Working Well (Work and Health Programme) celebrates one year of changing lives in Manchester

31st January 2019, 10:58 am

This week marks one year since Mayor Andy Burnham launched the Working Well (Work and Health Programme)– an initiative that supports people from all walks of life, whether long-term unemployed, recently made redundant, or facing challenges with disabilities or health conditions.

Commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the programme is being delivered by the Growth Company (GC) alongside Ingeus as part of the InWorkGM partnership alliance.

Since its launch 12 months ago, Working Well has supported 599vulnerable people across Manchester – and has successfully helped 172 of them back into work. Jenny, is just one of the many clients who we’ve supported back into employment.

53-year-old Jenny, from Rusholme, had previously had a successful retail career. However, a diagnosis of extreme anxiety led to her being put on strong medication which affected her memory. She was accused of theft of a small amount of cash, but she struggled to remember the incident and was sacked from her role.

Jenny was worried about her future job prospects. She felt like her reputation had been ruined, and that her hearing impairment would hinder her even further. Money worries also began to mount up, and Jenny needed help to get her mental health, and her life, back on track – so her journey with GC began.

Her key worker immediately identified that she needed some mental health support and referred her to a trained practitioner. Once she was in a position to think about employment, we worked with Jenny to help her overcome all the barriers that were preventing her from finding a job – including providing tailored interview support based around her hearing impairment.

We wanted to get Jenny back into the industry she loved, so we contacted Quality Save. She was soon offered an interview and her hard work paid off. She was immediately offered the position after impressing them with her enthusiasm. Now she regularly takes on extra shifts, and receives positive feedback from her manager and colleagues.

“I’m thrilled to be back in work doing a job that I love. There’s been a massive improvement to my life and circumstances since getting help the Growth Company.” – Jenny, Working Well Client


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