News & Events

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

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Shining On - Holly's Story

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Travel Service - William's Story

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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.

International Restorative Justice Week: Sacro’s Big Day Workshop

As part of international Restorative Justice Week and to further spread awareness of Restorative Justice in general, Sacro held a Restorative Justice workshop hosted by Restorative Justice Manager, Liam Gale during “Sacro’s Big Day.”

International Restorative Justice Week: 20-26 November 2022

Every year, on the third week of November, individual pioneers and well-established organisations working in the field of restorative justice across the world organise a series of events and campaigns to raise awareness about restorative justice.

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

The Garden Project

In partnership with Glasgow City Council, Land Environment Services and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Sacro are delivering the Garden Project in Bellahouston Demonstration Gardens and Tollcross Park.

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.

Using beekeeping to help veterans' recovery

Our Veteran’s Mentoring Service is about to embark on the new and exciting challenge of beekeeping! The idea originated during a visit to Sacro by author Alexander McCall Smith CBE FRSE when it was brought to his attention that one of the people using our service – who was present at the time – mentioned that he looked after the beehives while in prison.

School's Out in Moray

School’s Out Moray is a new, Moray-wide LGBTQI service run by Sacro for young people and those who work with them. Our key aim is to bring together the various strands of support available for LGBTQI people in the Moray area, as well as plugging the gaps in service provision for young LGBTQI people within Moray. Our services include:

Sacro renews its commitment to mediation in Scotland

Sacro has underlined its long-standing commitment to foster, encourage, and support the use of mediation in Scotland by adding its signature to the Mediation Charter.

YourHome to support digital access for vulnerable and homeless

At the YourHome Service in Edinburgh, we have been successful in securing funding from the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund to purchase tablet computers and internet access for up to 20 people who use our service. YourHome supports those in the Edinburgh area who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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.

Sacro ready to support prisoners released during pandemic

Sacro fully understands the need to implement an early release of individuals from custody; for their safety and that of prison staff. We are also acutely aware that – although there is a need for urgency – any arrangements put in place must be robust and have community safety at their heart.

Update for referrers to YourHome Housing Support

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the temporary measures we have put in place to allow us to continue to deliver the service during restrictions placed on us by the Coronavirus pandemic. YourHome staff have been continuing to work hard to ensure that our focus and priority is supporting individuals who are at risk of losing their home or who are currently experiencing homelessness in Edinburgh. In line with government advice, the YourHome office has been temporarily closed and staff are working from their own homes.

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.

Fearless domestic abuse service becomes FearFree

Sacro's Fearless domestic abuse service for men and LGBT+ is being rebranded to become FearFree. The service provides specialist domestic abuse support for: Any man Any LGBT+ person Any trans or non-binary person FearFree can provide one-to-one support in the following areas:

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.

The Shine Women’s Mentoring Service is responding to meet the needs of women in Scotland’s prisons.

Following the announcement to temporarily suspend the Scottish Prison Service’s Throughcare Support Service on 13 September, the Shine Public Social Partnership is responding to work with women released from short-term prison sentences of up to four years who were previously supported by the Scottish Prison Service. Shine is a Public Social Partnership led by Sacro with third sector partners: Wise Group, Apex, Access to Industry, Turning Point Scotland, Barnardos, Circle and Venture Trust, supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Prison Service and Social Work Scotland.

Sacro welcomes extension of presumption against short sentences

Sacro regards the proposed extension of the presumption against short-term prison sentences from three to 12 months as a welcome development with the potential to reduce Scotland’s prison population safely and with a greater focus on effective rehabilitation through the use of community sentences.

Growing People: Sacro's Garden Project

Sacro's Garden Project offers individuals aged 18+ who face barriers to employment and social inclusion the opportunity to learn and develop new skills. The project allows participants to increase self-confidence and improve mental and physical health whilst improving amenities within the community. In partnership with Glasgow City Council, Land Environment Services and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Sacro are delivering the Garden Project in Govanhill Park and Tollcross Park.

Sacro project challenges sectarianism and hate crime

Sacro welcomes the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to tackling sectarianism and hate crime by increasing its funding for projects working to eradicate intolerance.

New project will provide help and support to women involved in prostitution

Sacro is delighted to receive significant financial support from the UK Government's "Tampon Tax" to increase the availability of support to women involved in prostitution who use online services to find clients. The Scotland-wide project will reach out to women online, provide basic safety information and support and signpost them to specialist one-to-one support services.

"Wellfest" in Lanarkshire

Sacro's Lanarkshire services held an event for the local community on 21 February. "Wellfest" was held in Kings Church and highlighted Sacro's services in the area as well as representation from many community groups, partner organisations and local agencies. The event offered advice and support to the local community as well as providing lunch, and food/household goods/clothes donated by local businesses and collected by Sacro staff.

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.

‘Leading Lights’ accreditation for Fearless

Fearless has successfully completed an external accreditation process with SafeLives. The ‘Leading Lights’ programme is an accreditation process that assesses domestic abuse victim services across four key areas: service provision; multi-agency working; HR; and governance.

Sacro welcomes reduction in reconviction figures

The release of reconviction figures for 2015/2016 have shown a continued fall in reconviction rates in Scotland. Commenting on the figures, Sacro's Chief Executive, Tom Halpin said: "Sacro welcomes the progress being made in tackling reconviction rates which are a real indicator of persistent offending within our communities.