The Community Enterprise has offered individual support programmes designed specifically to build confidence, self-belief and employability skills for our school learners. The staff are highly supportive, professional and take time to get to know our young people individually.
Caroline Nisbet - Principal Teacher Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs Support Service, Chartershall Secondary Education
DWP through Stirling Jobcentre works in partnership with the Community Enterprise and this jointly funded approach has delivered numerous opportunities over the last few years. Many candidates have moved from benefits into work as a result of this partnership. We look forward to continuing this in the future and remain committed to supporting people in Stirling in to work and making work pay.
Derek Russell DWP/Stirling Job Centre
The Community Enterprise have become an important and established partner of the Employability Service at Stirling Council. The training, support and opportunities accessed by a number of our clients has proven instrumental in their progression towards employment. The willingness to collaborate on projects and support for measurable client interventions provides a welcome and sustainable partnership.
Stirling Council Employability Service
Stirling Criminal Justice Service (CJS) have been working in partnership with Raploch URC via the Community Enterprise for a number of years. The Service have become our “go to” agency when seeking employability support for some of the more chaotic young people who struggle to engage with mainstream services such as Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and more formal classroom-based environments.
Two particular aspects of the service are welcomed. Firstly, the service does not turn down referrals based on behaviour or history. This means that people who have attended the project previously and subsequently re-offended, relapsed or otherwise fell away, will be reconsidered when stable again. Secondly, the service tries hard to accommodate the needs of the young person and this flexible and responsive approach allows young people to be gradually introduced to the project maximising the chances of a successful placement.
The CJS wish to prioritise the employment and training opportunities of people with criminal convictions and hope to work more closely with the Community Enterprise in the future to develop pathways for individuals, tailored training opportunities and formal links to local employers who may be willing to offer employment to this marginalised group.
Stirling Council Criminal Justice Department
I have worked in partnership with SCE over the last couple of years in my role as a prison throughcare support officer and have found this service to be invaluable. I have supported local service users to meet with staff there who I have found to be welcoming, friendly and positive.
Each of my service users have been given relevant information, advice, group work opportunities and more importantly 1-1 support regarding how best to live positively in the community. What I evidenced was an increase in their confidence, identification of existing skills and promotion of new skills that enabled them to consider volunteering opportunities, college placements and employment opportunities.
Not only this but the centre offers a safe environment to attend when feeling lonely, bored or low in mood. There is always a friendly face and a sound ear to be offered when entering the service and I feel that this is vital in a person’s journey. Having a quiet environment is also beneficial to access the internet particularly when completing C.V’s and doing job searches. Housing support and benefits advice is also an important service that is offered to the service users at SCE.
I cannot recommend this service enough as it is an all-round support to people who struggle to cope with everyday life stresses and more intense issues and will continue to signpost any of my service users to it due to the many benefits, they will gain from it.
Staff Prison Throughcare