New employment programme for people with health conditions launched in Cheshire East
A new employment programme aimed at supporting people with health conditions find a job and stay in work, has launched in Cheshire East.
Inspiring Futures, delivered by not-for-profit organisation Fedcap on behalf of Cheshire East Council, offers personalised support for people who are economically inactive and would like support to get back into the workplace.
The programme will assess people, looking at what they can do, and promote them and their skills to local employers. Once people secure roles, which may be paid or voluntary depending on the individual, Fedcap continues to support them, working hand in hand with employers to meet any needs the individual has in order for them to stay in work.
Brian Bell, Fedcap CEO, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Cheshire East Council on this exciting new project to support economically inactive people into sustainable employment.
“We understand the difficulties people face when looking for work and staying in a job. Our Inspiring Futures programme can help people find work that suits their circumstances and ensure work contributes to them enjoying a healthy life.”
Beth joined Inspiring Futures in January and now volunteers four days a week for St Luke’s Hospice at its shop in Crewe and spends one day with Inspiring Futures.
She said: “Since being with Fedcap, it’s changed my life. It’s all about gaining my confidence. The staff and support system are absolutely phenomenal. I’ve got other things lined up, helping other volunteers with learning disabilities, helping them get through a difficult time because I was going through a difficult time. If it wasn’t for Fedcap, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“My anxiety wasn’t there anymore, I felt comfortable, they listened to my needs, they helped me out, it’s just a nice environment to be in and more people should join.”
Adelle Gillett, Volunteer Support Coordinator with St Luke’s Hospice, said: “We’re delighted to support the Inspiring Futures programme which has been launched by Fedcap.
“Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, gain valuable experience and increase confidence, plus it’s vital to our hospice. Our volunteers are the backbone of St Luke’s, enabling us to continue to provide our special care and support to those who need it.
“Becky at Fedcap has been great to work with, very informative and supportive through the whole process. We’re pleased to have placed Beth and Asher in our Crewe and Nantwich shops and we’re looking forward to working with them and wish them both all the best for the future.”
The Inspiring Futures programme is open to people in Cheshire East aged 16+ who have a health condition which impacts on them looking for or staying in a job and aren’t currently receiving any benefits that require them to look for work.
For more information visit: Inspiring Futures