CIRCLE’S FAMILIES AFFECTED BY IMPRISONMENT (FABI) PROJECT
Circle’s FABI Team would like to extend our warmest thanks to David Moore, who leaves Circle at the end of December due to his funding coming to an end. David has worked with Circle for nearly 13 years and has been a committed and valuable member of the FABI team for the last 5 years supporting dads leaving HMP Addiewell, their children and families. We wish David all the best and wish him every success for the future.
We welcome Agnes McCloskey to the FABI Team, who recently joined us from working in our West Lothian Service. Agnes has taken up the post of Shine Mentor, as part of our partnership with Shine Women’s Mentoring Service. Delighted to have you with us Agnes!
Circle’s FABI team would like to send a massive Thank You to Margaret Miller and the team at Tunnocks for their extremely kind donation of £300. This money has made such a difference at this time of year. The FABI Team were able to support families in purchasing their own individual Christmas Hampers, alleviating some of the financial pressures experienced over the Christmas period. THANK YOU!
WOMEN’S OUTREACH TEAM
Circle’s FABI Team and Addictions Support and Counselling (ASC) were delighted to secure 3 years from Big Lottery’s Investing in Communities fund in June. This is an exciting partnership for the ‘Women’s Outreach Team’ to develop and provide intensive outreach support for women who have been given an alternative to custody, whether this is electronic monitoring or a community payback order, across North and South Lanarkshire. The Women’s Outreach Team has been providing a service since the end of June 2016, and there is no doubt that there is a recognised need for the support and collaborative partnership approach which is being provided to women and their families. We are excited about the progress that has been made, with our expectations being exceeded with the number of women and families we are supporting and working alongside. One mother recently said the support from her Family Support Worker and ASC Worker has ‘given her hope.’ We would like to extend our thanks to the families we work alongside and to all our partner agencies across North and South Lanarkshire who have embraced the service.
SUCCESS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE VOLUNTARY SECTOR FORUM’S (CJVSF) SHARED LEARNING PROGRAMME AND COLLABORATIVE INDUCTION PROGRAMME
Circle has been excited to work in partnership with other members in facilitating and delivering training and development over the course of the last year. This has been through the CJVSF Shared Learning Programme. The delivery of training has taken a great deal of planning and preparation across the partner agencies, but there has been a commitment and motivation from all to deliver positive and informed training that practitioners can utilise in their day to day practice. Thanks to all involved in the development of the training programmes and to those who participated. An extra special thanks to Rose McConnachie, Development Coordinator at CJVSF, who has been an amazing support and kept us on track.