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A collection of informative articles along with up to date news and upcoming events.

Celebrating Volunteers Week with Armed Forces Veterans

Sacro's Veterans Mentoring Service staff had a great day celebrating Volunteer's Week with the armed forces charity, SSAFA Lanarkshire.

Sacro renews its Investors in People "Gold" accreditation

Sacro achieves "We Invest in People" Gold standard

A Voice for Women Affected by Domestic Abuse

Key to the effectiveness of Aura is its policy of involving the people who use the service in its design and function.

It's time to shift towards more sustainable and effective justice solutions

Scotland’s overburdened prison estate currently houses a population of around 8,000 people, a figure that puts it among the highest per capita in western Europe. With that number projected to rise in the coming months, the time to shift towards more sustainable and effective justice solutions is now.

Welcoming Our New Board Members

Sacro is delighted to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees.

Unforgotten Forces

Brian, one of our Veterans Mentors on retelling his own, highly personal story.

Acts of Remembrance

At this time of year, as with every year, Sacro remembers those who have lost their lives in past and present conflicts across the world.

Sacro visits Poppy Scotland Factory

In the run up to this year's Remembrance Day, the Sacro Veterans Mentoring Service, together with other staff and managers from Sacro were joined by Sacro Board member, Eric Fraser (who was also Scotland's first Veterans Commissioner) on a tour of the Poppy Scotland factory.

Fighting With Pride

Fighting with Pride support LGBT+ Veterans, serving personnel and their families, particularly those who were affected by the ‘gay ban’, ultimately lifted in January 2000. Before then, thousands of LGBT+ service personnel were removed or forced from service and abandoned, after serving with pride.

Opportunities to Join Sacro's Board of Trustees

Sacro is currently looking for three Trustees to join its Board. Our Board sets the strategic direction of the organisation, safeguards the use of resources and ensures the highest standards of governance, management, propriety and conduct for the organisation.

Applying to The Sacro Trust

Due to the volume of applications received, all Sacro Trust grant applications will now be assessed using a scoring system

Shining On - Victoria's Story


Shining On - Holly's Story


Travel Service - William's Story


Shine Celebrates a Decade of Helping Women Build Brighter Futures with Report Launch

Shine, a national mentoring service for women with recent experience of the justice system in Scotland, proudly marked its 10-year anniversary at the iconic Edinburgh City Chambers today

Funding for Veterans Mentoring Service

Sacro is delighted to have received funding from the Veterans Foundation.

Grow and Learn Awards

Last week two of our Garden Project participants at Tollcross Allotments and Park received their Grow and Learn Awards

Sacro’s Travel Service in Edinburgh is now recruiting volunteer drivers

Do you enjoy driving, meeting new people and making a difference?

Lothian Veterans Centre: Bacon Roll Morning

The Lothian Veterans Centre (LVC) runs a drop-in centre for forces veterans living in the Dalkeith, Midlothian and surrounding locality.

“Granny Elf” Helps Spread Christmas Cheer

To bring some cheer this Christmas, the Aura team reached out to family and friends, asking for donations via an Amazon Wish List; created to provide gifts to the children and young people of Aura service users.

Armed forces veterans complete John Muir Way

For 14 weeks from August to November, serving personnel from 6SCOTS joined staff from Sacro’s Veterans Mentoring and Forces of Nature services, to complete the John Muir Way. They were accompanied along the way by armed forces veterans who have received Sacro support.

Executive Opportunities at Sacro

Sacro is currently recruiting two influential executive positions at Sacro: Head of Justice Services and Head of Policy and Engagement.

Inclusive by Intent

Sacro is committed to embedding equalities, diversity, and inclusion in everything to ensure that we are a truly inclusive organisation

Art competition to honour fallen veteran

Competion to design wall mural will honour fallen veteran, Brodie Gillon.

On the Road

Sacro's Chief Executive, Annie Mauger-Thompson reflects on the people who make Sacro.

Alan Shand

We are deeply sad to announce the passing of our friend and colleague Alan Shand. Alan passed away last Thursday following an illness which he has faced bravely over the past year or so.

Sacro welcomes three new Trustees to its Board

Sacro is delighted to welcome three new members to its Board of Trustees: Jon Beck, Alistair Brown and Jayne Laidlaw. The new Trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board at an exciting time for Sacro as it implements its progressive new strategy.

Muriel's Race for Life

Many congratulations to Sacro's Muriel Hanlon on completing Cancer Research UK's Race for Life. Muriel is an administrator with our Aura service in North Lanarkshire and completed the Glasgow 10k run yesterday (22/05), raising £1,125 for the charity.

National Lottery Funding to Support Armed Forces Veterans in Scotland

Sacro has received funding to continue delivering its Veterans Mentoring Service (VMS) throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians for a further three years. The award from The National Lottery Community Fund, made possible by National Lottery players, comes at a time of increased demand for the service. 

Shine Stories

Women who have been involved in the Scottish justice system are relating their experiences, and the support they received from the Shine Women's Mentoring service, in a new podcast.

Primary School Loves its New Playground Furniture

Sacro’s Community Payback Service (CPS) in Glasgow has provided a local primary school with some fabulous new playground furniture.

We are 50!

Since 1971, Sacro has been a pioneer in establishing ground-breaking services across the country with the aim of making Scotland a place of safety, inclusiveness, and wellbeing for everyone

Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon

Sacro's Forces of Nature Service is delighted and honoured to accept a donation of £2,000 in the name of the late Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, a Reservist Combat Medical Technician, Royal Army Medical Corp, of the Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry. Brodie was tragically killed aged 26 years, on 11 March 2020 whilst out in Camp Taji, Iraq

Sacro welcomes three new Trustees to its Board

Sacro is delighted to welcome three new members to its Board of Trustees: Howard Elliot, Zahra Hedges and Sheriff David Mackie. The new Trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board at an exciting time for Sacro as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a progressive new strategy and brand identity.

Armed Forces Veterans Take to the Stage

A group of armed forces veterans serving community sentences in West Dunbartonshire have devised a PTSD-themed stage play which they recently performed online for a small, invited audience. The time they spent in these workshops counted towards the community sentence hours they had been issued by the court.

St Andrews Fashion Show raffle for FearFree

Thanks to our charity partners at St Andrews Fashion Show for this fabulous opportunity to win some goodies and support our FearFree service: helping support male and LGBT+ people affected by domestic abuse. Although FS2021 have been unable to hold physical events this year, charity remains at the heart of FS and they have arranged an online raffle to raise funds for our FearFree service.

Sacro welcomes Kerri Maciver to its Board of Trustees.

Sacro is delighted to announce the appointment of Kerri Maciver to its Board.

Help us to lead Sacro into the future as a Trustee

Sacro is a national charity working with people who are caught up in the criminal justice system in some way, or simply struggling to get support. We work in a holistic way with people locally, in partnership with local authorities and other providers to provide help and hope.

Volunteers' Week 2020

Volunteers’ Week takes place every year from 1 – 7 June and is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. Volunteers are absolutely vital to the work Sacro does so we thought this week, we would ask them to explain in their own words, why they decided to volunteer with Sacro and what volunteering means to them.

Devolved social security benefits

The Scottish Government has published information on the new social security benefits which are being devolved to the Scottish Government under the Scotland Act 2016. These include a range of powers over disability and carers, as well as powers to make administrative changes to Universal Credit and vary the housing costs element. The toolkit has been produced by the Scottish Government and provides resources and information about the significant changes happening in the field of social security in Scotland.

Statement on Coronavirus response

The current global public health situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is placing unprecedented challenges on us all and we recognise this has the potential to impact on the services we deliver. With this in mind, I would like to set out some of the steps Sacro is taking to minimise disruption to services.

Appointment of New Sacro Chief Executive

Following an extensive search and selection process I am pleased to be able to announce that Sacro’s next Chief Executive will be Annie Mauger-Thompson. Annie is an experienced leader in the not for profit sector and currently runs her own consultancy company supporting different organisations in the charity sector. She has recently been working as an interim Chief Executive with ACOSVO and has been interim Chief Executive for Inverclyde CVS.

Sacro Lecture 2019: Prof David Wilson

Renowned criminologist, author and broadcaster, Prof. David Wilson delivered the 2019 Sacro Lecture at a packed Signet Library in Edinburgh.

New safety and wellbeing service launched for women selling or exchanging sex or sexual activity online.

Click, a new digital safety, support and wellbeing service for women selling sex online has been launched in response to the changing nature of prostitution in Scotland.

Edinburgh Volunteer Recruitment Event

Sacro Edinburgh services held an open day on 19 February to showcase its volunteering opportunities. Aimed at recruiting volunteers for its services, the event attracted over 50 people on the day and included representation from all Sacro services in the area. Sacro staff and volunteers were on hand all day to promote the rewards and benefits of volunteering and advise on available opportunities. They also helped potential volunteers to complete applications on the day.