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Family Drug Support Now Online for Families

FDS Support Online3 April 2017
 

Tony Trimingham, the Founder and CEO of Family Drug Support (FDS), has described how proud he is with the development of the first Australian interactive online resource designed specifically to support families struggling to deal with drug and alcohol problems.

 
The New resource is available here:  fdsonline.org.au

This project was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health through the National Ice Action Strategy. It has been produced by Readymade Productions in collaboration with FDS staff and volunteers.

The resource centres on the documentary film of a family support group, and will be of particular benefit to families in regional and rural communities who don’t have ready access to support group meetings. The new resource, together with FDS’ 24/7 telephone support line, will help ensure every family can access support when they need it.

Our People

  • Tony Trimingham - CEO OAM
  • Sandra Lines
  • Emma Nixon
  • Kath Ashton OAM
  • Theo Chang
  • Dom Shelley
  • Julie Clark
  • Chrissie Kelly
  • Louise Hughes
  • Devushka Blake
  • James Lomas
  • Krystal Scott
  • Chloe Colton
  • Amy Hubbard
  • Jenni Young
TonyTony Trimingham arrived in Australia in 1968 as a ten pound pom from the English Lake District.
 
His lifelong loves are Manchester City Football Club and the Beatles although he has an eclectic taste in hobbies including history (esp. English Medieval), theatre, opera, all kinds of music, poker, cricket and collecting stuff. 
 
He is a bridge Grand Master (although he hasn't played for years), a member of the Australian Sceptics Society and the Richard 111 Society. He has been on 'The Road Less Travelled' for about 32 years and recommends the journey. 

Tony has worked for the past 30 years as a counsellor, group leader and psychotherapist.
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Sandra LinesSandra Lines (Trimingham) is the Telephone and Volunteer Coordinator and has been with FDS from the start. After the formation of FDS, Sandra studied and recieved a certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and a Diploma in Community Welfare. She is Tony's greatest support and her contribution to FDS is beyond measure. 
 
She has great people skills and a phenomenal memory.
 
When not in the office she enjoys reading and watching life style programs particularly those in England. She is the mother of Nicola and Jess and is now a grandmother to Joshua. 
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Emma

Emma commenced working for FDS at the beginning of August 2013. As the Development Manager, Emma's role is varied.

Emma's training and background is in Business Administration and Management. Prior to moving to Katoomba, Emma worked for Education Queensland as a Business Services Manager in Primary and High Schools for over 6 years. Prior to her appointment with FDS, Emma worked in Job Services as a Program Manager for 3 years, working with job service clients, disability clients and D&A clients.

Emma enjoy's walking her dog every morning. A great way to start the day!

                    Emma Nixon - Development Manager
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Kath AshtonKath is very well known in Adelaide and has been supporting families there for many years. In 2000 she attended our "Voices to be Heard" conference in Sydney and accepted the role of running FDS services in South Australia.
 
Kath is a person who goes the extra mile, supporting families and all who know her speak glowingly of the impact she has had on their lives.
 
Kath displays the FDS ethos in everthing she does.
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Theo ChangTheo began volunteering with Family Drug Support from 2003. He began as a phone volunteer and progressed to project work with Tony Trimingham. Theo was a member of the board from 2003-2005. From 2005, Theo has been on contract as a part time employee of FDS. He is the Project Manager for FDS' flagship and award winning program- Stepping Stones to Success. 
 
As well running and training others to run Stepping Stones to Success, he also runs a local suppport group in Coffs Harbour and responsible for creating local support groups in areas where he has successfully run Stepping Stones.  
 
Theo holds a Bachelor of Counselling and Life Change and is currently doing a Masters (Hons) in Counselling Research. Prior to 2002, Theo was an IT consultant working nationally and internationally. He was also a VP of a boutique recruitment/placement agency with responsibilities for offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney servicing blue chip international clients as a preferred supplier. 
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Dom Shelley works for Family Drug Support (FDS) as the Queensland Project Manager. Dom commenced with FDS in July, 2011. 
 
He has a passion for working in the Alcohol and Drug field and has enjoyed various positions in this area since 2005. He has also enjoyed working with Queensland Indigenous community members.
 
He is a keen musician and has been playing drums for around 20 years, loves to surf, and plays club cricket. 
 
                             Dom Shelley - Queensland Project Manager
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Julie Clark is the Project Officer for 'Bridging the Divide' services in NSW responsible for North Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter New England and Outer West.

Julie is a citizen of the world and was born and brought up in Zambia, Africa for 20years. Julie then lived and worked in the UK as a Drug and Alcohol Case Manager, Youth Worker, Stop Smoking Adviser, Yoga Teacher and Facilitator for Restorative Conferencing. In other words a woman of many hats! When Julie was 40yrs she gained a BSc Hons in Social Sciences and later on a BA in the science of Youth Work and Communities. In her current role she is dedicated to working and sharing her valuable experience and skills with families. She genuinely believes 'we can walk the journey of success' together.

Now permanently residing in Australia, Julie enjoys the sea, swimming, vegetarian cuisine and BBQ's (some would say a contradiction in terms!) and, spending time with her family who have been in Australia for 20years. She especially loves walking in the Blue Mountains on frosty winter days!
 
                              Julie Clark - Bridging the Divide Project officer for New South Wales
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Chrissie is a highly experienced Community Services Professional specialising in the Alcohol and other Drugs and Mental Health sectors. She also has had an extensive career delivering
nationally recognised Community Services qualifications in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector working previously as a TAFE Team Manager and TAFE Teacher.
Chrissie holds qualifications in; Alcohol and other Drugs, Counselling, Community Services Management, Community Development, Disability, Mental Health, Trainer and Assessor,
Volunteer Management & Coordination and Active Volunteering.
 
Chrissie is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
 
 
                                        Chrissie Kelly - Bridging the Divide Project Officer for Queensland
 
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Louise
Louise's involvement with FDS commenced in 2013 when she was appointed as the Accounts Manager.

Louise's account days are filled with payroll, invoicing, bookkeeping, processing payments and record keeping.
 
Prior to FDS, Louise spent the past 12 years operating a Bookkeeping /Accounting Business to a diverse range of businesses within the Blue Mountains area. In 2013, she completed a Degree in Management (BAM). In 2015, Louise plans to continue her studies by entering into the CPA program, providing her with more knowledge and experience.
 
In order to keep up with her year son Jack and their two dogs, she keeps herself fit. She enjoys simple pleasures, like sharing a meal and having a laugh with family and friends.
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DevushkaAfter becoming a member in 2014, Devushka joined the FDS team and is now a Family Support Worker in Queensland.
 
Supporting the Queensland team, Devushka assists with family support meetings, taking calls from clients, presenting Stepping Forward workshops and other duties as part of the QLD service. Devushka is passionate about helping families in need, and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Counselling.
 
In Devushka's free time she enjoys keeping fit, reading and singing, as well as being Mum to her two daughters Breeze and Eden.
                                       
                                                                      Devushka Blake - Family Support Worker, QLD
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James LJames joined FDS in October 2015. As our Administration Officer, his role encompasses many clerical and support functions, such as; answering phone calls, processing payments and forms, data entry, mail outs, filing, and (like all FDS staff) making a good coffee!

Prior to joining FDS, James had worked in a number of customer service, administration and learning and development roles, primarily in the Social Service sector.

James has experience with many customer database systems. James has strong skills recording and analysing data. James is passionate about social justice and equality.

Outside of work James enjoys most sports, collecting records, playing guitar and drums, Scrabble, gardening and DIY projects.

James Lomas – Administration Officer

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Krystal Scott

Krystal commenced work with FDS in 2016, as part of FDS’ expansion in Queensland. Prior to this, Krystal worked in government in various roles including case management, program facilitation, training, management and project officer roles. Most recently she was part of a project team which was responsible for the re-introduction of court-referred youth justice conferences to Queensland, a positive outcome for both youth and families. Her background includes working with involuntary clients with drug and alcohol issues, in addition to engaging with the families of these clients.

Krystal’s passion lies in group work, where the highlight is people’s capacity to facilitate their own personal change journey. She has a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a strong belief in harm minimisation and drug law reform.

Krystal enjoys taking her twins to the movies, yoga and swimming.

                    Krystal Scott – Family Support worker, QLD
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Chloe joined the Family Drug Support Team in July 2017 as a family support worker.

Chloe has a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. During her studies Chloe became very interested in positive psychology and mindfulness practice. 

Prior to FDS, Chloe enjoyed a volunteer position at Drug Arm, supporting individuals with drug dependency and their significant others.

This position gave Chloe the passion to follow a career in the field of alcohol and other drugs as well as to become an advocate for a harm minimisation approach.

In her spare time Chloe enjoys hiking, playing netball and learning the guitar.

                   Chloe Colton – Family Support Worker, SA
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Amy Hubbard

Amy is our newest member of the FDS team, commenced in March 2017. As our Administration Officer, her role encompasses many clerical and support functions.
Prior to FDS, Amy has spent the past 10 years gaining experience in various roles in Admin, Retail Management and volunteer youth and community work while completing her Diploma in Business Administrations in 2016. Amy is currently planning to continue her tertiary studies to obtain a degree in Psychology providing her with more knowledge and experience in the field she is most passionate about as she is all about supporting people of all walks in life.

Amy is a keen participant in social justice and equality issues, partaking in annual awareness fundraisers such as Sleep in your Car & Live below the line.
In Amy's spare time she enjoys an active lifestyle, reading, motorbike riding, and singing, as well as travelling.

                    Amy Hubbard – Head office Administration
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Jenni YoungJenni commenced with FDS in July 2016 in Head office. Jenni is responsible for data entry. Jenni’s attention to detail and accuracy is immeasurable.

Jenni is a grandmother of 3 and in her spare time enjoys reading and cross stitch.
 
                    Jenni Young – Head office Administration officer
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Chrissie Kelly

 
Chrissie is a highly experienced Community Services Professional specialising in the Alcohol and other Drugs and Mental Health sectors. She also has had an extensive career delivering
nationally recognised Community Services qualifications in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector working previously as a TAFE Team Manager and TAFE Teacher.
Chrissie holds qualifications in; Alcohol and other Drugs, Counselling, Community Services Management, Community Development, Disability, Mental Health, Trainer and Assessor,
Volunteer Management & Coordination and Active Volunteering.
 
Chrissie is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
 
 
                                        Chrissie Kelly - Bridging the Divide Project Officer for Queensland
 

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