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Jobcentre Plus would like to work with partners to improve the employment prospects of individuals facing complex barriers. We are looking for imaginative and innovative proposals from organisations to support individuals with mental health barriers to employment.
This opportunity will be administered by Jobcentre Plus through grant funding. The funding available for this is up to a maximum of £87,500 and will be awarded to a lead accountable body. A lead accountable body must be a legal entity with auditable accounts.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offers a range of support to help people off benefits and into jobs. With government policies focused on helping more people return to work, we have seen the numbers of people in work at record highs. However, there is still a focus to help people who have been unemployed for long periods, who live in deprived areas or have health conditions, change their lives through work.
DWP wants to join up public services such as health, housing, transport, employment and skills to help local people back into work. We seek to achieve value for money and alignment of funding which supports our primary aim of getting as many people back to work as quickly as possible.
Bath and North East Somerset
Closing date for applications
Midday 11 April 2019
Details of the partnership opportunity
DWP has identified a number of clients (at least 50) in Bath and the surrounding area of North East Somerset who have a need for support in addressing mental health barriers in order to gain sustainable employment.
Delivery should cover Bath and the surrounding towns and villages of North East Somerset with referrals being made by Bath Jobcentre.
The objective of this opportunity is to support 50 economically inactive participants who experience mental health barriers. Delivery must enable participants to understand and manage their mental health issues, leading them to have the confidence to be more self-sufficient, and to progress the removal of barriers faced by those individuals.
DWP seeks a service that will increase the confidence and motivation of the individual so that they can consider employment as the best course of action in order to improve their standard of living.
We require the supplier to hold extensive experience in the field of supporting and engaging with those experiencing mental distress or mental health barriers to work.
DWP would like suppliers to provide as a minimum the following elements.
Critical elements of the provision
Critical elements of the provision are:
- a full diagnostic interview to understand the underlying causes of the individual’s mental health and other barriers
- one to one professional counselling support and/or professional experience mentoring support, increasing confidence, motivation and self belief
- it is critical that this counselling and/or professional experience mentoring is delivered face-to-face on a one to one basis, in a relaxed, welcoming, non-threatening environment, adhering to professional standards
- an intensive programme of 12 sessions lasting a minimum of 60 minutes
- health condition management advice working with client to explore any underlying conditions constituting barriers to re-engagement with society
- help with coping mechanisms and methods to help with emotional health, self-esteem, confidence building and anxiety management, battling negative thoughts – promoting a positive attitude
- exploring impact of social isolation and financial exclusion with that individual and to action plan a routeway to improve these barriers
- production of a personal development plan which must be individual, realistic, and the property of the client
The supplier is to take an active role encouraging clients in addressing their barriers.
The desirable elements are:
- delivery should empower participants to understand and manage their complex issues and have the confidence to be more self sufficient enabling the use of coping strategies to manage barriers
- to be delivered over 3 months duration, made up of 12 weekly, one hour sessions – easements from the weekly pattern for those for whom their mental health requires a different pace than weekly is acceptable; it is expected easements will be few in number
- a holistic approach using other of sources of local help across Bath and beyond and actively signposting to those organisations
- understanding and exploring the causes of depression and anxiety and ways to cope and manage them with appropriate coping strategies
- overcoming anxiety over interviews and entering the work place
- help with emotional health, self-esteem, confidence building and anxiety management, battling negative thoughts – promoting a positive attitude
- the supplier is to take an active role to ensure the claimant addresses their barriers, delivering and arranging support activities and mentoring advice
- opportunity to have 3 way reviews which include our work coaches and our disability employment advisers
- understanding virtuous circles
Required targets and indicators
The critical elements to be included in the support are:
- 100% of attendees on completion are provided with a personalised Personal Development Plan that has been developed with them by the supplier
- 50 clients fully supported by the programme
- personal development plan must show both short-term and long-term goals and steps the client can and is taking to achieve them
- if a claimant presents with a particular barrier, they are to be signposted to an organisation that can help the client to move forward
- delivery to take place at the suppliers premises, community venues or other similar locations adhering to professional standards
- expected outcomes will be soft social justice outcomes and evidence that people are moving forwards, for example engagement in further training, work experience, volunteering, as a means of getting closer to the labour market
Jobcentre Plus would like this support to begin in April or May 2019, with referrals ending in January 2020 allowing final delivery by March 2020.
How to apply
Contact the DWP Avon Somerset and Gloucestershire Third Party Provision Team for an application form quoting reference number: ASG Grant 03 BANES Mental Health Support.
Telephone: 01823 349105
The closing date for applications is midday 11 April 2019.
For further information please contact Kevin Limrick:
Email address: email@example.com
Telephone: 01823 349105