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Following the announcement to temporarily suspend the Scottish Prison Service’s Throughcare Support Service on 13 September, the Shine Public Social Partnership is responding to work with women released from short-term prison sentences of up to four years who were previously supported by the Scottish Prison Service.

Shine is a Public Social Partnership led by Sacro with third sector partners: Wise Group, Apex, Access to Industry, Turning Point Scotland, Barnardos, Circle and Venture Trust, supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Prison Service and Social Work Scotland.

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Alan Mairs
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Evaluation of Shine Mentoring Service

A service that matches female offenders in Scotland with mentors to help them reintegrate back into the community and reduce reoffending has been shown to have a positive impact on them.

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Alan Mairs
First Minister announces funding for mentoring projects

First Minister announces financial package to help reoffenders.

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced a funding package of up to £8 million for organisations delivering mentoring support to offenders.

The First Minister made the announcement after opening the new offices of Glasgow-based Includem, one of six projects that will benefit from the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) over 2015-2017.

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Alan Mairs
Helen Cullen, Volunteer Mentor

Helen Cullen, Volunteer Mentor.

Helen began looking for volunteering opportunities after retiring, having worked for 23 years in the addictions sector. She worked for five years at Barlinnie prison in the first statutory addiction service within a penal establishment in Europe and was instrumental in setting up an addiction service in Shotts prison. Helen also worked for more than 20 years with North Lanarkshire Council.

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