“ My name is R.M. I am 44, and have had schizophrenia and a physical illness for over 21 years. I have been to the Job Centre many times over the years, but they did not seem interested in helping me. Staff at my community mental health team put me in contact with their Employment Specialist.
After a few sessions with the ES she invited me to the job club every Friday between 3-5pm. I quickly became motivated and eager to look for a job. They explained to me how to draw up a CV and write correct application forms. Within months I had an interview with B&Q but didn’t get the job. Then I had an interview with Homebase but didn’t get the job! The ES suggested some pointers and we did more interview practice and I got a job – 14hrs a week at B&Q. I couldn’t have done this without the constant support from the ES, she kept motivating me even when I felt low after not getting the first two jobs. I considered taking a break but she encouraged me to keep trying. I know have my dream job.
UEP – since it started in Sept 05, 200 people have accessed the programme, 168 placements have taken place, 80 people have gone into jobs, 30 into educ, and 11 into volunteering.
When IPS was first introduced within an Early Intervention Team. In Yr 1 80% of those referred were inactive. Within 9 months 77% were involved in paid employment or education. Year 2 37 people accessed the service of which 1 was in employment (78% were unoccupied) and none were in education. By the end of the year 15 were in paid work and 8 were in education.
In Brent in first 10 months of this financial year – 2.5 posts (one of has been in post just 10 months), 125 people accessed the service 35 have been supported into paid work and 25 into education.