Family Drug Support are expanding their support services to Queensland families and significant others with new funding from the Queensland Government through Queensland Health. The funding will support more Queensland callers to the Telephone Support Line, establish additional Family Support Meetings and help deliver the Stepping Stones Program and Stepping Forward sessions in targeted locations across the State.
Funding will also be directed to training Family Drug Support staff and volunteers to cater for increased support in Queensland.
Newly appointed Queensland Manager Dom Shelley said “I am excited to inform you that a new Queensland team, including myself and two Family Support Workers, has now been appointed, and we are busy in the planning and development stages of implementing the new executed agreement which will see an increase in the number of families we are able to support.
I am extremely confident that with the recent funding and the new team we will be able to work alongside other service providers, including the new intervention teams, clinicians, and community engagement. We at Family Drug Support are also looking forward to continuing the expansion of our services to reach more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and those with cultural and linguistic diversity."
FDS CEO Tony Trimingham stated “This is indeed great news. We have worked since 1998 in Queensland receiving thousands of calls on our support line, running many Stepping Stones, Stepping Forward and support groups over the years. We now receive funding from NSW, South Australia and Queensland for the only national service providing support to families affected by alcohol and other drugs.”