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picture of logoPluss launches supported employment pilot to probation services

Pluss has partnered with Livewell Southwest to launch a pilot scheme in Plymouth, aimed at helping ex-offenders with mental health conditions secure and progress in, employment.

Wellbeing 4 Work will offer specialist mental health support through a dedicated change coach. The Change Coach will work with service users referred by probation officers in our Plymouth office, part of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (DDC) Probation Services.

Service users will receive one-to-one support for up to six months, with a personalised health and wellbeing support programme. This will be designed to help them progress into meaningful employment, retain their job and develop continuously on the job.

Holistic support, including NHS Health Practitioners and a Peer Support programme, will be offered alongside the one-to-one support. The programme will complement other rehabilitation commitments and support services being used by the service user.

Statistics show that employment plays a major role in rehabilitation and reducing reoffending. The programme recognises the additional barriers to work that service users with mental health conditions face.

Charlie Baker, Chief Probation Officer for Offender Management in DDC Probation Services, said: “This is a fantastic example of multi-agency work for offenders in the community.

“The Wellbeing 4 Work Team is working closely with DDC Probation Services to pilot a much-needed provision to work towards the successful rehabilitation of offenders in the Plymouth area.

“We are very excited to see this project launched and look forward to seeing offenders usefully employed as a result.”

Chris Harrison, Executive Director of Employability for Seetec Pluss, said: “We are delighted to be working with colleagues in DDC Probation Services to provide specialist mental health and wellbeing supported employment, along with Livewell Southwest. 

“Together we’ll provide employment opportunities for service users in Plymouth to find, progress and retain employment.

“Only 17% of ex-offenders find work within a year of release, but this is something we are determined to change. Helping our users to gain skills, confidence and value through work will empower them to take full control and get life back on track.”

The pilot programme will run for a year, and aims to support service users into secure, sustainable employment.

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