Moving On Employment Project was founded in 1997, as a small service based at the Eric Gray Centre. The service was first started to support to people with disabilities at the Eric Gray Centre, to have the opportunity to have tasters of work. The project quickly expanded when it was realised there was an unmet need in Shetland for a service offering this kind opportunities. Due to Moving On’s quick expansion it moved to Market House, Lerwick and after consultation with partnership agencies, it was decided to make the service available to people with health problems or mental health problems.
In 2006, our job crew service was piloted, incorporating a team of clients and support workers working together on small community or environmental projects. This giving the clients a chance to increase skills, confidence and employability for the future. The pilot was a success and the service has continued to offer opportunities to a large number of people over the years.
In 2009 Moving On again changed it constitution to meet the needs of the Shetland Community and opened its doors to anyone with a barrier to employment.
Moving On piloted a new one to one service for 6 months in 2010. The pilot came about following identification of a gap in service supporting young people into employment with additional support needs and autistic spectrum conditions. This pilot was again a huge success and has meant the service continuing to be offered.
Moving On has more than doubled the number of job seekers it supports, tripled its income, developed three new services and employed an additional 5.5 Support Workers since 2006. (Devlin Beattie – External Evaluation of Service, March 2012)
Moving On has received great praise over the years, being cited as an example of good practice by the Social Work Inspection Agency in 2007. We were also awarded Shetland Amenity Trusts Environmental Award later that year and also again in 2009.
In 2008 Moving On was shortlisted for a Community Action Award in the Third Force News, Scotlands national voluntary sector newspaper. This in itself was a great achievement, especially as other organisations up for awards were much larger and supporting thousands of people across Scotland.
Moving On was shortlisted along with 4 other charities in 2011 for Scottish Charity of the Year. The award recognised innovative ideas to overcome the challenges that face Scottish Charities. This was a massive achievement with over 25,000 charities in Scotland.
2011 proved to be a busy year for Moving On with it also being shortlisted for the SURF – Scotland Independent Regeneration Network award for the Job Crew Project. This again was a huge achievement for Moving On with its work once again being recognised nationally as making a positive difference.