Where to Get Support When You Need It

Recovery Scotland (Formerly Addiction Support and Counselling)/Forth Valley Recovery Community

FVRC provides safe, drug and alcohol free events to help you build and develop your recovery. They are a peer-led, inclusive and non-judgemental community committed to empowering people in recovery.

Recovery cafes are a great opportunity for people to come along and get recovery support in an informal setting, they provide free food, tea and coffee. The team and volunteers provide invaluable lived experience which can empower people with their own recovery journey. They also encourage people to participate in Volunteer training when they are ready, this can help them move on to further education or employment.

Recovery Cafés and Drop Ins

  • Monday: Tamfourhill Drop In Tamfourhill Community Hub, Marchie Court, FK1 4S 1:30pm—3:30pm
  • Monday: Cornton Community Center Drop-In, 52 Johnston Avenue, Cornton, Stirling FK9 5DD 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:30am—1pm Women’s Drop In Kildean, Drip Road, Raploch, FK8 1RW
  • Tuesday: 4pm—9pm Alloa Café The Gate, 2 Ludgate, Alloa, FK10 2DR
  • Wednesday: 1pm—4:30pm Stenhousemuir Cafe The Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir, FK5 3BB
  • Thursday: 1:30pm—4pm Denny Drop in Community Flat, Bridge Crescent, Denny FK6 6PD
  • Thursday: 2:30pm—5pm Alva Drop In Alva Baptist Church, 1 The Green, Alva FK12 6JQ
  • Friday: 1pm—6pm Stirling Café Mayfield Community Centre, St Ninians, Stirling FK7 0BD
  • Saturday: 10:30am—3pm Falkirk Café ASC Falkirk, 32 Vicar Street, Falkirk, FK1 1JB
  • Sunday: 12pm—4pm Grangemouth Cafe Rainbow House, 6 South Shore Street.

For more information email RS@recoveryscotland.org.uk or call 01324 874969


Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Suitable for family members of people with alcohol and substance use problems.

Interventions offered: Helpline support, information and advice, family support groups, bereavement support, psycho-
education and practical advice on website.

Referral: Self-referral
Contact: helpline 08080 101011, helpline@sfad.org.uk, www.sfad.org.uk
Costs: Free


Transform Forth Valley

The organisation works to support people and their families affected by Substance related harm.

They are dedicated to empowering individuals and families to live a more fulfilled life. They work with partners to actively challenge inequalities and to achieve sustainable change.

They offer a wide range of services to support individuals and families who are impacted by substance use and/or societal,
financial or health inequalities:

  • To prevent drug-related deaths and reduce incidences of non-fatal overdose, working assertively in the local community.
  • To bridge the gap between active substance users and all services, statutory and 3rd sector, and the local community.
  • To reduce the prevalence of blood-borne viruses and encourage our service users to enter treatment services.
  • To encourage our client group to access clean injecting equipment for each use and to consider alternative routes of
    administering substances.
  • Encourage and facilitate entry to treatment services.
  • To live in a safe house and have support, where necessary.

Transform Forth Valley (transformfv.org.uk) 01259272112


CGL Forth Valley (Change Grow Live)

CGL Forth Valley Recovery Service provides a range of community and prison based services to support individuals who use
drugs and alcohol in Forth Valley. CGL provide recovery focussed interventions one to one and in a CBT informed group work

The interventions provided are:

  • Harm Reduction and Injecting Equipment Provision (IEP)
  • Harm reduction and safer injecting/use advice;
  • Take Home Naloxone distribution/training/overdose management advice (in line with National Naloxone Programme Scotland);
  • Motivational interviewing, supporting movement into treatment;
  • Advice to community pharmacy IEP contacts
  • Recovery Service - Forth Valley (changegrowlive.org)

If you'd like to get in touch, give them a ring on 0808 196 2188 or email fv.cglforthvalley@nhs.scot.


Includem are a Scottish Youth Support charity that works with children and young people. They offer a wide range of services and projects to children, young people and families across Scotland.

There is specialist support to not just young people in conflict with  the law, but to families as well. They work with children and young people in care, and their caregivers, as well as supporting those facing challenges with education or transitioning to adulthood.

If you need to contact them, you can write to enquiries@includem.co.uk or Includem, Head Office, Unit 6000, Academy

Office Park, Gower Street, Glasgow, G51 1PR. Includem | There for young people 24/7.


They offer a range of services across Scotland. These offer practical and emotional care and support, including:

  • Residential and Fostering - They believe every child deserves a safe, loving and nurturing home. They provide residential and foster care for children unable to live with their families.
  • Recovery - They are there for families affected by addiction. From a parent or a carer struggling with drug use to a child affected by a parent’s addiction.
  • Early Years - We lighten the load for families that need extra help raising their young children.
  • Disability - We ensure children with a disability get the right care and support they need. Every family is unique, and we will go the extra mile so both children and their families feel loved and cared for.
  • Urgent Assistance Fund - We give immediate relief to families who are struggling to provide food, heating and clothing for their children.
  • Early Intervention - We are there for families before difficulties become too large to overcome. Sometimes stepping in at the right time can stop someone’s troubles deepening. Our tailored services help each child, young person and family be the best that they can be. We support individuals and families overcome significant challenges in life.

Aberlour Children's Charity - Stop children suffering Phone: 0800 085 6150

Veterans First Point

Suitable for: Anyone who has served at least one day in the UK armed forces or a family member (over 16 years old) who has a one-degree connection to the Veteran (e.g. parent, child, sibling, or spouse).

Interventions offered:

  • Veteran Peer Support: providing veterans with opportunities to move forward and support on every step of the journey
  • Veterans Access Points: A multi-purpose point of contact with V1P for initial information and registration, on-going support, or to meet a specific need
  • Psychology: Psychological assessment and/or evidence-based psychological therapies
  • Partnership working: adding value to other services with specialist knowledge of veterans’ needs.
  • Consultancy service to support others working with Veterans.

Referral: By health professional, referral form on Firstport, phone in advance to discuss. Or self-referral by phone or Access Point. Contact: 0300 303 3051


BBV and Hep B/C Testing

Hepatitis B and C testing, treatment and support and testing for HIV. If you are concerned about any of these and want to speak
to someone, phone Wendy on 01786 434079.


Hep C Trust

The Hepatitis C Trust is the national UK charity for hepatitis C with offices in London and Falkirk. It has been operating since 2001. It is a patient-led and patient-run organisation: most of our board, staff, and volunteers have had hepatitis C and have cleared it after treatment.

Contact: Jim Clark, Suite 3-4, Falkirk Business Hub 45 Vicar Street Falkirk FK1 1LL. Telephone: 07747218815 Helpline: 0845 223 4424 / 020 7089 6221. Web: www.hepctrust.org.uk


The Scottish Government has announced that all families in Scotland will have free access to the full Solihull Approach Online resource for parents and carers. This initiative is being delivered in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland.

Solihull Approach Online is a universal resource for parents and carers from the antenatal period to 19 years. It offers a series of
modules containing interactive activities, quizzes and video clips. The online resource focuses on developing nurturing and supportive relationships between children and their carers. It aims to help parents understand their child’s behaviour in the context of their child’s development and the parent-child relationship.

The following courses are available free for parents/carers in Scotland:

  • Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenager's brain

To access these courses for free, families need to use the access code TARTAN.

Visit https://inourplace.heiapply.com/online-learning/


Parentline Scotland

08000 28 22 33 – for parents and kinship carers

NSPCC Childline

0800 1111 – for children and young people

NSPCC Helpline

0808 800 5000 – Help for adults concerned about a child being at risk of harm

Parenting Across Scotland

www.parentingacrossscotland.org – parenting advice and information for all families

Parent Network Scotland

www.parentnetworkscotland.org.uk – parenting classes and support


www.nspcc.org.uk – information and guidance for parents

Perinatal Support


The Fatherhood Institute

www.fatherhoodinstitute.org – Resources and information for fathers

Young Minds

www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents - Resources for parents on a very wide range of issues e.g. self-harm, divorce, school problems, anxiety

Things to try

www.nhsfife.org/camhs-thingstotry - things to try is a collection of resources to help support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, put together by Fife CAMHS.

Some are aimed at children and young people, some are more for parents and carers, and some are designed for professionals who work with children and young people. Have a look, try some out, and see if there’s something that helps you.

Support 4 Families

Established in 1999 by a group of mothers devastated by their sons’ heroin use.  Their mission was to “develop a telephone helpline that offered a listening ear for anyone affected by someone else’s substance misuse and to ensure every family accessing help would receive it”.

Today – they don’t just provide a telephone helpline, we champion family support and individual well-being across Stirling and the wider environs of Forth Valley.
Driven by experience we help to create change so that individuals; children; and families can cope with their circumstances and adversities and are able to seek support when needed.

We offer a dedicated programme of support, including information and advice, counselling, peer support, and complimentary therapies, children’s after school clubs, family days out, school holiday activities, and more.

One Parent Families Scotland

www.opfs.org.uk – support for single parents, including a single fathers’ support service in

North Lanarkshire


Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning provides parenting support in primary schools and nursery with high deprivation factor and for parents/carers of children with additional support needs. They also provide youth activity groups for children of different ages.

Families Outside

Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland working exclusively on behalf of families affected by imprisonment.

They provide information and support on issues such as housing, finance, and emotional support. If family members require more in-depth support, Regional Family Support team is on hand throughout Scotland and can offer direct, 1:1 support until a positive outcome is reached. They provide tools, resources, and training to those individuals and groups who come into contact with families affected by imprisonment.

From prison staff and social workers to health care professionals and teachers, bespoke training sessions increase the awareness of the issues and challenges faced by families and ensure that they continue receive the support they need.

They offer:

  • Support to understand the stages of the justice process
  • Support to stay in touch with family member in prison
  • Support children and young people
  • Access support from the prison and link with other relevant organisations

Feed Your Instinct (FYI)

Feed Your Instinct (FYI) is an interactive tool designed to support parents of children and young people experiencing different
types of eating and/or body image problems.

SupportED Scotland

SupportED Scotland run support groups for both people struggling or recovering from an eating disorder and for parents’ or carers of loved ones with an eating disorder.

The groups focus on sharing stories and experiences, discussing coping strategies and ways of improving both the individual who is struggling with an ED, and the carer’s health and wellbeing.

They offer:

  • Support groups for individuals struggling with ED
  • Support groups for carers
  • Self-help guidance

How to refer:

Facebook group with Clinical psychology Lead – Kara Davey

Free monthly baby loss support group (over Zoom). No pressure for camera or mic, can listen or type chat. For mums and
dads. For those devastated by their loss. https://www.facebook.com/KaraClinicalPsychologistinSussex/


Miscarriage Support

Miscarriage Support offers counselling for women who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death following loss, before trying again and in pregnancy following loss. Our counsellors are university trained and have personal experience of loss.

Miscarriage Support is a non-profit making organisation. We do not expect a contribution from unemployed or low income families. For all other clients we ask for a donation based on a sliding scale from £5.00 up to £25.00 per session. We leave it up to you to determine how much you can afford. For the first appointment, we ask for a donation of £15.00, which includes our information pack.

To make an appointment for counselling, or to discuss what you are looking for, contact us on: 0141-552-5070


Aching Arms

Aching Arms is here to help and support you when you’ve experienced the heartbreak of losing your baby, during pregnancy,
at birth or soon after.

When you need us, our Supporting Arms service is here for you. The service is run by bereaved parents and gives you the opportunity to talk to someone who has an understanding of what you’re going through. If you would like to talk about your feelings, share your experience or want some advice, we can help.

Please contact Supporting Arms on 07464 508994 or email support@achingarms.co.uk

Website: https://www.achingarms.co.uk/

Held in our Hearts

One of the hardest things a parent can ever face is the impossible decision to end a much wanted pregnancy. This often happens when a scan highlights an anomaly and the family are then referred to the fetal medicine team.

We understand that, if you are faced with this situation, you will most likely want to ask questions and talk with others who can either give advice or more information. To help with this, we work collaboratively with ARC (ante natal results and choices) a charity specialising in supporting families who find themselves in this position.

More details of the charity and their support can be found here http://www.arc-uk.org/. In 2016 Held In Our Hearts established the first collaborative support group in the UK to give families the opportunity to talk with others who understand how difficult this path is. This group meets every 3 to 4 months but families are reminded, and encouraged, to attend our other monthly support  groups and can access one to one befriending or counselling in between. Support available 1-2-1 or in a group.

Email info @heldinourhearts.co.uk or 0131 6226263 or helpline 0845 0772290, FB page Held in our Hearts & ARC.

NHS Forth Valley Stop Smoking Service

Stopping smoking is beneficial to your heath and it is never too late to give up – individuals are twice as likely to successfully quit smoking with help and support.

NHS Forth Valley provides a variety of free stop smoking support options to help individuals to stop smoking. Contact our friendly advisors who can discuss free support options including:

  • Face to face support
  • Telephone support
  • Support in hospital
  • Support to pregnant women and household/family members
  • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
  • Pharmacy Support

For all enquiries, please contact us on 01786 433293. Our office opening hours are Monday to Thursday (8.30am – 5pm) and Friday (8.30am – 4pm).

LGBT Health

www.lgbthealth.org.uk – community initiative that promotes the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.

Provide information on support services, e.g. Counselling or Trans
support in Glasgow or Edinburgh.


LGBT Helpline Scotland

Open every Tuesday and Wednesday between 12 - 9pm,
helpline@lgbthealth.org.uk, 0300 123 2523

Lesbian Scotland

www.lesbianscotland.uk – This website provides a Lesbian guide to Scotland, including information and links about a range of venues, groups and resources for gay, bisexual and trans women living in Scotland.

Parents Enquiry Scotland

http://parentsenquiryscotland.org/ – provides information and support for parents whose sons or daughters have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Asexual Visibility & Education Network

http://asexuality.org/ – AVEN hosts the world's largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.

Scottish Trans

www.scottishtrans.org – information, policy work and support for trans and other gender diverse people, including intersex.

Parentline Scotland

0800 800 22 22

The Health Improvement Resource Service (HIRS)

HIRS provides people who work in Forth Valley access to a range of health improvement resources and information in a range of formats.

Our services include:

  • FREE leaflets, posters and training materials to support health promotion activities
  • FREE condoms & lubricant
  • FREE borrowable resources: books, models, games, teaching kits and DVDs
  • Trained staff, who can support you to find the best resources available to you

Sign up to our online borrowing system for more information: HPAC (durham.gov.uk)


National Debt Line

For financial advice and support call 0808 808 4000


National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 027 1234

Well Informed

Freephone mental health & wellbeing information

0800 073 0918


Stirling Community Enterprise

Stirling Community Enterprise is a community based training provider that helps people into work.

Our services are open to people living in the Stirling Council area who are finding it hard to get a job.

We help people increase their skills and knowledge and gain current and relevant work experience through the delivery of in house and SQA certificated programmes.  Alongside our Partner Employers we provide a range of supportive work experience opportunities and on the job training.