Funding boost for ground-breaking Willow project

Additional funding for the award-winning Willow Centre has been welcomed by Health, Social Care and Housing Convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced funding of £154,000 for the centre, which is run by the Council, NHS Lothian and third sector partners, during a visit to it this week.

Willow - a partnership that provides support to women in the criminal justice system – won a prestigious COSLA Gold Award in March this year. It aims to improve the health, well-being and safety of women offenders by addressing some of the inequalities they face.

Councillor Henderson said: “This announcement is fantastic news for Willow, a ground-breaking and award-winning service that plays a vital role and has a proven track record in stopping women from re-offending.

“I welcome the Scottish Government’s support of community-based alternatives such as the Willow Centre, which recognises the role that trauma and abuse can play in preventing the rehabilitation of vulnerable women.”

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