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.
We are launching a new three year Young Persons National Demonstration Project in East and West Dunbartonshire. We are seeking a Family Support Development Officer – Young People to work alongside young people to co-design, test out and share a new programme of support for 12-26 year olds affected by family alcohol and drug use. The post will work with the Senior Family Support Development Officer – Young People to deliver this Project.
We know that young people are often hidden within families affected by alcohol and drug use, particularly those aged 12 years and above. This includes young people affected by the substance use of siblings, parents, grandparents and other relatives and carers. There is a lack of appropriate support for 12-26 year olds, and we recognise that they are best placed to design and test out a new programme of support for this age group.
We are seeking applicants with an appropriate qualification in Youth Work, Community Work or equivalent professional qualification, with experience of working with a range of children and young people. You must have experience of planning and delivering structured programmes of support for young people, and of supporting young people to engage in planning, developing and evaluating projects. An understanding of child protection issues and safeguarding practice, and of emotional and developmental issues for children and young people is essential, along with the ability to build rapport, positively engage and support young people.
We are expanding our Connecting Families programme, launched in 2018 to deliver Scottish Families’ strategic outcome that ‘Families are a movement for change’. We are seeking a Connecting Families Development Officer to support the delivery of this programme.
The post will work with the Senior Connecting Families Development Officer to link together families with lived experience of alcohol and drugs through local, regional and national networks; to support the delivery of a programme of capacity-building with individual family members and family support groups, developing leadership, confidence, connectivity and sustainability; to provide direct intensive support to new, emerging and existing family support groups across Scotland, including face-to-face, online and telephone support; and to ensure that families drive the development of a families’ recovery movement, including co-producing projects, events and initiatives and identifying new ways of involving families;
We are seeking applicants with a degree in a relevant area or professional qualification; with experience of developing and facilitating support groups (of any theme), facilitating or enabling the work of others, direct work with families and partnership working. You must have the ability to encourage and promote the development of family support groups, effectively and sensitively advocate for others, and have strong organisational skills. This role has a Scotland-wide remit so requires extensive travel throughout the country.
In partnership with Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) we have secured funding from the national Challenge Fund to establish a new two-year Family Support Development Officer post, working across Aberdeenshire. This post will develop new, and support existing, community-based services that specifically address the needs of families affected by substance use.
The post-holder will be responsible for developing, maintaining and delivering a range of family support services in Aberdeenshire, in partnership with families and support groups affected by someone else’s substance misuse and peer-led family support groups. The role includes working with existing peer-led family support groups in the area to co-produce and co-deliver a rolling programme of capacity-building and development support; offering one to one support for family members face-to-face, over the phone and online; and supporting the development of new family support groups. This post will operate as an integrated part of the wider peer support and recovery community and Aberdeenshire’s Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC).
We are seeking applicants with a relevant degree or equivalent professional qualification, with experience of direct work with families, group work and facilitating or enabling the work of others. 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 Aberdeenshire and has an Aberdeenshire-wide remit involving significant travel throughout the council 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 including Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP).