Addressing offending - improving health and wellbeing

Willow is a partnership project between NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and Sacro to address the social, health and welfare needs of women in the criminal justice system. The project is housed within the Sacro premises at 23  Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8PG.

Willow aims to:

  • Improving women’s health, wellbeing and safety
  • Enhancing women’s access to services.
  • Reducing offending behaviour.

We offer a wide range of services to women aged over 18, resident in Edinburgh or returning to Edinburgh from custody. Women attend a group based programme for 2 days a week for up to 6 months and also have a key worker. The programme includes:

  • Connections - promoting self-esteem, self-confidence and a positive self identify
  • Opportunities to participate in community activities and develop supportive social networks
  • Survive & Thrive - learning to cope with the effects of trauma and abuse
  • Art Therapy
  • Guest speakers (e.g. on substance use, women’s rights in custody, sexual health)
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Food and nutrition 
  • Physical health check and support to access primary and secondary care services
  • Health promotion programmes – smoking cessation, exercise, sexual health etc

Programmes are based on a woman-centred, adult education approach which builds confidence.

The project is managed by Kirsty Pate, Service Manager, 0131 536 3546

Last Reviewed: 24/11/2011