LinkLiving Step On Project SURFs to success

LinkLiving’s Step On project was named ‘Youth Employability Project of the Year 2017’ at the SURF Awards last night.

The project received its award from Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing.

The SURF Awards recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration, promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland and highlights the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

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 (part of the Link group of social enterprises) said “I am delighted that our Step On project won the ‘Youth Employability Project of the Year 2017’ at the SURF Awards. It’s a wonderful project that has helped so many young people move onto positive destinations.

“This award is a great way for us to launch our support of the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People campaign. Supporting adults play an important role in helping young people reach their full potential. During the Year of Young People 2018 we will recognise and celebrate the role of those who make a difference to young lives.”

The SURF Awards event has been running since 1998 and it is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government. It provides an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile.