Black Swan Health a Hero
A NOT-for-profit primary and mental health services provider has won the Stirling Business Association’s inaugural Community Hero Award.
Judges selected Black Swan Health ahead of other finalists Edmund Rice Centre and Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre.
In her acceptance speech, chief executive Terina Grace highlighted one aspect of the group’s work.
“Many of you may be employing young people,” she said.
“A young person with a mental illness probably has about a 10th or 15th of the chance of retaining employment because there are real challenges.
“We run a free program called YAppEE and that assists young people with mental illness to keep employed even in those times when the illness makes it more challenging.
“So if someone in your workforce that you’d like to keep employing does have some challenges, our service is free.
“We provide extended hours phone counselling and also a smartphone innovative application… and it makes a difference.”
The association’s Innovation award went to The Shortlister
The Shortlister founder Kerri Duff-Borthen said she started the business two years ago because she wanted to “change the way recruitment was done in an industry I thought had lost its way”.
“I felt for small business with completely non-sustainable recruitment fees,” she said.
“And I wanted to develop something to help small business.”