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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.

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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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Alan Mairs
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Award, health

Sacro's innovative diversionary scheme operating in Ayrshire has been recognised at a recent national awards ceremony in London.

The 'Early and Effective Intervention Whole Systems Approach for Women' mirrors services already in place to tackle young people involved in offending. This service aims to divert women aged over 18 from prosecution and to reduce re-offending.

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Alan Mairs

A new approach to supporting the hidden victims of domestic abuse in Scotland has today (20 March) received a cash boost of £869,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Sacro will roll out the FearLess project in 18 of Scotland’s local authorities combining a domestic abuse helpline with intensive one to one support and mentoring. This will include a range of practical and emotional support including help with accommodation, personal finances, creating a personal safety plan, education, training and employment.

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Robert Lambden
Christine Grahame MSP

The ‘Shine’ Women’s Mentoring Service – led by Sacro – was one of a handful of Public Social Partnerships (PSP) showcased at a special event held at the Scottish Parliament on 25 February 2015. The success of co-planning and joined up service delivery in reducing reoffending was the central focus of the event, which was sponsored by Christine Grahame MSP, Chair of the Justice Committee.

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Alan Mairs
John Kirkwood (Volunteer) and Anni Vendehn (Student Social Worker - on placement) of Community Food Initiatives North East

Sacro in Aberdeen have been working with Community Food Initiatives North East to help provide food for Sacro service users in crisis. The scheme provides Sacro with essentials as part of their FareShare scheme; food we can then distribute to our service users. Additionally, we can refer service users on to receive produce from their food bank as well as for emergency food parcels.

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Alan Mairs
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Shine, Women, Mentoring
Evaluation of Shine Mentoring Service

A service that matches female offenders in Scotland with mentors to help them reintegrate back into the community and reduce reoffending has been shown to have a positive impact on them.

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Alan Mairs
Representatives from Sacro and NIACRO

Representatives from Sacro and NIACRO (The Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) had another very productive day when they met in Edinburgh last week. The two community justice organisations met to share ideas and thinking on current practice and policy issues.

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Alan Mairs
Mrs Sheena Anderson of Aberdeen receives her “Good Neighbour” prize from Matthew Carle, Community Safety Development Officer with Aberdeen City Council.

Mrs Sheena Anderson of Aberdeen receives her “Good Neighbour” prize from Matthew Carle, Community Safety Development Officer with Aberdeen City Council.

Sacro’s Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Community Mediation, the neighbour dispute resolution service, has chosen the winners of its “Good Neighbour” award for 2014. Nominations were received during the lead up to the festive season.

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Alan Mairs
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communities
Asda "green tokens"

Sacro has been chosen by Asda as one of three Aberdeen-based organisations participating in their “Chosen By You, Given By Us” token scheme at their Aberdeen Beach store. The three groups chosen are promoted for two months at a time and customers drop their green tokens into the box(es) to indicate the cause they feel is most deserving. The group which receives the most green tokens from shoppers will then receive the top cash prize with smaller prizes for the runners up.

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