Scotmid launches intervention scheme to get people out of crime

The pilot for Project RISE will encourage people in Leith to make positive life changes

A collaborative pilot programme to help people involved in crime to make positive life changes has been launched by Scotmid Co-op.

Project RISE (Recovering In a Supported Environment), which will be piloted in Leith, has been designed to intervene and support people in the local community by encouraging them to avoid potential criminal situations, suggesting alternative choices and signposting individuals to support services.

It will work in partnership with several organisations including Cyrenians, Turning Point, Link-Up, Connecting Circles and Police Scotland.

Scotmid hopes to roll the programme out across other areas of the city, where additional resources and support would help make a difference. 

Nick McGuirk, project manager for the scheme, said: “As a retailer based in the heart of our communities, we are in a fortunate position to be able to identify and reach some of the most vulnerable people in our local areas. We’re pleased to work collaboratively with some fantastic charities to ensure we can support as many people as possible, helping them to make more positive life choices.”

Carmen McShane, Scotland service manager of Turning Point, said: “It has never been so important to make mainstream services more accessible for those who suffer from alcohol and other drug use.

“Accessing support and treatment can be a protective factor in reducing overdose, therefore, outreach work in Leith, and other local communities like this, is vital if we want to prevent drug-related deaths. I’m so pleased to work with Scotmid, Connecting Circles, Cyrenians and Link Up in this initiative to deliver the support to people in our community who need it.”

A spokesperson at Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland is looking forward to working alongside our partners in this pilot programme, designed to make positive changes for those who require support and help. We hope the programme will expand its work to other areas, so that people can avoid potentially dangerous circumstances, whilst flourishing in their communities.”