Scottish Violence Reduction Unit


Welcome to YDT Glasgow. You’ll find no judgement or pressure here and it’s 100% confidential. If your life is affected by violence, recent or in the past, we want to help put you in control of creating a safer and healthier future. No one will tell you what to do, You Decide what’s right for you. The YDT just take some of the hassle out of finding great people and services who can support you. You’ll also hopefully find some inspiration here that a brighter future is possible no matter how difficult things might seem right now. We know because we’ve seen the results! One day or day one? You decide.

Scott's story

People used to tell Scott* the life he was living would either leave him dead or in prison. After entering into recovery to help with addiction Scott is now a year clean and sober. He has his family back in his life, a home and a job. Here he talks about his journey, the work he’s put in to turning his life around and how YDT navigator Callum has supported him. Scott says, “In the space of a year my whole life has transformed…I look to the future and it blows my mind because of the opportunities I have…My past doesn’t define me, in fact it’s my greatest asset now.”

*Names have been changed

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Navigator Sam explains how the YDT can help support you and why there’s always hope

Fiona chats about how Victim Support Scotland can listen, support and help you

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From support with alcohol or drug addiction through to help with housing, finding work or just someone to speak to it’s all just a click away. Here are some great organisations and people in Glasgow ready to reach out.

Helpful links

Here are some other services which may be of help:

National Domestic Abuse hotline: 0800 027 1234 – this is a 24 hour helpline
Narcotics Anonymous helpline open 10am to midnight 0300 999 1212
Alcoholics Anonymous helpline: 0800 9177 650
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs helpline: 08080 10 10 11
Citizens Advice Scotland helpline open 9am to 5pm: 0800 028 1456
National Debtline helpline open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm

Victim support Scotland

Whoever you are, whatever the situation and whenever the crime took place Victim Support Scotland are there to help you. They offer free and confidential support either in person, online or over the phone. You don’t need to report the crime to receive help. They can support you emotionally, physically and financially. Assistance for the friends and family of victims is also available. VSS will listen and give you the time to talk.

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Simon Community

The Simon Community help people who are experiencing homelessness or are worried about where they live. Get in touch now if you need help with

  • Advice and information
  • Help finding accommodation in a crisis or something more long-term
  • Help with keeping accommodation/a tenancy
  • Support with other services
  • Help with everything from literacy to healthy eating through their life skills group

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Sisco work with people both inside prison and in the community who are affected by drug and alcohol addiction. From their community hub they can offer daily phone support, mentor sessions, support with well-being, help getting into education or training and supporting the transition from prison. They create a safe environment for people to focus on recovery. Drop them a message here or give them a call on 07960370548.

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You Decide Team

Working out the support you need and where to find it can be difficult. The You Decide Team can help you take back control of your life by ensuring you get the right support with everything from addiction and gang involvement to social isolation, training and employment. They won’t judge but they will listen. YDT is a confidential service based in the Firhill area of Glasgow and working in the north of the city. There are no age restrictions to who they can help. To get in touch email the service doesn’t work 24/7 but they will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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St Giles Trust

You could turn the toughest challenges you’ve faced in your life into an opportunity to help others and find a job. Whether it’s overcoming addiction, prison or involvement in violence you could use those experiences to become a peer mentor through recognised training and qualifications at the St Giles Trust. Their Peer Advisor Programme leads to a SQA Level 3 Advice and Guidance qualification with work placements before being supported towards work. Get in touch with for a chat.

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Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.