Families will get more support via small grants
More support for families affected by alcohol and drugs has been announced.
The Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit has launched a new small grants fund which aims to support families affected by alcohol or drugs.
One-off grants of up to £1,500 will be offered with applications open to groups (family support groups, carers groups) or people thinking of setting up a group aiming to support families who are affected by alcohol or drugs.
There are at least 134,000 adults in Scotland affected by problematic drug use in their family with family members feeling isolated, stressed, stigmatised and guilty.
The fund aims to help improve outcomes for those whose loved ones have alcohol or drug issues by providing one-off grants to support things like setting up new family support groups, or ongoing running costs such as room hire and training to develop existing groups.
Aileen Campbell, public health minister said: “Families play an integral role in making recovery a reality for people affected by alcohol or drug use and it is important to ensure that family members are also well supported.
“This new fund is an excellent opportunity to help build support networks and local groups that will help family members affected by substance use to access the help they need to support their own wellbeing.”