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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In partnership with South Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, My Support Day (peer-led family support) and Liber8 we have secured funding from the national Challenge Fund to establish a new two-year Family Support Development Officer post, working across South Lanarkshire.

This new 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 My Support Day peer-led family support, and work as part of The Beacons recovery support model across South Lanarkshire, hosted by Liber8.

The post forms part of a new collaborative family support and engagement initiative to embed a Whole Family Approach across The Beacons, evidencing the benefits of this for people and systems. The post will reach across The Beacons in Blantyre (main base), Lanark, Cambuslang and East Kilbride, as well as through community-based assertive outreach across the area. Direct support from Scottish Families will focus on supporting adult family members aged 16+ years, however the wider role involves developing and supporting a Whole Family approach across The Beacons, including through whole family activities and events.

The post-holder will be responsible for acting as a first point of contact for referrals, queries, advice and expertise; delivering initial assessments and one to one intensive support for family members aged 16+ years; referring on for other support as required; offering advocacy and self-advocacy support; and leading the development of a Whole Family approach across The Beacons. The role also involves reaching across wider family and community networks to identify and support opportunities to grow and develop family support and engagement across The Beacons and South Lanarkshire’s communities.

We are seeking applicants with a relevant degree or equivalent professional qualification, with experience of direct work with families, group work, facilitating or enabling the work of others, and working in partnership. You must have knowledge of issues for families affected by substance use and the ability to encourage and promote the development of family support groups, and to effectively and sensitively advocate for others.

The post is located in South Lanarkshire and has an area-wide remit involving significant travel throughout the area and some to our offices in Glasgow. 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 supervised by the Head of Programmes with a close working relationship with local partners, in particular My Support Day, Liber8 and South Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

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Support Assistant - Young People

  • Full time
  • £19,380
  • East and West Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 31st May 2020

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We have secured funding from the National Lottery Community Fund through the Young Start programme to establish a new Support Assistant post to join our Routes young person’s project working across East and West Dunbartonshire.

This new post will co-develop, deliver, support and promote a range of support and engagement for young people (aged 12-26) who are affected by someone else’s substance use. The post will operate in across East & West Dunbartonshire.

The post-holder will work alongside the existing Routes team, helping to ensure the smooth running of the project. Tasks vary each day but include ensuring the young people have transport to and from activities, facilitating groups and building trusting and empowering relationships with the young people we support.

We are seeking applicants with relevant experience of working with vulnerable young people individually and in groups. You must have knowledge of the issues some young people face growing up in a home affected by substance use and be understanding and sensitive to the challenges that may bring to both the young people and their families.

The post is located in East and West Dunbartonshire and has an area-wide remit involving significant travel throughout the area and some to our offices in Glasgow. 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 supervised by the Senior Family Support Development Officer – Young People.

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Family Support Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £28,977
  • Greenock, Inverclyde
  • Closing 20th September 2020

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Based in Inverclyde (main base: Greenock)

This post will lead the development, delivery, support and promotion of a range of family support and engagement for family members (age 16+ years) who are affected by someone else’s substance use. This is a new post which will establish Scottish Families’ Inverclyde Family Support Service, working in partnership with partner organisations, families and communities.

The post-holder will act as a first point of contact for referrals (including self-referrals from family members), queries, advice and expertise. The role includes utilising and promoting evidence-based interventions, and evaluating and demonstrating the impact of these and of this new Family Support Service. The post-holder will ensure the Family Support Service offers, choice, consistency and flexibility for adult family members in their own right, offering one to one and group support and engagement.

The post has an Inverclyde-wide remit involving significant travel throughout the area 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.

Funding has been secured for a 12 month post following a successful tendering process with Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership. Any extension to the post is subject to future re-tendering/securing further funding.

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Family Support Assistant – Forth Valley Family Support Service

  • Full time
  • £19,380
  • Based in Forth Valley (Falkirk, Stirling & Clackmannanshire)
  • Closing 18th October 2020

Come and join our fantastic team at Scottish Families!

This new 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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Helpline Support Assistant

  • Part time
  • £19,380 pro-rata
  • Edward House, Glasgow (currently home based due to COVID)
  • Closing 29th November 2020

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. This is a new post being introduced to support the Helpline Development Officer and Helpline volunteers meet increasing Helpline demand.

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. (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 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, and drug and alcohol awareness, 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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