Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

You Decide Team

The You Decide Team are there for people when they decide they deserve a better life. Whether its those caught up in a violent lifestyle, people dealing with addiction, social isolation or someone looking to access training and employment the You Decide Team can help them take control.

Working in the north of Glasgow, based in the Firhill area, the team is made up of people with the right skills, training and lived experience to understand, connect and support those looking to create a healthier, safer and happier life.

Project lead Callum Hutchison said: “We all need a bit of support sometimes. Just speaking to someone who understands what you’re going through so you no longer feel alone can be very powerful. The YDT can help you work out what you need and where to find it. We don’t judge but we will listen and help you take back control.”

The team take referrals and self-referrals and will meet an individual at a place and time that suits their needs. The service is completely confidential. The YDT can help support those dealing with a range of issues including:

  • Violence

  • Crime

  • Domestic abuse

  • Alcohol or drug use

  • Gang involvement

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Social isolation

  • Recovery support

  • Access to employment

  • Support to gain skills for work

  • Money advice

The team will work with an individual as long as they feel they need support and there are no age restrictions. If you are working with someone who could benefit from our support, or you would like to get in touch yourself then just give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

To get in touch email or if it’s urgent call 07534746104

Please note that the service doesn’t work 24/7 but will respond to you as quickly as possible. In an emergency always dial 999.

YDT is an SVRU and Braveheart Industries project.

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.