Further Successful Funding Bids Confirmed by Taskforce

24 March, 2021

Funding bids awards totaling £1.4m have been confirmed to rapidly develop services to support those with Multiple Complex Needs, and the implementation of MAT Standards.

Projects include:



Amount Awarded


Sub group

Edinburgh HSCP

Trauma informed, person- centred care and support for people who are homeless and have multiple complex needs.

£120,000 (over 2 years)

Additional funds to cover salaries for a new Senior Psychologist post.  This post is required to lead work to introduce ‘Psychological Informed Environments (PIEs) around the system of people who are homeless and have complex needs.  The project will focus on staff coaching and supervision across the system to ensure that that the care provided to people is trauma and psychologically informed, which will result in more coordinated and compassionate care for people accessing services.  This, in turn, will support the introduction of the MAT standards the DDTF has developed.



(Medication Assisted Treatment)

South Lanarkshire ADP

Navigating forward-supporting people to improve their life chances both during and after involvement with justice services.

£91,500 (over 18 months)

This project will test the feasibility of peer support for people who have problems with drugs during their transitions from the justice system, specifically those on Community Payback Orders.  Navigators with lived experience will build trusting relationships with people, helping build self-esteem and hope which will in turn help to limit the risk of drug related deaths and re-offending.  People will be connected to recovery networks (The Beacons in South Lanarkshire) which will support them on their recovery journey in the longer term.


(Multiple Complex Needs)

East Dunbartonshire Justice Social Work Services

Wayfinders: Paving the way towards positive destinations

£76,060 (over two years)

The project will place a peer navigator within justice settings.  The aim is to provide a person centred, strengths-based trauma informed response to supporting people in the justice system who also have problems with drugs.  The navigator will build trusting relationships with people and support them to engage with recovery services in the area.  The peer navigator role will work with people before they leave custody to limit the risk of harm, relapse, or reoffending.


NHS Grampian

Developing Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs) across the Aberdeenshire ROSC

£179,622 (over two years)

Funding to pay for the salary of a senior Psychologist, who can lead work to introduce a Psychological Informed Environment (PIE) across the system.  The Psychologist will take a leadership role, working with staff to upskill and coach them to ensure they are competent and confident to work in a PIE approach.  This will mean staff are more able to support people. 


Dundee HSCP

Dundee Whole System, Multi-agency, Community Based Test of Change: focusing on an integrated response to substance use and mental health.

£450,000 (over two years)

This is a large-scale service redesign project which will result in better integration of mental health and addiction services.  The applicant will take a staged approach to adapting their current practices and provision using data from the Dundee Drugs Commission and Independent Inquiry into Mental Health in the area.  This project will ultimately result in integrated services and community-based hubs which will improve the accessibility and appropriateness of services provided to support people.


East Renfrewshire HSCP

East Renfrewshire Peer Navigators

£75,000 (over 18 months)

The introduction of a small-scale peer navigator in the area.  Two peer navigators will be recruited, these postholders will work to engage with people who present either at A&E or the newly established Mental Health Assessment Units.  The navigators will support people to access drug services and community recovery groups.


East Ayrshire ADP

East Ayrshire Recovery hub

£396,000 (over two years)

A Recovery Hub, available 7 days a week (Including evenings), offering a welcoming place for all, helping to raise the profile of recovery, and reducing stigma across East Ayrshire. The hub approach encourage attendance not only for those experiencing drug/alcohol issues but also their families, carers, friends, and children. An accessible and non-judgemental peer guided community hub, partners will be able provide their services from the premises and beyond, moving from a service centred model to an inclusive person-centred approach.


Catriona Matheson, Taskforce Chair:

These awards can accelerate the growth of the evidence base around what works and saves lives, and can help put this evidence into immediate action. The projects themselves will individually help those at risk they touch as we make these learnings.