The Saddest Story

The Saddest Story

Last year I wrote about my son’s ongoing battle with addiction. In spite of several previous successes in overcoming his demons, he was struggling to maintain his sobriety during the isolation of lockdown. He had suffered two serious relapses but was confident that...

Families Out Loud Local Craft Market Pitches 2021

To raise money for our cause, we are pitching up this year at the following craft markets. We will be selling high-quality, locally or British handmade items such as tote bags, foldaway shopping bags, face masks, greetings cards, candles and soaps. These items can...
The Ever Revolving Door

The Ever Revolving Door

Will my son Ryan ever be free from the revolving door of prison-release-prison-release? Last December he was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, and sent down for (I think) his fifth stint. He duly served half his time, released on licence at the beginning of March. At...

Staying in balance when faced with addiction

If you have someone in your circle who has an addiction you may find that your time, money and emotional energy become focused on them. This can be to the detriment of other people in your life, and also to you. It might be a difficult journey and it may take time,...

THANK YOU National Lottery Local Connections Fund

Families Out Loud would like to give a HUGE thank you to the National Lottery Local Connections Fund for their recent grant which is enabling the set-up and launch of our new eBay shop. Selling high-quality items that are  made in the UK, this exciting project is...

THANK YOU to Trowbridge Area Board

Families Out Loud sends a massive THANK YOU to Trowbridge Area Board for the grant awarded to us in February 2021. Their generosity will help us to continue supporting existing Trowbridge clients who are affected by a loved-one’s addiction. It will also allow us to...
New Year New Hopes

New Year New Hopes

This New Year brings New Hopes that freedom is coming our way. The stuff that dreams are made of – meeting friends for a cuppa, going to the cinema, not hearing endless pandemic doom and gloom – bring it on. I’m feeling quietly confident that this summer will be...
Thank You Trowbridge Town Council

Thank You Trowbridge Town Council

Families Out Loud, who work to support families of addicts in Wiltshire, would like to say a huge thank you to Trowbridge Town Council for their generous grant of £500. This will enable us to connect with those who need our help through drop-in sessions at Trowbridge...
Christmas, Families & Addiction

Christmas, Families & Addiction

When a person has an addiction, the reality is that it is not only that person who is affected – partners, parents, siblings, friends and neighbours can all find their lives upturned and decimated by someone else’s addictive behaviour. Unfortunately it is easy...