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  • Advertised from 29th April 2019
  • 35 hours per week, two year post. Plus 4% employer pension contribution


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).

You can find out more information about our work in our Strategic Plan 2017-20 and our Impact Report 17/18.

Application notes

For further information and to apply please visit our website

Closing date: 11.59pm, Sunday 19 May 2019

(Applicants being invited to interview will be advised by 12 noon on Tuesday 21 May).

Interviews will be held at Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen AB15 6RE on Thursday 30 May 2019.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact: Justina Murray, CEO, Email, tel 0141 465 7523