Sedgefield Employment

Enterprise City, Meadowfield Avenue, Green Lane Industrial Estate, Spennymoor, DL16 6JF
Telehpone: (0191) 441 5950

‘Sedgefield Employment’ is a service run by Mental Health Matters offering help to people 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.

  • 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

Eligibility

To meet the referral criteria for the service, clients need to be aged 18 years old or over and require assistance in the following in order to aid their recovery:

  • Individual support to access employment or vocational training opportunities.
  • Individual support to retain their current employment or place on a vocational training course

Referrals to the scheme may come from:

  • Care Co-ordinators / Advanced Practitioners/Lead Professional in TEWV Community Teams
  • CCG’s Mental Health Care Staff (Care Link Workers / Graduate Mental Health Workers etc.)
  • Other Voluntary Organisations, with Care Coordinator/Lead Professional involvement

How can I access the service?

Please ask your Care Coordinator to complete a referral form and post it to:
Mental Health Matters, Enterprise City, Meadowfield Avenue, Green Lane Industrial Estate, Spennymoor, DL16 6JF
Tel: 0191 441 5950
Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

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