A special event to celebrate the achievements of individuals in recovery from substance misuse who have attained health and social care qualifications, was held at Glasgow City Chambers yesterday.
The programme, which provides a 38 week paid placement for trainee support workers with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), supports individuals who are in recovery, who have been long-term unemployed with multiple barriers to employment.
The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse presented the trainees with their qualifications.
Building on the success of this project a public social partnership was launched that will provide broader opportunities for individuals in recovery to get qualifications and jobs.
Elevate-Glasgow, PSP (Public Social Partnership) has brought together over 30 key organisations who are working collaboratively to offer placements and volunteering opportunities, personal development and mentoring, training and education, and social enterprise opportunities.
Gary Meek, CEO, Glasgow Council on Alcohol, said: “GCA are delighted to have been elected as the lead organisation.”
Carole Meakin, NHSGGC Business Analyst, Addictions, said: “Firstly our congratulations to this year’s trainees who have been doing some fantastic work and deserve recognition for this.”
John Goldie Head of Addiction (South) Chair of Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership Recovery Sub group said: “The last three years of the Recovery Employability programme has been as much a test of change seeing a small but massively influential number of people take part in the programme that’s delivered personal success.
“Success that has laid the foundations to be able to develop the wider aspirations of the Glasgow PSP - Elevate. We want to build on that and offer opportunities to more people than in previous years who are not only in recovery but are long-term unemployed and come up against multiple barriers to employment.”
Carole continued: “We have worked to bring together a strategic partnership arrangement with third sector organisations to share responsibility for designing a service that is based on the user’s needs.
“We have had sign up from over 30 organisations which is a massive achievement and working collaboratively we can increase future employment opportunities.”
Billy Watson, Chief Executive at SAMH said: “SAMH is delighted to be involved in such an exciting and pioneering project.
“The feedback from both the trainees and our managers who are involved has been extremely positive and the success of the project clearly demonstrates how life-changing opportunities like this can be.”
Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, John Brown added: “Supporting people who have recovered from addiction to move into employment is an important issue for Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“This project has successfully brought together the core elements to deliver recovery orientated training and employment taking into account people’s previous life experiences as an asset rather than an insurmountable barrier.
“NHSGGC is delighted to be involved in this an innovative project to increase employability opportunities for individuals in recovery.”
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Pic: Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse (2nd from right) meets some of this year's trainees.