FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT
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FDS - Mission Statement

“To assist families throughout Australia to deal with alcohol and other drugs issues in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes”.

Our People

Tony Trimingham OAM - CEO

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 four decades as a counsellor, group leader and psychotherapist.
 
Tony Trimingham OAM - CEO & Founder

Sandra Lines

Sandra Lines Sandra is the FDS Volunteer Manager and a co-founder of the organisation. She has a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and a Diploma in Community Welfare.

Up until 4 years ago she was responsible for all aspects of the telephone line operating and working with the volunteers.  She now holds a part time position and works closely with James who has taken over a large part of her duties. Unfortunately, this has led to having less contact with the volunteers which was an integral part of her job and one which she enjoyed.

Sandra has worked closely with the Centre for Volunteering for over 20 years on supporting volunteers. She loves to read psychological thrillers and watch UK programmes on renovating houses. Sandra is a mother to Nicola and Jess and grandmother to Joshua.

Sandra Lines - Volunteer Manager

Renee Vincent

Renee Vincent

Renee joined the FDS team in August 2021 bringing with her 25 years of knowledge and experience working in law enforcement and the education space. Renee's passion is empowering people within the community to have the confidence to share their stories so we can all put a stop to the shame felt and stigma around substance use. Her focus is creating a safe place for individuals to openly share what is happening in their lives without judgment, so they can get the support they need.

Renee believes in the FDS model and considers it an honour to make a positive impact in the lives of the families, knowing they have the skills and knowledge to effectively cope with the situation.  Renee is a certificated Acceptance Commitment Therapist who has completed a Bachelor of Adult Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in Psychology from Charles Sturt and is in her final year at ACAP studying Bachelor of Counselling with a coaching influence. 

In her spare time Renee enjoys gardening, studying and spending time with her family and three cats and two dogs.

Renee Vincent – Acting Business Manager

James Lomas

James Lomas smlJames joined FDS in October 2015. As our Volunteer Coordinator, his role encompasses working with the Volunteer team, undertaking Interviews with potential volunteers, assisting with the delivery of the volunteer training courses, overseeing the 24/7 telephone roster including debriefing and supporting volunteers and any other administrative requirements.

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 is passionate about social justice and equality. James is currently completing a Cert IV Coordination of Volunteer programs.

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

James Lomas - Volunteer Coordinator

Louise Hughes

Louise
Louise's involvement with FDS commenced in 2013 when she was appointed as the Accounts Manager and worked in this position until 2019. In 2021 Louise was reappointed in the same position. Louise has over 30 years of experience in finance and has worked for a diverse range of businesses and non-profit organisations.

Some of Louise’s qualifications include a Degree in Management, Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Diploma in Financial Counselling. Louise believes in the FDS model and feels it is vital in supporting families in their time of need.

Louise enjoys simple pleasures like sharing a meal and having a laugh with family and friends.
 
Louise Hughes - Accounts Manager - Head Office

Gayle Shaw

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Gayle joined FDS in June 2020 bringing with her nearly 30 years of administrative experience working in various sectors including legal, health and 10 years working in the not-for-profit community sector including several years in the AOD field. Gayle believes in the FDS model and considers it a privilege to help make a positive difference in the lives of the families assisted by FDS.
 
In her spare time Gayle enjoys gardening, drawing, digital design, photography and spending time with her family and pets enjoying the outdoors.
 
Gayle Shaw - Office Manager - FDS Head Office

Tess Heming

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Tess joined the FDS team in August 2022.

Located in Toowoomba, QLD, Tess will be covering SE QLD regional areas for FDS, supporting families, facilitating groups, and delivering Stepping Forward information sessions, Support the Family - Improve the Outcome workshops and Stepping Stones groups.

Tess' background includes case management in the domestic violence space working in a refuge for women and children who had experienced all areas of DV. She has worked in a women’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the Darling Downs, QLD. For the two years prior to working with FDS, Tess has worked in the AOD space supporting families which is where her passion lies.

Tess' passion for the AOD space comes from a lived experience and she feels privileged to be able to walk beside families in this journey, working towards removing stigma in the community that families can at times experience.

Tess' qualifications include Diploma of Community Services/Welfare, and she is nearing completion of her Diploma in AOD. She is also studying a Diploma of Mental Health.

Tess loves spending quality time with her family and her dachshund, Frankie. She enjoys going to concerts and listening to live bands with her husband. Tess is Mum to 5 amazing human beings, who are now all adults, and she is equally proud of them all. Tess also has 6 grandchildren who light up her life.
 
Tess Heming - Family Support Worker - Toowoomba QLD

Jenni Young

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 - Data Entry Officer - Head Office

Ellen Courtney

Ellen Courtney smlEllen joined Family Drug Support in May 2022 bringing with her over 25 years administrative experience working in the private sector.
 
Ellen believes in the FDS model for supporting families in times of need.
 
Ellen enjoys reading, camping and catching up with family and friends.
 
Ellen Courtney - Compliance & Grants Officer - Head Office

Tracey McNamara

Tracey McNamara

As NSW Family Support Worker for FDS, Tracey's role is to facilitate Sydney-based support groups as well as AOD related information sessions, and provide individual support to family and friends affected by a loved one's substance use.

Tracey feels very fortunate to be part of the FDS family and values the FDS model. Tracey commenced her FDS Volunteering journey in April 2022. She believes we are each the experts of our own lives and she feels very fortunate to support others as they come to realise their own strengths, skills and abilities for coping during difficult situations.

Tracey has always found the human mind fascinating and how the subjective nature of experience shapes the way people think, behave and interact with their environment.

Tracey is currently completing a Bachelor in Social Science - Counselling, and is passionate toward shame resilience, empowerment, social justice, upholding human rights, and breaking down the stigma surrounding substance use and mental health.

  
Tracey McNamara - Family Support Worker, New South Wales

Anna Daglish

Anna Daglish
Anna transitioned from the private sector into the health domain initially as a carer for her mother in 2014, then joined the FDS Team as a volunteer on their National Support Telephone Service in 2018, and became a Family Support Worker at FDS in 2019. Having completed a BA in Humanities majoring in political science, Anna identifies the complex landscape of policymaking and is working towards better outcomes for families within drug reform in Australia.
 
Currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Human Services, with a dissertation in Childhood and Family Studies, Anna has a strong research focus on AOD and Mental Health, positing dependency as a health issue in alliance with Queensland Human Rights Legislation 2020.

As an advocate for harm reduction initiatives, she supports therapeutic rehabilitation for recovery and re-integrative purposes. Anna’s passion for social justice drives her commitment to empower families and friends of loved ones that are faced with a dependency journey. Spare time revolves around spending time with her precious family and friends and loving her cats and dog.
 
Anna Daglish - Clinical Services Manager, Queensland

Natasha Stapleton

Anna Daglish
Natasha has always been passionate about social justice, equality and empowering people. Since completing her Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Social Work Natasha has been fortunate to work across the globe in a variety of fields supporting individuals and families from different cultural backgrounds on their unique journey, from remote parts of Australia to Africa and across Europe.
 
Natasha believes it's vital that services acknowledge the value in supporting families and recognising without judgement the challenges experienced by family members, as well as encouraging coping and self-care.
 
Natasha Stapleton - Family Support Worker, SE Queensland

Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright
Since August 2021 Caroline has been the FDS Family Support Worker based in Rockhampton Qld, covering all of Central Queensland. Caroline arrived in Rockhampton, Australia in June 2008 from the United Kingdom. Caroline graduated from the University of Surrey U.K. BA (Hons) and then spent twenty years with the British Government in various roles. These roles included several years as a British Diplomat based in Embassies in Asia.

Prior to joining FDS she was employed as a Senior Advocate for RSL Queensland. For over 13 years she covered Central Queensland advocating for serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families, ensuring that they gained their entitlements and looking after their wellbeing. Caroline has a wealth of experience working with clients with physical disabilities and mental health concerns including clients and their families using alcohol and other drugs. Caroline has all relevant qualifications in training, mental health and casework management.

Caroline is an avid football (soccer) fan having played for over thirty years at various levels. She is a lifelong supporter and avid Manchester United fan. Since arriving in Australia she has also become a huge NRL fan and is a keen South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter.

Caroline Wright - Family Support Worker, Rockhampton QLD

Paula Sten

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Paula started at FDS in September 2022. 

After an extensive career in interior design and makeup artistry, Paula decided she wanted to work in a more meaningful career that could help change lives and affect chance.

In pursuit of this dream, Paula began studying her bachelor's degree in counseling while working in the homelessness space, supporting and advocating for vulnerable members of society who experience homelessness as a result of a wide range of issues.

Paula moved on to work in the AOD Sector. Paula valued her time working as a clinician supporting both individuals and their families who have been impacted by drug and alcohol use.

Paula has returned to university and is completing her masters in psychotherapy.

In her spare time, Paula enjoys spending time with family and friends and being amongst nature. Paula is also known to cheat at monopoly.

Paula Sten - Family Support Worker, Cairns QLD

 

Chloe Span

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Chloe is the Victorian Project Officer for Family Drug Support Australia and is responsible for running support groups, community workshops and the FDS flagship program, ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ for families affected by problematic alcohol and drug use.

Chloe has a background in case management for people receiving unemployment benefits, is a Board Member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia and is in her qualifying degree to become a social worker. She is also a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Australia Community Workers Association (ACWA). 

Chloe Span - Clinical Services Manager, Victoria

Sally Glover

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Sally is the South Australia Clinical Services Manager and facilitates support groups and the Stepping Stones course as well as delivering the Stepping Forward information sessions and the Support The Family – Improve The Outcome professional workshop. She enjoys helping people find coping skills, express their emotions and find empowerment to make their own choices and decisions while still maintaining a safe connection and support for their loved one using substances.

Sally joined FDS in June 2019, after being a support line volunteer since January 2018 but has also worked in a harm minimisation treatment service providing case management and counselling to people experiencing substance use issues. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English, worked in the private sector for many years in targeted marketing and client engagement before pursuing further study, gaining a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science then continuing on to complete a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

In her spare time Sally enjoys creative writing, reading, yoga, music and spending time with close friends.
 
Sally Glover - Clinical Services Manager, South Australia

Catherine Winter

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Catherine first came to FDS in June 2019 as a parent struggling with the impact her son’s substance use was having on her family. She regularly attended the Elizabeth Support Group and found that as well as getting help for herself, she also got a great deal of satisfaction out of listening to others and offering her support. Catherine feels very passionate about the FDS model and welcomed the opportunity to join the organisation in November 2020 as a Family Support Worker.

Originally coming from Scotland, Catherine came to Australia with her parents at age 13. She definitely calls Australia home, but loves to go back to visit her home country when she can.
Outside of work she enjoys the physical challenge of Boot Camp and Yoga. She loves catching up with friends and family & walking her dog Baxter.

Catherine Winter - Family Support Worker, South Australia

Angela Tolley

Krystal ScottAngela has a BA in Communications and extensive experience as a publicist in film, theatre and publishing. She first connected with FDS as a parent reaching out for support. While a regular attendee at support group meetings, she volunteered on the FDS 24/7 Support Line.
 
Since losing her 28 year-old son to suicide, Angela embraces with passion her new role as a Family Support Officer with FDS in South Australia. Angela is driven by the courage of so many families struggling to cope with the impact of drug and alcohol use in their midst. Like many she meets, she never expected to find herself in that place of overwhelming fear and grief. She is pleased to be able to direct her empathy and lived experience to a positive end. A committed advocate for the FDS model, Angela also enjoys spending time with her family (including her dog), going to the theatre, travelling, Zumba and French language.
  
Angela Tolley - Family Support Worker, South Australia

Caitlin Westwell

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Caitlin joined Family Drug support in July 2022 as an Administration Support Worker in the Head Office Administration Team.
 
Caitlin is passionate about helping others, empathetic towards every situation and believes that everyone has a story.
 
In her spare time Caitlin enjoys spending time with her dog, Violet, going to the gym and spending quality time with her family.
 
Caitlin Westwell - Administration Support Worker - Head Office

Jane Barlow

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Jane joined Family Drug Support in September 2022.
 

Jane is a qualified counsellor and social worker and has a holistic person-centred approach to supporting families, children and young people include identifying the structural systems that oppress marginalised communities.

Jane began her journey with Family Drug Support in 2020 when she found herself in need of support and understanding while she cared for her person who uses substances. Jane has an extensive experience of domestic and family violence, and child and adult trauma, and has been a light of hope to many people who have heard her speak publicly and witness her life journey and experience her counselling work. Jane's lived experiences influence her compassionate, unconditional positive regard for people.

Jane states "if we take the time to listen to people's stories, be curious about their experiences and life, convey authentic, unconditional regard to others and journey with them rather than doing it for them, we can break walls down and contribute to the world around them being their bright place to "be" and live".

Jane Barlow - Family Support Worker , SE Queensland

Cigdem Watson

Cigdem smlCigdem joined the FDS team in September 2022.

Based in Narrabri, NSW, Cigdem will provide FDS support services and programs across the New England, North West NSW area. She looks forward to establishing and facilitating regular FDS family support meetings for that area. Cigdem will provide 1-1 support for families and will deliver FDS programs including Stepping Forward information sessions and Support the Family – Improve the Outcome professional development workshops, as well as facilitating our award winning Stepping Stones interactive and experiential course.

Cigdem’s first involvement with FDS began in 2006 as a volunteer on FDS National Telephone Support Line.

Cigdem truly believes in the FDS model for supporting families and welcomed the opportunity to expand FDS supports for families across the New England, North West NSW area.

Cigdem has over 15 years’ experience working across the Alcohol & Other Drugs, Youth, homelessness, and Mental Health sectors in rural and remote NSW. Cigdem has Diplomas in Counselling; Alcohol & Other Drugs and Community Services Case Management.

In her spare time, Cigdem enjoys creating art and spending time with her family and her two dogs – she prefers to call them her ‘fur-babies!’.
 
Cigdem Watson - Family Support Worker, New England/NW NSW

Heidi Hodder

Heidi Profile smlHeidi first started at FDS in 2009 as a volunteer and has drawn enormous inspiration and fulfillment from listening to and supporting families on the FDS Support Line and as a group facilitator. She has also benefited greatly from guidance from FDS in her personal relationships with family members with drug and alcohol issues.

Heidi has worked for universities, local government and various charities and has extensive professional experience in volunteer management, mental health, disability, training and program coordination.

Heidi has a Bachelor of Communication from UTS and is studying a Masters of Social Work. She is passionate about social inclusion and has volunteered in palliative care, refugee home tutoring, homelessness, disability respite, breastfeeding support, maternity care advocacy, and for Dying2Know Day as well as at her sons’ school and soccer club. In 2020 she founded a social support group for people with mental illness after the program they were involved with lost funding. She currently volunteers for Wesley Mission’s Aunties & Uncles program and for NSW Scouts.

Heidi Hodder - Family Support Worker, New South Wales

 

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