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Great news for Dundee’s Safe Zone Bus initative, which has scooped the silver prize at the recent UK Bus Awards. The project was shortlisted with the city’s main bus operator, Xplore Dundee, in the ‘Bus and the Community’ category, which recognises industry-leading examples of partnership community work. The bus will return to Dundee city centre […]




Aspire is a course designed specifically for mature learners who are unsure of career choices or who may have barriers to learning, including mental health issues. This course offers the following: Employability Enterprise Communication Numeracy ICT Problem Solving/ Working with Others Learn 2 Learn Sessions Health and Wellbeing Personal Development Planning Vocational tasters The vocational tasters occur […]




The past three months in the Peer Mentoring & Support course have been a whirlwind of a journey! I applied for this course because I have always loved the thought of being able to help people who are struggling with anything, from learning to tie their shoelaces to recovering from trauma. Having experienced trauma in […]




The Scottish Government has developed a Recovery Outcomes tool for use by services with drug and alcohol users. This is a validated, peer reviewed tool which has been developed through consultation with ADPs, drug and alcohol frontline staff, managers, service users and research groups. TCA colleagues attended a half day session in Arbroath yesterday (13 December) to learn […]




Come along to our service promotion event on Wednesday 21 December from 2-3pm at The Wishart, 50 Constable Street, Dundee. Find out about TCA and the services that we offer including: one to one counselling  support for clients who have issues with alcohol, gambling, NPS, cocaine and those affected by anothers use support groups for adults and […]




Self Management and Recovery (SMART) training Day 1 – Getting SMART Training Wednesday 9 November 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm Tayside Council on Alcohol, 22-24 Catherine Street, Arbroath, DD11 1RL Aims of Getting SMART: To understand the tools and methods and underlying theories of SMART Recovery and be able to apply them to your own life experience. Objectives: […]




‘Making Recovery Real’ – listening to and involving people with lived experience of mental health issues and mental health services/supports. ‘Making Recovery Real’ (MRR) in Dundee is a new partnership involving 11 organisations from health and social care and a range of voluntary sector providers concerned with people recovering from mental health issues. The partnership […]




Some of us from TCA and Cairn Centre Dundee joined the Recovery Walk and festival in Falkirk on Saturday 17 September. The starting point of the walk was the Kelpies, which was quite a dramatic setting, and we walked for over an hour arriving at Callendar park for the festival event. There was a big […]




Adult counsellor Ron Kerr tells us about how he ended up volunteering with us and what the overall experience was like for him. Having just retired as a volunteer adult counsellor with TCA, I was asked to write a few reflections on the ten years I have been fortunate enough to work with the organisation. I […]




Do you have time to give to young people in your local community? We are looking for volunteers for our Plusone mentoring programme, which pairs volunteers with young people to help them develop their interests and achieve their potential. The work would involve two to three hours per week for one year and there is no experience […]




Post Details: Resource Worker, Children and Young Person’s Service Hours/Salary:35 hours per week, and a salary of either  £18,058.00 p.a. or £23,312.00 p.a. dependent on appropriate skills, qualifications and experience. Term:    Permanent            Location:     Arbroath Office Ref No: 02/17 Purpose:              The primary purpose of this post is to take forward the development and delivery of group […]




The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week was ‘Relationships’ and the importance of friends and family.  We were delighted to be joined by colleagues and friends from Churches Action for The Homeless (CATH), Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service, and The Social Prescribing Team at UK SMART Recovery in a social media challenge. CATH thought […]




By Paddy and Teo The Boost group attended a residential at Abernethy Ardeonaig during the second week of the Easter holidays. There were five young people and two members of staff. We arrived at around noon and were shown around the grounds before participating in our first event  which involved various team building activities. This proved to […]




My name is Elaine, I am currently a student with the Open University working my way towards a BA in Social Work. My final placement is with the Kith ‘n’ Kin service,  where I will be based until mid July.  My background is in working with children with disabilities, I have been doing this job […]




I’m Patricia Vieira, I’ve been working with TCA Kith ‘n’ Kin since November 2011 as a Resource Worker working primarily with children in kinship care affected by parental substance misuse. As well as gaining a wide range of knowledge and skills working with this client group, TCA have also supported me to achieve the Practice […]




By Mark Harris On Friday the 20th May a group of mentors participated in a teambuilding event. It was recognised that mentoring has been quite intensive over the last three years so the mentors decided that having an event to ‘chill out’ and enjoy was on the cards. It was also time to celebrate Teo’s achievement of […]




Hi there, my name is Marco, a 2nd year Social Work student currently on a four month placement with TCA.  For approximately 10 years I had been working in Dundee City Council’s Offsite Education Service, supporting children and young people’s personal and social development enabling them to remain and engage more positively within Education and […]




The awards for this year’s Tayside Community Justice were presented at a ceremony on 24 March at the Malmaison, Dundee. The scheme recognises the effort of practitioners across the criminal and community justice sectors in Tayside who deliver consistency, effort, commitment, achievement and performance throughout the year. The awards are intended to recognise work at […]




Do you have time to give to young people in your local community? We are looking for volunteers for our Plusone mentoring programme, which pairs volunteers with young people to help them develop their interests and achieve their potential. The work would involve 2-3 hours per week for one year and there is no experience […]




I’ve been with the TCA for five years, and came in as the Finance Officer to a part time role. There have been considerable changes during that time; we’ve had a change of director and a reorganisation of staff and the dynamics of the organisation have changed. From a financial point of view times are getting […]




I have worked with TCA since October 2008, initially applying for and securing the post of Clerical Assistant, based at King Street. The post was part time but within a year I had been offered a full time post. On the retiral of the previous Business Administrator, I was offered the post, which I gladly […]




Lydia Banks recently delivered training to our latest intake of peer mentors. The feedback was very positive, with all six candidates completing their SVQ in peer mentoring. The course took place over 12 weeks from 5 October – 21 December 2015 and is aimed as a personal development step for participants to increase their confidence, self-esteem, […]




Would you like to train as a volunteer counsellor with TCA? We are now accepting applications. The closing date is 5pm on Monday 14 March. For those selected for interview, the selection evening will be on Tuesday 29 March. Please contact Fergus on 01382 456012 or email fergus.mccurley@alcoholtayside.com for more information and an application pack. […]




The Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt MSP visited our Kith n Kin team at the TCA office in Dundee on 20 January. The purpose the visit was to see first-hand the difference that funding is making to families in the Dundee area. The Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) gives funding to charities working with children […]




The Scottish Peer Education Network recently put together an event to showcase creativity in Peer Education.  Peer led projects from across Scotland made the most of this opportunity to come together and share their knowledge, approaches, learning and to highlight the creative thinking that goes into individual peer led projects. Matt Allen from TCA had […]




My HNC in Social Care took place over a three year period. College was a hard slog (as it is for all) but with support from college, friends and family, it developed my self-esteem, confidence, and a will to work hard and succeed. My involvement with services including ECLIPS, working  with services such as PLUS Mental Health and Homeless […]




I started volunteering in the Cairn Centre two days a week because I wanted to give something back to recovery services. While there I applied for a job which came up as a Peer Support Worker and I was really happy when I was successful in getting the job. I am currently on placement at […]




My mentoring experience has been incredible so far. It has not only been rewarding knowing that a couple of hours a week can make a significant change to a young person but it is also been fun engaging in a range of activities with them. I decided to volunteer because I saw a lot of […]




Congratulations to TCA’s mentoring service for receiving the Quality Award 2015 and Certificate of Continuing Excellence at Scottish Mentoring Network’s annual recognition awards. Well done to the individual staff and volunteers who also received awards: Diane Simeon – Commended Mentor 2015 Zara McKenzie – Commended Mentor 2015 Amanda McCabe – Commended Peer Mentor 2015 Danielle Gibson – […]




Service: Glen Isla Project Salary/hours: £36,151 – £39,511 / 36.25 hours per week Term: 2 year Fixed Term (until 31 March 2018) Location: TCA Offices, 22-24 Catherine Street, Arbroath Reports to: Team Manager, Criminal Justice Service, Angus Council Based in the TCA Office at Arbroath, and with an Angus-wide remit, you will fulfil statutory social […]




Please be advised that our Perth TCA office is closed today due to flooding affecting access in the South Inch area. To get in touch with us, please contact our main Dundee office number on 01382 456012 or email enquiries@alcoholtayside.com




Members of the young people’s groups The Klub, Plusone and Boost recently participated in a project with graffiti artist Ian Tayak to design artwork for outside wall of our Dundee office and come up with new logos for their groups and create their own personal canvasses. For the outside wall project, the young people worked […]




I am currently a volunteer administrator and peer mentor within TCA. I first became involved with the TCA three years ago, as a young person being mentored and since then I have developed and learned so much. My achievements so far have been: Completing my SVQ in peer mentoring Presenting my story at the Women’s […]




TCA volunteer and Peer Mentor Danni Whyte was presented with a Saltire Award at Dundee’s Youth Volunteering Awards event on 27 October at Fat Sams. The award was given to Danni for her co-facilitation of the Women only Mentoring (WOM) group and for her inspirational speech at the Scottish Parliament earlier in the year. In this speech, Danni shared the […]




Kinship families from all over Perth and Kinross came together during the October school holiday to go and explore the wonders of Glasgow Science Centre. Arriving with plenty of time before lunch, the families were treated to a spectacular show at the planetarium. All were mesmerised by the 3D holograms allowing our solar system and […]




By Hannah Hamilton and Caroline Campbell Kith ’n’ Kin Perth were delighted to be invited along to PKAVS carers conference held on the 4 of November at the Salutation Hotel. Despite the miserable weather the conference was well attended with over 200 delegates attending. As the first stall on entering the conference, Kith ’n’ Kin […]




I have been a mentor since December 2013 and in that time I have been paired with two teenage boys. Both were feeling a bit disillusioned with life in general, with one beginning to exhibit at-risk behaviours such as underage alcohol use. In both relationships I met regularly with my mentees on a one-to-one basis, […]




The OWLS centre in Perth is now open! The centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm with a daily timetable of activities for the women. They can drop into the centre whenever they like and take part in activities that are taking place on the day. We offer a range of services and activities for the group. The women and […]




In his own words, Liam Lauder, a volunteer mentor at the TCA, shares his experience of mentoring a young person and the positive impact that it can have. The decision to become a mentor was one that initially filled me with excitement, but also nerves at the prospect of meeting a young person. Not having […]




Do you have time to give to young people in your local community? We are looking for volunteers for our Plusone mentoring programme, which pairs volunteers with young people to help them develop their interests and achieve their potential. Our next mentor training will take place on Saturday 5th and 12th December. For an application […]




Did you know that there is a Community Hub at Boots in Albert Street, Dundee, which is open every weekday from 10am – 12noon and 2-4pm? The purpose of the hub is to offer advice, information and support to members of the public in a whole range of areas. It is a safe and confidential service […]




By Angie Farrell I contacted Dr Suzanne Zeedyke and was amazed when she agreed to come and talk to a small group of volunteer mentors and kinship carers at our Dundee office on 8 September. Suzanne gave us a talk entitled ‘Sabre tooth tigers and teddy bears: Understanding attachment’. The talk led us on an […]




Our Autumn newsletter is now available to download in PDF format. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please send your content to Elaine.Campbell@alcoholtayside.com by Monday 2 November. TCA newsletter Autumn 2015 (PDF)




In October 2014, TCA Angus started to deliver the YMCA initiative, Plusone Mentoring. This project seeks to engage young people who meet two of the following four risk factors: disruption or disengagement at school offending, aggressive or anti-social behaviour conflict in the home/family substance misuse by young people. Following high numbers of referrals, and unfortunately […]




Please see the document below (MS Word format), which sets out the agreed Business Plan to give TCA a clear strategic direction over the next three years. TCA Business Plan 2015-17




Post        Fundraising & Marketing Manager – Salary £25,935.56 p.a. – 35 hrs per week Purpose   Tayside Council on Alcohol was established in 1972 and is one of the leading providers of support services in the Tayside area for people who are affected by the misuse of alcohol. The overall vision is to provide throughout Tayside […]




Zara Mackenzie, TCA Mentor and Volunteer Co-ordinator, recently attended the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) practitioner networking event in Glasgow. The purpose of the event, organised by The Robertson Trust, was to bring together voluntary, charity and social enterprise organisations to share good practice. At the event, Zara gave a presentation outlining TCA’s mentoring service […]




We were pleased to welcome a group of Swedish Social Work students to our Dundee office on Tuesday 2 June. The students, who were on an exchange programme in Dundee were keen to visit our organisation as part of their familiarisation tour of Scotland. TCA staff Holly and Theo were delighted to meet the group and represent our Young Persons Services […]




Our most recent group of trainee adult alcohol counsellors have successfully passed their COSCA Counselling Skills certificate. They will now begin a period of supervised counselling leading to full volunteer adult alcohol counselling practice with TCA. They were presented with their certificates at The Wishart, Dundee on 24 June 2015. Pictured from the left: Sarah Healy, Jennifer […]




New guidelines to support people bereaved by alcohol or drugs have been released by a University of Bath and University of Stirling collaboration. The guidelines result from a three year project which found those left bereaved after a drug or alcohol related death often receive poor, unkind or stigmatising responses which can exacerbate their grief. […]




Using funding from Awards for All, TCA Angus delivered a Graffiti Project in our Arbroath premises. This involved the idea of creating and displaying art work that will help the new Arbroath office represent the voice of our service users. To do this we invited three TCA groups to design their own pieces of work […]




Adult Services are running a project in Perth, which involves matching up befrienders with carers who provide support to people whose lives are affected by someone’s alcohol or drug use. The project is in partnership with the Social Work team and we currently have two matches and one pending match. The project has been highly […]




  Kym Alexander started in February 2015 and is attending mindfulness training and co-facilitating the WOM group. Val Mackie started in January 2014 and is co-facilitating the Women Only Zone and Women Only Mentoring groups. She is also involved in the Adult Services Befriending, TAPS Community Detox and service promotion at Health Centre. Jean MacRae started […]




The TCA has recently had its Scottish Mentoring Network (SMN) Quality Award renewed. We are pleased to announce that we are the first organisation in Scotland to be re-accredited with this award. Following changes made by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation to the method of assessments and cost structures associated with the Approved Provider Standard Award, […]




A few of our staff were manning the TCA stall at the Dundee Festival of Volunteering on Saturday 30 May at the City Square in Dundee. Many thanks to everyone who attended our stall – the sun shone all day and Kate, Lydia and Fergus enjoyed meeting all those interested in hearing more about the great volunteering opportunities […]




Fancy cycling over a munro?  That’s what pupils at Pitlochry High school did on Friday 8 May!  TCA staff Matt Allen and Kathryn Baker took part in the Perth & Kinross Council Active Schools ‘Mini Etape’ event alongside colleagues and the pupils from the school. This great event, organised by Active Schools co-ordinator Karen Todd, encourages pupils […]




As the Women Only Mentoring group has developed over the year we have incorporated yoga on a monthly basis. Delia is a very experienced yoga teacher and the women respond to her gentle approach. Afterwards we have lunch together, which gives us extra time to discuss any thoughts that may surface after the relaxation at […]




We are pleased to announce that the Dundee Safe Zone Bus will be back on the road again as of June 2015. The bus provides first aid/medical facilities and a safe haven for people who are out in the city at the weekend who need support and guidance. It is a place where individuals who are in distress can come […]




Board Members from the TCA held a full day meeting at Rossie establishment in May to discuss future TCA strategy and business plans. The TCA Board oversees the strategic vision of TCA and work closely with the Director to agree plans such as communication, risk and finance. They contribute effectively to the ongoing success of […]




The TCA won two awards at the Tayside Community Justice Authority (CJA) Awards event 2015, which took place on 29 April at Malmaison hotel, Dundee. The TCA mentoring team won ‘Highly Commended’ for their practice across Tayside. TCA Peer Mentor Danni Whyte was given the ‘Local Champion Award’ for Dundee. The CJA scheme recognises the effort […]




We are looking for volunteers to help assist in the running of our Dundee front office, which provides a front facing reception and clerical service to customers, staff and volunteers. We value the contribution volunteers can make to TCA and are committed to making the role you do with us as fulfilling and rewarding as […]




Wanting to change how we feel is often the reason for having alcohol. Some people do it to relax, celebrate or just to unwind and switch off after a long day at work. Another reason for drinking is to try to mask anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. This can be a cause for […]




A group of mentors from the TCA’s Women Only Mentoring project recently attended an annual peer mentoring conference run by the Communities of Recovery project. The conference was a structured learning event, providing participants with a complete picture of how peer mentoring works for people in recovery. During the event, peer mentors shared their stories […]




Post title: Resource Worker (Part Time), The Klub, Arbroath, Angus Salary: Either £9.68 or £12.50 per hour dependent on skills, qualifications and experience Hours: 3 hours per week Fixed term post: One year fixed term post funded by YouthLinkScotland Overview TCA are looking for a dynamic enthusiastic Resource Worker to assist a new TCA Angus initiative […]




Tayside Council on Alcohol Mentoring Service was one of six Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) showcased at a special event held at the Scottish Parliament on 25 February 2015. The success of co-planning and joined up service delivery in reducing reoffending was the central focus of the event, which was sponsored by Christine Grahame MSP, Chair of […]




Perth Peer Support weekly group meetings are for anyone concerned about the effect that alcohol is having on their lives. It gives people in various stages of recovery a chance to share experiences and support each other. The group is supported by trained counsellors but also led by group members, giving everyone the opportunity to […]




A big thank you to Robert, Bernie, Gemma and Caitlin who attended the first Angus Volunteer Plusone Mentor training session on Wednesday in Arbroath. The new volunteers are pictured here ready to start their training with TCA’s Kate Wood along with Toni and Chloe who were also in attendance for a training update. Good luck […]




TCA’s Angus Plusone Manager, Kate Wood, is walking 100 miles in 100 hours on 1 May 2015, for Friends of the Special Nursery. For further information or to make a donation, please visit Kate’s sponsorship page Good luck Kate!  




Georgia, Angie and Fergus were at the Dundee Volunteering Fair today at the Bonar Hall. It was a great day with over 20 students signing up for more information. Thanks to everyone who came to our stall. Want to find out more about volunteering with us? Visit our volunteering page or contact us on 01382 456012.




Ricky Rapanewski recently attended a Mindspace seminar where guest speaker John Davidson spoke of his personal experiences of Tourette’s syndrome. In the following article, Ricky gives his thoughts on this insightful and informative seminar. Mindspace yesterday hosted a seminar at their Milne Street premises in Perth. Guest speaker was John Davidson, who gave a fantastic […]




TCA won the Scottish Mentoring Network ‘Continuing Excellence 2014/15’ at the recent Networks Annual Awards. This award was for all of our mentoring services – OWLS, Women Only Mentoring, Link Up, Plusone, 16+ and Mentoring for Men. Other TCA award winners SQA Customised Award in Peer Mentoring and Support Seven Peer Mentors have completed all requirements to […]




TCA vacancies – Volunteer Support, Safe Zone Bus, Dundee Up to 14hrs per week – 10pm to 4am weekends TCA is currently leading on an initiative in Dundee which supports a Safety Zone, SOS bus in the city centre between 10pm and 4am on a Friday and Saturday evening. The bus has support workers, medical […]




Two of our Peer Mentors recently participated in project called Confident Ambassadors in European Learning (CAEF), which involved a visit to Prague on a work placement. Watch this short film to find out more about CAEF and the life changing experiences, new cultures and confidence building that this project brings about. The film features TCA’s […]




SCOTTISH ADDICTION CONSORTIUM (SAC) Since 2012 TCA has been leading a group of like minded Third sector Organisations to establish a Scottish wide organisation with the is responsible for setting an Accreditation process, Quality Standards and Training for alcohol and other addictions counselling in Scotland. In April 2014 SAC was given charitable status by OSCR […]




In 2012 TCA began a process to become a validated organisation with COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). We are now delighted to announce that in January 2014 we were officially validated to deliver COSCA Counselling Training courses.




TCA’s Peer Education Project reached the finals of the Young STAND Award 2014. Four young people from Pitlochry High, Matt Allen, from TCA, and Janice McDonald, Deputy Head Teacher, all attended the finals at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. The young people had taken the lead in planning and designing the presentation as soon as […]




Since first offering mentoring provision in 2003 TCA has consistently evidenced effective engagement with, and delivered positive outcomes for, its service users. Its work with young people in the Link Up project was the beginning of their involvement in mentoring and over the years this has grown to also encompass Women Only Mentoring, Mentoring for […]