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DACA is a local charity providing support to anyone in West Dunbartonshire affected by the harms of alcohol – this includes drinkers themselves or family members.


Prior to Covid-19, services included one-to-one counselling, daily groups, an open social drop-in and the Steps to Recovery group activity project.


Last March we adapted our services to provide support via telephone, texts, emails, social media - and by summer we were delivering virtual group activities via Zoom.


We used creative input from our client group to create and publish ‘Lockdown With DACA’ a memoir of people’s experiences and stories during 2020, including reflections on the impact of moving to a ‘virtual’ or phone-based world.


As restrictions are starting to relax, we are now able to offer small group outdoor activities and hope to build on these throughout the summer in line with government guidelines.


The services currently on offer include:-

  • Counselling – one-to-one telephone counselling continues uninterrupted and we are offering face-to-face support on request.

  • Steps to Recovery – we have a full programme of digital activities including our Wednesday Crafty Club, Book & Film/TV Club on alternate Thursdays and a monthly ‘Culture Club’. 

We’re pleased to be offering a range of socially distanced healthy outdoor activities on our ‘Physical Fridays’, and these include walking and cycling. We intend to expand our Physical Fridays activities over the summer to include kayaking and archery. 

Our gardening group has been re-established, operating from Westbridgend on a Tuesday (by appointment).

  • Steps to Wellbeing – our therapists are offering holistic wellbeing support from a distance including remote healing, stress management support and healthy living information.

  • Key working service – providing one-to-one support, friendship and advocacy for people not in counselling.

  • Social media – we stay in regular contact with people through our Friends of DACA Facebook group and provide alcohol advice and information on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.


We are still very much open for new referrals – these can be from local partner organisations, GPs, addiction services or self-referrals from anyone living in West Dunbartonshire.


We can also provide support to anyone worried about a family member’s drinking. Just give us a call or drop us an email.

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Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA)

01389 731456 or 0141 9520881
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Twitter - @DACA_WD
We’re open: Monday – Thursday 9am – 4.30pm, Fridays 9am – 3:30pm

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