Tayside Council on Alcohol | Alcohol Advice, Information and Support Services
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Supporting individuals, families and communities across Tayside impacted by substance use

Supporting individuals, families and communities across Tayside impacted by substance use

Supporting individuals, families and communities across Tayside impacted by substance use

About us

TCA grew from a grassroots desire to support individuals struggling to cope with problem drinking.


TCA was registered as a Charity in 1973 and formed into a Company Limited by Guarantee in 1986. Although the organisation has grown, and the range of services has expanded, we have remained true to this underpinning ethos of responding to the needs as expressed by the people and families living in communities across the three local authorities of Tayside.

We can help


Whether you are looking for support for yourself, worried about a friend or someone in your family, a professional looking for information or advice, we can help. Get in touch with us at enquiries@alcoholtayside.com.

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Volunteering for TCA – Erin’s story

I hadn’t heard of TCA until I got a volunteering opportunity through my university. When I read about the great work they do to support young people in Dundee, I had to get involved. I have continued to volunteer since I graduated.

My first volunteer position was as mentor, which I did for just over a year and I am now volunteering with the girls group ‘The Klub’. I think particularly during the pandemic, volunteering with TCA has helped me become more adaptable. COVID has been extra tough for young people and it’s important we can support them through the aftermath as well as throughout. TCA provides a safe space for them to come chat, learn new things and have a laugh! Volunteering for TCA is a great opportunity to work with a range of different people. The young people are fantastic and are always keeping you on your toes!


Watch more of Erin’s story on YouTube.


Are you thinking about volunteering? Get in touch with us at volunteering@alcoholtayside.com

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Rebecca’s story

When I started counselling I was suffering with really bad anxiety, as well as insecurities. I struggled leaving the house, going to school, asking for help or even making a simple phone call. It was a horrible time in my life.

At first counselling was scary. I was telling this stranger my life story, all my problems, everything. But as the weeks went on I got more confidence and comfortable. It was like sitting down and chatting with a friend, telling them about my week as well as how I was feeling.


Through counselling I was able to overcome my insecurities and gain so much confidence. I am much happier and healthier overall. I have learned how to cope with my anxiety; I find it easier to do the tasks I used to struggle with. I think counselling is an amazing thing that everyone should consider at some point in life.


Would you like to find more about children and young people’s counselling or adult counselling? Get in touch with us at enquiries@alcoholtayside.com, message us on Facebook messenger or phone us on 01382 456 012.

Latest news

  • As part of Alcohol Awareness Week, Alcohol Change UK have produced a factsheet about how mental health can be affected by alcohol. Alcohol is sometimes used by people to try and help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, but excessive drinking is likely to make......

  • As part of Recovery Month we are talking to our volunteers at TCA who make a big difference to the lives of our service users. Today we spoke to Emir, co-facilitator of our young people’s group, Motiv8. What has it been like to volunteer with......

  • Our youth groups Motiv8, The Crew, Boost and The Klub are now back meeting face to face. Over the last year and a half they have been meeting less frequently in a virtual or socially distanced capacity. We are very happy that they are back......

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