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 two projects:
- Early Intervention in Psychosis Vocational Workers. Pentreath has two workers embedded within the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation trust EIT teams. One of which is funded by Living Well and the other by the NHS. Referrals for this support will come exclusively from within the EIT team for people who have experienced psychosis to achieve their vocational aims (e.g. Study, Volunteering and Employment) and improve their mental health.
- 1:1 Outreach Specialist Vocational Support for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning Autism. This project will run in 2018. More details will be available when the project starts