Our Mid and East Cooking Group have been testing out some great budget recipes from Jack Monroe's Thrifty Kitchen book.
On the menu recently has been macaroni cheese with black pudding (pics 3-7), which came in at £1.32/portion, and corned beef chilli (pics 8-10) 😋.
What's your favourite filling winter recipe on a budget?
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Access to Industry works across Scotland with unemployed people who face barriers to employment.
We do this through the creation and development of innovative and effective education and training programmes that encourage and facilitate access to employment and higher education opportunities. Our programmes help people to develop essential core skills such as communications, information technology and problem solving. We also provide specific training and skills relevant to key sectors such a
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Our Mid and East Cooking Group have been testing out some great budget recipes from Jack Monroe's Thrifty Kitchen book.
A trip down memory lane (aka Museums & Galleries Edinburgh's Museum of Childhood) for our photography group, stimulating much conversation and some interesting photographic opportunities!
A joy having artist Beth Farmer back creating with our EdinMe young peoples' art group!
They made some colourful collages to warm up (pics 1 & 2), before designing and printing their own t-shirts (pics 3 & 4), and painting with alcohol inks (pics 5 & 6).
We are pleased to announce that recruitment is now open for the next round of our Access Data courses, starting in January 2024!
Delivered in cooperation with Edinburgh College and funded by Data-Driven Innovation (DDI).
Full details and how to apply here:
New Access Data courses for 2024! - Access to Industry We are pleased to announce that recruitment is now open for the next round of our Access Data courses, starting in January 2024! The courses aim to support individuals in gaining or improving knowledge and skills related to the world of data – preparing them for the demands of the contemporary job...
📢 Come work with us! We're seeking a Caseworker for our EdinMe team, supporting young people with complex health and social care issues into education, training or employment:
A selection of students who attended our PAGE (Photo Arts Group Empowerment) photography groups have handpicked some of their recent images which they find most powerful.
The images were taken whilst on guided trips, as well as in their own time.
We've selected one image from each student to showcase on Facebook, with the full gallery on our website here:
We're pleased to be offering a new Employability Award course in Midlothian, providing information and practical help in gaining and sustaining employment.
Running from 29 November at Edinburgh College Dalkeith Campus. Open to any adult facing barriers into work. More here:
New Employability Award course for Midlothian! - Access to Industry We’re pleased to be offering a new course in Midlothian – Employability Award – open to any adult aged 18-67 who is currently facing barriers into work. It will be a friendly, interactive and intimate class (open to a maximum of eight people), running every Wednesday for 8-10 weeks from 29 Nov...
📢 Come join our team! We're seeking a Mentor and Prison Based Champion for our Shine project, working in a prison and community setting to support women with experience of justice:
An inspiring evening with Community Renewal Trust at The Scottish Parliament, hearing about the diverse projects that they deliver and celebrating 20 years of their rethinking approaches to ending persistent poverty in Scotland 👏.
Our Access Beauty progression course with Premier aesthetics – the follow-on from Beauty Basics – this session teaching lash lift, the perming of the lashes to give a good curl 👀.
Upon completion, students receive a Lash Lift qualification through Pro Qual ABT accredited.
A pleasure to attend SCVO's annual The Gathering at EICC – a networking and showcasing event for the voluntary sector. The Scottish Government First Minister Humza Yousaf opened day two with a speech recognising the vital, often lifesaving, role of Scotland’s voluntary organisations 👏.
A great tour of National Galleries of Scotland's Portrait Gallery exhibition, Making Space – a series of photographs of architecture that inspired discussion on the significance of architecture in peoples' lives, particularly in our clients with experience of homelessness.
Our Mid and East Lothian Cooking Group were led by new staff member Wojtek in making filled pierogi dumplings (IRN-BRU pairing optional 😉).
A great visit to the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival annual Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition at Summerhall, featuring art by people who have experience of mental health issues and including work by some of our very own students (pics 2-5).
CAPS Independent Advocacy iThrive Edinburgh Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership Mental Health Foundation
📢 Come and work with us! We're seeking a Caseworker for our Midlothian project, helping unemployed people into employment through learning and skills development:
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📢 Come and join our team! We're currently seeking a Caseworker for our award-winning Access Data project, encouraging people into work in the data sector:
We’re so proud of the students who completed our recent Creative Writing courses in Dalkeith and Edinburgh (with The University of Edinburgh and Museums & Galleries Edinburgh), with each group working towards creating an amazing published booklet (image one) and a live reading showcase event in Dalkeith (images 2-4) and Edinburgh (images 5-7) 🥳. Read more here: bit.ly/46RKLPC
A big thank you to Scottish Drugs Forum for their powerful and insightful Addiction Worker Training Programme, delivered to our EnCompass project staff. We look forward to our students being a part of their 'Class of 2024' 🤓.
📢 Come and work with us! We're currently seeking a Caseworker for our exciting new EnCompass Housing pilot project with The City of Edinburgh Council. Full details on the below link:
Our Mid and East Lothian Recovery Service's weekly Wellbeing Walk was lucky enough to get a tour of Prestongrange Museum before it closed for the season. The visitor centre will reopen come Spring.
Would you like some carbs with your carbs?! At their last Cooking Group session, our Mid and East Lothian Recovery Service made lasagne from scratch, plus garlic bread to serve 😋.
As our Gardening Group draws to a close for the season, we'll miss this tranquil Museums & Galleries Edinburgh courtyard space. But we're proud to leave it a greener and more flourishing place for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully we'll be back! 💚
Our mental health and wellbeing course – Living Life to the Full – returns for autumn, with sessions for young people experiencing mental health issues in Edinburgh (with The Rock Trust) and for adults in recovery from addiction in Dundee. Read all about it here:
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New Living Life to the Full sessions in Edinburgh and Dundee! - Access to Industry Our popular Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) course will return for autumn, with sessions running for young people experiencing mental health issues in Edinburgh (as part of our EdinMe service and in co-operation with the Rock Trust) and for adults in recovery from addiction in Dundee (as part of our...
"Access to Industry has played a big role in where I am today…" – read our latest Case Study and find out how we helped this individual on a steady path of Edinburgh College training, confidence building, CV help and interview practice, towards their employment goal:
Case Study – Ms J - Access to Industry I moved to Edinburgh in December 2021. As a full-time parent, with my youngest child now in school, I started to look for jobs. But at 40 and unemployed, my confidence was really low and I was unsure how to move forward. After eight months without success, I started to look for employment support an...
We recently started a Photography Group for our Mid and East Lothian Recovery Service students, teaching smart phone photography skills. Happy snapping – we look forward to seeing some of your images 📸.
We recognise that group activities with peers can improve wellbeing, reduce isolation and inspire creativity, leading to more positive outcomes. Here's two of our recent adventures to inspiring historical places:
📸 1-3 – a PAGE photography walk and tour of Historic Environment Scotland 's Craigmillar Castle.
📸 4-5 – a tour of Museums & Galleries Edinburgh's Writers' Museum.
Our Mid and East Lothian Recovery Service are full of carbs! The weekly Cooking Group made flatbread pizzas for a budget £1.51 (plus leftovers to take home), and homemade pasta with a tomato and basil sauce 😋.
Get in touch if you're interested in joining their next cook-off.
A pleasure to attend The Scottish Parliament's event with Into Work on how to make the workplace fair for Scotland-based autistic employees and their managers.
Thanks to speakers Neil Gray MSP, Heriot-Watt University researchers Kate Sang and James Richards, Cath Brookes of Jerba Campervans, and Into Work's Autism Advisory Group.
During the summer we run a varied programme of classes – this year including a Tour Guiding Course at Historic Environment Scotland's Trinity House, led by Karen McKenzie from Illuminate UK.
Let us know what you think might be interesting to add to our summer programme for next year?
So proud of our Gardening Group's work – here's how they have helped transform the Museums & Galleries Edinburgh space over the course of the summer 💚.
Our Mid & East Lothian Recovery Service students took a trip to Portobello to visit the work of some fellow students – our Ecollaborate photography exhibition at Portobello Library with Art Walk Porty.
The exhibition is open until 10 Sep (Mon-Wed, 10am-8pm; Thu-Sat 10am-5pm).
We've been awarded Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Accreditation, under Scottish Government legislation!
This internationally-recognised badge ensures that our Community College has the optimum set-up and quality standards to deliver courses and qualifications for our students.
Sally McGreevy, our Co-Chief Executive, says:
‘We’ve been striving to become an SQA-accredited centre and are excited about how it will benefit our Community College. We look forward to direct delivery of accredited qualifications. This will add another dimension to the extensive learning and group work that we deliver, and it will be to the benefit of those with whom we work – which is always our ultimate goal.’
Access to Industry gets SQA accreditation! - Access to Industry We are excited to announce that we have been awarded Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Accreditation for our Community College in Edinburgh’s Cowgate. Under Scottish Government legislation, SQA Accreditation assures qualifications offered in Scotland by approving awarding bodies and accrediti...
Our Mid and East Lothian Recovery Service enjoyed a visit from Labour candidate Kirsty McNeill for Midlothian and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. Both were keen to hear about our work in Midlothian, and speak to some of our clients directly about how Access to Industry has helped them.
Our popular Beauty Basics course is set to return this month, providing students with an introduction to all things beauty, and a pathway into the beauty industry 💅. Learn more, and find out how to sign up, here:
Our popular Beauty Basics course is back! - Access to Industry We’re excited to announce that our popular Beauty Basics course is set to return for autumn 2023. It will provide students with – as the title might suggest! – an introduction to the basics of all things beauty, and a pathway into the beauty industry. The course will run on a Tuesday mornings ...
Our Access Progress service is featured in Families Edinburgh Magazine's latest issue!
An education, training and employment service, Access Progress provides one-to-one support to help unemployed parents with barriers overcome the challenges of looking for work.
It's a flexible, open-ended service with a dedicated caseworker offering tailored employability advice and support to give you the tools, knowledge and confidence to achieve your goals.
Parents can get help with job applications and interviews; access Adult Learning-accredited courses, vocational training and IT skills development; attend optional holistic group sessions; get information on childcare, benefits and financial advice; and more.
For more information, email [email protected], or call 0131 260 9721, and follow us on socials.
We’re beyond proud that the students from our PAGE 2 Art Walk Project with Art Walk Porty will have their work displayed as part of Art Walk Porty Festival.
Ecollaborate will open for preview on Friday 25 August (1pm-3pm) at Portobello Library, then run from 26 August until 10 September (full details on link below).
Thanks to Scott Hunter, Keira Tucker, Stills and Paths for All.
Ecollaborate exhibition as part of Art Walk Porty Festival - Access to Industry We’re beyond proud that the students from our PAGE 2 Art Walk Project (eco-art science workshops) will have their work displayed at Portobello Library, as part of this year’s Art Walk Porty Festival. Ecollaborate will open for preview on Friday 25 August, 1pm-3pm (free tickets here), then run fr...
Things are growing and the bees are happy at our weekly Gardening Group (Mondays, 1:30pm-3:30pm). There's also a flourishing little herb garden with chives, rosemary and thyme. We have space for new attendees – call our admin office on 0131 260 9721 to make a referral 💚.
We are so proud of the work produced during our young people’s Art Group during July, that we thought we’d share a glimpse of it.
They tried their hand at Mono Printing, Lino Printing, Riso Printing, and Screenprinting (onto t-shirts), enthusiastically getting stuck in with each printing practice and producing some beautiful pieces of art.
Visit our website for the full gallery of work: https://bit.ly/3QvnduK
🤌 Our Mid and East Lothian Recovery Service have been well fed recently! The Cooking Group made an indulgent pasta carbonara, served with garlic bread made with homemade garlic butter (images 1-3), plus a colourful, balanced and filling egg fried rice on a budget of 60p/portion (image 4).
Our Wellbeing and Life Skills group then made special iced biscuits (images 5 & 6) – works of art 🎨!
Recipe book incoming 😉.
Interested in joining the Access to Industry CashBack for Communities team supporting the progression of young people in Glasgow and Renfrewshire? We are seeking a Caseworkers on a full-time basis (35hrs). Full info and how to apply on our website:
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Access to Industry exists to move excluded people into education and on to employment across Scotland.
We do this through the creation and development of innovative and effective education and training programmes that encourage and facilitate access to employment and higher education opportunities.
Our programmes help people to develop essential core skills such as communications, information technology and problem solving. They also provide specific training and skills relevant to key sectors such as hospitality, retail and the public sector.
All our courses are delivered through partnerships with leading education and training providers throughout Scotland. We also work closely with employers to provide supported work experience placements.
Passport, EnCompass and EdinMe
Our Passport, EnCompass and EdinMe programmes are tailored to the needs of those who are moving on from particularly challenging backgrounds, including care, prison and substance misuse. To deliver these programmes we work in partnership with a wide range of other organisations (such as HMP Edinburgh) and care providers.
In these programmes, we offer group work activity complemented by a one-to-one approach. This personalised approach ensures much higher sucess rates for those involved.
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