FASS - Glasgow
FASS (Family Addiction Support Service) is a confidential support service for parents and adult family members affected by or concerned about a loved one's drug or alcohol use. It provides support such as counselling, hypnotherapy, holistic therapies, Link Worker support and peer support groups.
The Link Worker support is aimed at Kinship Carers who are the sole carer of a child due to parental addiction.The Link Worker can give advice on supports available to the carer and access respite for Kinship children through Geeza Break. FASS's 21 support groups throughout Glasgow include Bereavement, Family Support and Kinship Groups. In recent years FASS has produced and performed a number of dramas, which have helped to promote better understanding of different perspectives around drug use and how it affects families.
The organisation stems back to the 1980s, when it was first established as "The Glasgow Association of Family Support Groups" by a group of parents in who were concerned by the growing drug problems in Glasgow. Since then countless families and individuals have been supported to cope with the effects and stigma attached to addiction.
In addition to its core staff, FASS has a team of volunteers who man phone lines, maintain the clothing project and are generally the first face that visitors see when they visit FASS. The organisation is governed by a small board of seven with five directors and two advisors. Many of FASS’s volunteers and board members have had personal experience with a loved one's drug or alcohol problem, providing them with an understanding of the issues that arise due to addiction.