One year ago, Work Well warmly welcomed its first client on to the project to receive one-to-one career coaching. Since then, the service has gone from strength to strength; from growing a team of Career Coaches from 3 to 15, to getting local people into paid work and staying there.
Funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund as part of Building Better Opportunities, Work Well has been helping people who are out of work, over 25, living in Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth and experiencing Anxiety or Depression to find paid and fulfilling jobs.
In a year we have welcomed nearly 500 clients on to the project. These clients have been meeting our trained NHS Career Coaches for tailored employment advice at locations that they feel most comfortable in, including local libraries, community centres, foodbanks, GP surgeries and our own offices.
In these meetings career goals have been mapped out, CVs updated, jobs applied for, mock interviews carried out, interviews attended, and jobs offered. In addition to this, our in-house Financial Support Adviser has helped clients navigate their way through the benefits system to ensure they are financially supported whilst job-searching.
From our current clients, 95 have entered onto training programmes to develop their knowledge and skills to help get them closer to achieving their job goals. In addition to this, 55 have taken on voluntary roles to help improve their employability skills and prepare them for the workplace.
Finally, a total of 66 people have already achieved their ultimate goal of moving into paid employment. The types of careers they are now pursuing vary from Administration to Commercial Law. Many of these clients are still receiving in-work support from their Career Coaches to ensure a steady and successful transition into sustained employment.
Work Well client, Graeme, joined the project last year feeling depleted following a number of unsuccessful job applications, “I’ve suffered from depression for years and being unemployed, for just over a year, made it a lot worse. I was at a point where I was getting the interviews (I’d been to thirty-six interviews by the time I was referred) but kept being told that while I came across well, there was always someone better suited to the role.”
Following regular support with his Work Well Career Coach, Graeme is now working in the IT Department at the Bank of England “I’m sat here, having been through a forty-two interview journey that ended with me being offered two roles. I was actually in a position where I could choose the job that was best suited for me and I really believe that this was down to Jo and her support.” Read Graeme’s full success story with Work Well.