Mental health

Employment support

EMPoWA is a specialist employment support service for people who wish to work within Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. EMPoWA offers support and guidance to help people with a mental health diagnosis to seek, gain, and maintain employment.

How EMPoWA can help

Using an ‘Individual Placement and Support’ (IPS) model to help people find employment means that the service is tailored to the individual’s needs and specific difficulties will be addressed while relating to the job search.

EMPoWA can also support individuals who are already employed with any work retention issues they may be facing.

The team can provide advice about what to say to an employer about a health problem and an individual’s rights if such a health problem is declared.

Support and advice is offered to those in existing employment as well as information about other agencies and services which can be contacted to help achieve employment goals.

The team offer support with the following:

  • addressing barriers to employment
  • benefits advice
  • confidence building
  • contacting employers
  • job searching
  • making applications
  • negotiating reasonable adjustments in the workplace
  • on-going post-employment support
  • support with interviews
  • work trials leading to employment
  • writing CVs

Address

South Beds (Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable)

Tel: 01234 355933

Fax: 01234 353439

Email: empowa@elft.nhs.uk

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