Bristol Employment – Moving Towards Work

Telephone: 0117 923 2741 (Monday – Friday 9am until 5pm)
Email: enquiries.bmhemployment@richmondfellowship.org.uk

What you can expect from us:

If you’ve got a mental health problem and want to get back into work or need support to stay in work then we’re here to help you. We can work with you to understand your situation and tailor our support to meet your needs and aspirations. Our employment advisors are specifically trained to recognise and work with individuals with mental health problems and they concentrate on what you can do rather than on what you can’t.

We provide:

  • One to one advice and support
  • Support to find paid work, become self employed or set up a social enterprise
  • Job coaching and in-work support
  • Support in negotiating reasonable adjustments with your employer and help in getting back to your job after being off sick

We also work with employers to raise their awareness of mental wellbeing in the workplace and what they can do to support their employees.

We provide our support through face-to-face meetings with an advisor, group work, phone, online and email.

Support is flexible to your needs, available on week days, weekends and evenings and we work at a number of local locations such as Mental Health Bristol hubs, community centres, libraries and GP surgeries.

Our teams are fully integrated with Bristol’s existing mental health provision and mainstream employment services to make sure we’re all working together to provide joined-up and comprehensive support for you. We also work closely with Job Centre Plus and major local employers to maximise the employment opportunities available to you. Locally we’re working in partnership with Richmond Fellowship, Bristol Somali Resource Centre and Windmill Hill City Farm to maximise local opportunities and meet the needs of Bristol’s diverse communities.

Click here to read our testimonials

I have found my coach to be a fantastic understanding support which is helping me find direction and confidence.”

I found the service very useful and helpful. I am looking for support work. Your service is helping me to build confidence and motivation.”

My coach is very good – non judgmental, understands and goes out of her way to help….my confidence and well being has improved 100%. When I was referred I never dreamed I would go for a well paid serious job again.”

It was useful to talk through my return to work with someone prior to returning after a period of sick leave.”

My coach is very good at their job and I would like support to get something full time and once that starts, continued support through a probation period.”

Who is the service for?

We work with people aged 18 and over who either live within, or are registered with a GP within, the city of Bristol.
We can provide support if you are looking for employment, or are in employment and need support to keep your job, and are experiencing mental health problems. (You don’t need a formal diagnosis.)

How to get support:

You can call or email the service, using the details above, to ask for support; family, friends, GPs, other health/social care professionals, and employers can also contact us to seek support and make a referral on someone’s behalf.

Case Studies

Click the links below to read about how Bristol Employment has helped its service users.