Wheatsheaf Trust is delighted to announce that from January 2018 we will be working with The Pluss Organisation CIC to deliver the new ‘Work and Health Programme’ contract on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Both Wheatsheaf Trust and Pluss have a proud heritage of supporting people who face complex barriers to employment and have developed a new model called ‘Opportunities Unlimited’ that will deliver a truly personalised service. The key principle to our solution is that with the right support, most people can find work and build a career. We want to ensure that no-one is left behind and will be working with the following customer groups:
- People with health conditions, mental health conditions and disabilities (Over 80% of customers).
- Other individuals who face significant disadvantages including carers, homeless, ex offenders, ex-forces, care leavers, refugees and people with a history of substance misuse.
- Individuals who have been registered unemployed and out of work for two years or more.
The link between securing sustainable employment and improved health and social outcomes is a clear one. As a local provider, we recognise that our role is part of a broader network of services and support, and if we are to close the disability employment gap, and do better for others with complex barriers, then the Work and Health Programme must be the catalyst for more collaborative working on behalf of participants and so we look forward to working alongside partner agencies on tackling this important issue.