Female prisoners at Roebourne Regional Prison took part in a “dress for success” workshop to improve their confidence and provide training to help them rejoin the workforce when they leave prison. The three-day training program saw 14 prisoners take part in a series of activities including being taught how to apply for jobs and sit interviews. It also provided information about support for victims of domestic violence. On the final day of the training session, which was held last month, participants were given a “glow up” with their hair cut and styled and their makeup done with the assistance of staff. They also received a new outfit. Roebourne Regional Prison acting transitional manager Kahla Oliver-Hall said the program was held as part of International Women’s Day and began on March 8. “By building the women up during the week with employment education . . . and some very inspiring women guest speakers — this led to a very successful presentation to wrap up the celebration of International Women’s day,” she said. “The confidence and positivity for the future that these women were vocalising to all guests at their presentation was incredibly rewarding especially as working in a prison environment it is not always such a positive atmosphere.” Ms Oliver-Hall said the prisoners presentation including showing off their new looks and having a networking session with female staff from local businesses. “The confidence that was coming from them and the way they carried themselves, They were like motivated. It was pretty cool,” she said. “These women don’t get the opportunity to feel empowered, beautiful and confident. “There are a lot of elements that got them into prison today. So it’s about giving them the motivation and the confidence to realise they can be anyone that they want to be.” Ms Oliver-Hall said the women were allowed to keep the clothing they selected and it would be placed in their property for future job opportunities. “I’m just hoping that they continue to participate in everything that’s offered to them here and that they take the employment opportunities that the prison offers and to follow that through when they’re released,” she said.