Award-winning employment initiative gets £25,000 grant to increase trainees’ financial awareness

Scottish Drugs Forum’s multi-award winning Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) has secured a £25,000 grant from the Bank of Scotland Foundation to enhance the valuable work of the project.

The unique initiative supports, trains, and prepares people with a history of drug and alcohol problems to work in the social care field.

The funding secured from the Bank of Scotland Foundation will support project staff in promoting financial awareness and money advice to trainees, the vast majority of whom have experienced multiple employment barriers related to histories of homelessness, mental health problems, and criminal convictions.

The grant will enhance the capacity of staff to support the life-skills of people recruited to the course; which also consists of paid work placements, specialist training and vocational learning.

Chris Messenger, AWTP Project Manager, said:

“We are delighted that the Bank of Scotland has recognised the value that our Addiction Worker Training Project brings to people. We truly believe that the project has the ability to change the lives of people with complex histories, who can be very dislocated from the labour market.

“Often people in recovery face significant employment hurdles, such as low self-esteem, lack of experience and, sadly, stigmatising views from would-be employers.

“The AWTP provides the opportunity for trainees to move on and develop, and to obtain sustainable and meaningful employment in social care. Our trainees become active, contributing members of their communities and role models for others to potentially follow suit.

“Currently the project is operating in the East and West of Scotland with continued success, and we hope to expand the geographic reach further in the future with the support of our funders – without whom, this life-changing initiative could not operate.”