Bedfordshire Employment Service
Island Hall Cottage
17 Post St
Godmanchester nr Huntingdon
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We’re a specialist employment service providing support for people recovering from mental health problems to find paid employment, voluntary work, education and training or to retain their current employment.
“An excellent service which encouraged me to look at my problems from other angles and make the correct decisions about my job” – Client
How we help
We support individuals to find or retain paid employment, voluntary work, education and relevant training.
Our team of employment advisors all hold the NVQ4 qualification in Advice and Guidance or are working towards it to ensure that we provide quality support to our clients. Richmond Fellowship also holds the Matrix quality standard for Advice and Guidance.
We offer a range of services including:
- Information, advice and guidance
- Career choice and planning
- Identifying skills and development
- Practical support with job search, job applications, CVs and interview preparation
- Access to courses for personal and career development.
In addition we run a Retain scheme to help individuals who are experiencing difficulties at work due to mental health problems. We work with them and/or their employers to enable individuals to remain at work. We can also offer consultation and mediation with employers where appropriate.
We work on a one-to-one basis with individuals to help them to identify their employment goals and plan a way of achieving them. Each person referred to us is supported by an employment advisor who will give one to one confidential support, information and guidance.
Who we can help
Our support is available to anyone living in the Bedfordshire area excluding Luton.
Clients should be aged over 18, living in Bedfordshire (excluding Luton), diagnosed with a mental health problem (this includes stress, anxiety and depression) and motivated to engage with the services provided.
Referrals are welcomed from any organisation in the area providing services to clients with a mental health diagnosis or directly from any individual who is eligible. This includes secondary mental health services
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.