Trust’s employment service gains Centre of Excellence status

The Trust’s Walsall-based employment service has been named a Centre of Excellence in recognition of its success in helping people with mental health problems get back into work.

It is one of only 13 sites nationally to be awarded this status, and, during a recent assessment, staff received particular praise for their commitment and emphasis on the client’s needs. There was also clear evidence of how the service has added value to the recovery process.

Last year, 64 people were successfully helped into employment using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. One of those to benefit was Alexandra Whitelaw, who found a job in BHS Walsall.

“The employment service has been phenomenal” explains Alexandra. “My support worker has done an amazing job in building my confidence and helping me to get a job. What’s been really beneficial has been the on-going support I’ve received. Even now we keep in touch and if I need a bit of extra support I know I can turn to the employment service to help”.

The support Alexandra has received has also inspired her to work towards a career in mental health.

“We are really pleased to have been given such positive praise,” commented Vicky Harris, Social Inclusion and Vocational Services Manager at the Trust.

“We have a very pro-active and experienced employment team here, who are dedicated in supporting some of the most vulnerable individuals. We really get a sense of satisfaction when someone we are supporting gains meaningful employment.”