“Survive” is the holiday theme for families affected by problem alcohol and drug use. Anxiety, stress and fear overshadow cheer and gatherings as families await the decisions of their loved ones.
You can make their new year bright. Together, we can give them a day of respite.
January 2016 - February 2016
Charity information: Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD)
Survive 2015 Holiday Season: “He works hard to stay clean. What about Christmas? Will he pick up the bottle? What will he do at his work Christmas party? What will I tell his children if he shows up drunk? I want my grandchildren to love their Da and share Christmas together. He is more than the drink. The children need nice memories of Christmas with their father. If he shows up drunk I can’t have him around. My grandchildren will have a lonely Christmas. I hope he doesn't touch the bottle."
Families travel the journey of recovery with loved ones. They ride a roller coaster of ups and downs and brace themselves for the aftermath of holiday cheer. We will deliver a Holiday Survival Booklet and Fresh Start events to 9 family support groups. The booklet will contain information on available support during the holidays. Fresh Start events will give families the opportunity to rejuvenate. Together, we can help families survive the holiday season and begin a new year filled with hope.
Support families affected by problem alcohol and drug use survive the holiday season.
Activities» Develop & publish Holiday Survival Booklet with information on available support through the holidays; emergency contacts, helplines, coping skills.
» Involve local and national services to ensure available holiday services and any other relevant holiday information is advertised.
What success will look like
Success will be involving 5 local & national services to develop Holiday Survival Booklet and distributing 500 e-booklets and 150 print booklets to services and families.
Give families affected by problem alcohol and drug use a fresh start to 2016.
Activities» Deliver Fresh Start events to 9 family support groups involving a relaxation activity, meal and entertainment.
» Engage with local businesses and communities to organise and deliver Fresh Start events.
What success will look like
Success will be involving at least 9 local communities and businesses to deliver Fresh Start events to 9 family support groups.
The project will give families the opportunity to rejuvenate and rejoin the recovery journey with improved mental health and wellbeing. After the holidays we will send services an impact survey to understand use and reach. We will monitor the impact of the Fresh Start events at completion and the evaluation will help us understand the need and development for future post holiday events.
Survival Booklet: Lack of service inclusion is a risk. We will work with a minimum of 5 local and national services, but we aim to include all services available during the holidays for families. We will send out a communication to services giving them an opportunity to submit information by a deadline date.
Fresh Start: Family members could show up in a vulnerable emotional state. We will have Family Support Team members available to provide individual support if required.
Funders will receive a copy of the Holiday Survival Booklet by email. At completion of the project, an evaluation report will be sent by email. The report will share information from both evaluations and information gathered to further develop and improve the project for 2017.
Budget - Project Cost: £2,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £300 Holiday Survival Booklets 150 Printed copies of Holiday Survival Booklets £1,700 Fresh Start Entertainment, subsistence, & relaxation activity for 9 groups
The Holiday Survival Booklet will be distributed across Scotland.
The 9 family support groups are located in the Forth Valley, East Dunbartonshire and Dumfries & Galloway areas of Scotland.
The Holiday Survival Booklet will support families and communities affected by problem alcohol and drug use across Scotland. It will be a beneficial tool in a time of need.
The 9 family support groups are open to adults (18 +) affected by problem alcohol and drug use in the Forth Valley, East Dunbartonshire, Dumfries & Galloway areas. The groups currently support 70 families.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is the only national charity dedicated to supporting families affected by problem alcohol and drug use. Our national helpline is available during the holiday season and work alongside other services to ensure families and communities receive access to support in a time when most services are closed.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
National Coordinator for Family Support Services
Forth Valley Family Support Development Officer
East Dunbartonshire Family Support Development Officer
Dumfries & Galloway Family Support Development Officer