Bromley’s young people with mental health conditions to be offered support from £1.5m employment programme

PUBLISHED: 11:54 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 18 July 2017

Jan Hutchinson - Centre for Mental Health

Jan Hutchinson - Centre for Mental Health

© Copyright:Robert Aberman - Photographer.

City Bridge Trust, and The Centre for Mental Health will be working together to run the project

Bromley’s young people with mental health conditions are set to benefit from a £1.5million employment scheme which has been announced.

Funding was received from City Bridge Trust, which provides grants totalling around £20million per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London, for the programme - Our Bridge To Work.

The trust is working in partnership with The Centre for Mental Health (CMH), a research organisation, to run the project over the next three years in areas where support services are not yet available - Bromley, Tower Hamlets, Newham, and Lewisham.

The programme will get individuals into work, teaching them a trade through on-the-job training.

Research carried out by the trust found that Individual Placement and Support (IPS), which focuses on getting people into employment first and providing training and support for employees – including clinical care and welfare advice - was the best approach.

The trust claims that “IPS is the most effective method of supporting people with severe mental illness into employment, with continued support once they are in the job.”

Alison Gowman, chairperson of the trust’s committee, said: “At the moment, strong individual support services are delivered in only 10 London boroughs, so this project has the potential to expand across London.

“This funding will give employers the support, skills and resources they need to increase opportunities for young people with mental health issues.

“Our Bridge To Work programme will make real long-term change a reality for young Londoners and narrow the employment gap for young people in the capital.”

Jan Hutchinson, CMH programme director, added: “We know that this type of placement gives people with mental health needs the best possible chance of gaining employment when they want to work.

“Through the programme we aim to find paid work for at least 200 people and to further increase access to placements in 2018.

“We want all Londoners who are using mental health services to have the benefit of a placement support service to help them find work and support them whilst in employment. This major new grant will help us to get closer to that goal and to give people a chance to get the job they want to change their lives.”

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