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.


Current vacancies

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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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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