Shine Mentor receives award

Congratulations to Shine mentor of the year award Bev!

Access to Industry’s annual certificate ceremony recently took place at Edinburgh College where their students and supporters gathered to celebrate their successes over the year. One of these was Bev who received Shine mentor of the year award.

Bev became the first woman to take up a full-time NHS placement at the Western General Hospital while serving a sentence at HMP Edinburgh. A model prisoner, she took full advantage of education and work opportunities during her eight months in prison, including Shine mentoring. She addressed her drug issues, went through a full detox and participated in SMART recovery groups.

On her placement Bev worked as a domestic, cleaning areas within the hospital. “I felt like a pioneer,” Bev said. “I wanted to show it can be done so other people would get the chance. The best thing was turning round to everyone and saying, “I’ve done it! I have got potential! I can be trusted!”

The NHS was keen to keep Bev on for 12 weeks, post-release. However, the challenge of setting herself up after her release from prison proved too much and she finished her work at the hospital soon after returning to the community. Shine continued to help Bev and introduced her to the Starfish Recovery Café and MELDAP Recovery College.

“I get quite excited about the possibilities now,” Bev said. “I know what I want to do in life and know there are options out there.”

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