Recruitment Opportunity

  • Posted on: 03/07/2019

ADS wishes to recruit an Administration and Data Compliance Officer, to provide support to our new Talking Therapies service. The post will be based in either our Castle Douglas or Stranraer office, depending on the location of the successful candidate. Application packs available by emailing

Closing Date: 1st August 2019

Talking Therapies Contract

  • Posted on: 03/07/2019

We are delighted to report we have been successful in our recent tender for the Talking Therapies contract. Commencing 1st July 2019, our team are looking forward to developing the service, and working alongside our partner agencies.

Addiction Worker Training Programme

  • Posted on: 20/03/2019

Dumfries and Galloway is to host a local pilot of an award-winning training and employment project for people who have a history of substance use issues.

The Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP), run by Scottish Drugs Forum, supports, trains and prepares people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to work in the social care field.

Over a period of nine months, AWTP trainees will be supported to achieve a recognised qualification in Health and Social Care while working in placements in local services.

Many of the trainees accepted onto the course will have experienced multiple barriers to employment – a lack of qualifications, limited work experience, historic criminal convictions or simply low self-esteem and a lack of confidence in their own abilities.

As well as developing skills and confidence, the trainees also receive an intensive package of personalised support and a weekly wage.

Since 2004, out of the 249 people who have started on the course, over 90% have completed, with over 85% securing further meaningful employment, the majority to full time jobs in the health and social care field.

Although the AWTP has been running in areas in the East and West of Scotland for the last 15 years, this is the first time that the programme has expanded to provide opportunities to people in Dumfries and Galloway.

In order to develop the project in the area, SDF are looking to recruit a Coordination and Development Officer whose role it will be to support trainees throughout the course of the pilot.

Applications are currently being taken and more details can be found on SDF’s website –

Recruitment for the AWTP trainees will begin in August, however people who are potentially interested are encouraged to contact Scottish Drugs Forum on 0141 221 1175 or email to register their details.

Alcohol Awareness Week

  • Posted on: 20/11/2018

Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. This year, the theme is Change. The week runs 19-25 November 2018. The key message for Alcohol Awareness Week is that change is possible. Alcohol harm – at an individual, family, community and societal level – is not inevitable.

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