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MSP visits service helping Kilmarnock community

We have welcomed local MSP Willie Coffey to our newly refurbished office in Kilmarnock.

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Willie Coffey MSP officially opens our newly-refurbished office in Kilmarnock

As one of the providers currently delivering the Scottish Government’s Fair Start Scotland support service across the country, we are helping support people into suitable, sustainable jobs.

Most people who receive employability support from Fedcap Scotland find work within three months, despite almost nine out of ten people who joined the service having been out of work for more than one year.

Across the country, Fedcap Scotland’s teams have been responsible for supporting more than 14,000 people in the last three years as it works with partners to improve people’s standards of living and their health and wellbeing.

During the visit, the MSP and guests were given an insight into how Fedcap Scotland helps people overcome the barriers they face to realise their ambitions and reach their long-term goals. This includes providing support to improve people’s health and wellbeing, further reducing potential barriers to finding and staying in employment.

MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Willie Coffey, said: “What I like about Fedcap is the way they work directly with people, one to one, to help them on their path to employment. They spend time understanding a person’s needs and they help them find and prepare for those opportunities.

“Seeing people succeeding with a little help on the way must be very rewarding for the Fedcap support teams.

“And I wish them continued success in this really important area of helping people into work.”

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, was also in attendance and said: "Fedcap Scotland is opening a new office in the heart of Kilmarnock town centre, near to the main transport links, that will provide a focused employment service to the people of East Ayrshire.

"East Ayrshire Council will be working in partnership with Fedcap. Their team has already helped over 14,000 people in Scotland learn new skills, find new jobs and progress their careers and together I know we can deliver real change locally."

Brian Bell, Fedcap Chief Executive, said: “We've been operating in Scotland for over three years and I am really excited about Fedcap's continuing investment in Scotland. We work with the long-term unemployed and those in need of support whether due to health, mental health, addiction or other needs.

"We’re delighted to be officially opening our refurbished office in Kilmarnock, so we can support even more people to realise their potential and live better lives. We treat people according to our values, kindness, respect and integrity. We really make a difference getting them into work, almost 1,000 so far in Kilmarnock.”

For more information on how Fedcap Scotland helps communities across the country, visit

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