Mentoring is a way of helping and supporting people in achieving their goals. Sacro mentoring services provide people with a mentor who will provide support on a one-to-one basis with many of the issues they might face in the community. Mentoring provides support on a one-to-one basis and is very much focussed on individual needs. It is also, importantly, voluntary on the part of the participant.
Sacro’s Veterans Mentoring Service is a service for military veterans who are currently in or are at risk of becoming involved in 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.
To prevent unnecessary custodial remands, re-offending on bail and non-attendance at court, Sacro provides a Bail Mentoring service available to all individuals placed on Supervised Bail where Glasgow Criminal Justice Social Work is the supervising authority.
Shine is a national mentoring service for women offenders. The service is provided as a Public Social Partnership (PSP); a strategic partnership between public and voluntary sector organisations of which Sacro is the lead partner. Shine is available to all adult females in Scotland who are serving a custodial sentence, on remand or subject to a Community Payback Order. The Shine Women’s Mentoring service provides women with a mentor who will provide support on a one-to-one basis with many of the issues they might face in the community.
New Routes offers male short-term prisoners a ‘through-the-gate’ support service. Like Shine, New Routes is a PSP and available across Scotland. Men over 16 are matched with a mentor who will provide practical and emotional support to help them move back into the community and begin to build a life free of offending.