Graduates from the Scottish Drugs Forum’s award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP) celebrated their achievements at a completion ceremony in the Scottish Parliament last week.

The unique project, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, supports, trains, and prepares individuals with a history of problem drug or alcohol use to work in social care. Ten of the 11 graduates in the East of Scotland have already moved into employment as a result of the project.

This is the second operational year of the project in the East and it is the first time a graduation ceremony has been held in Edinburgh.

Turning Point Scotland  Edinburgh Services provided placements for three Lothian graduates last year.  Carmen McShane Edinburgh Services Manager and Laura Burnett one of the Practitioner Mentors attended their graduation ceremony  at the  Scottish Parliament.

Carmen McShane commented: “Well done to our  graduates  Edward Cruikshank, David Lamond and  Malcolm Paul who all have gone on to  secure further employment.  That’s a fantastic  100% success rate. David Lamond will also be joining TPS relief pool for Edinburgh Substance Misuse Services.”

Mentors  this year were Practitioners Laura Burnett and Sandra Stone.