Sacro has spent over 50 years working to reduce conflict and offending in Scotland. Initially, volunteers provided a drop-in centre in Edinburgh, a hostel in Glasgow and a travel services for families of prisoners from the two cities to Scottish prisons. Over the years, locally managed Sacro services were set up throughout Scotland and in November 1971, formed The Scottish Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (SACRO).
Much of the focus of this original Association is as relevant today as it was then. In these early years, SACRO volunteers provided ex-prisoners and their families with friendship, support and guidance following release. Problems of loneliness, homelessness and disassociation from society were constant barriers to effective rehabilitation and SACRO provided this vulnerable group with much-needed support.
In 1992 SACRO’s independent local services merged into a single organisation. In 1998 the Board took the decision to rebrand the organisation by dispensing with the acronym and using the descriptor: “Safeguarding Communities – Reducing Offending”. This was to reflect a shift in emphasis of its work from working only for the welfare of individual offenders, to an organisation where services were working with communities and with individuals and their families to make communities safer. It was also to reflect Sacro's belief that people have an instrinsic capacity for personal responsibility and change.
Today's Sacro remains committed to supporting people in making positive changes in their lives. Its life-changing services continue to empower people, give hope and protection, and help to build safe communities, all over Scotland.
Scotland will be a place of safety, inclusiveness, and wellbeing for everyone.
To deliver life-changing services that empower people, give hope and protection, and help to build safe communities.