Written by
Alan Mairs
Big Lottery Fund logo

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. 
 

Written by
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:
 

Written by
Alan Mairs
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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.
 

Written by
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:

Written by
Robert Lambden
Pictured from left to right: Rhona Wilson - Assessor, Glasgow service; Colette Corby & Jeanie Hill, Fife service; Barbara Harding - Assessor, Edinburgh service

Pictured from left to right: Rhona Wilson - Assessor, Glasgow service; Colette Corby & Jeanie Hill, Fife service; Barbara Harding - Assessor, Edinburgh service

Fife Community Mediation Service was presented with their Accreditation Certificate at the recent Scottish Community Mediation Network (SCMN) meeting held near Falkirk.  Fife Community Mediation Service offers free mediation to those who have difficulties with their neighbour throughout the Kingdom of Fife and are now in their 18th year of providing this service.

Written by
Alan Mairs
Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum logo

In December 2012, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals to redesign the community justice system in Scotland. The consultation document set out three options: 

Written by
Alan Mairs
Sir Geoffrey Palmer

We are delighted to join in congratulating Sacro Board member, Geoffrey Palmer, who has received a knighthood in the 2013 New Year's Honours in recognition of services to human rights, science and charity. Sir Geoffrey is Professor Emeritus at Heriot Watt University and has been an active and supportive member of the Sacro Board for some years.
 

Written by
Robert Lambden
Freshsight Project Team handing over their Final Report to members of ECMS

Recently a project team from the voluntary sector organisation Freshsight gave an interesting and well-executed presentation on the results of their research to Edinburgh Community Mediation staff.

During the autumn 2013 semester, a project team from Freshsight carried out research on behalf of Sacro’s Edinburgh Community Mediation Service.  The research looked at both ways to improve the efficiency of the internal process together with how multi-cultural cases could be improved upon.

Written by
Alan Mairs

The Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice (SCCCJ) have just published the second edition of Scottish Justice Matters on the theme of Desistance. SJM is available to download for free from the journal website or viewed online at MagCloud.com. Printed copies of Scottish Justice Matters can also be ordered on demand at a cost from MagCloud.

Written by
Alan Mairs

MSPs have passed the Victims and Witnesses Bill in the Scottish Parliament today (12/12/2013)

Commenting on the Bill, Sacro Chief Executive, Tom Halpin said:

"Restorative Justice (RJ) is widely regarded as a powerful process in repairing the harm caused to victims of crime. The recognition of RJ within the Victims and Witnesses Bill is a welcome step and Sacro is supportive of any move to make the provision of RJ more widely available.

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