We are delighted to share our 30th anniversary video with you. This short film was created to give an insight into the challenges and issues faced by families affected by imprisonment, and the work we do to support them.

This video focuses on what we have achieved as an organisation over the past 30 years, where we are now in 2022, and our vision for the future.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the making of this film, not least the families themselves who represent so many more across Scotland.

CJFS Network Good Practice Guidance

The Criminal Justice Family Support Network is a forum of local and national voluntary sector organisations providing support to families affected by imprisonment throughout Scotland, as all or part of their remit. Services from group members include financial advice, counselling, addiction services, and family support. Facilitated by Families Outside, the Network aims to share practice […]


Giving – The True Meaning of Christmas

This year, Greyfriars Church donated over 300 gifts which, for the first time, were combined with donations from a primary school in Aberdeen, The Swan Shine Project, Welltec UK, and some other small financial donations. Five student volunteers checked and sorted the gifts, which were delivered across the country by our staff & volunteers. We […]


In Tune 2014 …

In Tune brought families affected by imprisonment together through interactive music workshops, run by professional musicians and supported by Vox Liminis and Families Outside staff. In 2014, we ran three In Tune workshops, each comprising eight sessions and supporting 12 fathers in prison, 14 carers (predominantly mothers), and 17 children. 58% of fathers showed improved […]


SPS: Webtastic!

The Scottish Prison Service has revamped its website, and the result is truly refreshing. There is now a dedicated area for families which includes sections on keeping in contact, how they can be involved, where they can get support, complaints, and FAQs. There is also a dedicated segment for Family Contact Officer information. We think […]


Tackling Money Worries & Serious Debt

This is a new projects to help families cope with finances. Some of the most marginalised families in Scotland who are most at risk of serious debt and money problems will be able to get help from sixteen new advice projects funded under the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Tackling Money Worries (TMW) programme. Families Outside […]


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