Background

The Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol was established in 1976 as part of the "Quality of Life" experiment. It is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, managed by an elected Executive Committee.

Services We Provide

Our principal activity is providing a counselling/ advisory service to people with alcohol-related problems, their families and friends. This is supplemented by a varied groupwork programme. DACA also acts as a local resource centre for individuals, organisations and companies.

Our Staff & Volunteers

DACA has been recruiting volunteers from the local community since 1976 when its first trainee counsellors started working in the area. In the last 20 years we have had over 140 local volunteers offering a range of services including 1-1 counselling, group work support, reception duties and committee responsibilities. Volunteers also help DACA provide an out-of-hours service on 5 evenings per week across the authority and bring skills and experience from many different walks of life.

DACA has a high retention rate for volunteers (and paid staff) which is important for the client group as consistency is a key factor in their long term recovery. Many volunteers have gone on to paid work within DACA and other addiction, health and social care agencies, due to the training and the experience they have gained with DACA.

In monetary terms DACA volunteers provide services worth over £40,000 per year. In social terms, they give DACA’s clients and their families confidence that there are people willing to go the extra mile to help improve life for the whole community. Suffice to say DACA could not sustain the diverse range of services it provides without this valuable support.