Recovery into Work (RiW) is a service that uses work experience and volunteering opportunities in the community to train the people we support in a range of practical skills, with the aim of supporting their recovery and assisting them to find employment where appropriate.
The service currently focuses on gardening skills and is working in partnership with local Housing Associations to agree on a regular schedule of maintenance.
The aim of the service is to develop people's skills whilst they are living at one of our Supported Housing services. It will help to promote work readiness and increase the employment opportunities for adults with severe and enduring mental heath problems. All of the services are multi-occupied buildings with their own grounds, which are owned by various Housing Associations and we work in partnership to:
- Use the skills and experience of a specialist partner to train service users in a range of garden maintenance skills and provide supervision and direction for the garden maintenance at each of the supported housing services.
- Agree with the partner Housing Associations to allow the garden maintenance at each of the services to be undertaken by the trained Service Users, rather than using a private contractor or in-house department.
- Actively promote choice by providing opportunities for all residents to influence the design and use of the gardens.
- Offer other skills training to the participants, for example writing a CV and application form, and interview skills.
- Promote volunteering in order to support other services provided by Julian Support or other third sector organisations.
Although the focus of the project is on existing Julian Support Service Users we also accept applications to join the scheme from ex-service users and from service users with mental health problems who may be living in general needs housing and are being supported by other organisations.
Recovery into work photos courtesy of Paul Rao.