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Grampian Employment Trust


The Grampian Employment Trust is one of a number of initiatives set up in Aberdeen to address the difficulties faced by people experiencing mental health problems in accessing employment. The 50/50 Approach adopted in the city was designed to ensure that there would be a genuine working partnership between the statutory agencies, community/voluntary organisations and service users. Monies were provided by the Grampian Health Board to set up a fund that would be used to help set up small companies and facilitate the transition of people from hospital support (i.e. sheltered employment) to the new social enterprises in the community. Funding was also available for individuals to attend conferences, seminars and to visit other projects and initiatives around the country.
Over the last couple of years, the Trust has set up the following social enterprises around Aberdeen:
  • Printability: a printing business with therapeutic as well as commercial objectives
  • Square One: an IT and Administration service run in partnership with SAMH
  • Solstice : a horticultural/gardening service also operated on a 50/50 basis
In addition, the Trust has also established two cafes, a paper mache workshop and a picture framing service.
Further services have been developed through the 50/50 Approach to build upon the work of the Trust. These include the Grampian Employment Network that provides an information distribution and gathering service, the Positive Employment Partnership and the Monitoring and Evaluation Group that oversees and regulates all new social enterprises.
For further information, contact:
Rob Hughes

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210