Self Referral and Referral Opportunities for GP Patients and other agencies 

We offer employability training and support, as Employability Fund providers for Skills Development Scotland, and as a Skills-based Academy for Jobcentre Plus, and we also have a number of opportunities for life skills and volunteering.

We have recently run a very successful pilot within the Backlands training garden in Dunbar, aimed specifically at people with Mental Health and addiction issues, and with support from the Lauderdale GP practice we have accessed funding from NHS Lothian Foundation to continue this provision. We are now opening this opportunity up to anyone who would like to work in the garden on a weekly basis, and to access all the various supports which the Ridge can offer as part of this provision.

It provides an opportunity to meet with other local people in a very welcoming setting, to get involved in the creation and maintenance of a garden for the benefit and use of the whole community.  Existing volunteers report very positive impacts on their physical and mental wellbeing, as a result of the physical work, the opportunity to learn new skills and develop new relationships, and we would very much like to extend this positive opportunity more widely to the local community.

We are also running a series of small-group courses in Budgeting, Nutrition and Cooking (which we are calling the Plenty Project), using our Ridge Café at the Bleachingfield Community Centre, and again we would like to offer this opportunity to anyone locally who might benefit from it.

We have seen the very significant benefit derived by those taking part, and want to maximise awareness among potential referring bodies and individuals.

Further information can be found on the Volunteering For Health and Wellbeing and for the Plenty Project pages.

All those referred will be offered an interview. Placement offers will be made subject to availability.  

Referral Form

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