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Alan Mairs
Claire Paterson and Tracy Mackie receive their award from HRH Princess Royal

Sacro’s Aberdeen Restorative Justice Service has scooped the Runner Up award in the Restorative Justice category at the Howard League Community Programmes Award ceremony held in London.

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Alan Mairs
Sandy Cameron CBE

Sacro is delighted to announce the appointment of Sandy Cameron CBE as Chair of the Sacro Board of Trustees. Sandy is well-known and respected in the social care sector and brings a wealth of experience to the role of Chair.

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Alan Mairs
Photo: Sacro’s Assertive Outreach team at the 2014 Care Accolades. George Gartly, service manager, Graeme Pyper, team leader, Roz Vickery, criminal justice worker and Paolo Mazzoncini, director of operations

Sacro’s Assertive Outreach service in Aberdeen was among the finalists at this year’s Scottish Social Services Council’s Care Accolades. The “Children and Young People” category was one of the most hotly contested of all and saw just three services chosen as finalists.

The Assertive Outreach service works with “hard to engage” young people in Aberdeen City aged between 8 and 18 years old as part of Sacro’s Youth Intensive Support Package.

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Alan Mairs
First Minister announces funding for mentoring projects

First Minister announces financial package to help reoffenders.

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced a funding package of up to £8 million for organisations delivering mentoring support to offenders.

The First Minister made the announcement after opening the new offices of Glasgow-based Includem, one of six projects that will benefit from the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) over 2015-2017.

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Alan Mairs
Sacro's Assertive Outreach team

Sacro’s Assertive Outreach service in Aberdeen was among the finalists at this year’s Scottish Social Services Council’s Care Accolades. The “Children and Young People” category was one of the most hotly contested of all and saw just three services chosen as finalists.

The Assertive Outreach service works with “hard to engage” young people in Aberdeen City aged between 8 and 18 years old as part of Sacro’s Youth Intensive Support Package.

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Alan Mairs
A Day in the Life of a Criminal Justice Worker SJM 2:2

Writing in the latest issue of Scottish Justice Matters, Sacro's Nicola McCloskey takes us through a typical day with the Another Way service. Nicola is a Criminal Justice Worker with the Edinburgh service which supports sex workers with the aim of helping them to exit from sex work.

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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.

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Alan Mairs
Sacro Chief Executive Tom Halpin launches CoSA

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) is a model of intervention that assists in the monitoring and community re-integration of certain high risk individuals who commit sexual offences.

Following a successful pilot project in Fife, Sacro is now making CoSA available all across Scotland. The service was launched at an event in Dunfermline on 30 May attended by representatives from local authorities, police, CJAs, social work and voluntary sector.

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Alan Mairs
Helen Cullen, Volunteer Mentor

Helen Cullen, Volunteer Mentor.

Helen began looking for volunteering opportunities after retiring, having worked for 23 years in the addictions sector. She worked for five years at Barlinnie prison in the first statutory addiction service within a penal establishment in Europe and was instrumental in setting up an addiction service in Shotts prison. Helen also worked for more than 20 years with North Lanarkshire Council.

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Alan Mairs
Anti-Sectarianism graphic

Sectarianism blights many of our communities as a destructive force that has no place in modern Scottish society.

Sacro is delivering a new service with the aim of tackling the problems caused by intra-Christian sectarianism in Scotland and reducing its corrosive effects on society. This service is for individuals who commit sectarianism offences, defined as behaviours: “...expressed in destructive patterns of relating which segregate, exclude, discriminate against or are violent towards a specified religious other, with significant personal and social consequences.” 

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