Learning from across the pond

We are delighted to announce that Lynn Jolly, Cornerstone's Community Justice Services Manager, has been selected from over 1000 applicants to take up a place on the prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust placement scheme. 

The initiative offers travelling fellowship to UK citizens to travel overseas and bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their professions and communities. 

Lynn will spend six weeks in autumn visiting the John Howard Society of Canada and Home Boy Industries of California, which provide support services for ex-offenders with learning support needs. 

She was selected from a large pool of applicants because of her work helping to launch a pioneering scheme aimed at identifying offenders with learning support needs and helping them to reintegrate into society after being released from prison. 

The Positive Tracks project, which forms part of Cornerstone's Community Justice Service, is working initially with three prisons - HMP Barlinnie, Greenock and Cornton Vale - to provide accommodation, life skills and employability support to prisoners identified as having a learning need and who are being released from short term (up to 4 year) custodial sentences. 

Positive Tracks will be replicated in the North-east of Scotland next year, with a comparable staff team appointed to deliver the same support to prisoners in the Aberdeen area. 

Lynn was delighted to have been given the opportunity to travel to California and Toronto, speaking with fellow social care professional and looking at ways to improve the service which Cornerstone offers. 

She said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time with people who have learning support needs in the community justice system of Canada and America and demonstrates some important learning opportunities for those of us developing such services in the UK. 

"I very much look forward to spending time with colleagues in these services learning about their best practice, and sharing that with staff and partnership organisations when I come back to Scotland."

Edel Harris, Cornerstone's CEO, said, "I am delighted for Lynn that she has been afforded this incredible opportunity.  Cornerstone and the people we support will benefit hugely from her experience and we are very proud of the fact that one of Cornerstone's  employees has been selected following a hugely competitive process"

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