Office: Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham, SR8 3EX
Telephone: 0191 527 4166 or 0191 527 4168
Easington Employment Service is an employment service delivered by MHM, supporting those with mental health needs to fulfil their aspirations and goals towards personal recovery. People who wish to increase their confidence, independence and skills through paid employment, volunteering or education can achieve this with the help we offer.
How can we help?
- Create Individual Recovery Action Plans
- Vocational Assessments
- Confidence Building
- Personal Development
- Access to work placements and voluntary work
- Find and access training and qualifications
- To gain the skills to complete a CV and cover letter
- Job searching
- To gain practical skills to complete application forms
- Advice and guidance with interview techniques
- Signposting to other agencies
- Information on appropriate welfare benefits
Supporting someone with their employment aspirations (paid or unpaid) is a key part of the recovery process. People report having better mental health and therefore use services less when they are in employment.
Our fully flexible range of work-related support enables people to join the workforce for the first time, re-join after a period of absence, re-train in the career of their choice or retain their current position.
It takes all sorts of different skills to do different jobs. Taking up learning can open up new job opportunities. By improving your skills or learning new ones, you can gain the qualifications you need to do the job you want.
Learning can also offer stimulation and new challenges. It is a great way to get out and about, meet new people and make new friends. Many people who take up learning as adults say it has given them increased confidence, self-worth and optimism for the future.
We can help to retain employment by:
- Providing support to disclose mental health to the employer and/or colleagues
- Negotiating a gradual return to the workplace
- Looking at possible reasonable adjustments
- Identifying difficulties at work and work towards solutions
- Providing information and advice around employment and disability related legislation
Who is this service for?
This service is open to people aged 18 years old or over, living in East Durham (from Murton to Haswell/Thornley), who need help to find or stay in work due to mental health problems.
How can I access the service?
If you think this service could help you, you will need to be referred to the service by a health or social care professional. We accept referrals from people such as GPs, CPNs, Counsellors, the Jobcentre, Community Mental Health Teams, and other care providers.
If you are a professional making a referral, please click the link to download the MHM Referral Form. Completed referral forms should be posted to:
Mental Health Matters, Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, County Durham, SR8 3EX
From the time that I started working with Mental Health Matters, they have been very understanding and patient. Although they encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, we moved at my pace and I never felt pushed. At the beginning, I was unsure about my options but they told me what was available to me and helped me to make informed choices. I am always singing their praises and encourage others to access their service because they are all about the individual. Although I have worked extremely hard to get into the position I am in, I would not be here without their guidance and support. They have been there every step of the way from supporting me throughout my voluntary placement to assisting me to complete application forms and prepare for interviews. Most importantly the team genuinely care and are always there to listen and provide support.”
Where are we?
Click the links below to read about how the Easington Employment Project has helped its service users.