Integrate Scotland is an Aberdeen based charity working in association with Catalyst Vineyard Church. We're passionate about supporting people in our community who have been disadvantaged or marginalised for any reason and we run a number of projects aimed at seeing them integrated with their community.
Caroline Bambirra is the founder of Integrate Scotland and our Director of Social Transformation. She has a background in research psychology, has delivered alcohol and drug awareness programmes and has more than 20 years’ experience working in prisons, caring for the marginalised and for those with offending behaviour. Ross Sutherland is our Director of Strategy and Development. He has a background in business operations and management and 2.5 years’ experience working in prisons.
Integrate Scotland was formally established in 2007, but operated in an unofficial capacity for a number of years prior. As a result, we have developed excellent working relationships with a number of other third sector organisations around the city working in areas such as employment and drugs and alcohol. We are also a community partner of HMP Grampian and work with the police, criminal justice social work department and Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations, Aberdeen’s third sector interface. Integrate is also a member of the executive steering committee for the Food Poverty Action Aberdeen partnership led by CFINE, which aims to collate statistics from independent food-banks to give an overall picture of the size of the problem in Aberdeen for lobbying purposes, share resources and learning and to ensure that we don't just meet the immediate need for those in food crisis situations, but develop relationships through which the root cause of crisis and the appropriate support for the individual can be identified.
Integrate provides a holistic service for its clients. In addition to the Restorative Justice Course and our Community Integration work for ex-offenders, for example, we run weekly drop-ins with a view to building relationships and community and as a forum for supporting individuals practically with food, job searching/applications, CV writing and form filling. See our 'What we do' page to learn more about our projects www.integratescotland.org/home
Caroline Bambirra heads up Social Transformation at Catalyst Vineyard Church via Integrate Scotland. If you would like more information or would like to access one of our services please contact her at the office.
Last updated 28 Mar 2019, 10:05 a.m.
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