Awarded Shetland Amenity Trust - Environmental Award
Cited for good practice by Social Worker Inspection Agency
Shortlisted for a Community Action Award in the Third Force News - Scotland's National Voluntary Sector newspaper.
Shortlisted for Scottish Charity of the Year, recognising innovative ideas to overcome the challenges that face Scottish charities - we were shortlisted over 25,000 other charities!
Shortlisted for Scotland Independent Regeneration Network award for our Job Crew project. This was a huge achievement for MOEP with our work being nationally recognised as making a positive difference.
Our contract with the local authority came to an end in December 2018 and the Job Brokerage service was taken in-house by the Shetland Islands Council.
Transition Support Service
Our Transition service has continued to be a great success, consistently engaging significantly more than our anticipated numbers of participants annually. We recognise that there are changing needs in the local community so further funding has been sourced to develop the service and we hope to offer group activities for participants to further develop their employ ability skills and reach their goals. Funding was received from Robertson's Trust, Volant Trust, Young Start, Scottish Children's Lottery and People's Postcode Lottery.
Through providing work-related support at Moving On, some employers approached us about providing training to staff and management regarding disabilities and employment barriers. We were successful for funding through the Workforce Equality Fund (from the Scottish Government) and will be providing training to several local employers in the first half of 2019. We hope this will create inclusive workplaces and reduce stigma locally.
Moving On Employment Project was founded as a small service at the Eric Gray Resource Centre. The service provided tasters for work, but quickly expanded and moved to Market House to accomodate participants with physical and mental health issues. We still live there today as part of the Third Sector hub!
Job Crew service was piloted, incorporating a team of participants and Support Workers to carry out small community and environmental projects. This gave participants a chance to increase skills, confidence and employability. This pilot was a success and continued to offer opportunities to many participants over the years.
MOEP recognised the need for a wider service provision and opened its doors to anyone with a barrier to employment.
A new service was piloted to provide one-to-one support for six months. This followed identification of a gap supporting young people with additional support needs and autism spectrum conditions. This was a huge success and this continues today as our Transition service.
Job Brokerage - MOEP expanded once again, this time we were successful in our application to deliver Job Brokerage as part of the Local Authority's Employability Pathway. We support participants to build skills and confidence, as well as providing support to apply for jobs and maintain employment.
Transition - Big Lottery Funding meant MOEP could provide a service aimed at 16-25 year olds with barriers to employment. This could include Looked-After young people, Care Leavers, additional support needs or lack of work experience. Confidence building and work placements are a key part of this service and the demand for this service increases every year!