"Currently, our immigration system is very much focused on enforcement, and what we need to see is a system that is focused much more on engagement with people."
How Scottish Detainee Visitors work fits with our 2020-2030 strategy
"We first funded Scottish Detainee Visitors in 2009 and fully recognise the importance of their work in supporting those who have been detained. They have a strong track record of providing crucial emotional and practical support, which has been particularly important in the wake of COVID-19 where many have experienced social isolation.
We are interested in work that takes a community-led approach as we know that communities can provide a crucial protective function in reducing the risk of poverty and/or trauma. Being community-led is at the core of what Scottish Detainee Visitors do and their Life After Detention Project is a great example of this, where they offer peer-to-peer support to people who have been in detention and support them to share their experiences through creative projects."