Monica Commends the Work of Vital Employment Support Service After Meeting Service Users

Monica joined service users for their Monday Individual Placement and Support (IPS) meeting in Airdrie this week to learn more about the service run by charity SAMH.

SAMH’s IPS (Individual Placement and Support) service in North Lanarkshire works with people who are recovering from alcohol or substance use to secure meaningful employment. The service provides employability support whilst working alongside clinical teams to help people find a job and continues to support them and to feel settled and confident.

Monica commented:

“People recovering from substance use need and deserve a supportive space to get back on their feet and gain appropriate employment.


“I am grateful to Stacey-Jo and the team at SAMH for the service they are providing to local people in North Lanarkshire. It was a pleasure to meet with service users to listen to their experiences and how the SAMH Individual Placement and Support Service has helped them.


“Stigma is a huge barrier to people experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use, including in the workplace.


“SAMH’s IPS service is an essential support service helping people find the work environment that is right for them.


“As Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Drug and Alcohol Use, I will take this great practice back to the Scottish Parliament as it’s a brilliant model that we should learn from nationally.”

Stacey-Jo Speirits, IPS Specialist at SAMH, said: 


“We were delighted to invite Monica Lennon MSP to meet our IPS employability team in Airdrie. Our employment services play a vital role in helping people recovering from alcohol and substance use, as well as facing mental health problems, to secure and sustain competitive employment.


“We know that entering the workplace or returning to employment, can be an integral part of a person’s recovery, offering benefits such as social inclusion and an increase in self-confidence.


“Our IPS model is an evidence-based and cost-effective approach that gives the people we support the best possible chance to not only secure employment, but to maintain the role and their recovery too.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.