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A NEW support service to help people re-integrate into family life after prison is being rolled out in the region.

Scotland’s largest children’s charity, Aberlour Child Care Trust, has launched the service in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service and NHS Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drugs Partnership. Funded by the Scottish Government Challenge Fund, the new Aberlour Families2gether support service will work with short-term prisoners at HMP Dumfries whose sentence is less than four years, those on remand, and those on a home detention curfew from 12 weeks prior to their release and during the first six months after release to help ease them back into the family home.

Associate director at Families2gether Aberlour Child Care Trust David Barr said: “At Aberlour, we believe that every child should have the same opportunities and experiences in life, no matter their family situation. “The key focus of Families2gether is to help bring families back together and rebuild a safe and welcoming family home.” There are currently five family support workers across Dumfries and Galloway and it is hoped two more will be recruited over the next few months.

To find out more, email volunteering@aberlour.org.uk or call Families2gether on 01387 279 279.

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