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Funding for addiction support programme in Aberdeenshire is welcomed


By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has welcomed plans to expand a programme which supports young people impacted by drug and alcohol addiction to the north-east.

The Routes Youth programme – which is run by Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) – offers one-to-one and group support to people aged 12 to 26 and currently operates in East and West Dunbartonshire.

Now SFAD has formed a partnership with six other charities who will roll out the programme including in north Aberdeenshire.

MSP Gillian Martin with team leader Alison Thomson and chief executive Fraser Hogan of Alcohol and Drugs Action in Aberdeenshire.
MSP Gillian Martin with team leader Alison Thomson and chief executive Fraser Hogan of Alcohol and Drugs Action in Aberdeenshire.

The expansion comes after the Scottish Government announced SFAD would receive £4 million earlier this year from the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund as part of the cross-government approach to tackling the drug deaths crisis.

Ms Martin said: “Alcohol and Drugs Action does some incredible work across the north-east and I am delighted it will be one of the recipients of this programme.

“Young people living with a loved one who is using substances need to feel they are not alone.

“They may want to share their experiences, learn more about substance use and explore how they can achieve their own goals.

“It is imperative that the Scottish Government not only helps people who are facing problems with drugs, but also their family members.”


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