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Safer Shetland - Choices for Community Justice


Safer Shetland - Choices for Community Justice

Shetland Community Justice Partnership is inviting the community to vote for projects that aim to prevent offending behaviour or improve outcomes for people with offences or those affected by crime in Shetland. The Partnership has allocated funds of £25,000 that will be split between projects put forward by local groups. 

The event will take place in Room 16 at Islesburgh Community Centre, on Saturday 16th March 2019, during a drop-in session between 11am and 3pm where members of the public are invited to come along to find out more about the projects and vote for their favourites. Everyone will be able to vote for 3 projects, and those receiving the most votes will be awarded funding of up to £5000 each to allow them to deliver their project. 

Ten local projects (each aiming to make a difference to the lives of people who have offended, or those affected by crime, or to prevent offending behaviour) have successfully applied to bid for funding. All groups will be in attendance at the event to provide further information about their bid.


Project descriptions:


Moving on Employment Project

Moving On Employment Project is a small independent charity based in Shetland that supports individuals to build on their confidence, skills and knowledge to achieve their employment-related goals. We have provided a confidential, person centred approach to employability support for over 21 years and plan to continue to further develop our Transition Service to meet the demand to appropriately support young people in the community.

This fund can support Moving On to ensure the Transition Service can develop activities further and provide appropriate levels of support for participants who may be involved in or at risk of offending behaviour. The 1:1 and group activities we deliver in consultation with young people are a positive way to develop confidence, skills and social interaction which can help to improve young people’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Help or Harm - creative anger management courses to address conflict and harm


Anger can often be one of the root causes of offending. Space2face will run a series of anger management courses using creative approaches to explore the triggers and consequences of behaviour and practical ways for safely managing extreme emotions. The ‘Help or Harm’ course was written in conjunction with two psychologists.

Space2face is an independent charity overseen by a Board of six trustees, three of whom are former clients, people harmed through crime. The project is run by Accredited Restorative Practitioners with the Restorative Justice Council. The project is run by Alyson Halcrow and Clair Aldington who are both Accredited Restorative Practitioners with the Restorative Justice Council.


Made to make amends - creative Restorative Justice workshops


Restorative Justice is a process which includes everyone involved in a situation of harm or conflict (including crime) in making decisions about the future. Space2face will run creative workshops separately with those harmed and those responsible for causing harm to look at:

What happened?

What are the consequences of what happened?

What needs to happen now for everyone to move on in a safer way?

Where appropriate and only with consents from all parties, joint meetings will be facilitated.

Space2face is an independent charity overseen by a Board of six trustees, three of whom are former clients, people harmed through crime. The project is run by Accredited Restorative Practitioners with the Restorative Justice Council. The project is run by Alyson Halcrow and Clair Aldington who are both Accredited Restorative Practitioners with the Restorative Justice Council.


SAFER SHETLAND – Community recycling

Shetland Community Bike Project

Our project will repair/renovate our donated bikes.  The funding will buy spare parts and tools enabling us to continue this work.  The parts will be used as required and the finished bike will be made available in the shop for resale.  The use of the parts ensures that the bikes are in a safe and roadworthy condition. 

The workers who are in a supported employment or voluntary placement get a great deal of job satisfaction when they see the bike that they have worked on in the shop ready to be sold.

The profits go back into the charity to cover running costs.  Any extra money generated would be used to develop training and provide an extra placement for clients to prevent or reduce re-offending behaviour.



Using Drama to talk about Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

Shetland Women’s Aid

Our project aims to offer performances of ‘Jackie’s Story’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’- powerful one-woman performances about a person’s experience of Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control.  We want to offer these performances to schools, multi-agencies and members of the community.  The highly school-friendly performances seek to prevent offending behaviour and improve outcomes for those affected by domestic abuse.  It would do so, by using drama as a stimulus to provide opportunities for conversation, education, and avenues to support.  These timely performances would coincide with the introduction of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act (2018), which includes not only physical abuse but psychological abuse and coercive control.


 OPEN Peer Mentoring Project


To provide mentoring and personal development opportunities for 10-12 care-experienced and/or vulnerable young people in the youth justice system; to increase their confidence, abilities, and life skills – enabling them to make informed, positive lifestyle choices – so they can take control of their own pathway and achieve their full potential.


Keeping Shetland Safe by Providing Drugs Dogs Based Permanently on Shetland

Dogs Against Drugs

Dogs Against Drugs is a local community initiative and registered Scottish charity based in Shetland.

We provide Passive Dual Purpose Drugs Dogs serving the entire Shetland community. The Drugs Dogs are deployed at points of entry into Shetland, as well as searches with in the islands working closely with Police Scotland Officers in Shetland. The Dogs are trained to detect all illegal drugs but an active deterrence is as equally important aspect of the service we provide.

Our Drugs Education Service which has been running for many years, is widely and regularly delivered to pupils in Shetland schools, delivering an informed and balanced message on drugs misuse and the key aspects of keeping safe.



Let My Voice be Heard!

Advocacy Shetland

Independent advocacy is critical in assisting re-integration of offenders into society.  We offer a high quality, person centred, non-judgemental approach to people who may have longstanding mental health issues, learning difficulties and/or problems with authority.  We listen to them, explain their options in an independent and non-judgemental way and help them voice their needs and fears at meetings with Council Services and with other organisations. 

Many of these clients have negative views of Social Work, the police and persons of authority and are habitual non engagers.  Our service offers a free, totally independent voice for them.  We assist in form filling, identifying options and attendance at meetings to have their voice heard.

This can have a very positive effect on stopping their habitual reoffending whilst empowering them to break down their perceived barriers of seeing the community of consisting of “them” and “us”.  This leads to a more inclusive society.




Shetland Comedy with ALICE Theatre Project

Choices is an innovative theatrical programme aimed at young people who are at risk of becoming involved in the justice system. The participants will embark on a series of workshops where they will learn theatrical and improvisational comedy skills from ALICE Theatre Workshop and Shetland Comedy respectively, culminating in a short production which will be performed for audiences. The participants will be supported to write and perform the play, which will combine traditional theatre and improvised performance, allowing the audience to participate, confront the choices facing the characters, and change the outcome of the play.

The workshops will teach new skills, imbue confidence and, ultimately, help the young people to analyse the choices facing them in any situation in order to make the right choice and follow through with it.


Sexual Violence Prevention Programme

Shetland Rape Crisis

 The Sexual Violence Prevention Programme aims to prevent offending behaviour by educating young people on what sexual violence is and how to recognise it, what consent is and how to recognise it, and by breaking taboos around discussing grooming and exploitative behaviour so that young people can raise issues with trusted adults and prevent offending or escalation of offending in their communities.






If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744420

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744468

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780