Arco, the UK’s leading safety products and services company, has partnered with children and family charity Action for Children to fund two new roles supporting young people and disabled children living in the Glasgow area.
Following Arco’s success in securing a contract to supply products and services to NHS Scotland, the family-run business was keen to link up with charitable and community organisations in the country and support initiatives that benefit the communities they serve.
Action for Children supports children and young people across the UK, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. The partnership has funded the recruitment of a Community Support Worker and a Trainer/Qualifications Assessor within the organisation.
The additional Community Support Worker is based at the recently refurbished Silverton Community Hub, a centre specially designed to support children and young people with complex learning difficulties and a range of physical health needs. Staff at the community hub provide personalised support, helping children to overcome barriers that may hinder their involvement in the local community. Staff facilitate access to local community-based facilities, resources, networks and amenities, including swimming pools, gyms, youth groups, green spaces and museums. This empowers the children to pursue their own personal interests and preferences while growing their confidence, social skills and reducing isolation by supporting children to form new friendships.
The Trainer/Qualifications Assessor is supporting Action for Children’s Youth Employability Project, a scheme that aims to help young people breakdown barriers to employment. Such barriers are addressed through valuable employability skills and vocational training, developing their aspirations, ambition and future job goals by encouraging their interest in learning.
Bryan Lawrie, Commercial Director at Arco, said: “Arco is passionate about supporting the communities we work in and to helping children and young people achieve.
“We are really proud to have partnered with Action for Children and enabled the charity to recruit to these important roles. Our support will help deliver tangible benefits and life-changing opportunities for young people in the Glasgow area by helping to improve wellbeing, quality of life and personal outcomes for disabled children and to develop employability skills and vocational training for young people so they can develop and progress into chosen careers.
“It is great to see that the two new members of staff have settled into their new roles well and are already making such a positive difference to the lives of so many children and young people.”
Paul Carberry, Director for Scotland at Action for Children, said: “The transformation of the Silverton Short Breaks Hub has been incredible and we are grateful to Arco for its support in making this possible. The service is an important part of the local community and offers so many families the support they need.
“I’m proud of what our staff have achieved in helping the children and families in South Lanarkshire and I’m excited by the many special memories those children and families will have at the Silverton Short Breaks Service this year and beyond.”