The Ridge – Support and Employability

The Ridge seeks to enable everyone to realise their full potential.

Service Description

This project aims to enable those least advantaged to overcome the barriers they face.  Being ready and able to work has the power to allow individuals the dignity of financial independence and begins to remove them from the poverty trap of life on inadequate benefits.

The Ridge’s Support and Employability service is for individuals who require minimal support and particularly for individuals who face the most complex and daily challenges, including:

  • crisis support
  • mental and physical health issues;
  • substance abuse issues;
  • the impact of poverty
  • long-term unemployment
  • post-custody reintegration;
  • issues around diminishing benefit provision
  • housing problems
  • the impacts of being in care

The Ridge team can support individuals by:

  •  helping fill out benefits claims/appeals
  • accompanying individuals to meetings
  • providing debt support/consolidation
  • contacting relevant agencies (housing, GP, social work)
  • signposting to other relevant agencies (e.g food bank, Changes Counselling, MELDAP)
  • offering volunteering opportunities within the Ridge Café and Backlands Garden
  • offering skills training opportunities, Building, Gardening, First Aid, Hospitality, Food Hygiene and Manual Handling
  • encouraging engagement with our internal programmes, Sunny Soups (free freezer), Plenty Project (life skills), Hungry Hatch (free community meals)

The Ridge works closely with people to help them move from a pattern of vulnerability and dependency to gaining increasing levels of skills, confidence and connections locally. This is vital in creating long-term positive change in an individuals’ journey.

Within the Support and Employability service, the ‘Routes to Work Programme’ aims to extend targeted provision to those facing the most complex challenges by providing a regular drop-in and crisis support service in the first instance, then offering direct supports-which may include referring to CAB, Welfare rights and other services.  

How To Get In Touch

Email: (Gill Last) or (Amanda Doig)

Phone Number: (Gill Last) 07812642447 or (Amanda Doig) 07849743066


Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Carers
  • Drug and Alcohol Users
  • Homeless People
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender
  • Men
  • Older People
  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties
  • Survivors of Abuse
  • Women
  • Young People

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

For anyone aged 16 years old and over


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Bleachingfield Centre
Countess Roas
EH42 1DX

Office Hours

Monday to Saturday (plus out of hours contact)

Service Contact

Tel: 01368 863 235

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Provider's Name: The Ridge

Type: Charity/Voluntary

  The Ridge is a social enterprise originally serving Dunbar and the surrounding villages but now moving outwards to also serve the wider East Lothian community.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 01368 863 235

Office Hours

Monday to Saturday (plus out of hours contact)

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