New Support Services

Festive service update

This page is updated monthly with information about the Wise Group’s current support services across Scotland and how you can make a referral. All our services are available free of charge.

We know that all of our partners and colleagues in communities across Scotland are crucial to bringing our services closer to those who need it most. Thank you to everyone who has worked with us during 2020. Here’s to an even greater year of transforming people’s lives for the better in 2021. With best wishes for the festive season, from all at The Wise Group.

We welcome new referrals from our partners who are working in the community with people struggling with issues including mental health, unemployment and fuel poverty.

For further information or if you have any questions you can also reach us at buildingbridges@thewisegroup.co.uk and a member of the team will be in touch.

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Services to help people manage their mental health

Re-Connect CBT is an online group therapy programme to support people with their mental health during the pandemic. Sessions are safe, secure and run by trained counsellors.

Current opportunities:  Sessions will continue throughout the festive period, with a revised timetable. Booking and referrals are available via our Re-Connect webpage.

How to refer: Visit our Re-Connect webpage or send an email to Alexander_Cochrane@thewisegroup.co.uk

Services for people looking to get back into work

Fair Start Scotland

Fair Start Scotland offers job seekers dedicated support with writing CVs, applications and covering letters, preparing for interviews and helping people get ready for moving into, or back into, work.

Current opportunities:  Preparing people for job search, be that now or in the coming months, and helping them improve their employability skills. Connecting people with local employers and their vacancies, helping them to navigate online job search and supporting people to find suitable roles and opportunities across the West of Scotland.

Christmas opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (closed Fri 25 Dec, Mon 28 Dec, Fri 1 Jan, Mon 4 Jan)

To make a referral call 0300 303 3381 

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Online Construction Training

A career in construction can open many doors & we can help people get started through our Online Construction Training.

Current opportunities: Two day Health and Safety training, an essential requirement of all CSCS Card applications, is available online through Microsoft Teams. Open to all, with ITA (Individual Training Account) funding available to those eligible.

To make a referral call 0800 731 9997 

Or send us an email 

Barclays LifeSkills

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, offers free, flexible modules to develop skills to take control of finances and employment prospects, whether in work or not.  Modules include:  Managing a Budget, Managing Debt, CV Writing Skills, Interview Skills, Feeling Confident in Employment – and many more.

Current opportunities: LifeSkills is available free of charge to anyone over the age of 25 living in East Ayrshire, accessed from the comfort of their own home using Zoom.

To make a referral call 0800 027 3311

or send us an email

Services to help people manage their energy costs

Home Energy Scotland

Home Energy Scotland is a free, impartial advice service to help householders, communities & businesses across Scotland to create warmer homes, reduce fuel bills and help tackle climate change.

Current Opportunities: Let us help keep your clients warm and well this winter. Our experts can help people, whether they own or rent their property and whatever someone’s level of income. We can check eligibility for discounts from energy suppliers & funding and grants available for new boilers, insulation & heating systems. Support for employers and community includes free online energy saving workshops.

Christmas opening hours: Christmas Eve 8am-3pm, Dec 29 & 30 9am-5pm, New Years Eve 9am-3pm (closed Fri 25 Dec, Mon 28 Dec, Fri 1 Jan, Mon 4 Jan)

To make a referral call freephone 0808 808 2282 

Or send us an email

Home Energy Advice Team

Our Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) support vulnerable households living in fuel fear and at risk of limiting their energy supply, or self-disconnection.

Current opportunities: With more people staying at home, there is increased risk of households falling further into fuel poverty as a result of financial strain. HEAT advisors will provide advice and support to manage household energy usage, access industry initiatives and seek income maximisation for customers.

Christmas opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (closed Fri 25 Dec, Mon 28 Dec, Fri 1 Jan, Mon 4 Jan)

To make a referral call freephone 0800 092 9002

Or send us an email