Shine Stories

Published on
May 6, 2022
May 26, 2022
Written by
Alan Mairs
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Shine is a national mentoring service for women involved with Scotland’s justice system. The service is provided as a Public Social Partnership (PSP); a strategic partnership between public and voluntary sector organisations. Launched in April 2013 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 (CPO)

Mentoring is a way of helping and supporting the women in achieving their goals. Women are provided with a mentor who provides support on a one-to-one basis with many of the issues they might face in the community. The mentor discusses any issues the woman may have before participation with the programme, either in prison,  or in the community if they are serving a CPO.

In a new podcast, women who have been supported by Shine tell us about their experiences of the system and how Shine has helped them make positive changes in their lives.

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