Faith in Throughcare (FiT) works through faith communities in Scotland’s poorest neighbourhoods to support individuals involved within the justice system to settle into more fulfilling lives in their families and communities.
Community focused – working collaboratively with local faith groups and communities to develop their own sustainable models of support
Strength focused – working with the person’s strengths, positive attitudes and healthy coping mechanisms, while acknowledging their challenges
Relationships focused – working with the family, extended family and support networks and not just the individual involved with the justice system
Volunteer focused – harnessing the dedication and willingness of volunteers to ‘get alongside’ participants, training volunteers to encourage the person within their positive relationships, coordinating support around them, providing pillars of hope and support for those who are struggling. We will also learn from our experiences and successes and strive to continually improve the services we provide.
FiT recognises that effective solutions come from individuals, families, faith groups and other agencies working together and having a better understanding of each other. FiT also recognises that local communities need specific help to establish sustainable structures so that ex-offenders (and their families) are supported in the longer term. Our approach is therefore to:
Provide criminal justice leadership and management support blended with expertise in volunteer coordination to support local communities and faith groups to realise their capacity for developing local systems and infrastructure around the support of ex-offenders and their families. The challenge is to ensure that such solutions are tailored to each community/neighbourhood and are sustainable.
Strengths & Relationships
Support individuals and families to identify their strengths and opportunities and channel these towards securing personal stability and contentment in their lives and home environment. This support is provided through the use of a range of tools and methods that enable participants to focus on relationship and other personal strengths.
Teams of volunteers will be trained in the use of a range of tools and methods to support the above and will have a wide range of backgrounds and experience; some may have had personal experience of prison and recovery from addiction, etc. All will able to provide participants with a steady source of hope, inspiration and ‘can do’ attitude.