Support scheme wins award as MP urges Borderers to sign pledge

ON the same day that Borders MSP Michael Moore encouraged people across the region to sign the pledge to call for UN action to end violence against women and girls, the Scottish Borders Pathway Project, designed to support the victims and children of domestic abuse, won a prestigious award.

Mr Moore spoke out on Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day, urging people to back a UK Government call to establish a set of global standards to help

protect women and girls everywhere from violence.

He urged Borderers to lend their support to the campaign to “help put a stop to violence which blights lives and communities both here in the UK and abroad.”

And the Pathways Project has been making significant progress in doing exactly that at a local level.

The new multi-agency Pathway Project was launched by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, in December 2012 and the hard work of those involved was recognised with a Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) Excellence Award last week.

The project, funded by £1.23 million in grants from the Scottish Government, BIG Lottery Fund and key partners and heralded by SBC leader David Parker who said he the award win was richly deserved, consists of three services specifically designed to meet the needs of women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. The new services work in

partnership with the focus on prevention.

The three services are the Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support (DAAS) service, the Children 1st Domestic Abuse

service and the Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery (CEDAR) group.