Carol Monaghan MP recently visited a remarkable social enterprise in Drumchapel. “Fortune Works” trains people with learning disabilities and empowers them to make valuable economic contributions through meaningful work.
As part of the service, Fortune Works runs the Growing Together project, funded by Glasgow Communities Fund. This project supports participation in horticultural activities and promotes inclusion by creating long-lasting partnerships with other community groups.
Ms Monaghan was delighted to see a number of individuals receiving their ‘Nurture’ Awards through the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s Grow and Learn scheme. The awards were presented by Jean Gavin of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, and friends and families joined the celebrations.
Ms. Monaghan Commented:
“The work undertaken by Fortune Works is crucial in supporting and empowering those with learning disabilities. It was great to get a tour of their facilities and learn about the different activities on offer. The dedicated team in Drumchapel goes above and beyond to provide the best possible support, and it was clear to see how appreciated this was by the service users. Everyone receiving their Nurture Awards should be immensely proud of all their efforts, and I encourage anyone in the area to support Fortune Works by visiting their garden centre where there are a variety of plants, garden supplies and gifts for sale.”
David Campbell, Fortune Works Operations Manager, said: “The guys have worked really hard for their award and they are rightly proud of what they have achieved. Having Jean Gavin from RCHS and Carol Monaghan down on the day made the presentation extra special, it was also fantastic that some of their family members could attend.
“Through our Growing Together project, funded by the Glasgow Communities Fund, we are making a lasting and tangible difference not just in the lives of the service users who take part but also through our community partnerships as we work to reduce stigma and promote inclusion across the city.”
William Slaven, a 57-year-old service user from Scotstoun said: “It was great meeting the MP and getting our awards – we all worked really hard, and we are proud of ourselves.”
Also receiving their awards were Derek Clarke, Charles Kelbrick, Alec Rodden, and David Thomson, whose family received the award posthumously after his passing in 2021.