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Published Friday, 16th May 2014

A community centre in Glasgow that promotes recovery from mental health conditions through activity and social contact, received a welcome boost when a team from Remploy spent a day volunteering at the centre.

The six-strong team of Remploy mental health employment consultants lent support to Flourish House, an independent charity located in Glasgow city centre. They helped prepare and serve meals, sorted donated gifts in preparation for them to be sold on e-Bay, and even found time to do some spring cleaning.

The volunteering was part of Remploy’s ‘Be the Change’ scheme, which encourages employees to go out into the community to support charities and other organisations.

Colin Maxwell, Remploy’s Disability Capability manager for Mental Health led the volunteering team. He said: “It was a privilege and a pleasure to be able to help Flourish House and to meet some of the people who are benefiting from the service the charity provides.

“We chose Mental Health Awareness Week to offer our services, which seemed entirely appropriate, as both Remploy and Flourish House do so much to support people with mental health conditions.”

Remploy has a nationwide network of more than 60 branches and offices, including six in Scotland, which in the last five years have found almost 70,000 jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people, many with mental health conditions.

People supported by Flourish House are given an opportunity to work on a range of everyday tasks side by side with staff.

John Linn, manager of Flourish House, said:  “We are very grateful to Colin and his team for taking time to work with us. They got stuck in and took on many challenges. The chocolate mousse that Colin made was a highlight of the day – even though his wife was giving him instructions on how to make it over the phone!”

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Picture caption: L-r: Remploy’s Angie Carr, Colin Maxwell and Amanda Singleton lend support in the kitchen at Flourish House

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Notes to Editors:

  • In the last five years Remploy has found almost 70,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
  • Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services
  • Remploy partners with more than 2,500 of the country's biggest employers including BT, Asda, Royal Mail, Sainsbury's, the NHS and Marks & Spencer
  • It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers