, identifying and managing risk, and assessing needs. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for young people affected by family substance use, an understanding of child protection and safeguarding, and understanding of emotional and development issues for children and young people. We are seeking an applicant who can build rapport, positively engage and support young people, as well as having the ability to listen and talk to young people from differing abilities, understanding and backgrounds.

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Family Support Development Officer - Young People (Routes)

  • Full time
  • £31,035
  • East and West Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 24th April 2022

These two posts will develop and deliver Scottish Families ‘Routes’ Young Persons Project, working alongside young people in East and West Dunbartonshire, to provide a programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use. The two posts operate as part of the Routes team led by a Senior Family Support Development Officer and supported by two Support Assistants.

The posts are located across East and West Dunbartonshire. The posts have an area-wide remit and will involve significant travel throughout the area and some to our offices in Glasgow, as well as occasional travel elsewhere in Scotland. Some home working is involved. It is expected that the post holders will be required to work some evenings and occasional weekends. These posts will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be managed by the Senior Family Support Development Officer – Young People. There will be a close working relationship with young people and with local partner agencies in East and West Dunbartonshire.

The post-holders will be responsible for developing and delivering Scottish Families ‘Routes’ Young Persons Project. This involves working alongside young people in East and West Dunbartonshire to provide a programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use.

We are seeking applicants who have a relevant degree or professional qualification, along with experience of working with a range of children and young people; planning and delivering a structured programme of support for children and young people that promotes their personal development, self-esteem and resilience; planning, organising and facilitating young people’s participation groups; supporting young people to engage in planning, developing and evaluating projects; identifying and managing risk and assessing needs of children and young people. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for young people affected by family substance use, an understanding of child protection issues and safeguarding practice, and understanding of the emotional and developmental issues for children and young people. We are seeking applicants who can build rapport, positively engage and support young people, as well as having the ability to listen and talk to young people from differing abilities, understanding and backgrounds.

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This new post will support the delivery of Inverclyde Family Support Service. This offers a range of family support and engagement for family members who are affected by someone else’s substance use. This is a new post created to expand our current service. The post will work alongside the existing Inverclyde Family Support Development Officer, and will work in partnership with partner organisations, families and communities.The post is located in Inverclyde, and has an area-wide remit involving significant travel throughout the area and some to our offices in Glasgow, as well as some home working.

The post-holder will be responsible for maintaining and delivering a range of support services in Inverclyde to families and support groups affected by someone else’s substance use, ensuring an effective response to the needs of support groups and evaluating and demonstrating the impact of our services.

The post-holder will be expected to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Family Support Development Officer.

We are seeking applicants who are educated to HNC level, have a vocational qualification (level 3) or relevant professional qualification, along with experience of direct client work, group work, facilitating or enabling the work of others and direct work with families. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use and values underpinning advocacy. We are seeking an applicant who can facilitate family support groups, and effectively and sensitively advocate for others.

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Support Assistant – Young People (Routes)

  • Full time
  • £22,940
  • East and West Dunbartonshire.
  • Closing 18th September 2022

This post will support the delivery of Scottish Families ‘Routes’ Young Persons Project, working alongside young people in East and West Dunbartonshire, to provide a programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use. The post operates as part of the Routes team led by a Senior Family Support Development Officer and supported by two Development Officers and one other Support Assistant.

The post is located across East and West Dunbartonshire and will involve travel throughout both local authorities. Some home working is involved. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. There will be a close working relationship with young people, schools and local partner agencies in East and West Dunbartonshire. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be managed by the Senior Family Support Development Officer – Young People. There will be a close working relationship with young people and with local partner agencies in East and West Dunbartonshire.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the delivery of Scottish Families ‘Routes’ Young Persons Project. This involves working alongside young people in East and West Dunbartonshire to provide a programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use.

We are seeking applicants who are educated to HNC level, have a vocational qualification (level 3) or relevant professional qualification, along with experience of working with a range of children and young people, identifying and managing risk, and assessing needs. Applicants should have knowledge of issues for young people affected by family substance use, an understanding of child protection and safeguarding, and understanding of emotional and development issues for children and young people. We are seeking an applicant who can build rapport, positively engage and support young people, as well as having the ability to listen and talk to young people from differing abilities, understanding and backgrounds.

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Family Support Assistant – Forth Valley

  • Full time
  • £22,940
  • FORTH VALLEY (Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire)
  • Closing 25th September 2022

Due to the internal promotion of the current post-holder, we are seeking a Family Support Assistant to join our team. This post will support the delivery of the Forth Valley Family Support Service. This includes delivering community-based services that specifically address the needs of families affected by alcohol and drugs.

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering a range of family support services which address the specific needs of families and support groups, including evidence-based interventions, with the assistance and support of the Family Support Development Officer – Forth Valley. This includes facilitating family support groups and working with individuals on a one-to-one basis; providing advocacy to support groups and individual family members, and actively promoting family recovery and family inclusive practice.

The post has a Forth Valley wide remit and will involve significant travel throughout the region and some to our offices in Glasgow. It is expected that the post holder will be required to work some evenings and occasional weekends. Due to the nature of this post, access to a car is essential. This post will be part of Scottish Families’ staff team and be supervised by the Family Support Development Officer – Forth Valley.

We are seeking applicants who are educated to HNC level, vocational qualification (level 3) or relevant professional qualification; have experience of direct client work, group work, direct work with families and understanding of the voluntary sector; with knowledge of issues affecting families affected by substance use. Candidates should be able to effectively and sensitively advocate for others, with strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.

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