Unleashing Potential, Improving Lives
What our students say

Our services for women in custody continue to enjoy great success, with both the students and dogs responding very positively to the opportunities and enjoying working together.


“I’ve learned new skills – we all have. It’s really good.”

“I enjoy seeing the dogs progressing from day to day, and through to the end of the course.”


Learning is interesting, so you want to know more and understand more about it.”

“It got me interested in other education classes too.”

“It’s great to feel like you’re learning, and doing something useful, at the same time.”

“I am even doing my assignments in English on the subject of dogs. I wouldn’t have gone to education at all before I’d done this course, and now I am doing extra classes.”


“It’s really helped my confidence, and helped me feel able to engage with other services too.”

“It makes you want to keep doing more of it. I’ve never done so much writing for something before, but with this you want to – it’s not like I had to do any of it, I just wanted to write about the dogs.”

“I talk to more staff now, like the psychology and the education… We started off talking about the
dogs, and that made it easier.”

“It helps with depression, and the things, like self-harm, that go with that.”

“It’s a really calming environment – it’s good for your mental health and well-being.”


“It’s the best thing to have happened in Cornton Vale.”

“This is the favourite, definitely!”

“It’s the thing I’ve liked best, out of all the things I’ve done here.”



Services for women in custody

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