Jane turns things around thanks to Shine

Jane is just 21 years old. She was referred to Venture Trust in April 2016 through the Reconnect Women’s Group that runs through the Criminal Justice Team in the Borders. Jane had been long term unemployed, struggling with alcohol and substance abuse, and negative relationships which led her astray, and contributed to her involvement with the criminal justice system. At the time of being referred to Venture Trust, Jane had got to a stage where she wanted to make positive changes in her life; she was engaging with an employability programme and also working part time.

sacroAccount
3rd July 2017

Shine Annual Report 2016-17 launched

This week saw the launch of Shine’s Annual Report 2016-17 at the Shine Programme Board meeting in Edinburgh. This Report tells of how the service has grown and matured since becoming established in 2013, the successes and challenges. Through case studies and other media it highlights some of the achievements of women supported by Shine in the past year. It shows how Shine has exceeded many of its targets, such as the level of sustained engagement by mentees post-release from prison.

RLambden
26th May 2017

A day in the life of a Shine mentor

My day starts at 6am – with a long drive from Aberdeen to Inverness in order to start my working day.

My first client “J” and I recently applied for a small grant from a charity aimed towards developing interests of unemployed people. Today we are going to a second-hand camera shop to see if it’s reasonable for her to be able to get a camera and a bike with the money, this looks quite positive.

sacroAccount
10th May 2017

A day in the life of a Shine mentor

Today starts as usual with emails and deskwork (the women I work with don’t generally reply to calls or manage to meet before 10am).

My first session is a walk with "A", former rough sleeper and chronic alcoholic, who likes being outside and talks more freely on the go. She values the peace and ‘headspace’ away from alcohol-related ties. Today we talk about some extensive upcoming dentistry she’s dreading - I will accompany her.

sacroAccount
3rd April 2017

Funding News

The Scottish Government has recently announced the extension of funding for Shine into the financial year 2017/2018.  Speaking shortly after the announcement, Tom Halpin, Chief Executive of Sacro – the lead partner for Shine – said “This welcome news offers reassurance to everyone involved in providing support through Shine to vulnerable women in Scotland. I am grateful to Scottish Government for its commitment to sustaining the work we do.”

RLambden
22nd July 2016

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