Addictions Support & Counselling (ASC) and Circle’s New Women’s Outreach Service
Circle’s FABI team is extending its Women’s Outreach Service to Stirling and Clackmannanshire. We have been successful in receiving funding from the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Alcohol and Drug Partnership Challenge Fund to set up a new service in their area. This provides us with the opportunity to replicate and adapt the successful model of service delivery of the current Women’s Outreach Team (Lanarkshire) to Forth Valley (Clackmannanshire and Stirling). The development and delivery of a new and innovative Women’s Outreach Service will provide intensive outreach support for women, and their families, in responding to complex health and social care needs and to address problems of substance use, mental health, domestic abuse, offending, trauma and parenting. We will deliver the service in partnership with ASC and it will be based in Alloa. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with ASC and forming positive working relationships with agencies and professionals in these areas. The service will start at the end of October 2018, so we will keep you all updated on this exciting development.
South Lanarkshire Caledonian System
Circle is delighted to be working in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council and Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire to deliver the Caledonian System, an integrated approach to tackling domestic violence. Circle was part of a successful tender bid to deliver the Caledonian System in South Lanarkshire. Our involvement will initially entail the recruitment of a Children’s Service Development Worker who, in partnership with the Caledonian team, will work with families to improve the lives of children and women affected by domestic abuse and men, who through the court mandated scheme, are supported to address and change their behaviours increasing the safety and security of children and women.
South Lanarkshire – Women’s Development Worker (HUBS)
The FABI Project is excited about strengthening further their relationship with South Lanarkshire Council with a new development in two of the South Lanarkshire HUBS. We have successfully recruited for the new position of ‘Women’s Development Worker’ who is working in partnership with the existing HUB workers and women who attend the HUBS in developing and promoting positive pathways for women who are involved with the criminal justice system.
Watch this space! Launch of the External Evaluation Report on the Women’s Outreach Team
We are looking forward to the completion of the external evaluation of our Women’s Outreach Team, a partnership with Addictions Support & Counselling. Last year we held a successful Parliamentary Reception at which the interim key findings of our work were shared, including stories so far from women, children and families and the evidence of the massive fiscal, economic and societal benefit this Alternatives to Custody service can provide. Building on this, we will be hosting an event to officially launch the overall findings of the work of the Women’s Outreach Team. We will keep you updated on further details and arrangements for this event.