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Media Release

GET TESTED FOR HIV AND HEPATITIS – Single test and better treatment available

Health experts in NHS Forth Valley are urging people who may have been at risk of contracting a blood-borne virus to have a confidential single finger-prick test which can detect Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV. It’s part of a major campaign to raise the profile of these illnesses which will include local radio advertising, and posters in shopping centres and GP surgeries.Get-tested-for-Hepatitis-and-HIV-

New Impact of Parental Substance Misuse Assessment Tool Developed

New Impact of Parental Substance Misuse Assessment Tool Developed

All agencies need to work together in tackling the problems caused by substance misuse in families in order to safeguard children and promote their well-being. It is important not to generalise or make assumptions about the impact of parental/carer drug and/or alcohol use on a child. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that the implications for the child/ren are properly assessed taking full cognisance of the parents/carers ability to maintain both consistent and adequate standards of care (Scottish Government, 2012; Scottish Government, 2014).

Given the launch of the Scottish Government (2013) Getting our Priorities Right (Updated Good Practice Guidance for use by all practitioners working with children, young people and families affected by substance use) and the Forth Valley Alcohol and Drug Partnership’s (ADP’s) and Forth Valley Child Protection Committee’s (CPC’s) (2016) Getting Our Priorities Right for Children and Families affected by Parental Problematic Alcohol and Drug Use, there is now a greater need to ensure our assessments, interventions, treatment and recovery plans are able to contribute to a wider coordinated approach to giving children, young people and their families the best support possible.

Therefore, a working group from the Stirling & Clackmannanshire ADP/CPC Subgroup explored a number of options in terms of identifying an appropriate means of assessing the impact of an adults substance misuse on their ability to provide parental care. This exercise concluded with a decision to utilise aspects of the Assessment of Parental Substance Misuse from the ‘Renfrewshire Integrated Assessment and Plan for Children’s Services’ and elements of the ‘Impact of Parental Substance Use’ (IPSU) assessment tool by Glasgow Addiction Services, in the development of an ‘Impact of Parental Substance Misuse (IPSM) Assessment’ tool for use throughout our Forth Valley Substance Misuse Services.

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Those who have injected drugs urged to get tested for HIV

HIV warning courtesy of the Alloa Advertiser:

PEOPLE in Forth Valley who have injected drugs are being urged to get tested for HIV, following the most serious HIV outbreak in Glasgow for more than a decade.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has seen the number of new cases through injecting drug use more than quadruple.

The normal average is 10 new cases a year, but in 2015 that figure soared to 44 new cases.

NHS Forth Valley HIV consultant Dr Kirsty Abu-Rajab said: “The recent Glasgow outbreak reminds us that HIV has not gone away and is still a very real risk for people who inject drugs and share equipment. The key message is to get tested for HIV if you have ever injected drugs.
“The best way to avoid transmission of HIV and other blood borne viruses such as Hepatitis C is to stop injecting drugs. However, if an individual continues to inject it is vital they use new equipment every time and never share needles or any other equipment. It is also important to use a condom for sex and get tested regularly for all blood-borne viruses.”

Testing is easy and can be done at GP surgeries, Signpost Recovery, Community Alcohol and Drug Services and the Forth Valley Sexual Health Service.

Injecting equipment is available from a number of community pharmacies across Forth Valley.

Condoms are available to residents in Forth Valley from

Further information is available from or by calling the Forth Valley Sexual Health Advice line on 01786 433697 or 01324 613944.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (more commonly known as HIV) is a blood borne virus which attacks the immune system and weakens the body’s ability to fight infection and disease.

When someone first acquires HIV they may have a flu-like illness for 2-6 weeks after exposure, this is called a seroconversion illness.

When they have recovered from this they may have no or minimal symptoms for several years, however their immune system is being progressively damaged throughout this time and the infection may also be transmitted.

There is no cure for HIV, but very effective treatment is now available.

With early diagnosis and treatment a person with HIV can live a healthy life and enjoy a similar life expectancy to the rest of the population.

Early treatment also reduces the risk of onward transmission.

Falkirk firefighters help Christmas appeal

Courtesy of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service:

Signpost Recovery, a FVADP service, are working in partnership to help Forth Valley families at Christmas.

Fire stations in the Falkirk area are lending their services to the campaign to ensure children in the area receive a present this Christmas and their families receive a food hamper.The Christmas hamper appeal, run by local drug and alcohol service – Signpost Recovery, is asking members of the public to donate a gift and help bring joy to families, especially those with children.SFRS provided funding to enable the purchase of gifts for the kids who are also affected by their parents’ alcohol/substance abuse whilst also providing additional funding in addition to the £50 which was kindly donated by Tesco Redding Road in Falkirk.This appeal hopes to provide additional practical support to the families of the Signpost Recovery service users, the priority being those with children.  A minimum of 50 hampers to families across Forth Valley is needed this Christmas.Local Area Liaison Officer Stuart Watson said: “We are delighted to help deliver the hampers to the families this year.  It also gives us the opportunity to carry out home fire safety visits for those families who are receiving hampers. We want to make people aware of the fire risks and what they can do to prevent a fire happening in their home.“It is vital that homes have working smoke alarms so that everyone in your home will be alerted in the event of fire and by working together we can help keep our communities safe this winter.”SFRS would like you to have a very happy, safe Christmas and New Year.  If you or someone you know is vulnerable or may be at risk from fire please get in touch and arrange a FREE home fire safety visit with local firefighters by calling 0800 0731 999 or visit wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website:



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Wednesday 7-8pm

Signpost Recovery

9 Callendar Road



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Meetings start Wednesday 4th March 2015.

Arrival at 6.45pm for tea and coffee prior to meeting starting at 7pm

agement Team would like to invite you to the launch of Signpost Recovery’s new premises in Falkirk. 

We would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate the move to our new premises in Falkirk, and to share information on the Signpost Recovery services in the Forth Valley area.

A buffet lunch will be provided from 12.30pm, so please come along and spend some time getting to know the team, or simply drop in for a coffee and a chat.

We look forward to welcoming you into our new offices. All details are provided in invitation above.

Please forward this on to your team members where appropriate.

Please R.S.V.P. to or 01324 227558 for catering purposes.

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Calling all dads!!!

Signpost and Time4Us have started a Dad’s Meet Up to allow Dad’s to meet up have some time Playing Pool, Table Football, Five a Side or just dropping in for a Coffee, Chat and even a biscuit if you are lucky!!!!

Thursday’s 1-3pm
Olympic Hall – Behind Camelon Education Centre, meet at front reception.

Drop in services are available:
Monday at The Bridge
55-57 Lower Bridge St, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 1AA
between 1-2 pm.
Monday at Stirling University
Student Union (Ian King room), Stirling FK9 4LA…
between 3-5pm
Thursday at the Salvation Army
19 Drip Road, Stirling, FK8 1RA
between 3-5pm
Needle Exchange Available
Falkirk-Monday at Denny Community Flat
26 Bridge Crescent, Denny, FK6 6PD
between 2.30- 4.30
Needle Exchange Available
Monday at the Signpost Office
9 Callendar Road Falkirk, FK1 1XS
between 5pm-8pm
Needle Exchange Available
Wednesday at the Salvation army
Woodside Court, Falkirk, FK1 5AN
between 3pm- 5pm


Thursday at the Signpost Office

168 Grahams Road, Falkirk, FK2 7BY
between 11am-2.30pm
Needle Exchange Available

Monday-Friday at Signpost Office
Cooperage Way, Alloa, FK10 3LP
Needle Exchange Available

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 SMART (Self Management And Recovery Training)

SMART Recovery (SMART) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming and so on. SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’.

SMART began in 1994 in the United States. It has grown into a worldwide network of self-help meetings, both face-to-face and online, where participants can get help from others in recovery. SMART operates as a non-profit organisation in many countries including the United States, the UK, Canada and Australia.

There is no single approach to recovery that is right for everyone. Research into various recovery methods and therapies suggests that mutual aid can help recovery and so can treatment – a combination of the two is probably even better for many people.

SMART Recovery helps participants decide whether they have a problem, builds up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery. This is the SMART Recovery 4-point programme:

  • Building and maintaining motivation
  • Coping with urges
  • Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Living a balanced life

People can stay with SMART as long as they wish. There is no requirement to make a lifetime commitment to the programme, just to their recovery and leading a healthier life.

Many people find that continuing to participate in SMART after they have recovered helps them avoid lapses or relapses. Some will volunteer to train as facilitators and set up further meetings. Others simply continue to attend meetings and share their experiences with others.

Within SMART, labels are not thought to help with recovery and are avoided. People are not called ‘addicts’, ‘alcoholics’, ’druggies’, ’overeaters’, ’sex addicts’ or other disparaging label within meetings.

SMART Recovery will not be able to help with every kind of problem and participants are encouraged to seek professional help when needed.

There are degrees of addictive behaviour and almost everyone will experience this, to some degree, at some point in their life. For some, addictive behaviour will overwhelm their life and SMART Recovery can be an important and effective part of their recovery journey.


SMART recovery meetings are due to start on Wednesday 8th October 2014 between 13-00 to 15-00. They will be held at Signposts main office in Alloa initially with the hope that recovery will spread from the Alloa area to Falkirk then Stirling.

Maintaining recovery within the community is vital to sustain a stable society.