Women's Mentoring Service

Sacro's Women’s Mentoring Service provides a mentor who helps women build their self-esteem and confidence. Mentors are able to offer both practical and emotional support. The service helps women to develop their independence and quality of life, improve their social skills and motivation and work towards addressing a life free of offending.

How does the service work?

Once a referral is accepted by all parties, the service user will be requested to attend for an assessment. During this assessment, mentors will then jointly agree an initial mentoring plan to meet identified needs. Support will mainly be carried out on a one to one basis with some group sessions available depending on individuals and needs.

During this phase, it will be expected that coping strategies, problem solving skills and natural supports will be sufficiently in place to allow the service user to exit the service with any prior appropriate onward referrals being made. The service can provide:

  • one-to-one meetings to assess needs and discuss progress;
  • support in getting to appointments;
  • help with securing benefits and housing support;
  • advice and support for budgeting and debt management;
  • signposting and referral to other agencies, and;
  • emotional support.

Who is the service aimed at?

This service is aimed at women, over the age of 16 or 18 (depending on locality), who are involved in the criminal justice system with input from Social Work and women on Community Payback Orders.

How is the service accessed?

Women can be referred to the service by their supervising social worker, in accordance with the local protocol. In some areas, referrals come from many sources, including the Courts, the Police, Social Work, the Probation Service and other agencies.