Long-term unemployed set for boost

By on 09/12/2009 in News

A £700,000 project designed to help people on long term incapacity benefit return to work, is set to get the go-ahead next Monday (14th Dec) when Birmingham City Council's Cabinet as are asked to approve its launch.

Funded through WNF (Working Neighbourhoods Fund) the project will see dedicated one-to-one support offered to individuals on long term incapacity, with a view to identifying what their training and health needs are in order to allow them to return to work in the future.

Once the needs of an individual have been identified the project will then seek to put them in contact with the most suitable organisations to help address these issues.

Cllr Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The competition for jobs in the current economic climate is perhaps fiercer now than ever before, making projects such as this perhaps more even more important.

“Finding a new job or reskilling can be hard enough at the best of times, never mind when you also have extra barriers to overcome associated with poor health.

“The way this project seeks to address this issue to bring real benefits to individuals on the ground is just the type of intervention WNF was set up to deal with, and just the type of project we will increasingly be bringing to reality over the coming months.”

Support will generally be offered within one of three key areas:

A) Managing Symptoms (i.e. stress management, pain management, back care clinic)
B) Adopting A Healthy Lifestyle (get active programmes, weight management, smoking cessation and the health benefits of work)
C) Identifying and challenging obstacles for returning to work. (essential skills, goal setting, routes into work, volunteering opportunities…)

The project is being delivered through the Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership, which brings together public bodies with a role in the city's health economy to deliver support to local people.

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For further information contact Simon Houltby on 0121 303 3503

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