Team of the Year – Disability and Health

Frontline teams providing disability and wellbeing services, including mental health support.

The finalists:

St. Joseph’s Approved Premises Bike Project, nominated by Career Connect
The Bike Project offers weekly one-to-one tuition to participants by mechanics in repairing and recycling bicycles. Seventeen men – offenders with mental health difficulties – took part during the last year, cultivating practical, vocational, team-building and problem-solving skills and helping to prepare for independent living.

The Case-UK Mental Health in-work Support team, Case-UK Limited
Case UK is a social-impact company which supports people to have a happy and fulfilled life.
The team of professionals includes individuals who have experienced poor mental health and over half have some form of disability. During the lockdown, services were fully operational with no impact on support and the team also developed new ways of working.

Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire County Council’s Forwards Employment Service provides support to find work for young people who are in education with additional support needs, those transitioning from education, and adults engaging with Social Care or Health Services. During the pandemic, job brokers worked hard to keep in touch with those furloughed and find new jobs for those who lost them.

Papworth Trust
Papworth Trust has improved the wellbeing of Work and Health Programme customers through specialist mental and physical health support. The trust has provided two 12-week programmes to 31 people who were most impacted due to the pandemic and were displaying low confidence, low motivation, increased anxiety, loneliness and isolation.

South Yorkshire Housing Association
South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) is an award-winning, charitable housing association.
Its Good Work and Working Win employment services support people with health conditions to find, stay and thrive in work. Between July 2020 and June 2021, 1,450 people were supported to find new jobs, retain roles or return to work.

Steps To Work
This programme is designed to improve employment outcomes for people with physical and mental health conditions or disabilities, as well as those who are long-term unemployed, across Sandwell and Dudley.
Through a tailored approach to meet specific individual needs, the team has helped more than 200 people move into employment over the last 12 months.

The Action Group
Over the pandemic, the Action Group team supported more than 200 people with disabilities into work, to sustain work, or to progress in their current role, when jobs were ending and people were being furloughed in almost every industry. The team adapted to the new digital way of working, but also supported their clients to do the same.

Twining Enterprise’s Employment Specialist Team – Disability and Health
In extraordinary times and circumstances, Twining’s Employment Specialists (ES) have delivered phenomenal results for some of London’s most disadvantaged people with mental health problems.
During the pandemic, specialists switched to digital services and learned new ways of engaging clients and employers. They also focused on emotional and physical wellbeing support of clients in distress.

This award category is sponsored by Triangle Consulting
Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise is an innovative, mission-led organisation that exists to help people reach their highest potential and live meaningful and fulfilling lives, often in the context of social disadvantage, trauma, disability or illness.

Celebrate with the sector

Register for the ERSA Employability Awards – the winners announcement to be held online on 25 November at 2pm along with special messages from ministers and sector stakeholders. Please use our awards hashtag using #ERSAAwards21. 

The full list of the finalists across all categories can be found here and more on the awards here.