We are very pleased to announce an award of funding from the Big Lottery Fund to run the Giving Something Back Into Work scheme, a project to help individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to get back into and sustain paid employment.
The three year project will establish hubs in Barnet, Enfield and Bedfordshire but will encourage users of our service from across the capital to take part in an intensive programme to develop skills that will enable individuals to gain employment. The programme will include a volunteer training course, an OCN level-two accredited employability course, GOALS UK motivational course, job club sessions, and direct sessions with employers and career talks. The scheme will also prepare individuals for the workplace, with mock interviews, CV writing and IT skills workshops. After securing positions with employers, WDP will also provide clients with in-work support for up to three months.
Yasmin Batliwala, Chair of Westminster Drug Project, said: “We are grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for giving us the opportunity to run our Giving Something Back Into Work (GSB Into Work) programme. This project directly leads on from the successful delivery of our Giving Something Back project and incorporates the best practices and learning we gained from this. The new GSB Into Work project will provide a bridge between volunteering and employment, and support users of our service to develop their pre-employability skills and move into and sustain paid work.
Our experience has shown that supporting users of our service to develop their self-confidence and skills to gain employment is an effective way of achieving long-term recovery. Through the support offered in GSB Into Work, individuals who have been heavily dependent on drugs and alcohol, will be equipped for the world of work.”
Audrey, former nurse and GSB participant said: “I attended rehab and in 2011 I decided to join the GSB volunteering programme in Barnet. GSB helped me to look forward to something every week – it gave me direction and the confidence to apply for employment.
Addiction is like hell on earth. It is so powerful that the minute you get any money, you no longer think about your health but now my family and friends are finally trusting me and accepting me back into their lives again. I can be proud of myself and so are my family.”