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Community Connections Essex

The Community Connections in Essex aims to support those with a disability or long term health condition, who are looking to find sustainable employment.

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Our aim

* To work with those who need to build on their self-esteem and develop their confidence, whilst accessing training and actively job seeking.

* Supporting those who are furthest away job market, allowing opportunities to gain new skills through volunteering and work placements.

As a partnership, we treat each participant as an individual and provided one-to-one support through an Employment Advisor, as well as group sessions and opportunities to develop employability skills they require to reach their full potential.  

The project is part funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities project, which has been funded until September 2019.                                                                                                                                                                        

Target Participants:

The partnership is looking to support at least 664 participants over the lifetime of the project. The project is for those aged 15 or over, currently unemployed, and also looking to gain new skills. To be eligible, the following criteria needs to be met;

  • Have a disability or long term health condition (including physical, mental health or learning difficulty)
  • Be either economically inactive or long term unemployed (see below).
    You must be either:
    'Youth long-term unemployed' – aged under 25 and out of work for a continuous period of more than six months
    or
    'Adult long-term unemployed' – aged 25 or over and out of work for a continuous period of at least 12 months)

Each participant will have access to their own one-to-one support, where they are able to gain individual advice and support from one of our specialist partners. The length of the support will be determined with each participant. Your support with be individual to you, and can include the following:

  • Support with application and job searching
  • CV and interview support
  • 1-2-1 and group mentoring
  • Managing health in the work place
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Continued support towards sustainable employment
  • Accessing training requirements

Support requirements will be discussed during the initial appointment, and throughout the lifetime of the programme. Activity will be recorded on an Action Plan to allow progress to be reflected on and reviewed.

Geographical area of operation:

We are able to support residents from Basildon, Southend, Thurrock, Harlow, Braintree and Tendring.

How to make a referral:

Should you be interested to find out more or to make a referral, please contact Helen Stanley, Community Connections Manager at Papworth Trust on 01277 32100, 07764 784469 or email helen.stanley@papworthtrust.org.uk.

Helen will complete a triage assessment and will advise which partner would be most suitable for the participant. Once the partner has been determined, an appointment will be made to complete the referral and sign up to the project.

Our partners

Community Connections Essex is made up of nine partners, who have a wide range of specialist knowledge and experience, who all aim to support participants to reach their individual goals.