Wellbeing Works, located in Duddingston, will offer disabled people participating in Work First Scotland access to a range of services aimed at improving their health and employment chances. This includes support to manage physical and mental health conditions, wellbeing services including exercise classes, running clubs, book groups and healthy eating workshops, in addition to tailored employability training to help participants find and sustain work. Shaw Trust Scotland is also opening the services delivered at Wellbeing Works up to the local community free of charge, as part of the charity’s commitment to improve wellbeing and tackle social isolation. Wellbeing Works will also provide a ‘Safe Spaces’ café where local mental health organisations can meet their customers for tea and coffee in a supportive and safe environment.
The campus will be hosted by Forth Sector, an Edinburgh based social enterprise which creates supported employment opportunities for disabled people and those with long term health conditions through social enterprises. Wellbeing Works was established following the successful merger of Shaw Trust and Forth Sector earlier this year.
Several other partners are in the process of signing up, alongside NHS Lothian, which will offer a range of primary and secondary care services. The Thistle Foundation, a charity which supports people in Scotland living with long-term health conditions, is planning on delivering its condition management and wellbeing support from the campus.
Austin Hardie, Executive Director for Enterprise and Operations at Shaw Trust Scotland, said:
“Wellbeing Works forms part of our wider commitment to delivering Work First Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government, helping disabled people secure meaningful long-term employment.
“The subject of health and wellbeing affects us all, no matter what our circumstances. It is therefore important we are able to offer a service anyone can use easily and without stigma. Wellbeing Works does this by integrating a range of services specifically tailored to meet the needs of the local community, set within vibrant and inclusive community facilities.”