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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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Kirk Burton
Aberdeen Volunteers photo

Sacro's Aberdeen office recently recruited for volunteers in the Community Mediation and Restorative Justice services.

Sacro's volunteer co-ordinator, Gareth Jenkins travelled to the Aberdeen office to meet the new recruits on their induction evening and explain a little more about the organisation. "The volunteers make a valued contribution to the Restorative Justice and Mediation services" said Irene Reid, Community Mediation Team Leader. "We are very much looking forward to getting to know the volunteers better and working alongside them."

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Alan Mairs
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Care Accolades Finalist logo

Sacro’s Another Way and Assertive Outreach services have reached the final stages of the Scottish Social Services Council’s Care Accolades.

The services are represented in the “Innovation and Redesign” and “Children and Young People” categories respectively.

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Alan Mairs
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L-R: Tom Halpin, Elizabeth Carmichael, Anne Hislop, Kathryn Hilditch, Zenon Bankowski, Gareth Jenkins

Sacro’s successful renewal of the Investing in Volunteers standard was marked on 10 March with the presentation of a plaque and certificate at National Office. Anne Hislop, Investing in Volunteers Manager at Volunteer Scotland made the presentation to Sacro’s Tom Halpin (Chief Executive), Elizabeth Carmichael (Depute Chair), volunteers Kathryn Hilditch and Zenon Bankowski and Gareth Jenkins (Volunteer Co-ordinator).

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Alan Mairs
A typical mediation meeting

We all want to be able to enjoy our own home, though sometimes, it’s not easy. There are so many things these days that can cause problems between neighbours – noise, pets, children, parking, fences – it’s no wonder sometimes things just get out of hand. Every so often, what starts off as a minor disagreement ends up as a full-blown dispute, causing everyone stress and worry. 

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