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30th birthday

Adfam celebrated its 30th birthday in 2014

Over the past 30 years Adfam has evolved from a support group set up by a mother of a heroin user, into an established charity with national status and recognition. We are now the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use.

Here you can find details of our birthday celebrations, our advertising and publicity materials and a selection of resources sent to local family support groups across the country to encourage them raise awareness and hold their own fundraising events.

Adfam workers at HMP Peterborough also celebrated our birthday there - read the update (pdf).


The main focus of our birthday was campaigning against the stigma that affects so many families. We want to raise awareness and encourage families to speak out about their experiences.

Campaign pack

To help local support groups take part in the campaign, we designed a campaign pack with advice, information, ideas and other materials to make running an event easier.


Campaign posters

A selection of campaign posters are available to display in your service to raise awareness of the needs of families affected by substance use. These are available to download as PDF files below or request from Adfam, free of charge.

  • Poster 1: 'Angry because I'm blamed for my son's addiction'
  • Poster 2: 'Hopeless because I'm worried my daughter will never change'
  • Poster 3: 'Lonely because the other kids say my mum and dad are worthless'
  • Poster 4: 'Scared that people will judge me because of my partner's drinking'

If you would like to be sent A3 copies, simply email us your address, saying how many you would like and where you are going to display them.

Local Events

We received requests for the campaign pack from 29 local family support groups across the country, who, with support from Adfam, went on to hold their own events; ranging from family fun days, coffee mornings and doughnut sales to practitioner workshops, multi-media exhibitions and culturally relevant awareness sessions.

A big thank you to all of those who participated in the campaign to highlight the stigma suffered by families affected by drug and alcohol use, and well done on your events!