All In Edinburgh making a name for itself far outside the capital
Employment support group for people who have disabilities earns accolades home and abroad
All In Edinburgh, the capital’s unique supported employment service, is making people sit up and notice far beyond the limits of the city it serves.
Not only has it been a finalist in ERSA’s (Employment Related Service Association) 2017 employability awards, it has also been voted one of the top ten employment support services in Europe by the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE).
The praise comes after All In Edinburgh was asked to host a workshop at EUSE’s first Support Employment World Conference in Belfast earlier this year.
EUSE had been impressed by the way All In Edinburgh – a pan-disability consortium comprising ENABLE Scotland, Into Work, Forth Sector and The Action Group – had, in just two years, transformed the lives of more than 400 people who have a disability by finding them work.
Lianne Williams, delivery manager for All In Edinburgh, explained: “All In Edinburgh is unique in that it supports people with such a wide variety of disabilities.
“Our work includes transition work in schools, support to find work, a welfare rights service and, uniquely, work in the areas of job retention and progression.
“All in Edinburgh continues to deliver a service that is faithful to the five-stage Scottish Supported Employment Model, as it recognises the effectiveness in supporting jobseekers who have disabilities or long-term health conditions to gain and retain employment.
“We’re delighted this has been recognised.”
Stuart Wallace is just one of the 400 plus people All In Edinburgh has helped to find a job. He has Autistic Spectrum Disorder and hearing loss, and came to All in Edinburgh for support to find and sustain work around his passion for baking cakes and desserts.
Stuart has worked at the Waldorf Astoria in the kitchen for 6 months now. Stuart’s Manager, Thea Cowan, said: “It was really useful having All in Edinburgh there, it helped me get a good idea about Stuart’s support requirements and it is absolutely great for an employment worker to come in with him.
“I think that it makes sense for all parties. I’m glad this has been a positive for us and I could get Stuart on my team!”