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A membership-based policy, information and training organisation, and a national resource of expertise on drugs issues.
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SDF, in partnership with the Scottish Trans Alliance (STA), have designed a transgender awareness and inclusion course for people who work in the substance use field.

The full-day training will provide people working in drug and alcohol and/or recovery services with greater knowledge and awareness of trans people and how to be more trans aware and inclusive in your practice.

Katy MacLeod, SDF’s National Training and Development Officer, who is co-facilitating the training with STA, said:

“I am delighted to see this much-needed training happening for frontline services in Scotland. Increased trans awareness and small adaptations to practice and service delivery can massively support trans people to access services and be better supported generally. As outlined in the research by Scottish Trans Alliance; substance use by transgender people can sometimes be significantly higher than among cisgender people, so therefore it is crucial that services are adequately equipped in order to support trans people effectively”

The next training session will be held in SDF’s Office in Glasgow on Wednesday the 5th of September 2018 at a cost of £50 per person.

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Job opportunity!

Glasgow East Women’s Aid (GEWA) - Head of Operations
Salary – £36,000

The organisation are looking for a Manager to oversee the day to day management of all aspects of our service.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced domestic violence and abuse specialist to manage a small, dedicated team and to ensure delivery of a range of projects and programmes.

You will be passionate about empowering women and children exposed to domestic violence and abuse to be safe and to achieve lasting change. You will have the experience and skills to support and nurture staff and volunteers to deliver quality, innovative and inclusive services that are shaped to meet the multiple and complex needs of service-users.

Closing Date: Friday 6th July 2018
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New dates have been added for drug and alcohol awareness training courses specifically developed for people who work within Glasgow City.

The one-day courses increase staff knowledge and awareness of key issues relating to drug or alcohol use and provide an opportunity to understand the specific support needs for those experiencing drug or alcohol-related problems.

The training is available for free to people who work in Glasgow in settings such as health, education, policing, social care and voluntary organisation staff who work in non-addictions services.

The courses will run throughout July and a programme of dates is now available.

Bookings can be made on the SDF Workforce Development website.
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Do you have a history of addiction?

Interested in a career helping people?

Live in East Ayrshire or Fife?

Scottish Drugs Forum’s award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) is a unique initiative which supports, trains, and prepares individuals with a history of problematic drug and alcohol use to work in Social Care.

We offer £225 per week before deductions with a fixed term contract of 30hours per week for 39 weeks. Trainees will undertake placements in social care agencies and will study towards an SVQ 2 in Social Services and Health Care.

If - at time of applying - you are either two years drug free (including substitute prescribing) or two years free of problematic alcohol use, we’d like to hear from you.

Full training and support will be provided.

Like to know more?

Click the link for more details.
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Scotland’s drug-related death figures imply a rate that is higher than those reported for any European Union country (though there are issues of coding, coverage and under-reporting in some countries), and roughly 2½ times that of the UK as a whole.

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Scotland’s drug-related death figures imply a rate that is higher than those reported for any European Union country (though there are issues of coding, coverage and under-reporting in some countries), and roughly 2½ times that of the UK as a whole.

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The NHS Board areas with the most drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2017 were:

- Greater Glasgow & Clyde – 280 (30 per cent);
- Lothian – 137 (15 per cent);
- Lanarkshire – 102 (11 per cent); and
- Tayside – 94 (10 per cent).

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Drug-related deaths in Scotland have reached record highs for the past four years, reaching 943 in 2017.

That is 934 families losing a mum, a dad, a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter.

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There were 934 deaths from a drug overdose registered in Scotland in 2017.

The figures, released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS), show that 66 more people have died than in 2016, which is an increase of 8%.

This is the largest number of drug-related deaths in Scotland since the series began in 1996, and more than double the figure for 2007 (455).

Key points from the ‘Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2017’ report include:

- Males accounted for 70 per cent of the drug-related deaths in 2017.

- There were 360 drug-related deaths of people aged 35-44 (39% of all drug-related deaths), 268 deaths in the 45-54 age-group (29%) and 185 drug-related deaths of 25-34 year olds (20 per cent).

- The NHS Board areas with the most drug-related deaths in 2017 were:

- Opiates or opioids, such as heroin, morphine and methadone, were implicated in, or potentially contributed to, 815 deaths (87 per cent of the total number in 2017). Benzodiazepines such as diazepam and etizolam were implicated in, or potentially contributed to, 552 deaths (59 per cent).

- Scotland’s figures imply a drug-death rate that is higher than those reported for any EU country (though there are issues of coding, coverage and under-reporting in some countries), and roughly 2½ times that of the UK as a whole.

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We're hiring!

SDF's Hepatitis Scotland are looking for a Community Development and Involvement Officer
£29,074 – £31,668

Hepatitis Scotland is the third sector lead organisation for hepatitis B and C in Scotland, supporting the implementation of Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus policy in Scotland. Hepatitis Scotland is hosted by SDF.

The post holder is responsible for developing, sustaining and co-ordinating a comprehensive range of patient involvement activities at national and local level.

Excellent knowledge of Hepatitis C prevention, treatment and support issues is highly desireable, as is relevant patient involvement experience. Candidates must show evidence of initiative, resourcefulness and the ability to effectively engage with diverse groups.

Closing date: 6th July 2018
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