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Current, Past and Future Projects

Status Employment takes pride in having developed, realised, and participated in innovative programmes and quality initiatives in the past and continues to do so.

Current Projects

Status Employment supports people going through the national therapy service IAPT in the Lambeth borough to overcome employment challenges. These could be: finding a new job, retaining a current job, supporting those returning after a period of sick leave, career planning, volunteering, starting education or training, signposting to relevant resources, starting your own business etc.

Lambeth Talking Therapies Service is part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (IAPT) which offers talking therapies for people experiencing mental health challenges. Status Employment have worked in collaboration with IAPT since 2009, jointly supporting people to achieve their goals. We are both passionate about the relationship between work and wellbeing. This project is funded by the DWP and Lambeth CCG.

Status Employment supports people with enduring Mental Health challenges in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Croydon to overcome barriers to employment. These challenges may well encompass: retaining your current job, finding a new job or your first job, supporting you to return to work after a period of unemployment, career planning: determining what work you want to pursue, learning a new skill, starting education or training, starting your own business, signposting to relevant other resources etc.

Status Employment have worked in successfully in collaboration with SLaM Mental Health Trust since 2003, supporting people to achieve their goals through close support such as vocational profiling. We are passionate about the relationship between work and wellbeing. We believe everyone who wants to work can work. This project is funded by the Lambeth CCG and Croydon Council.

The Lead project started in 2018, funded by Iceland Lichtenstein and Norway grants. It is a collaboration with 3 other partner organisations: Health Action Overseas of Romania, ReabiliticiJa of Lithuania, and Consultis of Portugal. The Project develops supported employment provision in these countries, establishing and delivering a supported employment framework for young people under 25 and their families based on the Supported Employment 5 Step Program. Integral to this is the SEQF quality framework that we developed, which the countries are using to map their improvement in standards, helping them to support their young people facing barriers to employment. Partners have started gaining their first jobs for people under 25 with learning disabilities.

It is about Opportunity. The opportunity given to disabled people to live with dignity, independence, and respect.  This project is aimed at giving entrepreneurial skills to the people who are often least expected to become entrepreneurs through self-employment training. The STARTUP project aims to change the low expectation of disabled people, a view held by society, and which disabled people may carry. The STARTUP project develops and supports entrepreneurial initiatives in disabled people, who will become the best advocates for themselves.

The STARTUP project also sets out to train and develop individuals supporting disabled people; to act as advocates in practical, representative, and political ways. However motivated facilitators may be, to succeed they will have to draw on their own resilience, values and belief in the potential and ability of the disabled people they support.

An e-learning platform providing an extensive range of courses in career development, resilience, mental and physical health. Additionally, skill development such as public speaking, IT programs such as word and excel etc. Cademi is used extensively by the likes of John Lewis and Partners. All candidates who engage with the Status service undertake a comprehensive vocational profile to determine their support needs, interests, and job goals.  In addition, our candidates will increasingly receive peer support to introduce them to, and enable them to access, Cademi. The platform will introduce users to a host of free learning tutorials via a process of psychometric testing. We have 50 free places for candidates to take up.

We continue to support candidates through our successful football team Status Addicks and our Drama based programs. Since 2009 Status Employment has embarked on these essentially health and wellbeing programs, which have had an enormously positive effect on their beneficiaries. Most recently, they ensured we engaged some of our more vulnerable candidates throughout the pandemic and successive lockdown periods – please read the Status Addicks and Drama descriptions below.

Emerged from candidates independently playing in a competition in 2009, leading to a recognition of the beneficial impact on social inclusion and contribution to gaining jobs. Funding for two years was subsequently secured through Charlton Athletic Trust & the Football Foundation, and South London and Maudsley.

Since then, we have always had the ‘Status Addicks’ football team that helps participants move towards, gain, and remain in work, as well as maintain their well-being. Football Training is synonymous with gaining employment, delivering positive returns.  Status Addicks have been League Champions in the last three seasons and are now receiving funding from Ladbrokes GVC, which will also provide the means to produce a film celebrating the positive benefits and the teams’ achievements.

We are ever grateful to Catherine Eaglestone who, after completing our trapeze program, also suggested that we might use Drama in a positive way to improve candidates’ confidence and motivation. Embracing this enabled us to form the ‘Moving On’ Program, incorporating Drama and Trapeze and we continue to work with Catherine on new wellbeing projects.

We have continued to use drama in our service provision and have partnered with Morley College and other funders to so, especially during pandemic. Our current drama workshops, which were adapted for online delivery at the beginning of the pandemic, supporting individuals with mental health conditions. We have funding to schedule a programme of 12 weekly workshops, to be delivered digitally until restrictions allow the transition to a hybrid programme when we will include those individuals preferring face to face engagement. It also funds us to produce a film record which we will disseminate widely to expound and celebrate the work and individual achievements.

This is an exciting opportunity to engage with others, share their experiences, building confidence and overcome barriers to employment. Our lead facilitator specialises in adapting techniques from acting for non-actors. The workshops build on the positive impact of creative activity in a non- judgmental environment and have been a great success for our clients. Benefits reported included reductions in medication, self-harm, and suicidal ideation, as well as eating and sleeping better, doing more physical exercise, and socialising more.

The Power of Words is a short documentary about the weight that words hold in our everyday lives, and how we can question, nurture, and shape our relationship with them. Made in partnership with members of the Status Employment group.
Directed and Edited by Jess Gell
Executive Producer Catherine Eaglestone
Starring Cecília Campos, Geoffery Pettitt, Karen Barnett, Nadia Charrion
  • Downloadable versions of the film (Subtitled & Non-subtitled) should Status/Lottery Fund want to upload to their own YouTube
  • SRT file (Separate YouTube subtitle file)
  • Poster (Landscape and Portrait)
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In 2017 we started an exciting new project “Virtual DS.” This is a European project bringing aspects of supported employment to people with down syndrome, learning difficulties and their carers’. We did this by creating a series of training programmes using Virtual Reality glasses for the individuals. In June 2018 we delivered several trial runs of some virtual reality exercises for people with learning disabilities in real job situations. By July of 2019 we had trialed the Virtual Reality links with local schools and colleges. Erasmus+ EVR has funded this for the next 3 years and will enable us to develop a workable e platform with exercises and skill training for people with learning disabilities using virtual reality links.

Status partners with organisations to educate staff to become Mental Health First Aiders to support others in and out of the workplace. The training helps people recognise poor mental health and have difficult conversations honestly and comfortably; employees are supported earlier before sick leave is taken.

Historic Projects

After the success of our football program, our next innovative program was Trapeze, which initially met with the same early cynicism, but delivered similar positive results to the football. Mapping an improvement in participants’ mental health, reduction in anxiety, improved well-being and transition into open paid employment enabled us to secure funding from SLaM.

We worked with international partners to create an E learning Platform to help youth workers be able to help disabled entrepreneurs develop their enterprises.

We supported deaf and/or hearing-impaired residents of Lambeth who were under the age of 30 gain employment by offering a 6-month paid work experience placement in a disability Café combined with 1-2-1 employment support.nt

Future Projects

They say laughter is the best medicine.  We want to bring some joy and laughter back into the lives of our candidates, many of whom are impacted by severe and enduring mental health challenges. We will pilot a structured form of support to develop an individual’s confidence and positive view of themselves, led by their needs and abilities and facilitated by ‘Happy to Health You’ in conjunction with our core staff.

We have partnered with Happy to Health You who have proposed an 8-week course using humour and comedy to help improve mental wellbeing including developing coping, performance and writing skills.  The course will be delivered by John Ryan, an award-winning comedian and writer who has had a research paper published in the Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. ‘Modifying attitudes to mental health using comedy as a delivery medium’ suggested that stand-up shows could be used as ‘a novel stigma-reduction method.’

The course is designed to help people understand the effect confidence can have in everyday life and provide them with some tools to begin improving their own coping strategies and confidence.  Our Employment Consultants will co-facilitate the sessions so that as people feel able to move forward, there is someone to provide support, whatever their employment circumstances. Some examples would be the need to sustain employment or change jobs, or giving other advice and guidance such as sign-posting specialist advice (eg on benefits).

What We Can Offer

Consultancy: We are ideally placed to help employers and third sector organisations effectively manage emerging challenges that come with entering the new world of work we are in.

We are able to work with clients to understand their businesses and listen to their needs; to develop and agree an innovative, confident series of one-to-ones and/or workshops, to support and develop staff. We will partner with clients closely as they look to connect their workforce and transition to meet the future.

Supported Employment training: More than ever before, this model is becoming widely recognised as an effective way to support people with additional needs. Status have had experience of training all aspects of the European Union Supported Employment Toolkit to UK and European organisations, both face to face and on Zoom. We can deliver innovative training via Zoom and face to face.  

Self- Employment training: We have created an effective E learning platform to train organisations in self-employment for disabled people. Currently, we are using the platform to help youth workers be able to help disabled entrepreneurs develop their enterprises. We are able to use the platform to deliver self-employment training for people with disabilities and hope to tailor it to other groups of people in the future.

Career support: It is a complex time to gain and retain employment and create career plans in an ever-changing world of work. Status has 30 years’ experience supporting people going through difficulties to gain employment and develop career management skills. We can do this through one to ones and/or workshops.

We are also able to support individuals navigate organisational processes to know their employment rights, such as grievances, dismissals, returning to work etc.

Drama based workshops: We can deliver these workshops to support individual wellbeing and assist in the transition to new ways of working.

Team building workshop: To follow

Mental Health First Aid: We can deliver Mental Health First Aid workshops to educate staff to become Mental Health First Aiders to support others in and out of the workplace. The training helps people recognise poor mental health and have difficult conversations honestly and comfortably; employees are supported earlier before sick leave is taken and illness worsens. This is a new initiative and we are open to funding for it.