Sacro Edinburgh Throughcare

Throughcare helped John from prison into employment.

John was referred to Sacro while he was in prison. The referral, by the Phoenix Addictions team, was based on his drug misuse and his accommodation needs on release; he had been a heroin user since he was 15.

John began looking at his pattern of offending with Sacro whilst in prison. He realised his peer group were a negative influence on him and how they encouraged his offending behaviour. He realised the link between offending, drug use and boredom due to not being in work. He wanted to break this cycle of offending so John decided to resettle in Edinburgh rather than return to his previous life in Fife when released. However, not coming from Edinburgh affected his eligibility for housing and he was only allowed 28 days accommodation and did not receive a ‘priority’ status. 

Sacro Throughcare staff arranged a pick-up from the prison gate on the day of his release in order to ensure his attendance at – and support him in – his appointment with City of Edinburgh Council Housing Options Team. Following this interview, John was offered a place in a hostel in Edinburgh. This placement allowed for stable accommodation where his housing needs were addressed fully. 

John was given information on the services provided by the Community Addiction Recovery Service in Edinburgh. His Sacro worker went with him as John sometimes felt uneasy in new group situations. John is now drug-stable on a prescription with a view towards reduction and is more capable of coping with his substance misuse.

With Throughcare staff support, John attended a series of appointments with Job Centre Plus and was placed on work experience with a youth hostel where he successfully completed the eight week training programme. He was subsequently offered a part-time position with the youth hostel and continues to work there.

John said:

"Without the help of Sacro Throughcare Service in prison, on the day I was released and afterwards, I would have returned to drugs and my old offending lifestyle".