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.
 

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FDS Volunteers

FDS is committed to furthering the education and well-being of its volunteers. A volunteer weekend workshop is organised each year and this is a great opportunity to learn and participate in ongoing training. This FDS workshop is highly beneficial to all volunteers. It's a time to network with other volunteers, renew old acquaintances, meet like-minded people and enhance not only your volunteering skills but also your own personal development. It is crucial that all volunteers keep updated on the latest information and trends. We do request that all volunteers commit to attending. There will be time for fun and relaxation as well as a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the valuable work you do for FDS.

Volunteers Wanted for the FDS Support Line

NOTE: ACCESS TO A FIXED LANDLINE IS ESSENTIAL.
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).