New funding for families - the Family Recovery Initiative Fund

Recovery is not just about the person, recovery can’t happen without family recovery as well.’

‘I’ve got two families – my family at home and the group family.’

A new fund is now available for families. If you are involved in supporting families who are affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug addiction in a group setting or are thinking about starting a new group in your area, the Family Recovery Initiative Fund wants to hear from you.

The Fund offers one-off grants of up to £1,500 and is open to groups (family support groups, carer groups) and to people looking to start their own local group. The Fund has been supplied by the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit and will be administered by Corra Foundation with support from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Scottish Families is a national charity working with anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. Our Strategic Plan 2017-20 focuses on five Outcomes – that families are supported, included, recognised, connected to communities and are a movement for change.

What do we mean by a movement for change? 

We hope to create opportunities for family members to connect, share experiences, ideas and create change, where we talk about what matters to family members and what we can do together to respond to that. 

‘Linking different communities is important; we are the only family support group in this area’.

‘We shouldn’t be hidden, we should be visual and vocal’.  

‘You have to create the conditions to allow people to come together’.

We hold high hopes for families in Scotland to be recognised, included, supported, connected to communities and to be a movement for change.  That means helping share the news of the fund for families far and wide and it also means families meeting other families.

How could the Family Recovery Initiative fund help your family support group do that? 

Take a look at our Family Recovery Ideas Map to get your thinking started. We hope that this fund will help existing family support groups to grow and develop, that it will provide the basics needed for new groups to start and that it will help families affected by alcohol and drugs across Scotland to know that they stand alongside others who know how they feel, listen to what they have to say and who will share both their stories of struggle and their stories of hope. 

To find out more and apply for the fund contact Scottish Families by:

Please call our free and confidential helpline today if you have been affected by a loved one’s substance misuse.  Our trained volunteers will be supportive and provide the information you need, or will simply listen if you need to talk. Tel: 08080 10 10 11

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