Praise for our Employment Support Service

Here’s some feedback from someone who has benefitted for our Employment Support Service over the last two years.  “To everyone at the Mind in Croydon Employment Support Service (ESS), I just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything! I will post back the feedback questionnaire that I’ve completed but there just wasn’t enough room to praise you guys highly enough!

From my initial assessment with you back in 2016 to being discharged this month the support I received was just brilliant. I was very suspicious of anything to do with mental health support after a really negative experience in 2015 but you helped restore my faith in mental health support services. You are very down to earth and approachable and I was quickly put at ease. Sue Coleman is just amazing and we worked very well together. Not too much pressure but really encouraging and motivating without being patronising or condescending. I also got really useful CV feedback from one of your digital champions which was about a million times better than the feedback I got from an actual Recruitment Consultant.

As a result of the superb support from Sue I discovered the SLaM Recovery College and the Involvement Register and subsequently Hear-Us – who I am now a link-worker with. And countless other opportunities that I took part in (minding money, training courses, work trial day – the list goes on). In 2016 at the beginning of my support with ESS I was just about able to leave the house, but not much more than that. I wasn’t really sure if I’d ever be able to work or volunteer again. Now, as well as link-working, I am presenting training for SLaM staff (100+ people) and doing talks to the police with Hear-Us to challenge stigma and countless other things to help improve the quality of mental health services in Croydon and beyond.  I have re-discovered old skills and developed new ones, growing in confidence and now feel that I am making a positive contribution to society once again.

I could go on but I’m sure you are a busy man! Mind in Croydon ESS is a brilliant service and I would recommend to anyone. My life has improved about a million times since that initial assessment in 2016. Keep up the good work! THANK YOU for all the opportunities and brilliant support!!!”

Claire Hawkes

If you would like to find out more about the Mind in Croydon Employment Support Service, you can telephone us on 020 8253 8203 / 4 / 7 or email ess@mindincroydon.org.uk

Activity to Work group starts 9th August

Active Minds and Mind Employment Support Service are pleased to announce we are running another session of our new service run jointly by Active Minds and Mind Employment Support called ‘Activity to Work’

This seven week programme is open to all service users and will combine six sessions of Active Minds activities combined with six workshops to support you in getting closer to seeking employment.

Participants will be able to take part in a variety of Active Minds group activities and may even decide to keep these up after the course has finished. Workshops will include self-confidence building activities like body language and recognising your personal abilities as well as practical sessions including how to develop your basic skills for work and how to find suitable volunteering opportunities.

This is an excellent place to begin your journey to work, develop transferable skills and get inspiration for your next steps as well as receive expert advice and support.

All we need from you is enthusiasm and a commitment to attend a maximum of two half day sessions per week for seven weeks The next group will be starting on 9th August 2016.

To Register your interest call 020 8253 8200 or email onactiveminds@mindincroydon.org.uk or ess@mindincroydon.org.uk

Click here for the flyer