Training & Employment Support


West of England Works Programme

Supporting people in recovery from addiction, into education, training and employment


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 increase their chances of securing long-term employment.

The community-based support programme is being funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund until summer 2022. 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.

“My name is Wendy and I’ve been working at Broadway Lodge since 2011.  I’m a qualified counsellor and therapist and love to see people grow and progress with their recovery.  My aim is to support you with your recovery and help you move forward into education, training and employment. If you think you would benefit from this support then please get in touch.”

Wendy Ruddick, Project Co-ordinator for the West of England Works Programme at Broadway Lodge

What can be accessed through the West of England Works programme?

Former Broadway Lodge clients and other people in recovery in the community who are eligible can engage in the service, providing them with 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 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 the West of England Works programme have been very positive. Among the many benefits, increased confidence and mental health improvements have been commonly experienced.

Referral Criteria

To enrol in the programme, participants must be age 18 or over,  in recovery from drug, alcohol and addiction issues 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. Participants must be based in the West of England Works area which is: North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset.



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