With the support of local councillors and Police Scotland, Includem has officially launched its ADAPT for CashBack project in West Dunbartonshire.
For the next three years, Includem will deliver their ‘ADAPT for Cashback’ project which will work with hundreds of young people by offering an alternative and more positive life path.
The project is being funded through a £807,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme which takes money seized from criminals under proceeds of crime laws and reinvests the money in projects to support young people.
ADAPT for Cashback will provide an early intervention, one-to-one support service for 10-15 year olds who could be at risk of offending.
Includem has today released a report on poverty and the impact coronavirus is having on young people and families we support.
We asked families what their experiences of meeting day-to-day costs has been like over the past 12 months and what impact COVID-19 has had on them.
Our Chief Executive, Martin Dorchester, said: “We support some of the poorest and most marginalised young people and families in Scotland. We knew that coronavirus was going to hit them the hardest, and this research has sadly confirmed this.”
Caitlin was just 12 when she experienced a traumatic bereavement. Within a few years she was drinking heavily and regularly coming into conflict with the law, yet the support she so badly needed was not made available to her.
Caitlin’s story is not uncommon. In fact, numerous studies have shown the link between young people experiencing a bereavement and going on to offend.
Here she tells her story.
It won’t be of any surprise to Staf members to read that the Covid-19 pandemic precipitated almost wholesale change in how we operate at Includem. This has been the case for almost everyone, third sector and beyond.
As an organisation delivering face-to-face support to children, young people and families across Scotland, lockdown presented huge logistical challenges for us. Yet, for every challenge presented, creativity and innovation abounded.
Includem welcomes the announcement by Scottish Government that the Scottish Child Payment will be rolled out in February of next year. However, with nearly 1 in 4 children in poverty before the pandemic and more families falling into poverty since, we strongly believe February is too far away for many children.
We know that those who were already in poverty are disproportionately disadvantaged by the measures put in place to manage the spread of Covid-19. They will take even longer to recover, if at all.