Central London Works
Central London Works is an employability programme designed for people with disabilities and health conditions to gain sustainable employment across 12 Central London boroughs. Participants can be referred from job centre plus or via their local council and will be assigned a dedicated caseworker who will support with all areas of employability including financial better off calculations, CV’s, applications, interview support, motivation & confidence. Working alongside our caseworkers, participants can attend Health Educator Workshops on topics such as good sleep, nutrition, stress managements, pilates and many more wellbeing sessions. Our in house health team also includes practitioners from both physical and mental health disciplines, so participants get one to one support from a health professional, in addition to working with their caseworker. We also work with external organisations who can offer other specialist interventions to support people on their journey back to work such as social & sports groups, volunteering, debt advice etc. www.centrallondonworks.co.uk.
The sorts of costs we will cover for our participants include but aren’t necessarily limited to:
- Interview clothes
- Specialist work wear (e.g. steel toe cap boots, chef’s whites etc.)
- DBS checks
- Travel to interviews, work trials, training etc.
- Travel to work in the first few weeks/ month of employment
- Photo ID or birth certificates for right to work documentation
- Benefit run-ons for those that need it
It’s worth noting with financial matters we do quite an in depth ‘Better Off Calculation’ with all participants whereby we look at current outgoings and eligibility to certain benefits, the programme we use can then calculate, when we add a scenario such as 25 hours per week of work at £8.90 an hour, whether that person will have more money in their pocket taking that job and by how much. We will also then support people with applying for any in work benefits or change of circumstance notifications to job centre and councils to ensure a smooth a transition to work as possible.