Getting Ready For Work
Getting ready for work
The benefits of work on physical and mental health are well documented; there is strong evidence that work:
- Promotes recovery
- Leads to better health outcomes
- Minimises the effects of long-term sickness absence
- Improves quality of life and well-being
- Reduces social exclusion and poverty
- At the Life Rooms we recognise that people may often need a holistic approach to getting ready for work that might involve input from a variety of partners. We are able to support you to look at any potential barriers to finding employment that may be hindering your search, for example we regularly offer:
- Research and practice has shown that, given the correct level of support, the vast majority of people with a mental illness, learning disability or addiction can take up and sustain employment.
- Drop in sessions covering housing issues
- Drop in sessions covering benefits advice
- Drop in sessions provided by Liverpool in Work
- A package of ‘getting ready for work’ courses through the recovery college
- CV writing courses
- Employability skills courses
- Mock interview training sessions
- Employment Fairs organised by the Chamber of Commerce
We are a member of the Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce and work closely with them to support people in accessing employment.
You can access help to get ready for work by completing a ‘Get Ready for Work Expression of Interest Form’ or by calling into the Life Rooms to meet with our Vocational Pathways Advisors who will work with you to explore the best package of support for you. This could be a referral to the Recovery College, some volunteering experience or straight into searching and preparing for a job. You can drop in to meet the Vocational Pathways Advisor without an appointment.
If you want more information about finding employment please visit http://www.liferooms.org/whats-on/ or http://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/are-you-a-carer/what-is-recovery/employment-and-meaningful-occupation/ or call the Life Rooms 0151 478 6556.
We also have an individual placement support service based in community mental health teams; you can ask to be referred you to your team’s employment advisor.