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Lottery investment to reduce reoffending rates

October 23, 2013

Many of Scotland’s communities will be safer following a £1/2 million award from our Investing in Communities programme. The funding goes to The HMP Low Moss Public Social Partnership (PSP) which aims to integrate offenders back into their communities while stopping the revolving door back into prison.

The Big Lottery Fund adds the final piece to the funding package with a grant of award £503,051 awarded to the lead organisation Turning Point Scotland.

The project will work with 1,200 short-term prisoners of Low Moss prison in Bishopbriggs. The Low Moss PSP team, including prison officers and support staff from a variety of different agencies, will work proactively with offenders on a range of preventative measures over the course of the three-year pilot project; from their arrival in to custody, throughout their sentence and for up to a year after they have returned to their communities.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill speaking with service user Brian at the official launch of the HMP Low Moss Public Social Partnership (PSP)

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill speaking with service user Brian at the official launch of the HMP Low Moss Public Social Partnership (PSP)

Speaking at the launch of the PSP, Neil Ritch, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Deputy Director, said: “Today we are announcing the final piece of funding to enable this three year pilot project to pick up steam.  Thanks to its innovative approach the project will help to build bridges between ex-prisoners and the community following their release.  Experience tells us that prisoners often have difficulties engaging with multiple agencies when they are released and so this initiative will help to plug that gap by providing greater continuity of support when they leave the prison gates.”

Martin Cawley, Chief Executive, Turning Point Scotland, said: “We are delighted the Big Lottery Fund Scotland has decided to provide funding for the HMP Low Moss Public Social Partnership.  This will further help underpin such an exciting and innovative initiative. The PSP aims to tackle the root causes of offending behaviour by engaging with offenders from the early stages of their sentence, preparing them for release and for up to a year after they leave prison. The PSP is an innovative way of working, by formally bringing together a range of skills and expertise among public agencies and the voluntary sector in partnership, to prepare people to successfully reintegrate into the community.”

Find out more about our Investing in Communities fund.

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