Suffolk County Council has been successful in securing European Social Funding to deliver a three-year project called Work Well Suffolk.
Work Well Suffolk is providing a locally integrated coaching and employment service that tackles the deep-seated barriers to work for all who need it. The service will act as the ‘cement between the bricks’ of the health, employability, skills and wellbeing services that are available to people in Suffolk. It will ensure that individuals can gain bespoke and timely access to relevant services whilst blending in coaching, employability support, skills provision and advice and guidance.
Realise Futures CIC will provide a dedicated Work Well Suffolk coaching service for people with multiple and complex barriers to progressing in life and work. It will also focus on supporting the people of Suffolk to re-engage with education, training, or employment.
Working with our strategic partners, Steadfast Training and MENTA, dedicated Work Well Suffolk employment services will seek out, create and support employment and self-employment, volunteering and mentoring
opportunities for individuals across the county. The project will be managed by Suffolk County Council and delivered across the following areas of Suffolk; Ipswich, West Suffolk, Babergh and Mid Suffolk, East Suffolk and Waveney.
The project is being supported by a Strategic Steering Group with members from Suffolk County Council, Realise Futures CIC, MENTA, Steadfast Training, West Suffolk Council, Department for Work and Pensions, Ipswich Borough Council, East Suffolk Council and Babergh and Mid-Suffolk District Council. Work Well Suffolk can help anyone who is over 18 years old and eligible to work in the UK. If our service is not the most appropriate to help, we will do a warm handover to other services. Priority for the coaching service will be given to people who face barriers to employment due to: a long term health condition, a mental health issue, a learning difficulty of disability, autism or childcare issues and are unemployed or unable to work.