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Thinking differently about mental health and wellbeing

Skills, Learning & Employment

Meaningful occupation is viewed as a key component in regaining and maintaining a person’s positive mental health and wellbeing. We work with a range of partners, including health, local government and housing associations, to support individuals in building their confidence and self-esteem, developing new and recovering existing skills, and identifying and securing suitable training and employment opportunities. In addition we strive to reduce discrimination in the work place, providing bespoke mental health and wellbeing training to employers, with the aim of enhancing employment practices across a range of organisations.

Out of Work Service

The Out of Work  Service (OOWS) is delivered in partnership between Gofal and NewLink Wales (ages 25+) and Gofal and DrugAid (ages 16-24); across the Cardiff and Vale and Cwm Taf Health Board areas providing individualised mentoring and support for people who are recovering from Substance Misuse and/or Mental Health issues and are long term unemployed or economically inactive, and belong to the following groups:

  • People aged 25 or older who are recovering from substance misuse and/or mental health issues and are long-term unemployed or economically inactive.
  • People aged 16-24 who are affected/recovering from substance misuse and/or mental health issues and are not in education, employment or training.

The scheme has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The OOWS will be delivered across the whole of Wales and will complement and enhance existing treatment, support and care services, through the provision of additional mentoring support; that focuses on helping people to move on and thrive through inspiring self-confidence, nurturing self-reliance, developing new skills, acquiring qualifications and ultimately achieving economic independence through paid employment.

The scheme has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

Where we operate this service: Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, RCT and the Vale of Glamorgan

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Pathways to Employment Project

Pathways to Employment provides a specialist service to people with mental health needs, assisting them to access or retain employment, access education and vocational opportunities, or re-discover skills and abilities that they may have lost. We do this by identifying and pursuing relevant training and offering support and mentoring to individuals relating to work opportunities. Using the Workstar Outcome model, we focus on aspirations, strengths, experience and the re-learning or development of new skills. To support this work, we have developed a number of positive relationships with employers and training providers to ensure that we can meet individual needs and support people on their journey of recovery.

Where we operate this service: Caerphilly

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