Sally Army plan is opening doors in Falkirk

The  Salvation Army New Futures project is providing help to get people into work, left to right, Margaret Quinn, project manager Louise McKnigth and James McDonald''Picture: Alistair Pryde
The Salvation Army New Futures project is providing help to get people into work, left to right, Margaret Quinn, project manager Louise McKnigth and James McDonald''Picture: Alistair Pryde

People needing help to find work or improve their lives are being given vital support from an innovative service from the Salvation Army.

The New Futures Project run by the Falkirk Corps provides a variety of services, including a soup kitchen, community cafe and furniture shop.

But it is the help for those trying to find work or needing some assistance to improve their chances of finding a job which is really making a difference.

The project is currently operating from a unit in The Howgate Centre, Falkirk, opposite the food court, but hopes to move to the first floor of the former Co-op building on the High Street, opposite Callendar Square, next month.

Since it’s launch in July, it has already had over 400 people register to use services.

Louise McKnight, project manager, who runs the initiative with the help of six staff and several volunteers, said: “Our aim is to help people move forward and give them a goal in life, whether it is helping them prepare a CV, advice on interview skills or taking part in a course that will make them more employable.

“At the moment, we are seeing around 25 people a day come through the door. Hopefully, in our new premises we will have even more space to expand what we offer.”

Those using the service have free access to computers, as well as the support of the team running the project.

Courses, open to 10 people at a time, are running two and three times a week, and include elementary food hygiene, health and safety, risk assessment and safe manual handling awareness.

Louise added: “If we can give someone help that gives them a better chance of getting a job that’s a positive outcome.

“We also provide support and are working in partnership with other organisations to help with issues such as homelessness and drug and alcohol counselling.