Who are we and what are we trying to do?

We are an independent voluntary organisation and charitable company limited by guarantee. We have been working in the Forth Valley area since 1975 and we have recently engaged in partnership working in South and North Lanarkshire.
We are governed by a Board of Directors with each Director acting in a voluntary capacity. For the purposes of charity law and under our constitution our Board of Directors are also known as our trustees.
We are a Scottish Charity that is recognised by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and our charity number is SC023353. We are also a company limited by guarantee and registered in Scotland and our Company Registration Number is 155475.
Partnership Working
In order to advance our main aim of helping people in recovery we often work in partnership with other organisations.
We understand partnerships to be joint working involving otherwise independent bodies co-operating to achieve a common goal, involving the sharing of relevant information, risks and rewards
We are currently involved in several partnerships as follows:
  • Circle. Circle is a national third sector organisation that supports the most disadvantaged and difficult-to-engage children and families to improve their lives and promote their healthy potential and development. Circle provides a Women’s Outreach Team in South and North Lanarkshire to support vulnerable women involved with the Criminal Justice System and we have deployed an addictions worker – counsellor to the Team.
  • We also provide a similar service with Circle in Stirling and Clackmannanshire called the Women’s Outreach Service.
Membership of local bodies
ASC is currently a member of the three third sector interfaces that operate across Forth Valley. Third sector interfaces are voluntary organisations or partnerships that are recognised by the Scottish Government and they support, promote, develop and advocate the interests and role of the third sector locally.
  • Council of Voluntary Service (CVS) Falkirk and District
  • Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE)
  • Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI)
We are also members of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce – a network of businesses across Central Scotland
Membership of national bodies
  • Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) – a membership-based drugs policy and information organisation and is a national resource of expertise on drug issues
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs (SFAAD) – provides support to family members and friends who have been affected by the substance misuse of a relative or loved one, and raises awareness of the issues affecting them.
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) – the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm.
  • Scottish Recovery Consortium – a recovery-orientated charity that builds and promotes recovery from addictions using means and messages that are consistent with the values and practices of recovery from addictions.
  • COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) – Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy
  • Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) – the national intermediary and network for voluntary health organisations in Scotland.
  • Poverty Alliance Scotland – aims to combat poverty by working with others to empower individuals and communities to affect change in the distribution of power and resources
There are several definitions of recovery. We see it as being a process whereby individuals are helped to move away from problematic substance misuse towards a harm free and satisfactory lifestyle that encourages them to become active and contributory members of society.
We are committed to working in partnership with our local authority colleagues, the NHS and other voluntary sector organisations to ensure that we can deliver the highest quality services to those who are in most need. The Scottish Government continues to describe the voluntary sector as the third sector to distinguish it from the public and private sectors, and when we are contracted to deliver our services on behalf of our local authority and NHS colleagues, we are often described as a third sector provider.