New on­line news­let­ter launched by hub group

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

An on­line news­let­ter has been launched to pass on use­ful in­for­ma­tion to peo­ple who can be helped by the com­mu­nity jus­tice sys­tem.

The South La­nark­shire Com­mu­nity Jus­tice Part­ner­ship has worked with the mem­bers of East Kil­bride Women’s Hub to launch Talk­ing Jus­tice — which went live last week — and is be­lieved to be the first ini­tia­tive of its kind.

The news­let­ter — which can be found at www.talk­ingjus­tice­blog.word­press.com — show­cases ac­tiv­i­ties that the hub mem­bers have ben­e­fited from and what they think would be of in­ter­est to oth­ers in their sit­u­a­tion.

Liam Pur­die, chair of the part­ner­ship, said: “Talk­ing Jus­tice has been cre­ated by one com­mu­nity to be of in­ter­est to ev­ery com­mu­nity.

“The mem­bers of the East Kil­bride Women’s Hub have de­cided and sup­plied the con­tent them­selves, so it looks at com­mu­nity jus­tice is­sues from their own point of view and draw­ing upon their in­di­vid­ual ex­pe­ri­ences.

“This gives it even more rel­e­vance to oth­ers in the same or sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, as any­one read­ing it knows that it is talk­ing about the ex­pe­ri­ences and opin­ions of peo­ple who have lived that life and un­der­stand the chal­lenges they face.

“That is also one of the rea­sons that it is on­line, rather than printed – we felt that much of it would res­onate with peo­ple in many com­mu­ni­ties around Scot­land and even fur­ther afield, so we wanted to make it as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble.”

The con­cept of the news­let­ter was em­braced by the women of the hub and they have been en­thu­si­as­tic con­trib­u­tors.

Hub mem­ber Una Hamil­ton said: “There are a lot of things we do that have re­ally helped us and so it is ob­vi­ous that they could help other peo­ple as well if they only knew about them.

“This lets us take th­ese things that have been such valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences and make them pub­lic so any­one can see this.

“Hope­fully many peo­ple will read it but if even just a few peo­ple find some­thing that helps them, then it is all worth­while.”

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