This week marks one year since Mayor Andy Burnham launched the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) – an initiative that supports Salford residents from all walks of life, whether long-term unemployed, recently made redundant or facing challenges with disabilities or health conditions.
The Growth Company Employment is designed to help people overcome challenges they may face in getting a job or progressing in work.
Over the last 12 months Working Well has supported 349 vulnerable people across Salford – and has successfully helped over 100 of them back into work. There are many different centers where help can be obtained, with two being in Salford.
The Working Well (Work and Health Programme) supports people in Manchester, Salford, and Trafford. Across the three local authorities, there have been 2,051 referrals – resulting in 1,134 programme starts and 316 people being placed into work.
Ian, one of many people Working Well’s service has helped, suffers from learning difficulties and is unable to read or write. He previously worked as a care worker, a job he loved, but was no longer able to do the job due to the large amounts of written work involved.
He was assigned a key worker from The Growth Company who helped him with the sign-up process, then quickly identified that he needed a CV. This wasn’t a simple task since Ian struggled to remember the dates and duties of previous roles – however, they worked with him to gather as much information about his past experience as possible and create a CV that would enable him to start applying for jobs.
Ian was able to apply to a cleaning job 15 minutes away from where he lives. After doing well at his interview, he was offered the job and couldn’t wait to get started.
Overjoyed with his new employment, Ian said: “I feel more confident in myself as I now feel that I have a purpose. I’ve always wanted to work but could never find the right job. I hope to stay in this role for the foreseeable future.”
The service operates within the welfare-to-work, health and well-being, justice, substance misuse, and adult careers guidance markets. They help with pre-recruitment programmes for major employers such as the University of Manchester, as well as giving information, advice and guidance to adults under the National Careers Service, among other helpful assistance available.
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