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Small Steps, Giant Leaps - Taking the First Step Towards Employment with Stathclyde Momentum

Small Steps, Giant Leaps - Taking the First Step Towards Employment with Stathclyde Momentum

The Strathclyde Momentum Programme team.

Taking the first step towards employment can sometimes feel like a giant leap for people with a disability, especially if a person has been out of work for some time.

But a new initiative in the west of Scotland aims to change all that – with the aim of assisting disabled people to find meaningful employment, and reduce their risk of social exclusion.

The Strathclyde Momentum Programme has been launched by Momentum Skills with the help of funding from the Big Lottery. Operating across Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire it intends to put 900 economically inactive disabled people in touch with job-seeking services over the three years of the project.

George Waddell, manager of the programme, said, “We offer a holistic person-centred approach with the aim of supporting and enabling disabled people to break down the barriers to accessing employment.

“We believe that everybody should have access to the skills, knowledge and experience they need in order to maximise their chances of employment.”

The programme aims to deliver a series of steps – custom tailored to individual needs and aspirations - that will support disabled people to access employment through job support, and work placements, to ensure that people are able to move into the paid employment of their choice.

It also offers a comprehensive integrated system of social skills, personal development and lifestyle learning as well as a full aftercare service to ensure that the person can maintain and sustain employment opportunities.

Waddell added, “The culture of the initiative promotes social inclusion by improving self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem while enabling employers to understand the barriers faced by individuals, moving them along the employment pathway.

“This approach emphasises the dignity of employment and enhances the individual’s sense of self-worth with its emphasis on participant choice.”