Scottish Government - Thirteen projects aiming at helping vulnerable people find work will benefit from a share of a £2.5 million fund. Those projects are defined by an integrated approach to employability, linking training programmes with access to health and social care, and justice and housing services.
Funding will go to a mixture of projects including an approach in Fife which will increase employment outcomes for people suffering mental ill-health and an approach in North Lanarkshire to join up services for homeless residents who have recognised health, social care and housing support needs. Overall, the funding will go to projects across fifteen different local authorities, including Paisley; Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus; Fife; Edinburgh; Stirling; Glasgow; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde; Falkirk; South Lanarkshire and Aberdeenshire.
Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said:
“People affected by homelessness, who have criminal convictions or suffer from mental ill-health face significant barriers to finding work, and it can be challenging to balance the search for a job with the need to access other important services.
“These 13 new projects will join together employability and skills support with health and social care, housing, and justice services which will improve the quality of localised support available for people across the country.
“The work of these projects ties in with the fairer approach we are taking to deliver our newly devolved employment services, where we have removed the threat of sanctions and are providing support that is more flexible, tailored and responsive to people’s needs.”
Source: Scottish Government.