Work wins shared in new employment recovery booklet


People supported to find work through the Trust’s individual placement and support service have shared how their lives have changed in a new booklet of recovery stories.

The individual placement and support (IPS) employment service supports people using secondary mental health services across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield to find competitive paid employment.Cover of booklet with quotes from service users and photos of people. Text reads "Go for it – if you want to work, work! The employment specialist can help you achieve that." and "I would recommend the IPS service to anyone. It may sound scary, but it really isn’t."

Having helped hundreds of people to secure paid roles, the booklet shares the stories of people who have rebuilt their lives despite facing various barriers, and recognise what has helped them in their return-to-work journey.

The booklet features people like Jenny, who after being out of work for 10 years said she could not have come as far as she has without the support and encouragement of her employment specialist; and Paul, who says the service has given him the opportunity to develop relationships which offer a positive way to move forward with his life.

The team’s dedicated employment specialists help individuals who want to work to find jobs based on their preferences, offering ongoing support for both the person and their employer.

Darryl Thompson, chief nurse and director of quality and professions at the Trust, said: “Our individual placement and support services do everything they can to provide opportunities for work. They help people who are in contact with secondary mental health services to gain meaningful employment, stay in work and support those in work through times of distress. The stories in this booklet bring to life the fantastic work of the individual placement and support service and the difference it makes to people.”

Find out more about the service in a short film and hear about people’s experiences of using the service.

Read the recovery stories booklet.

Work wins shared in new employment recovery booklet

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