Connect to Community is committed to supporting men and women leaving prison to re-integrate into society, by equipping local churches in Scotland to provide mentoring support that enables returning citizens to live transformed lives.
Individuals are referred to us by Prison Chaplains or Prison Fellowship. They are looking for mentoring support and have expressed a desire to see their lives changed, recognising the Christian community can support them as they seek recovery from addictions, restoration of relationships and resettlement in community.
Connect to Community does not provide housing or employment. We provide mentoring friendships. Studies continually show that steady relationships are one of the key factors in helping people turn away from crime. Download the Church Introduction Brochure
We co-ordinate a link between the individual and their local church community providing training and support for small voluntary mentoring teams within local churches.
Dunfermline: May 13th
eXchange brings together the public, private and third sectors to a focus on transforming the lives of vulnerable people in communities. With a particular emphasis on the volunteer capacity of local churches, the conference takes best practice and translates this into something that professionals and local volunteers can implement through partnerships.
Bethany and its partners support many volunteer-led community projects across Scotland and we see the need to achieve more. The eXchange conference helps to bridge the gap between professionals who commission and deliver services and the capacity within community based groups to deliver support themselves.
All the sessions at the conference focus on how different sectors of society can work together to deliver better outcomes for vulnerable people in local communities. Our intention is that new partnerships are formed that will see Scotland’s communities changed positively as all sectors act together with an assets, solutions focussed based approach.
Safe Families for Children (SFFC) Scotland was launched at eXchange on Friday 10th October 2014. SFFC is a ground-breaking collaboration between faith groups, volunteers and childcare professionals designed to support children and families in need. The project started in the USA in 2003 and a recent pilot in the North East of England, started in 2012. To date, an estimated 1 in 5 children supported by SFFC would have entered the care system without the support of a befriending family from the Safe Families for Children project.
When a crisis strikes a family its effects can be devastating for everyone. Far too often it's the children who can suffer the most.
Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support. However, some families can be really isolated with no such network to assist them. Safe Families for Children provides support for such families whilst their issues are being resolved, often providing a short stay for their children with a trustworthy family, if needed. http://www.safefamiliesforchildren.com/
Passing the Baton helps local churches run an Award Winning befriending service to people vulnerable to homelessness through isolation and loneliness.
Participating churches help people who are struggling with maintaining their accommodation to develop meaningful relationships within the local community. These new relationships help build support networks around the person and prevent them becoming homeless. To find out more about how befriending projects help reduce homelessness read more in Why Befriending?
The local church, being a natural community, is perfectly placed to come alongside people struggling in the community around them. By offering a befriending program through Passing the Baton, the local church can engage with vulnerable people in their community that they may not have an opportunity to meet otherwise. Read more about the History of Passing the Baton
Passing the Baton is an award-winning project that has been given recognition for its positive outcomes. “Bethany has shown to quite striking effect, how a distinct method of social support can bring real and lasting results.” – Susan Deacon, Honorary Professor, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
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