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Kirk Burton
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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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Alan Mairs
Scottish Justice Matters 2:1 cover

Scottish Justice Matters has just published its third issue – a fascinating edition, focusing specifically on Arts and Justice. The special issue is guest edited by Sarah Armstrong of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (University of Glasgow) and Kirsten Sams of New College, Lanarkshire.

Featured contents include:

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Alan Mairs
New Routes logo

New Routes is a Scotland-wide mentoring service offering practical support to young men serving short term prison sentences with their move back into the community. New Routes support is there to help them build a new life, free of offending.
 

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Alan Mairs
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Organisations helping ex-offenders to make the transition back to society and to help break the cycle of offending are being encouraged to apply for funding from the Big Lottery Fund. With grants of up to £1 million available over five years we can support a range of projects that address the connections between offending, addiction, mental health and homelessness. 
 

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Alan Mairs
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Sacro’s Circles of Support & Accountability Service works by engaging with a high-risk sex offender in the community in order to both support him in a non-offending lifestyle and to hold him to account. A ‘circle’ of volunteers meet weekly with each ‘Core Member’ to encourage good behaviour, positive community integration and personal self-improvement through work or education.
 
Here is what a ‘Core Member’ and a CoSA volunteer ‘Circle Member’ had to say about the service:
 

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Alan Mairs
Investing in Volunteers logo

Sacro is proud to announce its successful renewal of the Investing in Volunteers standard. This award was achieved thanks to the commitment, enthusiasm and skills of our staff team and volunteers across Scotland.
 
Sacro’s volunteers provide vital support to our service users and we would be unable to provide many of our services without their professionalism and dedication. We are committed to continue providing new volunteering opportunities, highlighting the roles played by our volunteers and giving voice to our volunteers’ achievements.
 

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Alan Mairs

A warm welcome to our new volunteers in Fife Circles of Support & Accountability Service and Edinburgh Travel Service.
Sacro is currently looking for volunteers for the following services:

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