It’s difficult at times to return to work after a period of absence or to find the right job but when you have to factor in an illness (either physical or mental) or a learning disability then it can be so much harder.
The Social Enterprise Employment Company (SEEC) is there to help people with mental and/or physical health problems or learning disabilities to gain the confidence and self-esteem needed to take their place in paid work.
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust seed funded SEEC in 2012 in order to help support its clients to find employment and the services are managed and delivered by Twining Enterprise which is a specialist charity supporting well-being through work.
It wasn’t just support applying for roles but what hours would fit with my son, how this would affect my benefits, what I enjoyed doing and what my goals were- Susan saw me as a whole person.
They are essentially an independent organisation but continue to work in close partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
SEEC support people who live in Bromley, Bexley & Greenwich and work on the principle that recovery is achievable and that the right job can be key to achieving that recovery.
Focussing on the aspirations and skills of their clients, SEEC work with them to find a job that they not only want but that they can sustain. Offering one-to-one support they help people to apply and find work rather than provide training or placements. Working with local businesses helps to find opportunities for volunteering as well as becoming aware of job vacancies. As a result of this SEEC has helped over 100 people get back to the workplace.
Throughout my 1-2-1 sessions I could slowly feel my confidence growing and I felt for the first time I had direction and a sense of purpose. We talked about what to disclose about my mental health and this helped me feel more confident to apply for jobs.
Though SEEC work with a large number of organisations in the area (one of which is Jobcentre Plus) they are always happy to explore working with more and it’s simple to get in touch if you would like more information about doing this.
Whilst linking closely with partners in bridging the gap between health and employment, SEEC ensures that their independence is maintained and that they stay true to their core values.
So if you are:
- unemployed or looking to change careers,
- have a mental health problem or a disability,
- want to get back to work or into volunteering or training and
- live in Bromley, Bexley or Greenwich
then SEEC could be a great port of call for you!