East Riding of Yorkshire Council paves the way for two employability welfare service projects

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council will work alongside its partners to deliver both projects. Photo submitted

The Employability Wellbeing Service (A) project will provide support to over 900 people with mental health issues to help them engage or re-engage in the labor market, including those aged 16-25.

The project has two main objectives:

○ To alleviate barriers to social inclusion and mobility caused by mental health issues through engagement and managed interventions that provide greater access to wraparound services and support.

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○ Assess employability and work readiness and improve access to employment for job seekers, inactive people and young people at risk of social exclusion affected by mental health barriers through sustained initiatives such as internships, skills development and vocational training.

The council will work alongside partners from Hull City Council, the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust and the Tigers Sport and Education Trust to deliver the Employability Wellbeing Service (A) project until the end of 2023.

The Employability Wellbeing Service (B) project will provide training to over 450 employers and employees to help them manage people with mental health needs, provide support for companies to engage in a culture change around disclosure of mental health issues and will help employees and managers have an increased awareness of how they can support staff and build a culture where health, well-being and neurodiversity are valued.

The objectives of the project are:

○ Audit workplace mental health, well-being and skills supply and achieve measurable improvements in skills and competencies.

○ Strengthen SME mental health and wellbeing services through training and development, promote positive culture change and introduce mechanisms to (re)evaluate policies and procedures.

These two complementary projects will run in parallel.

Councilor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: ‘The subject of mental health is one that most people have become used to hearing more and more about over the course of years and it is great to see these projects providing much needed support to almost a thousand people with mental health issues.

“It’s also important that employers engage in a culture change around mental health issues and know how they can become a support for any struggling staff. These projects will go a long way to helping employees overcome mental health barriers through sustained initiatives, as well as helping companies assess their own current arrangements through training and development.

Natalie Belt, Head of Services at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to have received funding from the European Social Fund in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to extend our support service to employment and our existing employability program. , with a general focus on improving the health, well-being and lifestyle of young people and working-age adults to enhance their work experience by being mentally and physically well and exploring opportunities improve the balance between work and private life for those looking for a job or finding a job. The aim is to not only work with people on a one-to-one basis, but to extend our offer to the workplace, providing a unique package of lifestyle support that will inevitably highlight improved mental output. and physique of employees.

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