In our delivery of the Fair Start Scotland service, Momentum has decided to take a one team approach working in partnership with a variety of organisations that have experience of supporting those living in the North East.
“Everyone needs a home, support and a springboard into independent living, learning and work. Some don’t have it. Aberdeen Foyer helps fill the gap”.
The Foyer is a successful social enterprise working to support individuals in communities in the North East of Scotland.
Established in Aberdeen in 1995 in response to concerns about youth homelessness and unemployment, the Foyer has reached beyond its early focus and provides various services across the region.
The Foyer helps people build confidence and develop their skills and talents to make major changes in their lives.
The Foyer delivers linked up services - education, training, mentoring, counselling, employment support and health improvement initiatives to people of all ages.
The Foyer are proud of the many individuals who have worked hard, persevered and have been committed to completing training programmes and engaging in services following periods of transition in their lives.
Such success lies in taking a positive approach to working with people, some of whom have had a difficult start in life. In order to support people the Foyer believes they must look at the individual’s potential, look beyond the problem. By focusing on a person's interests, talents, skills and attributes they can support them to identify what they would like to achieve and then help put in place the steps they need to take to reach their goals.
Enable Scotland are a Scottish charity, working for an equal society for every person who has a learning disability.
They were founded in 1954 by five sets of parents of children who had a learning disability. They believed that their children had the same rights as everyone else. This is still what Enable believes and fights for today.
Every day Enable Scotland campaigns to end discrimination and break down the barriers that prevent people who have a learning disability from living as equal members of society.
Creating more opportunities for people who have a learning disability to make connections and be active in their communities through providing personalised support that enables people who have a learning disability to find work, develop their skills and live the life they choose.
Every organisation needs high quality employees, skilled and motivated people working in focused teams, with clear objectives, they are essential to the success of an organisation; the strength of any business is built on the productivity, ingenuity and enthusiasm of the individuals leading and working in it.
Life Skills core vision for the company has always been to provide delivery and development of measurable, value–driven coaching, training and management solutions for individuals, teams and organisations within the employability framework and business.
Life Skills believe they have successfully instilled the ethos and values into every aspect of the business. Life Skills are an award winning organisation operating in over 23 centres across the UK, which has resulted in them having the largest employability training footprint in Scotland.
SAMH has been around since 1923 and currently operates over 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services, among others.
These services together with there national programme work in See Me respect me, suicide prevention, sport and physical activity; inform there policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.
SAMH services are person centred and based on an ethos of recovery with their work being based under three strategic goals:
• Being there for people
• Promoting Good Mental Health
• Ending Stigma and Discrimination
In relation to employment SAMH believes that in most circumstances, good work – that is, work over which people have some control, in a workplace where they are treated with respect – is good for an individual’s mental health. But sometimes, a mental health problem means that an Individual can’t work – either for a short period or, in some cases, forever. SAMH believes people with mental health problems should be able to access employability services that help them find, keep or progress in a job, as well as a benefits system that provides a decent income in a dignified way.
Enterprise Mentoring is perhaps the leading specialist Self-Employment organisation in the UK, supporting individuals with disabilities into Self-Employment.
Founded in 2004, they have now supported over 2,000 people to transform their lives by successfully starting their own business.
The ethos of Enterprise Mentoring can be summed up by their logo – “Empowering People through Enterprise”. They are genuinely customer-centred in their approach. This means that they offer customised support on a one-to-one basis. Always meeting clients locally, in a place where they feel comfortable.
Enterprise Mentors experts support each person throughout the journey, covering:-
• Developing your business idea.
• Market research.
• Completing a Business Plan.
• Accessing specialist disability support.
• Sourcing funding.
• Registering with HMRC and claiming any benefits you are entitled to.
• Support after you have started your business, from the same Mentor.