Sacro's Veterans Mentoring Service is a service for military veterans who are currently in or are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. The service will work closely with the veteran to put an intensive support plan in place where strategies can be developed to cope with their specific needs. The aim of the service is to enable the service user to enjoy sustainable, independent living.
Who is eligible for the service?
If you have ever served within the UK military (Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force) then you are eligible for assistance.
Where is the Veterans Mentoring Service available?
This service is offered nationally across Scotland from our offices in Dundee, Edinburgh, Elgin and Glasgow.
How does the Veterans Mentoring Service work?
Veterans will be linked with a mentor with “lived military experience” who, through the development of a supportive relationship, will work together to promote desistance from offending and increasing the veteran’s self-esteem and confidence.
Initial Phase: A referral is made either by the veteran themselves, social work, Scottish Prison Service, a voluntary organisation or any stakeholder working with veterans. After submission of the referral form, Sacro will arrange to meet with the veteran who may be accompanied by the referrer where applicable, to discuss the service and ensure the veteran wishes to engage.
Once the referral is accepted by all parties, the veteran will be requested to attend for an assessment. During this assessment, an action plan will be devised taking into consideration all aspirations and wishes of the veteran. It is expected that the engagement with the paid mentor will be somewhere between 6-12 months, during which time all points raised in the action plan will be addressed.
Exit Phase: Once the engagement with the paid mentor has ceased, the veteran will be matched to a volunteer mentor to continue with planned support for a further 4-6 months. During this phase, it will be expected that coping strategies, problem solving skills and natural supports will be sufficiently in place to allow the veteran to exit the service with any prior appropriate onward referrals being made.
What help can the service provide?
The service can help you:
- Address alcohol and drug addictions
- Address physical and mental health issues with assistance of partnership agencies
- Access support services in your local area
- Keep appointments with other agencies
- Enhance life and social skills, e.g. financial budgeting, housekeeping, cooking
- Complete paperwork and make phone calls
- Reintegrate into the community
- Access education or training
- Find employment opportunities
Please see http://www.sacro.org.uk/services/criminal-justice/veterans-mentoring-service to download our VMS leaflet.