Our employment service can help support you in finding meaningful paid employment, volunteering opportunities, education or training.

We work with people living with mental ill health, early onset dementia and those on the autistic spectrum to achieve their goals.

We’re here to encourage you to develop a sense of independence, purpose and fulfillment and to help you develop the skills you need to manage your mental ill health and return to work or training.

Read our 2018/19 Annual Report

Kirklees Employment service is funded by Kirklees Council and NHS and is commissioned by Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group.

How we help

We can support you on a one-to-one basis, providing confidential, impartial advice and guidance to help you to move forward.

Once you’re referred to our service you’ll be allocated a specialist employment adviser who will work with you to set positive and achievable goals with regular follow up meetings.

Other practical support includes help with job applications, CV preparation and interview practice as well as workshops on confidence, self-esteem, wellbeing, art and basic IT.

In addition to Employment Advisers, our workshops are delivered by volunteer Peer Mentors; people who have lived experience of mental health problems, who can support you on your recovery journey.

Our service is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Accessing our service

Our service is available to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in the Kirklees area who has been diagnosed with a mental health problem, autistic spectrum condition and/or with other hidden impairments, e.g. ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia, or early onset dementia.

We cover the whole of Kirklees from our offices in Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

You can contact us directly or we accept referrals from community psychiatric nurses, psychologists, consultant psychiatrists, occupational therapists, Job Centre Plus and other partner agencies.

Download our referral form

Contacting our service

You can contact us in a number of ways:

Email: Info.KirkleesES@richmondfellowship.org.uk 

Phone: 01484 434866

Text: 07500791200

Post: 21 Old Leeds Road, Huddersfield, HD1 1SG

Our values

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.