LinkLiving Step On project celebrated at awards event

LinkLiving enjoyed a successful afternoon at the Scottish Mentoring Network’s National Event and Recognition Awards, as its Step On project was jointly named Inclusion Project of the Year 2017.

The event acknowledges mentoring projects that have made a significant impact in their communities.

In addition to Step On achieving the title of Inclusion Project of the Year, LinkLiving volunteer Peer Worker and Translator, Yaman Tawakalna, was recognised as a ‘Highly Commended Mentor’ at the event.

Step On is an employability course aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 25 which stimulates and enhances personal development and provides practical employability support for those most vulnerable.

Through group activities and volunteering opportunities, Step On helps young people improve their confidence and learn new skills such as team working, leadership and communication. It also supports participants to identify their goals and aspirations, such as training, further education or a potential career path.

Over the past year, Step On has supported over 107 young people into the employability pipeline, with 34 moving into employment or training, 58 registering as volunteers and the remainder moving onto stage three employability training.

Sarah Smith, Director of LinkLiving said “I am delighted that our Step On project has been recognised by the Scottish Mentoring Network. It’s a wonderful project that has helped so many young people move onto positive destinations, and our amazing young volunteer mentors have made a valuable contribution to this. 

“I am also very proud of Yaman and his achievement – he is a fantastic volunteer and this award recognises all the work he has done in providing mentoring support in the Edinburgh area.”