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Work and Health Programme launched by the GM Mayor celebrates one year this week

This week starting 28th Jan 2019 marks one year since Mayor Andy Burnham launched the Working Well (Work and Health Programme) – an initiative that supports Trafford residents from all walks of life, whether long-term unemployed, recently made redundant or facing challenges with disabilities or health conditions.

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Andy Burnham

Commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the programme is being delivered by the Growth Company (GC) alongside Ingeus as part of the InWorkGM partnership alliance.

Since its launch 12 months ago, Working Well has supported 186 vulnerable people across Trafford – and has successfully helped 39 of them back into work. ‘Participant A’ is just one of the Trafford residents who has benefitted from Working Well.

A Trafford resident was referred to Working Well after suffering a stroke at the age of 25. As well as struggling to come to terms with the physical implications of what had happened, his mental health had also been affected – he was struggling with low confidence and was beginning to show signs of depression.

A meeting was set up for him with Pathways, which helped him to gain a better understanding of his mental illness. He left the meeting with a number of coping strategies to help him manage his condition, and he was soon ready to start thinking about work.

The male Trafford resident who does not want to be named was already completing a voluntary placement with Trafford Council, but wanted to apply for a part-time, paid position which had come up. His key worker supported him throughout the application process and helped him secure an interview. To improve his confidence and give him the best possible chance of getting the job, Participant A was given interview tips and time to practice the presentation which he had been told to put together as part of the interview process.

We’re proud to say he was successful in getting the job. However, the help and support we offered to him didn’t stop there. He felt he needed to boost his skills for the future, so his key worker looked into some suitable courses. It was decided that the BTEC L3 Award in Education and Training would be the ideal course for him, as it would allow him to use his existing qualifications to build his knowledge and expertise for the future. He was successful in securing a place on the course, which he started back in September.

The male Working Well client said: “If I had not have signed up to Working Well, I would not have had the support I needed with interview techniques and application writing. I have enjoyed working with my key worker and it is

“Good to know that I will continue to get support whilst in work.”

More information on this programme can be found here >>> http://www.growthco.uk/about-us/working-well-personalised-support-service/

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