The Scotland Office
The Scotland Office represents The Salvation Army at a national level in Scotland, as well as interacting with the three Scotland divisions: East Scotland, North Scotland and West Scotland.
- We have been meeting with MSPs to discuss the Scottish Government's policies regarding homelessness, since the start of 2022 we have met with;
- Mark Griffin, MSP for Central Scotland (Scot Labour), Party Spokesperson for Housing and Local Government
- Alasdair Allan, MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (SNP)
- Angela Constance, MSP for Almond Valley (SNP), Minister for Drugs Policy
- Organising and accommodating for the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation and Urban Policy (9 November)
- Attending the Ecumenical Service for COP26 (7 November)
What we do
Engage with the Scottish Parliament by responding to proposed legislation and highlighting policy issues. We also work closely with The Salvation Army Public Affairs Unit in London.
Work with other Christian denominations at a national level as a member of Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS)
Coordinate between Scotland Drug and Alcohol Strategy, Homelessness Support Unit & Older People Services to provide suppourt and establish a parliamentary & ecumenical link within these services.
Liaise with the front-line services of The Salvation Army in Scotland, which include...
- 73 church and community centres that, in addition to Sunday worship, offer a range of activities: cafés, breakfast clubs and lunch clubs; charity shops and furniture recycling projects; clubs for children, for youth and for senior citizens; drop-in centres; food banks, food parcels and food distribution; job clubs; parents & toddlers groups and playgroups; street projects.
- Homeless services including;
- 9 Lifehouses
- 3 outreach support centres
- 3 housing first services
- a wellbeing centre
- co-ordinate the Scottish Drug Alcohol Strategy (SDAS), see below
- 3 care homes for older people
- emergency response services
- a family tracing service
- a centre for adults with learning disabilities
- a debt advice centre
- an employability and training centre
In 2009, The Salvation Army requested the development of a Scotland Drug & Alcohol (Addiction) Strategy which was then formally launched in 2013 to support communities affected by addictions. The service is now established across five key areas that have been identified through the needs of the communities. Our approach, rooted in a Christian Approach to Harm Reduction, focuses on positive change and on building relationships and safety with people, without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that they stop their behaviour as a pre-condition of support.
In the last 2 years, we have supported 130 individuals and families across Scotland. Our services aim to respond to social need, working with people at their point of need with a person-centred approach. The programmes are voluntary, unconditional and flexible to support service users with one to one support, therapeutic groupwork and meaningful activities available.
Since 2017, we have partnered with the University of Stirling to establish the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research. This collaboration has led to a number of exciting research opportunities to progress The Salvation Army’s addictions work and has allowed our services to be involved in new and innovative research studies that impact the wider sector. This has included research on staff wellbeing during the pandemic, managed alcohol programmes, Housing First and supporting harm reduction through peer support. We also have a number of staff undertaking the MSc in Substance Use at the University of Stirling, which not only enhances their own professional development, but creates sustainable growth within our workforce.
Scotland Office staff
Lieut-Colonel Carol Bailey (Secretary for Scotland)
Major David Cavanagh (Assistant Secretary for Scotland)
Major Elaine Cavanagh (Well Being Officer)
Mr Jack Green (Secretarial Support)
The Scotland Office, 12a Dryden Road, Loanhead, EH20 9LZ
0131 440 9109
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyScotland/
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