Conversations for Change

Words shared by families with lived experience, contributions by peer support workers and professionals, reflecting the challenging and ever-changing journey of living with the effects of a loved one’s substance use and how East Lothian services can best support and care for those families.

Who is this resource for?
  • Families affected by a loved one’s substance use who want to know their rights to accessing services and support.
  • Professionals and services to consider what changes could be made in their practice, to further help families affected by substance use by identifying and actively promoting their rights and access to the services they need.
Conversations for Change
Executive Summary

This resource sets out to give space to the words of families and to the views of services and become the conduit to a conversation that, in the future, will be taken forward to make the changes that need to happen on local and strategic levels to help more families in East Lothian.

For any enquiries regarding this resource, please contact Angela Gentile, Project Manager East Lothian:

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch a video of a conversation between a Young Person and a Family Outreach Worker.

Additional resources available for download
1. Conversations for Change Presentation
2. Family inclusive systems change
3. Michaela, The Rights Based Approach
4. Family survey templates
5. Professionals’ Survey Template
6. Professionals’ Survey Results
One-to-one support for children

Circle also provides one-to-one support for children to help them understand changes within their family, listen to their views and help them to express these views within the family or with professionals; also to help them understand their parents’ recovery journey and their own needs within this. We use creative approaches and resources to help children express their emotions, build their confidence, identify their strengths and learn to cope with difficulties.

An example of a conversation between a young person and a Circle Family Outreach Worker can be viewed here, between Lewis and Bob.