Some of our clients who come through our doors may have faced barriers to long-term employment due to a past of substance misuse, a criminal record, long-term health issue or a disability for example. As part of a funded project called West of England Works Building Better Opportunities, we’re proud to be one of a number of different south-west based partner organisations involved in supporting eligible people in recovery into training and other activities to help overcome these barriers and increase their chances of securing sustainable employment.
The community-based support programme is being funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund until January 2020. It’s accessible for adults based in North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset. Weston College leads the project and along with Broadway Lodge, West of England Works consists of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
What can be accessed through the West of England Works programme?
Ex-Broadway Lodge residents and other people in recovery in the community who are eligible can engage in the service, giving them access to a range of personal development initiatives to suit their individual needs. This includes support with their recovery as well as access to an array of college courses, volunteering opportunities, money management advice/signposting, help with interview techniques, CV writing and other support required to build on their skills, knowledge and confidence so that they are more prepared for securing employment. Broadway Lodge can specifically provide people in recovery from addiction with access to:
- One to one recovery support and personal development plans
- Group support sessions at Broadway Lodge or other specialist services
- Support to access training, educational and personal development courses
- Support to access voluntary work, work taster days and work placements
This invaluable programme strengthens the service we provide to those in Third Stage and Aftercare, helping to significantly improve their future prospects and inspire them to learn and make connections with other organisations and employers.
The outcomes of those engaged with West of England Works have been very positive. Among the many benefits, increased confidence and mental health improvements have been commonly experienced.
To enroll in the programme, participants must be in recovery from drug, alcohol and addiction issues, living within the West of England Works area without an existing paid or voluntary job. They must also be either economically inactive, have a long-term health condition and in receipt of ESA or UC, or be long-term unemployed and in receipt of JSA or UC for over 12 months.
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