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Wayfinders: Paving the way to positive destinations

Last updated: 11th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health / Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Older People
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Personal Development
  • Re-integration
  • Short-term Prisoners
  • Women


Break the cycle of repeat offending by addressing the root causes of offending behaviour. In achieving positive outcomes, it is envisaged that the peer navigator will seek to break the cycle of chaos often present in many clients’ lives by adhering to three broad principles: Connecting developing therapeutic relationships and linking in with appropriate services. This will be particularly critical in the first 48 hours of someone leaving custody and within the seven-day period of a non-fatal overdose. Supporting clients to engage with services, inclusive of recovery, mental health services. The peer navigator will be an integral part of any risk management/treatment plan formulated. Stabilise ongoing support to ensure that the clients are empowered to continue to engage with services and are invested in their keep safe/relapse prevention plans. The long-term ambition is to eradicate drug related deaths in East Dunbartonshire. Having an established and resourced peer navigator network embedded within East Dunbartonshire will contribute to a long-term system change.

Suitability criteria:

  • Male only
  • Middle-aged adult (36-55), Older adult (56 and older), Young adult (18-35)

Assessment/referral process:

  • Social work

Men 18+ on a Community Order in serious risk of breaching their order due to problematic substance use, or other associated need linked to vulnerability. Assessment will be completed by the Peer Navigator through the Drug/Alcohol Outcome Star. Referrals are made through supervising Justice Social workers for those on orders.

Further Information:

APEX Scotland, as a commissioned organisation, provide a Peer Navigator(Justice) funded through the DDTF to support men and women aged 18 years+ subject to community based disposals and those returning to the community after custodial sentences in the East Dunbartonshire area. The Peer Navigator has lived expertise and provides a recovery based approach to support that is person centred, strengths based and trauma informed. Using relationship-based practice to develop supportive and meaningful relationships with clients, many of whom are often difficult to engage. It is envisaged that these relationships will serve to engender hope, build self-efficacy and enable clients to achieve their good life goals/positive outcomes.