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Aberdeen Foyer Employability Service

Last updated: 10th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Employability / Training / Career


The aims of the service are to contribute to the reduction of the risk of reoffending by offering opportunities to: enhance employability skills, develop practical skills, improve community engagement, and improve physical and emotional wellbeing. The objectives of the service are: to provide an opportunity for people in the criminal justice system to learn new skills, increase employability and find routes out of offending, to deliver qualification-based training, to provide opportunities for people in the criminal justice system to improve their ability to engage with their own communities, to provide an opportunity for people in the criminal justice system to improve their health and emotional wellbeing.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Social work

Individuals aged 16 and over who are resident in Aberdeen and who are currently receiving a service from Criminal Justice Social Work. The service will be considered for all people subject to a Community Payback Order with a condition of Unpaid Work and all others who are currently receiving an Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership, Criminal Justice Social Work service. The Order Supervisor or other criminal justice workers, as appropriate, will make a referral to the Service Provider in respect of possible service provision. These referrals will be informed by the needs of the individuals. ACHSCP Criminal Justice Social Work will ensure that appropriate information in respect of the referred individual is shared with the Service Provider. Once the Service Provider has met with the referred individuals and undertaken their own initial assessment, contact is to be made with the Order Supervisor(s) and other criminal justice workers as appropriate to agree the planned programme of activity and expected attendance. Referrals can be made to the below contact details.

Further Information:

The service will be on the basis of a skills-based approach. This will be primarily, but not exclusively those who are subject to Community Payback Orders (CPOs) with Unpaid Work and Other Activity Requirements. Much of the service provided will relate to the delivery of the ‘Other Activity’ element of such orders. A wider employability component will be available to wider Criminal Justice Social Work service. Individuals may have complex needs and vulnerabilities and priority will be given to women and young people.