Who we are
Tracy, a Prison Chaplain of 7 years, and her team of volunteers and supporters believe the women prisoners they work with can learn not to be defined by their past but look with hope to their future, beyond the prison gates.
We aim to equip and empower women prisoners by delivering a variety of courses which includes the hugely appreciated 'Shine' course, which helps to develop a better sense of identity and a deeper understanding of women's personal worth, strength and purpose.
Other courses include:
- Living with Loss
- Victim Awareness
- Anger Management
- Healthy Relationships
How your contribution would help
Providing these courses takes time and costs money. Each course we deliver costs around £100 per prisoner; this all- inclusive cost includes staffing, transport and resources used to underpin the messages and course content. £20 will provide one session for a woman, £40 two sessions, £60 three sessions, £80 four sessions. Each session is important and valuable in supporting these women.
Can you please help us deliver to more women?
We have personally seen women prisoner's lives transformed as they engage and deal with many of the root causes of their crime. It helps them to feel better about themselves and the situations they are in, helps them to feel that they are using the time in custody well, helps them to feel less guilty at the pain they have caused loved ones, friends and family, and many just need this opportunity to engage and turn their lives around in readiness for release.
The prisons too have seen the benefit of these courses and they have been mentioned positively in HMIP reports.
"On the Parenting Course I have learnt words that I can use to help my child feel loved, appreciated and wanted. In addition to this I have learnt how to use words that can help my daughter express her feelings and emotions." - Janet*
"The SHINE course has helped me to see that I have value and that I can live differently when I am released. It has boosted my self-esteem and confidence, and I am less likely to go out with a negative attitude." - Barbara*
* Names changed