Young People Inclusion Project

Sacro’s Young People Inclusion Project focuses on promoting social inclusion for vulnerable young people. The project supports young people to gain access to local services, provides advocacy and promotes positive decision making with the aim of reintegration into the community.

Sacro’s Young People Inclusion Project was established following the award of a Scottish Government Aspiring Communities Fund grant. The Scottish Government Aspiring Communities Fund, supported by the European Social Fund, aims to support the most disadvantaged communities across Scotland to tackle poverty and inequality.

What does the service offer?

The aim of this service is to work on a one to one basis with young people aged 16 to 25 who reside in either Dumfries or Annan. The project provides support based on the needs of the young person. This may involve supporting young people to access appointments and local services, provide advocacy, facilitate positive decision making and engagement with positive activities and pastimes. Examples of areas of support include:

  • support in attending for appointments with other agencies and services.
  • supporting and acting as an advocate for young people in dealing with other agencies and applying for services.
  • attending court and leaving custody.
  • identification and participation in a activities, pastimes or hobbies.
  • access support services in your local area.
  • access support to 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.

How does this service work?

Involvement in the Young People Inclusion Service is on a voluntary basis and requires the consent of the young person. Young people being supported by the service will be linked with a Young People’s Inclusion Worker and or Support Worker who will work closely with them to develop a trusting and supportive relationship. Sacro will work closely with young people to support them in identifying need and promote social inclusion through positive engagement with services, activities and advocacy.

Who is this service aimed at and how is this service accessed?

Sacro’s Dumfries and Annan Young People Inclusion Project (YPIP) will accept referrals and consider providing a support and inclusion service to any young person aged 16 to 25 who is resident in the towns of Dumfries and Annan at the time of referral.

YPIP encourages referrals from other services, agencies and community groups as well as from the young people and their families directly. All referrals should be agreed with and have the consent of the young person.

Referrals can be made to YPIP by completing a referral form. To complete the form online, please download to your device and open file in Adobe Reader. You can also contact us directly if you require a copy of the form. We are also happy to speak to potential referrers, including young people, to discuss the support available or answer any queries you may have.

The Young People Inclusion project Team:

Brian McClafferty (Team Leader) bmcclafferty@sacro.org.uk 077 7357 3917

Katy Ince (Dumfries Inclusion Worker) kince@sacro.org.uk 078 7085 5014

Lou Adie (Anann Inclusion Worker) ladie@sacro.org.uk 078 7085 4790