About TCA

The overarching aim of Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA) is to reduce the harm to individuals, families and communities in relation to alcohol misuse. To achieve this we offer a range of services to adults, children and families. These include:

  • structured counselling for anyone affected by problem drinking
  • structured counselling for gambling problems
  • structured counselling for cannabis and prescription drugs issues
  • counselling for carers/ significant others affected by someone else’s problem drinking
  • befriending for carers
  • gender specific and mixed group programs, offering mutual aid and support
  • one to one information, advice and support for children, young people and adults
  • online advice and support
  • mentoring for adults involved with the criminal justice system
  • mentoring for children and young people
  • opportunities for peer mentoring
  • groups for young people, offering activity programs and mutual support
  • targeted therapeutic groups
  • art therapy
  • support for kinship care families – children and carers
  • peer education
  • youth justice projects
  • community based prevention & early intervention work
  • safe zone bus.

Our services are delivered by both paid staff and volunteers. TCA has firm commitment to volunteering and offers accredited training programmes across the full range of services, including administration functions. We are committed to delivering needs-led person-focussed services, which incorporate a pro-active approach to empowerment and service user involvement. We work to challenge the discrimination often experienced by marginalised and vulnerable adults, children and families. TCA is a progressive organisation, adopting an evidence-based, outcome focussed approach to service delivery and development and we have been at the forefront of developing mentoring approaches, including peer mentoring, in Scotland.

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We are a member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).

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