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What is Work to Recovery Birmingham & Solihull?

Work to Recovery Birmingham and Solihull is a free, voluntary service, which aims to support people with mental health conditions to find and sustain paid employment. To be eligible for the programme, you must be:

  • Over 18 years old 
  • Registered with a Birmingham and Solihull GP 
  • Under the care of secondary mental health service or, 
  • On the GP Serious mental health register 
  • Motivated to find paid work

The Birmingham & Solihull IPS Service is funded by Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board (ICB). We are pleased to announce that Work to Recovery has been awarded the new national Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Grow Quality Mark by IPS Grow and the Centre for Mental Health. You can find out more about the award here: Work to Recovery service awarded – Shaw Trust

Our team will work with you to help you find the right job fit and joining this service will not impact on your benefits. You can also opt out of the service at any time, if you feel it is not right for you. 

How will the Work to Recovery Birmingham & Solihull support me?

Using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, a dedicated Shaw Trust Employment Specialist will work with you and your Health and Social Care Professional to provide you with a bespoke service tailored to your preferences and choices, and help you to identify employment goals and create a realistic employment plan. 

Through your journey on the programme, you will be supported by the Employment Specialist, who will create a personalised approach with you to help you gain paid employment and then provide ongoing in-work support, also by looking at what adjustments and assistance you might need from an employer. This will enable your new job role to be successful, to develop you in work and enable you to maintain your health and wellbeing.

How we help you

Once referred onto the programme, you will meet with one of our highly trained Employment Specialists who will:

  • Get to know you 
  • Create an employment action plan based on what you want to do 
  • Prepare your CV / practice for interviews 
  • If required, support with how to positively disclose your mental health condition to an employer 
  • Job search and engage with employers 
  • Ongoing in-work
  • Advise on welfare benefits and how these could be affected by going into work

For more information or to self-refer contact us:

How to apply?

To get started fill in a form and a member of our team will be in touch:

Work to Recovery

For more information please fill in our referral form or contact:

E: worktorecovery@shaw-trust.org.uk
T: 0808 196 8595

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