Veterans Mentoring Service

Veterans Mentoring Service

Sacro's Veterans Mentoring Service is a service for military veterans who are currently in or are on the periphery of the criminal justice system. The service will work closely with the veteran to put an intensive support plan in place where strategies can be developed to cope with their specific needs. The aim of the service is to enable the service user to enjoy sustainable, independent living.

Who is classed as a veteran?

The official UK government definition for a veteran is “anyone who has performed military service for at least one day and drawn a day’s pay”. This means that if you have been in the Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy – whether you were regular, part time or reservist – you qualify as a veteran.

Where is the Veterans Mentoring Service available?

The service is offered across the central belt of Scotland with a view to becoming nationwide in the near future.

How does the Veterans Mentoring Service work?

Veterans will be linked with a mentor with “lived military experience” who, through the development of a supportive relationship, will work together to promote desistance from offending and increasing the veteran’s self-esteem and confidence.

Initial Phase: A referral is made either by the veteran themselves, social work, Scottish Prison Service, a voluntary organisation or any stakeholder working with veterans. After submission of the referral form, Sacro will arrange to meet with the veteran who may be accompanied by the referrer where applicable, to discuss the service and ensure the veteran wishes to engage.

Intervention Phase: Once the referral is accepted by all parties, the veteran will be requested to attend for an assessment. During this assessment, an action plan will be devised taking into consideration all aspirations and wishes of the veteran. It is expected that the engagement with the paid mentor will be somewhere between 6-12 months, during which time all points raised in the action plan will be addressed.

Exit Phase: Once the engagement with the paid mentor has ceased, the veteran will be matched to a volunteer mentor to continue with planned support for a further 4-6 months. During this phase, it will be expected that coping strategies, problem solving skills and natural supports will be sufficiently in place to allow the veteran to exit the service with any prior appropriate onward referrals being made.

What help can the service provide?

The service can help you:

  • Address alcohol and drug addictions;
  • Address physical and mental health issues with assistance of partnership agencies;
  • Access support services in your local area;
  • Keep appointments with other agencies;
  • Enhance life and social skills, e.g. financial budgeting, housekeeping, cooking;
  • Complete paperwork and make phone calls;
  • Reintegrate into the community;
  • Access education or training;
  • Find employment opportunities.