Following on from our first blog describing the support given to individuals to help them address the challenges that may have impacted on their readiness for employment; the Building Bridges team are delighted to set out how we can further develop and assist participants once they are ready to re-join the world of work.

In Work Support for Participants:

What is In Work support?

The majority of people take for granted what it is like to be in work and the routines needed to be followed to sustain it. Imagine if you have either never worked or been out of work for a long time –  the following questions may crop up, in addition to many other:

  • What bus do I need to catch in order to get to work on time?
  • What clothes should I wear?
  • What should I do if I my bus is late?
  • Who do I meet on my first day at work?
  • What will I be expected to do?
  • Who do I talk to if there are any issues?

If you don’t have the appropriate support network, who do you turn to for help?

This is where the In Work Support team can help as part of the Building Bridges programme.

Before a suitable work placement or job opportunity is sourced, Lorraine from the In Work Support team will meet with the participant and key worker to discuss what would be appropriate, and what support is needed to guide them in their journey to success.

All support is voluntary; it is the decision of the participant whether they receive support and to what extent.

If they take advantage of the support on offer, Lorraine will work closely with them to determine what the support should look like, how long the support may be needed and how often she will be in touch.

The level of support offered will vary according to individual preference and can be:

  • Support with any job/placement application process
  • Going into work with the participant on their first day and helping them settle in
  • Supporting them plan their first journey to work and if necessary doing a practice run with them
  • A phone call to see how their first day has gone
  • Ongoing contact until the participant feels they no longer need support
  • And anything else relevant.

Ideally the support will be provided in consultation with the employer to provide the very best experience for all concerned.

For more information on the Building Bridges project and to get in contact with the team visit our Building Bridges website. Or contact Lorraine, our in work support officer, at [email protected]