Joint Training Provides New Route to Partnership Working

Written by
Alan Mairs
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New Routes is a Scotland-wide mentoring service offering practical support to young men serving short term prison sentences with their move back into the community. New Routes support is there to help them build a new life, free of offending.
Sacro New Routes Mentors from Edinburgh, Fife and Falkirk undertook two days of SQA Accredited Mentoring Skills Training at the end of 2013. The training; provided by The Wise Group and delivered by TED Mentoring, was specifically tailored to the New Routes service. In addition to enhancing their knowledge and learning new skills, attendees took the opportunity to build and strengthen relations with colleagues from partner agencies.
Ann Confrey, a Mentor with New Routes in Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders said: “So often external training is generic and it can be difficult to relate what you learn to your own service. Working with colleagues across the New Routes partnership and being able to discuss approaches and examples of best practice for the specific challenges we are all facing trying to get this new service established was particularly beneficial”. 
Service Manager Simon McLean added: “Despite tighter budgets Sacro continues to invest in the training and development of its staff. When that investment also provides opportunity to meet another key organisation aim – ‘fostering strong working relationships between partners’ – it is very encouraging.”
Attendees worked through definitions and theory, took part in role play and an externally assessed practice mediation session and worked through set exercises during the two days. They were then given three assignments to complete and will need to wait until February to learn if they have achieved the SQA Accredited qualification.
For further information on New Routes, visit the web page.