Pathways to Progress
Members learn valuable skills from our various activities and projects, but we also help them develop a plan for putting those skills to good use.
We encourage our members to focus on what they can achieve as well as deal with the difficulties they face. Choosing an appropriate pathway is key to helping members get out into the wider community and find the right support to improve their lives and livelihoods.
Along with general guidance, we provide our members with advice on everything from careers and employment to welfare rights and benefits. This gives them the tools to make the right choices for their futures.
An opportunity to learn basic skills, and take accredited courses leading to further/higher education in a college/university environment. Members can potentially progress to one of the following:
- College – NVQs, City and Guilds
- University – Degree Courses
- Work placements
- Full or part-time employment
Start in Salford is an approved centre for Ascentis, and offers accredited courses. The timetable allows some members to progress to a level 1 certificate in visual art or photography.
We offer members the opportunity to undertake in-house and outreach volunteering, buddying and mentoring. This takes place at both Start in Salford and Start Creative Studios, as well as within partner organisations.
See our Volunteering page for more details.
Employment skills training
Members get involved in the production of art and craft works, which are sold by Start in Salford’s trading arm Start Creative. This introduces members to new skills relevant to production, marketing and sales for commercial markets.
Start Creative also support and mentor members to acquire all the skills necessary to set up business alongside our partners at Supported Employment Services and other local agencies. A few of our members have gone on to set up and operate very successful small businesses as a result of this scheme.
Member-led leisure groups give members the opportunity to drop in and continue their creative activities. We also offer various evening classes for the community such as our Community Choir, Life Drawing and Craft Workshops.
Outcomes include member participation in external community and leisure group activities, social integration of members into the wider community, the reduction of stigma attached to mental health, and member participation in events at local libraries, galleries, etc.