Carol Monaghan, Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West, unveiled a mural created by Glasgow jobseekers with the help of local illustrator Kev Harper on Friday 22nd April.
The artist collaborated with four Shaw Trust Scotland clients to come up with their version of the journey a person takes with the employability charity. The mural depicts a jobseeker's first steps right through until they reach their goal of gaining employment.
Shaw Trust Scotland is a national employment, disability, learning and skills charity with more than 30 years' experience of helping people achieve their work ambitions and gain greater independence.
The charity helps a range of individuals including those with a disability or mental health issue, young people who aren't in education or work (NEETs), ex-offenders, people tackling addiction issues and those recovering from illnesses.
The mural was unveiled at a special event at the charity's Glasgow premises on Friday. Carol Monaghan MP met Kev and the team that worked on the mural to hear how the mural project helped develop their teambuilding and creativity skills.
Kev was recruited by Shaw Trust Scotland's National Volunteering Team and is an activity coordinator supporting clients at their Glasgow office. Volunteering for Shaw Trust Scotland is a great way to give something back to the local community.
Carol Monaghan MP, Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West, said:
"It was an honour to officially unveil the mural at the centre today, and meet the jobseekers who completed this project with artist Kev Harper.
"Shaw Trust does fantastic work supporting disabled people in accessing training and employment across Scotland, including through exciting employability projects such as this. These projects are crucial in developing skills and building the confidence and self-belief to enable people to access different routes into employment."
Kev is a highly regarded local artist who has worked on private commissions creating promotional material for clients including the Traverse Theatre, the Citizen's Theatre, the BBC Scottish Symphony and Scottish Power.
Kev said: "My working day involves me spending a lot of time by myself. I wanted to get back into working with people for whom art was a new experience, opening their eyes to the benefits it can bring, such as building confidence and character. When I heard Shaw Trust Scotland needed help with this project I was really eager to get involved.
"Volunteering felt incredibly worthwhile. The group were very committed to the project and did an outstanding job. They all contributed so much from the ideas stage to the final product. I hope they found the process as beneficial as I did. It gave me a whole new perspective to the way I work."
John Cameron was part of the group that worked on the mural. In 2014, John came to Shaw Trust Scotland after having major heart surgery that meant he had to leave his job.
John said: "Creating the mural was an interesting, new experience that helped develop our team building skills. We each had our own views of the customer journey and collaborated so these were incorporated into the final design. I found the whole process to be very positive and felt I had achieved something when we completed the project.
"Before I came to Shaw Trust Scotland for the first time in 2014, I'd had major surgery which put me out of work and made me consider a total career path change. The programme has really helped rebuild my confidence, encouraging me to develop my skills and revisit old interests like photography."
The mural will now be on permanent display in Shaw Trust Scotland's Glasgow office.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering with Shaw Trust Scotland please contact Jason Moyes firstname.lastname@example.org (opens in new window).