The scheme is run by NHS Lothian, and it’s hoped the sessions will provide the prisoners with the life skills they need to hopefully prevent re-offending, and help them rehabilitate into society.
They will be taught general household skills and helped to expand their interests. It has been codenamed the ‘Willow Project’.
It’s hoped that the sessions will also help the women address the reasons for committing crimes, and the underlying behaviour.
Dr Charles Winstanley, chairman of NHS Lothian said: “The Willow Project is an example of NHS Lothian’s commitment to improving services for some of our most vulnerable women.”