Somerset JCP - partnership opportunities

Jobcentre Plus would like to work with partners to improve the employment prospects of individuals facing complex barriers in Somerset and North Somerset. They are looking for imaginative and innovative proposals from organisations to support individuals with mental health barriers to employment.

This opportunity will be administered by Jobcentre Plus through grant funding. The funding available for this is up to a maximum of £99,000 and will be awarded to a lead accountable body (LAB). A LAB must be a legal entity with auditable accounts.

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Details of the partnership opportunity

JCP has identified a number of customers (at least 70) in Somerset who have a need for support in addressing mental health barriers order to gain sustainable employment.

Delivery should cover the County of Somerset and of North Somerset with referrals being made by Jobcentres in Bridgwater, Clevedon, Frome, Minehead, Taunton, Wells, Weston-super-Mare, and Yeovil.

The objective of this opportunity is to support 70 economically inactive participants who experience mental health barriers. Delivery must enable participants to understand and manage their Mental Health issues, leading them to have the confidence to be more self-sufficient, and to progress the removal of barriers faced by those individuals.

DWP seeks a service that will Increase the confidence and motivation of the individual so that they can consider employment as the best course of action in order to improve their standard of living.

We require the Supplier to hold extensive experience in the field of supporting and engaging with those experiencing mental distress / mental health barriers to work.

Ideally Jobcentre Plus would like suppliers to provide as a minimum the following elements:

  • a full diagnostic interview
  • it is essential that the supplier can offer a holistic approach so knows of sources of local help across the County of Somerset and of North Somerset and can actively signpost to those organisations acting as an advocate for that individual
  • understanding the causes of depression and anxiety and ways to cope and manage them
  • overcoming anxiety over interviews and entering the work place
  • to include at least six 1-2-1 face to face or group sessions (each expected to have a minimum duration of 60 minutes).Some sessions could be in a group setting if several claimants are facing similar barriers and group delivery/support would be more effective
  • help with emotional health, self-esteem, confidence building and anxiety management, battling negative thoughts - promoting a positive attitude. Development of an individual, realistic, time bound action plan and where required help to remove barriers to employment
  • the provider is to take an active role to ensure the claimant addresses barriers, delivering and arranging support activities and mentoring advice. This includes direct delivery in-house and from third parties, rather than simply signposting