Living Well is a £1.2m ESF funded partnership project led by The Learning Partnership (LPCo) and delivered by 11 Partners and the University of Exeter.
The project funding is part of the EU 2014-2020 Growth Programme awarded through the Future Peninsula Open Call. The future social issues that this project seeks to address are the problems that arise for people wishing to become part of the workforce but whose health issues have previously prevented them from doing so.
Priority groups supported through the project pilots will be:
1. Older workers who may face barriers to participation beyond retirement age;
2. People with mental ill health which prevent their full engagement in the workforce;
3. Those with high functioning autism and Asperger’s who seek increasing participation but for whom barriers exist to entering training, education, or the workforce;
4. Those with learning difficulties or disabilities who may face challenges in sourcing training and educational opportunities or finding work and being in the workplace;
5. People with diabetes whose condition prevents full participation in the workforce. Between January 2017 and December 2019 260 people will be engaged and supported. The project will research, plan and deliver 12 different pilot support models, tailored to the needs of the target groups.
Our Contribution to this partnership is:
1:1 Outreach Specialist Vocational Support for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning Autism. The project will support 10 participants towards sustained employment and develop a toolkit for employers to help them recruit and successfully employ people with ASD. If you are an employer and would like to be involved in the development of the toolkit, please contact email@example.com
ESF Living Well to Work has also funded a vocational team embedded within the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team in the NHS. This project has now finished and Cornwall Foundation Partnership NHS Trust are funding the posts moving forward. Referrals for this project come exclusively through the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team.