Prisoner Support Pathway


The Turning Point Scotland/HMP Kilmarnock Prisoner Support Pathway is a joint initiative which operates within HMP Kilmarnock to support short-term prisoners who will be resident in Ayrshire.


The aims of the Prisoner Support Pathway include:

  • To assess the needs and issues facing the short term prisoner population and to identify their perceived barriers to services.
  • To improve outcomes for individuals by providing the right support, at the right time, to reduce reoffending, including improving outcomes with regards to Criminal Activity, Problem Substance Use, Psychological Wellbeing, Social Functioning and Living Situation.
  • To facilitate activity and constructive interaction which promotes citizenship; develops learning and employability skills; builds life skills and resilience; addresses well-being; and motivates personal engagement with both prison and community-based services, thus contributing to the SPS Purposeful Activity strategy.

The initiative is funded by East, North and South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) who have committed funding from the Community Justice Transitions funding granted by the Scottish Government to aid the transition to the new model of community justice.  In Ayrshire the CPPs agreed to this investment to help build capacity and learning for the new Community Justice Ayrshire arrangements, preferring to use the funds towards initiatives directly improving outcomes for service users.   In other areas, it has been used to fund a Co-ordinator to carry out the functions of the transition to the new model for community justice.  The initiative is funded until June 2018.


An Operational Steering Group reviews the performance of the service in line with the service objectives.  The Group meets quarterly and reports to the HMP Kilmarnock Strategic Reference Group.

A Caseload Management Group consisting of appropriate representatives of Turning Point Scotland, Serco Limited and Third Sector Throughcare agencies, reports to the Operational Steering Group.