Forth Sector provides a bridge to employment for people with mental health conditions, physical or learning disabilities.
Forth Sector operates real businesses where people receive training, support and work experience because this significantly increases their chances of getting and keeping a job.
Businesses include St Jude’s Laundry, a busy commercial laundry, which holds a Royal Warrant, the Scottish Soapworks, manufacturing hand-made cosmetics and EES Logos, a which supplies embroidered and printed clothing, uniforms and workwear.
Eighty people are employed directly, 60% of whom have a mental health condition physical or learning disability. A further 400 people a year benefit from training, personal development and work experience in the businesses, with the aim of securing meaningful employment. In the process, their social inclusion, health and health can improve considerably, and their family and carers invariably benefit.
With the support of the Scottish Government, the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Social Investment Scotland and others, Forth Sector has created an employment and enterprise centre in Edinburgh’s Craigmillar area. The facility will allow our businesses to grow and new ones to be created. It offers state-of the art training and support facilities.
The facility will directly employ around 120 people and support a further 1000 people a year through training and development.
Our primary focus as a charity is to provide employability support to those experiencing disadvantage through unemployment and who live in Edinburgh.
In order to support individuals in achieving their goals we provide one-to-one goal setting and review meetings complemented by a wide range of training opportunities designed to enhance personal and vocational competences.
Uniquely, we are able to offer placements within our own businesses, complemented by professional support from our Employability Services team.
The Employability Services team is the part of Forth Sector which provides individuals with the opportunity to develop their employability skills to enable them to gain employment, a place in training or education, or volunteering.
Each individual is allocated an Employment Advisor to provide them with ongoing support to sustain the placement and develop their employability. They will meet regularly to review progress made, identify areas of development and agree on goals.