Pluss is delighted to launch the governments brand new Work and Health Programme which will transform the lives of thousands of people who face significant barriers to work.
The new programme is called ‘Opportunities Unlimited’ and it will help over 35,000 people across Southern England to find long-term work over the next seven years. At least 85% of people on the programme will have a health condition or disability.
Our Change Coaches will help individuals to develop their confidence so they feel ready and motivated to work. We will also support them to search for jobs, develop digital skills and meet with open-minded employers.
The idea is that every individual on the programme begins to feel healthy and good about themselves. We will encourage people to take part in community activities, such as healthy eating, wellbeing or exercise groups, and will also help them to manage any challenges such as anxiety, addiction or debt.
Our approach is based on the belief that with the right support, anyone can find work and achieve their true employment potential.
Pluss will also continue to promote the governments Disability Confident campaign to help employers maximise the benefits of employing people with disabilities.
Pluss will begin delivery of the Work and Health Programme on 15th January 2018. We will be delivering the programme with a range of specialist partners including Abilities, Activate Learning, Kennedy Scott, Maximus, Portsmouth City Council, Prospects Training Services and Wheatsheaf Trust.
Pluss is delivering the Work and Health Programme on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions. The programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund.
The Southern Contract Package Area (CPA) covers the following Jobcentre Plus districts:
- Devon, Cornwall and Somerset
- Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset
- Avon, Severn and Thames (excluding Milton Keynes and Aylesbury)
- Berkshire, Surrey, Brighton and West Sussex
Who will it help?
The Work and Health Programme will work with the following individuals:
- People with health conditions, mental health conditions and disabilities (Over 85% of customers).
- Other individuals who face significant disadvantages including carers, homeless people, ex offenders, ex-forces, care leavers, refugees and people with a history of substance misuse.
- Individuals who have been registered unemployed and out of work for two years or more (from April 2018)