Another Way Wins at Care Accolades

Written by
Alan Mairs
Another Way win at Care Accolades

Sacro’s Another Way service in Edinburgh has scooped a major award at the Scottish Social Services Council’s Care Accolades 2014.

The service works with sex workers in Edinburgh with the aim of helping them to exit from sex work. Another Way is non-judgemental and works with women in whatever way it can to ensure their wellbeing, health and safety. The service was awarded the top honour in the “Innovation and Redesign” category.

Accepting the award for Sacro, Nicola McCloskey said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised for the work that we do at the Another Way Service. Typically sex workers are known as a ‘difficult and hard to reach’ group and we are succeeding not only in accessing women but supporting them to exit sex work and lead safer lives. This work is possible thanks to the commitment of staff, volunteers and our partners in NHS Lothian, and of course the women themselves. We will be sure to celebrate our success and continue to provide this vital service to women in need”.

Another Way works in close partnership with NHS Lothian’s Harm Reduction Team, The Women’s Clinic and Police Scotland. By working in partnership, the service is able to offer an outreach service and a place of safety for women while street working. It also has access to saunas in the city and offers a regular women’s clinic.

Alison Scott, NHS Lothian Consultant Gynaecologist said: “Another Way is responsible for one in four of the women they see begin to exit from prostitution: an amazing and unique piece of work!”

Tom Halpin, Sacro’s Chief Executive said “I am delighted that this recognition of Sacro’s Another Way Service has been given in the Care Accolades 2014. Our work with those who are marginalised often means we are less visible. This award for innovation recognises Sacro’s determination to find creative solutions that improve the lives of our service users and make our communities safer. This approach is working. Over 70% of those who come in contact with Another Way have either decreased their involvement with sex work, begun to, or exited from prostitution completely”.

To find out more about Another Way, contact Nicola McCloskey at nmccloskey@sacro.org.uk or telephone 0131 622 7500.

 

Sacro's Assertive Outreach service in Aberdeen was also a finalist at the awards in the "Children and Young People" category. The service works intensively to support 'hard to reach' young people in accessing services to reduce reoffending. Sacro's Director of Operations (East) Paolo Mazzoncini said "This category was one of the most hotly contested at the awards and to be one of the three finalists from all across Scotland is a fabulous achievement in itself. The service has had great success working with young people and it is the perseverance and dedication of Sacro's staff that make a real difference in the lives of these young people and their families".

For more information on Assertive Outreach, contact Graeme Pyper at gpyper@sacro.org.uk.