Shine is a national mentoring service for women offenders. The service is provided as a Public Social Partnership (PSP), a strategic partnership between public and voluntary sector organisations.
Shine 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.
Following are examples of areas of support Shine mentors can focus on.
- Provide practical support to help you meet the requirements of your CPO.
- Support you to address your drug and or alcohol problems with a referral to specialist agencies.
- Support you to address domestic abuse and access appropriate support services.
- Support you access appropriate mental health services.
- Provide housing advice and support.
- Support your coming to terms with the implications of childhood trauma and abuse.
- Help completing forms, including, housing, DWP and emergency grants
- Advocate on your behalf when liaising with other servcies
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.
Women can be referred by a range of professionals including and we accept prison and community referrals.
- Women can also self-refer.
- 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
See link for additional referral information www.shinementoring.org/referrals/criteria