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On Tuesday the 21st of March we were delighted to attend an event hosted by the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF), to celebrate the success of participants in SDFs Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP).

The Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) aims to help people with previous experience of drug and alcohol use to enter employment. Since 2004, over 200 people have taken part in the project, which provides qualifications as well as experience through work placements, with 90% of participants successfully completing the course and over 85% securing employment on completion.

Our SVQ & Workforce Development Centre here at GCVS plays a crucial role in this project by supporting participants achieve a Scottish Vocational Qualification in subjects including Health & Social Care.

Family and friends of this year’s AWTP participants were invited to attend the Completion Ceremony at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, along with staff from partner organisations who provided work placements and support.

Nicola McLelland, a former participant who has gone on to work for Aspire Housing & Personal Development Services, spoke highly of the programme and the opportunities it has provided for her and others, whilst other speakers, including Susanne Millar, Chair of the Glasgow Alcohol & Drug Partnership extended their personal and professional support. Susanne said ‘It can be difficult to remember why you get up in the morning and do the job you do – things like the Completion Ceremony help remind you why.’

Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central noted the “significant impact” of the project, commenting that it is life-changing – she also spoke about the special level of trust and engagement formed between participants and those working with them.

Throughout the celebration the work of the SVQ Assessors was praised, particularly their “warmth” and it was acknowledged that this support played a fundamental role in supporting participants gain their qualification. Ruth Farquharson, our SVQ Centre Manager here at GCVS was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a thank you for her work, these were gratefully accepted by Carrie Shearer, SVQ Administrator.

L-R Carrie Shearer from GCVS, Suzanne Davidson from SDF and Alison Thewliss MP

    We’d like to extend our congratulations to all of the 2016/17 AWTP participants and wish them well for the future! 


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