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Written by
Alan Mairs
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sentencing, courts
Pictured left to right are: The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC; Minister for Justice, Michael Matheson; and Lord Carloway, the Lord Justice Clerk.

Scotland’s new Sentencing Council was yesterday hailed as a milestone in the justice system at an event to mark its official launch.

The Council is a new independent body responsible for preparing guidelines to help ensure a consistent approach to sentencing throughout Scotland and will also work to raise public awareness and understanding of sentencing practice.

Written by
Robert Lambden

Last night the annual Herald Society Awards 2015 were held in Glasgow and Shine won in the category of Partnership Award.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Good Neighbours

Sacro’s Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Community Mediation Service will be running a Good Neighbour competition in the lead up to Christmas – the season of goodwill to all.  The mediation service would like to invite residents of Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire to nominate someone who has been a particularly good neighbour over the past year. The winner in each area will receive a meal for two at the Brentwood Hotel, Crown Street, Aberdeen. 

Written by
Alan Mairs
Arun Gandhi delivers the 2015 Sacro Lecture

Sacro was delighted and honoured to have Arun Gandhi deliver the 2015 Sacro Lecture.

Arun Gandhi is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Arun's grandfather taught him to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. “If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world,” Gandhi said. Through daily lessons, Arun says, he learned about violence and about anger.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Tom Halpin addresses audience at launch of "Preventing Homelessness and Reducing Reoffending" report (photo: Laura Suarez)

Link between homelessness and re-offending shows need for investment in housing advice and support for prison-leavers

A new report on the link between homelessness and re-offending has called for housing to be made a priority in the forthcoming National Strategy for Community Justice in Scotland.

Written by
Alan Mairs
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Learning
NES College Certificate

Sacro’s Aberdeen office has a certificate from North East Scotland College, recognising the centre as a ‘valued provider of work experience for its students’.

Written by
Alan Mairs
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Sectarianism, CBT
Paul Wheelhouse MSP with Sacro's Anti-sectarianism team

Sacro has been awarded £67,000 funding by the Scottish Government to deliver its Anti-Sectarianism Service on a national basis.

The announcement was made today by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs on a visit to Sacro's Motherwell office. The focus of the Scottish Government and Sacro is to reduce the criminalisation of football supporters who display sectarian attitudes and behaviours.

Written by
Alan Mairs
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Volunteers
Edinburgh volunteers with Sacro Chief Executive, Tom Halpin

Volunteers Week (1-7 June) is a great opportunity to celebrate some of the outstanding work contributed by our volunteers. To kick the week off, Sacro staff in Edinburgh hosted an afternoon tea party for some of our volunteers. 

Written by
Alan Mairs
A Community Mediation Session

For many people, excessive noise is a disruptive and distressing intrusion into their everyday life and can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and quality of life.

This week is Noise Action Week and Sacro – along with many other organisations – is working to highlight the impact that unwanted noise can have on people and show how it can be addressed effectively before escalating into a more serious dispute.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Sacro host delegation from Turkey

Sacro recently welcomed visitors from Turkey to its national office in Edinburgh. The meeting was part of a five-day study visit organised by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and the European Commission with the aim of observing best practice and co-operation between NGOs and the prison service.

Representatives from Sacro's Board, directors and management made presentations on the Shine public social partnership and Supporting Prisoners Advice Network services. The meeting also discussed the challenges and opportunities for the third sector in Scotland.

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