About Future Pathways

Future Pathways supports survivors of in care abuse. We help adults who were victims of historical abuse as children, in a care setting in Scotland. Our aim is to help them lead a happier and more fulfilled life.

Future Pathways is an alliance of four organisations: The Glasgow Psychological Trauma Service – a tertiary level mental health team within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (a public sector body) – and three charities: Health in Mind, the Mental Health Foundation, and Penumbra. The Scottish Government funds Future Pathways and are Sponsor Members of the Alliance Leadership Team.

Our day-to-day work is managed by the Alliance Management Team (AMT), which meets every month and also represents the partner organisations. Our team of fully trained and trauma informed

Support Coordinators work directly with each individual person registered with us.

We started work in September 2016, with a simple vision: “For survivors to lead full, healthy and independent lives.” We divide that work into four pathways:

  • Raising awareness and encouraging involvement
  • Support people
  • Enabling access to services
  • Promoting high quality support

We have always seen high demand for our services: by the end of December 2019, a total of 1,289 people had signed up. Many have very difficult challenges in their lives, including poverty, homelessness, poor physical and/or mental health, family and relationship breakdown, and substance use. Because the problems vary widely, so do the solutions. Some of the things we do with people include:

  • Helping them to get other assistance that they are entitled to but couldn’t previously get
  • Supporting people to be active and maintain or improve their physical and mental health
  • Helping with self development such as courses, safety at home or starting new hobbies, volunteering, or widening their personal network.

People often tell us that one of the best things about working with us is that they can get help from lots of other professionals and services without having to tell their stories over and over again.