...but luckily I was given the support to start taking small steps...not pushed into doing anything, just helped to believe in myself a little more. I got help, got a job, and it’s changed my life.’
We know everyone is different, that's why our service is tailored around you and your needs. We work with a range of people including health professionals, employment specialists and local community organisations to create a support package to help you find the right job, at the right time.
Work and Health provides support for those unemployed people with health conditions or disabilities. It is also designed to help those individuals who have been out of work for a long time as well as those who might need some specialist support.
Your employment specialist will help you find a job and will ensure you get the advice, guidance and support you need to move into work at your pace
Access to a digital service that allows you to do things your way. Accessible 24/7, you can schedule your own appointments at a time and date that suits you, join online courses that you know will benefit you, and look for jobs that match your skills. Digital support will be provided to help you navigate the hub
Take part in online health or skills training packages including fit club, back care and creating a CV. Or, join one of many face-to-face courses supporting you with anything from managing your health condition, setting up online banking, understanding your strengths or enhancing your IT skills
Flexible and Easy to Access
Join us in one of our friendly, open office spaces or meet in locations where you feel comfortable such as a coffee shop, community centre or maybe even your local library
Physical and mental health support from our in-house qualified professionals, local community experts and specialist health organisations that we have built relationships with to ensure that you have access to a range of wellbeing support that best suits your needs
Help with barriers such as substance abuse, addiction or rehabilitation. We can also support with issues such as housing and homelessness
Access to vacancies with local and national employers, who we can work with to explain your individual situation. Or, if self-employment is something you are interested in we can provide expert advice
Local Community Links
If we don’t specialise in it we will find you someone who does. Our local partnerships mean that we can put you in touch with the right people or work with your current support network to ensure you get an all-round service
Speak to your JCP Work Coach about the programme to see if it is right for you, or find out more about joining the programme.
If you are successfully referred you will be contacted within 48 hours to arrange an appointment.
You will meet your dedicated Key Worker giving you both the chance to get to know each other. You will get the opportunity to explain your personal circumstances, your health conditions or disability, and chat about your hopes for the future. The more your Key Worker knows about you the better support they can provide.
Your Key Worker will coordinate everything for you, from recommending group workshops to arranging one-to-one support from our qualified health professionals. They can also suggest online courses, help you with your IT skills and even provide in-work support as and when you feel ready to move into work.
Stuart Reid, 36, was out of work for five years and experienced severe depression, made worse by his fruitless job search. Three months later Stuart’s confidence soared.
"I went from having zero confidence and not wanting to leave the house, to earning my own money and rebuilding my self-respect. I was so nervous when I first attended but they eased my worries and helped in so many practical ways. I'm making new friends at work and feel like I have a purpose in life again. I'm looking forward to working my way onwards and upwards."
Victoria Colyer has always worked but three years ago she found herself out of work with her confidence and self-esteem at an all-time low.
“I received friendly, non-judgemental support and was even helped to sort out my benefits. At the beginning the thought of work made me feel nervous. My Key Worker found a vacancy that they thought I would be perfect for, but I wasn’t so sure. They taught me to recognise my strengths, gave me the confidence to apply and helped me with my CV and interview skills. Eight months later I am in the same role with money in my pocket and plans to decorate my house! If someone had told me that my life would be like this a year ago I never would have believed them. I am happier than ever.”
Isobel Reid, 56, has battled with a serious back condition, mental health problems and alcohol addiction for much of her adult life. Having given up drinking four years ago, Isobel found a job despite being out of work for 37 years.
“Slowly my nerves settled and I really benefitted from hearing the experiences of others. I felt really important; to think a large company like Mitie wanted me. I am so much more outgoing now and hope that my experiences can help others in similar situations. I’ve learnt not to make excuses for myself. I got help, got a job, and it’s changed my life."
Work and Health is delivered across the North West in partnership with:
Ingeus makes sure people have the skills, support and behaviours to get jobs, gain independence and become productive employees
Halton Borough Council are an experienced end-to-end provider and have fully integrated links with local services
Pluss are an award winning Community Interest Company that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move towards and into employment each year
Unit B First Floor,
St Johns Court,
Lesser Kings Hall,
291-305 Lytham Road,
Room 23 - 31 2nd Floor,
Unit 3, 10, 11, 12,
Alington House Community Association,
4 North Bailey,
Rooms 1 and 2,
10 Haywra Street,
Huyton Hey Road,
Meeting House Lane,
Middlesbrough St Marys
First floor offices,
St Mary's Centre,
82-90 Corporation Road,
Pendle Business Centre,
Units 23, 24 & 25,
Scarborough Business Centre,
High Street House,
45-51 Shakespeare Street,
World of Glass,
North Sands Business Centre,
The Senhouse Centre,
3 Senhouse Street,
Best Life Building People First,
4-8 Oxford Street,
You can join the Work and Health Programme by speaking to your Job Centre Plus (JCP) coach at your next appointment.
If you're a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can contact us using InterpretersLive! This service enables access to on demand and pre-booked, qualified NRCPD British Sign Language interpreters, 24 hours a day, 365 a year. Find out more.