Steps to Work is thrilled to have been successful in securing the sub- contract with Shaw Trust to deliver the Work and Health programme in Sandwell and Dudley. Steps to Work and Shaw Trust aim to join up services where possible. In order to do this, they are looking for partners who can assist them with the needs of customers by focussing on the integration of existing services and providing better accessibility for customers.
Customers will be referred from Job Centre Plus. Steps to Work will be dealing with the long term unemployed, people with disabilities, health conditions and those who qualify for early entry, such as ex-forces personnel and those who have additional vulnerabilities.
Steps to Work will be aiming to link all services to support their customers such as housing associations, the National Health Service, General Practitioners, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Community Mental Health Teams and Improving access to Psychological practices as well as the Voluntary Sector and employment support providers.
The success of the Work and Heath programme will depend on the strength of collaboration with partners. Steps to Work has built some great relationships in many areas of the Black Country through its Building Better Opportunities programme “BRIDGES”. It is keen to expand upon this for the Work and health Programme.
For Sandwell and Dudley areas (click here for specific wards) Steps to Work is also looking for co-locations and two main hubs from which they can deliver. Space will vary depending on the referrals received. However, as minimum 1-2 desks on each site at different times throughout the week is required.
The agreement could potentially be for 5 years. Steps to Work would like to review every 6-12 months.
If you have space which you feel may be suitable, please contact Rizwana Hussain, Work Programme Manager, on 01922 892060 or 07900583681. Email: Rizwana.Hussain@stepstowork.co.uk