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Mental Health VCSE Providers Focus Group – Inclusive Workplaces for Everyone

Supporting inclusive workplaces for everyone – health related pathways to work

Association of Mental Health Providers is partnering on a Health and Wellbeing Alliance project, being co-led by Homeless Link and Win/Win and involving seven other Alliance members as well as the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), and Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM). The partnership is supporting the Health and Work Unit to work towards inclusive workplaces for everyone. Funded by Public Health England (PHE), the project will produce resources to help employers to embed good practice approaches supporting disabled people, people with long term health conditions and/or people from protected characteristic groups towards, into and to stay in work.

Central to this work is developing an Employer Directory to highlight ‘national and local pathways to work’. This electronic Directory of employment support programmes will sit alongside a Pathways to Work toolkit for public sector employers and the voluntary and community sector.

These resources will help employers work with and support disabled people, people with long term health conditions and disabilities and people with protected characteristics as defined by the Equalities Act 2010: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation. The work will also seek to address the needs of homeless people, those with experience of poor mental health, people in contact with the criminal justice system and people with experience of substance misuse.

This project will include a toolkit which supports employers to implement a psychologically informed approach – a framework for working with people who have experienced repeated adverse life events. We are particularly interested in organisations which use reflective practice, and/or an understanding of the impact trauma can have on a person’s emotions and behaviour.

If you would like to participate in this focus group, please contact Carey to register your interest.