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Moving on Service; Apex

Last updated: 11th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Employability / Training / Career
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health / Wellbeing
  • Military Veterans
  • Other
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Personal Development
  • Re-integration
  • Short-term Prisoners


Moving On is primarily a one-to-one employability programme. However, Personal Development Mentors can also support individuals to increase their life skills, access other services and write letters of disclosure to prospective employers or training providers, disclosing offences in the most appropriate way. This also involves individuals learning the relevance of their conviction to the job or training being applied for. The main bases are in Stranraer and Dumfries, travel expenses are reimbursed for those wishing to attend out with these areas. Possible Outcomes: • Increased confidence and self-esteem. • Increased life skills. • Referral on to other appropriate services, e.g. addiction services, literacy and numeracy, housing support. • Completing a letter of disclosure. • Understanding the relevance of their convictions in relation to employment. • Undertaking accredited courses. • Applying to college, further education, or training; securing a place. • Job search and interview skills. • Applying for employment. • Securing a job.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, Self-referral

Anyone over the age of 16 years who has an offending background or is identified as at risk of offending. This service may be suggested to the service user to help them understand conviction relevance and increase their employability whilst undertaking diversion, SDS, a Community Payback Order or any other order being supported by Justice Social Work. Referrals can also be made by other community partners including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Skills Development Scotland and other third sector providers. People can also self-refer; when this happens Apex staff liaise closely with JSW and other partners to ensure the best possible outcome for the individual.

Further Information:

The Moving On service is a voluntary service for people with a history of offending or are at risk of offending. It is tailored to the needs of the individual to help them move closer to sustaining employment, training, or education. This service is for individuals over 16 who have multiple barriers to employment such as those at risk of (re)offending . There are other services provided by Apex that might offer additional support to those accessing the Moving On Service. These include: Moving In which provides starter packs to people on benefits and low incomes and those moving from temporary to permanent tenancies. Path Of Positivity which brings together people with lived experience of justice and offers them the chance to give their views to help improve and shape services. This is peer led and also involves community benefit group activities agreed by the group. Time 2 Chat is a drop-in service for any individuals who do not meet any service criteria dictated by funders or are not ready to engage with a service but need some kind of connection. There is also a foodbank available on site and access to a soup kitchen.