Who are we?

Ross & Cromarty Drug & Alcohol Forum was established following the publication of the Ministerial Task Force in 1997. Prior to that the East Ross Drug Response Group, consisting of Head Teachers from local secondary schools, social work, police and health services had considered local issues arising from drug use in East Ross. The Forum's remit covers all of Ross & Cromarty and its membership comprises of the statutory agencies and voluntary sector and community groups. The Forum meets quarterly each year and new members are always welcome.

Financial Assistance (Small-Bids Scheme)

The Forum also provide small sums (up to £250) to assist agencies and individuals in undertaking small-scale projects that will directly or indirectly help in reducing alcohol and drug misuse within the locality. Please contact the Forum for further information and an application form.

What do we do?

The Forum's aims are:

  • Reducing misuse - to reduce the number of individuals affected by the misuse of drugs and alcohol
  • Reducing the impact - to enable access to information and support services appropriate to the needs of individuals and families
  • Local support - to encourage the involvement of communities so that they can influence change
  • The Forum has a range of activities to raise awareness in the R & C area. This includes participation at School Parents' Nights.

Achievements in 2016:

  • Provided festival packs for young people around remaining safe which included harm reduction information.
  • Supported Family peer group.
  • Provided funding for transportation for mutual aid groups.
  • Small bid to support Men's Shed initiative.
  • Arranged local and relevant training and awareness sessions.


Next Forum Meeting:  19th September 2017 at 2 p.m. at the County Community Hospital, Invergordon.

Contact Us?


Useful local contacts

  • Community Mental Health Team
    Tel: 01349 853636
  • Alcohol Counselling Ross/ Sutherland  St Duthus House, St Duthus St. Tain IV19 1AL Tel: 01862 894097  Email:


Meet the Macphersons

Meet the Macphersons


MFR Website

Meet the MacPhersons is a local media campaign that takes a family approach to tackling underage drinking. It is based on insight gathered from over 200 young people and 20 parents on the types of dilemmas families with teenagers are often faced with in relation to alcohol.

Meet the MacPhersons raises awareness of the influence that parental modelling, peer pressure and taking part in organised activities can have on a young person's decision to either drink or not drink. The adverse effects that underage drinking can have on the performance and health of young people and the detrimental impact on their life when parents drink too much, are also highlighted.

The campaign encourages families to consider the benefits of making positive choices that are less pro-alcohol. It provides lots of useful resources on ways to prevent and discuss alcohol use with teenagers and where to get help in the local area, if need be.


Highland Substance Misuse Toolkit

Information and resources for Young People, Parents & carers and Teachers on substance misuse.

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