Charity urges local firms to offer temp roles to people with mental health issues

Glasgow Live, by Christine O’Neill

12.02.18

A Glasgow charity is urging local employers to boost employment prospects for people with mental health issues.

Flourish House, a community hub in the west end, is asking firms in the city to offer temporary work placements to its service users to help them build confidence and experience in different roles.

The group offer education, training, employment and social activities to around 300 members from a wide range of backgrounds, aged from just 20 to people in their seventies.

Project manager Karina Baillie said they hope dozens of service users will benefit from their Employment Placement Scheme this year.

She said: “We work with individuals who are in recovery from mental health issues to regain confidence and life skills whilst achieving social and financial goals.

“We focus on the individual person, not their mental health issue. It’s about wellness. We don’t take a clinical approach. ”

Firms interested would take on the recruits for a period of six-month in a paid placement. Ideally, this would be on a rolling basis which would allow further service users to work in a fresh environment.

She added:”We’ve had Ikea, Sainsbury’s and Hampden Stadium sign up to the scheme before, offering roles as a kitchen porter or a cleaner. But we’re hoping some businesses can offer placements in a wider range of roles, including administration.

“It would ideally be a six-month, paid placement. which would allow others to benefit from working in a new environment.”

Employers interested in signing up can get in touch with Flourish House on their website or (0)141 333 00 99.