Elevate-Glasgow, a Public Social Partnership (PSP) for individuals in recovery, held a Graduation Ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers last night to celebrate its’ first year of operation providing opportunities for people in recovery, from drugs and alcohol, to move into sustained employment.
Participants, who have been long-term unemployed with multiple barriers, have completed a variety of programmes and achieved industry-recognised qualifications enabling them to secure employment.
A number of participants have also represented Elevate-Glasgow in Europe researching their recovery programmes and bringing back learning for future development.
Supporting people who have recovered from addiction to move into employment is a key priority for the Scottish Government.
The PSP was launched February 2016 by Paul Wheelhouse, former Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs. It has over 30 third sector charitable organisations, supported by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Partnership and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC). The lead agency is Glasgow Council on Alcohol.
The partnership uses an asset based approach to bridge the gap from treatment and care to sustainable recovery, emphasising the positive contribution that individuals can make to the personal, social and economic wellbeing of their community and to Glasgow as a whole.
This year’s programmes have proved to be extremely successful. Its outcomes have shown sustained recovery, increased independence and the attainment of qualifications enabling people in recovery to gain employment in the open labour market.
Paul Rimmer, NHSGGC Business Services Manager, PSP Strategic Manager, said: “A big congratulation to this year’s participants who have been working extremely hard.
“The PSP has continued to offer increased opportunities for people who are in recovery, long-term unemployed with multiple barriers to employment.
“The strategic partnership arrangement with third sector organisations has meant we can work collaboratively designing services based on individual needs.”
Linda McNally, Elevate-Glasgow executive group member and Deputy CEO of Glasgow Council on Alcohol, the lead agency of the PSP, said:“I would like to congratulate each and every one our participants, the last 12 months of hard work has been truly outstanding and we wanted to recognise that in tonight’s ceremony.
“The feedback from both the participants and their assessors who are involved has been extremely positive and demonstrates how life-changing opportunities like this can be.”
For more information please contact Lorraine Dick, NHSGGC on 0141 201 4429 or Lesley Ross, Glasgow Council on Alcohol on 0141 353 1800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org