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Who we help

The service is available to all adult females who are:

- Currently serving a custodial sentence in Scotland of less than four years and not subject to a statutory order or;
- on remand or;
- Subject to a Community Payback Order. For further details on eligibility visit our criteria page.

How we help

Mentoring is a way of helping and supporting people in achieving their goals. The Shine Women's Mentoring service provides women with a mentor who will provide support on a one-to-one basis with many of the issues they might face in the community. A Shine mentor will discuss any issues the woman may have before participation with the programme. This will be done in prison, prior to release or in the community if serving a CPO.

What you can expect from your Shine mentor:

Shine will provide you with a mentor who will provide you with practical and emotionally support and assistance for a minimum of six months. Within one week of a referral being made, a Shine mentor will have been identified and allocated to you.

Your mentor will work with you to:

- Identify your priority needs.
- Prepare a Mentoring Plan, identifying specific priority tasks and actions to achieve your goals.
- Maintain weekly contact to develop a positive relationship and assistance when required.
- Ensure regular discussion about your mentoring plan and progress including a review and update every six weeks.
- Agree and exit plan from the service.
- If you are in prison, you should have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with your mentor withing six weeks of your release.
- Shine welcomes feedback about the Service and we would appreciate your comments about your experience. Your feedback will help us to improve Shine.

What we expect from you?

For you to make best use of your engagement with Shine, we would ask that you:

- Engage with your mentor before and after release from prison.
- Maintain contact with your mentor and notify your mentor of any changes to your circumstances.
- Participate in activities or with service that could assist and support you overcome the challenges you face.

What can you hope to achieve with Shine?

The service aims to meet the distinct needs of women involved in the criminal justice system. Shine will work with you to develop a jointly agreed mentoring plan to support you achieve your goals and ambitions.

Some issues Shine may be able to support and assist you with include:

- Provide practical support to help you meet the requirements of your CPO.
- Support you to attend appointments and maintain contact with other agencies and services.
- Support you to address your drug and or alcohol problems with a referral to specialist agencies.
- Support you address domestic violence and sexual abuse and access appropriate support services.
- Support you access appropriated mental health services.
- Reduce social isolation.
- Provide housing advice and support.
- Provide support and advice to access benefits.
- Support your coming to terms with the implications of childhood trauma and abuse.
- Help completing forms, including, housing, DWP and emergency grants.
- Promote independence and choice.
- Enhance life and social skills (such as budgeting, housekeeping and cooking).
- Improve opportunities access employment, training and or voluntary work.
- Support your return to your home community.


The service is available to adult females in Scotland who are:

- Serving a custodial sentence of less than four years and not subject to statutory supervision
- On remand
- At a high risk of breaching their Community Payback Order (CPO)

Women can be referred by a range of professionals including:

- Criminal Justice Social Workers
- Scottish Prison Service Staff
- Health professionals
- Any other organisation involved in the women’s support, so long as they meet the referral criteria
- Women can also self-refer.

Community referrals

Edinburgh and East Lothian, Midlothian Community Referral Pathway
Manager: Nicola McCloskey
Tel 0131 622 7500

Prison Referrals

HMP Edinburgh Prison
Jennifer Melville (Access to Industry)
Tel; 0131 260 9721 / 07809 554867
Email: (prison)

Or contact Yvonne Robson on Tel: 078 1711 0267, email:
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Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 624 7270
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This record was last modified on: 28 August 2018