- On 14th September 2017
Over 400 people who have experienced in-care abuse and neglect have come forward to register for vital help and support in the last year from Future Pathways, Scotland’s In Care Survivor Support Fund.
Future Pathways is a £13.5million support fund launched in September 2016 to provide a range of help and support to those who were abused and neglected as children while they were living in care in Scotland. There are now 428 people across Scotland and beyond registered with the organisation, many of whom have already received help and support to move forward with their lives.
An event to mark the 1st anniversary of Future Pathways takes place tonight (Thurs 14 Sept) in Edinburgh, where guests will have the opportunity to hear from survivors who’ve received support to move forward with their lives. A series of personal poems and artworks from survivors will also be on display at the event, as part of the ‘My Journey’ exhibition, which can be viewed online. An anniversary booklet has also been produced, detailing highlights from the first year of Future Pathways.
The team at Future Pathways work with survivors to identify the right support for them, which has included: access to education and work, counselling, access to personal records and access to health and wellbeing support.
Head of Future Pathways Flora Henderson said: “I’m so pleased that twelve months since our launch, over 400 people have come forward for help and support from Future Pathways.
“Our goal is to provide person-centred support to help survivors of abuse or neglect lead full, healthy and independent lives. A year ago, we didn’t know if people would come forward and there wasn’t a clear sense of what sorts of support would be required. Huge strides have been made and I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the often hard step to come forward and seek out support.
“Some people we’ve worked with have met family members for the first time in years, and others have talked about being able to do things that they always dreamed of but never had the chance. We are looking forward to the next twelve months, and working with even more people who need help and support.”
“Although over 400 survivors have already registered with us, but we know there are many, many more people out there who have had similar experiences and who could really benefit from our help and support.
John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said: “
“I am heartened to learn that more than 400 people have come forward to Future Pathways for help and support. I am also grateful to every one of those people who have taken that positive step, to come forward and access the help they need.
“I would encourage anyone else who has experienced abuse or neglect as a child while they were living in care in Scotland to come forward and register for valuable support.’’