About Us

Who We Are

Caithness Drug & Alcohol Forum (CDAF) represents the Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership (HADP) at a locality level. As a Forum we aim to bring together agencies and individuals within the community who are interested in making a difference to alcohol and drug related issues within their own locality. The membership includes representatives from the community mental health team, public health, primary healthcare, A&E, inpatient services, police, fire, schools, community learning, criminal justice service, voluntary organisations, Highland Council, people with lived experience, families, self-help organisations, and other interested members of the community.

What We Do

CDAF is essentially a group of people working together to bring national initiatives and policies down to community level.  This is done by networking and information sharing, raising awareness and helping groups develop confidence in improving experiences related to alcohol and drugs.  We also support individual/ small-scale projects within the locality. The aims and objectives of the Forum are incorporated within a varied action plan that is based upon four broad themes:

– Recovery

– Maximising Health

– Protecting Communities

– Children and Families

Recovery is our over arching theme and is integrated across the other three areas of work. Activities promoted by the Forum include a combination of local, regional, and national initiatives. Examples include raising awareness on drug and alcohol related issues, supporting national campaigns, identifying needs within the locality, helping to find solutions to local problems, and supporting access to activities that offer alternatives to alcohol and drug use.

Financial Assistance (Small-Bids Scheme)

CDAF also provides small sums (up to £300) to assist agencies and individuals in undertaking small-scale projects that will directly or indirectly help in achieving any of the above aims within the locality. Please contact the Forum secretary (Jan – 01847 891224) for further information and an application form.

Meetings

CDAF meets at least quarterly and in between regular formal meetings sub-groups of members meet to formulate ideas and to implement actions on specific topics. In order to ensure that the Forum is representative of the community we are always looking for new members. Please contact the Forum if you are interested in getting involved or perhaps just want to be kept informed of our activities.