Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

Year 3 Awardee

Supporting families in Aberdeen affected by the imprisonment of a family member

Type of initiative funded: One to one


Key priority area: Addressing poverty & inequality


Funding awarded: £9807


Project description:

A grant from the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund will enable our Regional Family Support Coordinator (RFSC) to provide upwards of 50 days of dedicated support for Aberdeen families affected by the imprisonment of a family member. This will take place between 1 April 2024 and 31 March 2025. Activities will consist of tailored one-to-one support - including practical and emotional advice, guidance and advocacy - for in the homes of affected families right across the city. Our RFSC will also facilitate access to local groupwork activities and peer support networks wherever appropriate. She has accurate, up-to-date knowledge on legal and practical matters to do with benefits, finance and housing, as well as more delicate issues to do with stigma, social isolation, etc. She can also provide access to specialised support for complex problems relating to substance misuse, addiction, domestic abuse, mental illness, etc. Importantly, she understands the criminal justice system, prisons and prison procedures, and can help clients negotiate processes that are opaque, confusing and distressing for many.