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Turning Point Scotland is committed to employing people with lived experience

Turning Point Scotland   |

People with lived and living experience of homelessness, alcohol and other drug use, the justice system, mental ill health and learning disabilities have an enormous contribution to make to services offered by Turning Point Scotland.

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Response to the Lord Advocates statement on a safer consumption facility pilot in Glasgow

Patricia Tracey   |

We welcome this long-awaited statement by the Lord Advocate, and agree with the position taken that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute anyone using a Safer Consumption Facility (SCF) for possession. 

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Language matters - reframing how we talk about homelessness

Nicky Miller   |

At Turning Point Scotland, we have led by example to engage and influence our sector in tackling stigmatising language associated with all of our areas of support in social care. But we realised that some of the language we used to describe our Homelessness services needed careful updating.

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Drug law reform – welcome statements, but we need urgent action to save lives

Patricia Tracey   |

Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) at the House of Commons has called for drug law reform and a public health approach to drug use. In July the Scottish Government published ‘A Caring, Compassionate and Human Rights Informed Drug Policy for Scotland’, calling for decriminalisation of possession of drugs for personal use.

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Blog: Removing stigma from homelessness

Karen Swift   |

At Turning Point Scotland, we work with people on their recovery journey from a period of housing instability or homelessness. We do this with the belief people should be connected through citizenship to the same rights, roles, responsibilities, relationships and resources, with meaningful lives as valued community members.

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Blog: World Homeless Day and World Mental Health Day are marked on 10 October

Karen Swift   |

The day is not for celebration but reflection. Poor physical and mental health can be both a cause and effect of a person’s situation leading to homelessness. Homelessness is a complex social problem with many interrelated causes and effects that impact on mental wellbeing.

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