Written by
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.

Written by
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.

Written by
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.

Written by
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.

Written by
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.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Bright Choices to support victims of honour abuse

A project supporting victims of honour abuse is to be set up in Edinburgh amid a rise in the number of reported cases. It follows a survey that suggests the offence is accepted by a significant number of families in Edinburgh's black and ethnic minority communities. The support project was set up by Sacro, Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council and the charity Multi-Cultural Family Base, following consultation with Police Scotland

So-called honour crime is when a family member abuses a relative they believe has shamed the family or community.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Scottish Justice Matters cover 2:3

The fifth issue of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice (SCCCJ) journal is now available as a free download. The publication takes "Children, Young People and Justice" as its main theme.

Previous subjects have covered:

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.

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Alan Mairs
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sacro
Sacro Annual Review 2013-2014

Sacro's Annual Review 2013-2014 is now available to download.

The review charts a busy year for the organisation which saw us deliver a number of new developments across Scotland including a service to tackle sectarianism and a mentoring service for armed forces veterans.

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