Today, (7th April 2021), Advice Direct Scotland (ADS) has announced £180,000 of investment provided by Big Issue Invest (BII), to support vulnerable people across Scotland with advice, training and volunteering opportunities.
The social investment arm of The Big Issue will be providing support to ADS, a Scottish charity supporting struggling families, individuals, and communities, to enable them to offer free advice services, training, and volunteer opportunities to under-represented and vulnerable communities across Scotland.
ADS’s trading arm, Social Enterprise Direct, delivers a UK-wide business support service across the public, private and third sectors. Profits are invested back into the organisation to support more vulnerable individuals and families.
Through its volunteer recruitment programme, ADS is able to provide employment opportunities. 80% of employed staff were previously volunteers.
A volunteer, Millie, joined ADS in 2020 as part of their new training programme, focused on providing meaningful job experience in roles such as policy and marketing.