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Innovative Employability Programme to Launch in London

15 December 2016

Innovative new employability programme to launch across London for people facing mental ill health

Thousands of Londoners with mental health conditions will be supported into work following the announcement today of a multi-million pound lottery funded scheme.

A grant from the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, has been awarded to disability and employment charity Shaw Trust.

The AIM4Work programme, worth £4 million, will work with people aged over 25 in the South, North & East Boroughs of London who are out of work and experiencing common mental ill health conditions. The service is based on the well-established and proven principles of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model and Shaw trust will be working closely with the Centre for Mental Health during the course of this project.

The programme will launch in March 2017 and individuals eligible for the programme will be able to apply by self-referral or through clinical channels, Jobcentre Plus or local authority services. AIM4Work will be delivered by Shaw Trust and its partner organisations: City & Hackney Mind, Resources Plus, the Bromley by Bow Centre and the South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust.

The grant forms part of the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund’s commitment to invest in local projects to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth. The Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund, and will give between £330,000 - £10.6m to 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas in the UK according to local priorities.

CEO of Shaw Trust, Roy O'Shaughnessy said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, to support us in delivering this new and innovative AIM4Work employability programme across South, North & East London Boroughs.

We look forward to working with our partners, local employers and communities as well as those encountering mental ill health to improve employability, achieve economic wellbeing, greater independence and a better quality of life.”

Austin Hardie, Executive Director Operations & Enterprise Activities, Shaw Trust said:
“Being awarded this contract further strengthens Shaw Trust’s position as a provider of quality programmes in the field of mental health and well-being and increases our ability to deliver IPS based services to a much larger audience.

We are very excited about the launch of AIM4Work and looking forward to working together with our partners to create brighter futures for individuals living with mental ill health across South, North & East London Boroughs.”

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