C.A.R.D.S works with people in Edinburgh who have a problematic long-term history of alcohol use. It’s a volunteer-led service which focuses on people who find it hard to get physical or emotional help elsewhere because they choose to continue drinking.

Rowan Alba and C.A.R.D.S, however, respect the right of everyone to make their own decisions in life. What Cards volunteers do is offer support, information and alternatives to help the people themselves make healthier life choices and, when they are ready, move their lives on.

Volunteers work to build the clients’ self-esteem, confidence and social skills, often addressing health and financial issues on the way towards more independence.