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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

Organisation Details

Address c/o Scottish Churches Housing Action, 44 Hanover Street, City Centre
Post Code EH2 2DR
Locality South East 
Telephone 05603 640 928
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  • Offenders/Ex-offenders
  • Self Help/Support

Aid & Abet supports people involved in the criminal justice system in Edinburgh and Lothian, with a focus on those who have been in custody.

Aid & abet is a peer led organisation offering a support service to people on their release from prison. We use our own lived experience in the hope to help others resettle into the community. Once you leave prison you need never go back! We focus on preventing the return to prison by avoiding homelessness and sticking by the person emotionally in the crucial 72 hours after their release. A study has shown that this has proven to be when the person is at their most vulnerable.

A distinctive feature of the initiative is that it is led by people who have themselves been in prison, mostly as a result of addiction problems. This direct experience gives Aid & Abet its strength.

Our vision is: Once someone has been in prison, they need never go back

Aid & Abet was initially set up in June 2014, and gained status as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in February 2016.

The name, Aid & Abet, puts a positive spin on a well-worn piece of legal jargon. We aid people, and abet them in their determination to make good on their intentions to avoid the routes their past has taken them in.

We work with people leaving prison to live anywhere in the Edinburgh/Lothian area.

We focus on avoiding homelessness and aiding recovery.

We work in partnership with other organisations.

Our mentors all have experience the criminal justice system.



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Support Service 0560 364 0928 More info »