NEWS: Police Scotland mentor programme gets funding to tackle re-offenders

25 October 2018

A scheme to prevent young people from becoming repeat offenders has been given lottery funding.

Police Scotland has been given money to help employ two adult mentors who have first-hand experience of beating the revolving door back to prison. The force’s initiative - which received £84,000 - is among 11 groups sharing £923,544 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Donald Tumilowicz is one of the mentors. He has a history of substance abuse, which has seen him spend decades in the criminal justice system. The 45-year-old, from West Lothian, has been drug-free for five years and is now helping prevent young people from following a similar path. He said: “This project from Police Scotland is so vitally important because there are so many young people out there needing help.

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