A mentoring service aimed at improving life prospects for female offenders in Perthshire has been hailed a success.
A new study has revealed demand for the One-stop Women’s Learning System (Owls) has exceeded expectations so much so that it will now be given its own, permanent base in Perth city centre.
The service was launched by Perth and Kinross Council last year and is aimed at women who have been convicted of offences and were looking to be integrated back into the community.
A report on the service revealed there were 54 women attending the service, aged from 19 to 58.
The women have committed a wide range of crimes, from drugs offences to child neglect.
The group offers help with substance misuse and general physical and sexual health, as well as teaching everyday life skills such as cooking and budgeting.
According to the latest findings, all participants in the programme were making “positive progress” towards understanding their offending and changing their ways. A total of 90% believe they had improved their employability, with some finding new work.