People in Dumbarton and the Vale looking for help to get into work were given a boost recently courtesy of a Doorways to Success session packed with help and advice.

The event in the Concord Centre was organised by West Dunbartonshire Council’s Working4U team and welcomed a wide range of organisations which were on hand to offer support to those in attendance from across the authority.

Among those offering advice were the TELL Organisation, Street League, SAMH, West College Scotland, Alternatives, Community Links and Parent Network Scotland.

Also present were The Lennox Partnership, Enable, Y Sort It, TIGERS, DWP, Tullochan, Work Connect, Skills Development Scotland and Action for Children.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: Councillor John MillarCouncillor John Millar

Leven ward councillor John Millar attended the session along with WDC deputy leader, Michelle McGinty and councillor for nearby Clydebank, Craig Edward.

Councillor Millar, vice convener of housing and communities, commented: “Our flexible approach to employability support considers the needs of each individual with a strong focus on tackling inequalities so that nobody misses out on job or upskilling opportunities.

“The employability support and guidance we provide in West Dunbartonshire is extremely strong, and we are grateful for the support of partners in ensuring our residents have support to reach their fullest potential.”

Councillor Edward added: “Every element of the service provided by Working4U is vital to ensure our residents are equipped to deal with the pressures facing them.

“As the cost-of-living crisis continues and many of our residents struggle to make ends meet, this work is more important than ever.

“I feel very passionate about helping our residents to help themselves, about providing opportunities for them to upskill, re-train, gain work experience and generally give them the tools to succeed in the world of work, and make better lives for themselves and their families.

"It was good to be at this event today and see the difference we are making by offering these opportunities.”

Employability support information is available by contacting Working4U: