Family Drug Support Australia
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Media Release - International FDS Day 2020 Families Welcome Significant Announcemet

FDS logo 16524 February 2020
Founder and CEO of Family Drug Support (FDS), Tony Trimingham OAM, who started the organisation after the death of his son Damien 23 years ago to the day welcomed the Australian Government funding announcement on such an important day:

“In the 20 years, Family Drug Support has been supporting families dealing with alcohol and other drugs we have had many ups and downs.

Today has been an excellent day thanks to the announcement from the Health Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt, announcing funding to allow FDS to continue our national toll-free telephone support line for families.
  • Volunteers Wanted for the FDS Support Line
Family Drug Support operates a national 24 hr, 7 day a week telephone support service for families affected by alcohol and other drug issues.
Some of the benefits of volunteering for FDS include:
  • Learning and applying practical skills
  • Enhanced self-awareness
  • Opportunity to give back to your community
  • Ongoing support and education in your work with FDS
  • Flexible telephone shifts from your own home phone
  • Opportunity to meet like-minded persons
"The time on the lines has been wonderful, the learning and sharing with other parents, siblings, and friends of drug users has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. I have fully appreciated the opportunity to listen and offer support to callers." - Maureen
We are looking for MATURE people who are:
  • Committed to volunteer a shift every two or three weeks for a minimum of twelve months
  • Non-judgemental
  • Empathetic
  • Good listeners
Please Note: You DO NOT have to have extensive knowledge of alcohol and drug issues nor do you need to be a counsellor.
COST: Training is only available to FDS members - FDS Membership $30. A training manual is also required ($30).


Interested in Volunteering? 

February 2020 – June 2020

For more information and to register your expression of interest check out the

Volunteering for FDS section on our website

NSW – Burwood                                        Saturday 21 March 2020                                                     (9:00am - 5:00pm)


                                                                         Sunday 22 March 2020                                                                                                                                                                                   

Venue: Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood NSW

Enquiries: Volunteer Coordinator 0448 169 205 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222     

VIC – Melbourne                                      Saturday 23 May 2020                                                            (9:00am - 5:00pm)


                                                                        Sunday 24 May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                      

Venue: TBC

Enquiries: Volunteer Coordinator 0448 169 205 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222     

SA – Unley                                         Saturday 30 May 2020                                                                    (9:00am - 5:00pm)


                                                                      Sunday 31 May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                      

Venue: SACOSS, 47 King William Rd, Unley SA

Enquiries: Volunteer Coordinator 0448 169 205 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222     

QLD – Brisbane                                        Saturday 13 June 2020                                                                (9:00am - 5:00pm)                                                                                                    &

                                                                        Sunday 14 June 2020                                                                                                                                                                                      

Venue: Queensland Positive People, 21 Manilla St, East Brisbane QLD

Enquiries: Volunteer Coordinator 0448 169 205 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222     

QLD – Rockhampton                             Saturday 27 June 2020                                                    (9:00am - 5:00pm)                                                                                                                 &

                                                                       Sunday 28 June 2020                                                                                                                                                                                      

Venue: Rockhampton Business Centre, 110 Campbell St, Rockhampton QLD

Enquiries: Volunteer Coordinator 0448 169 205 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222     

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