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December 17, 2018

New Leaf IPS services supporting people with long-term mental health conditions

We are committed to helping those furthest away from the job marketing to get closer to work, which is why we are proud to announce three new teams dedicated to supporting people with long-term mental health conditions.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Standguide will be joining the partnership in Warrington and Cheshire East respectively, while current partners, Cheshire West and Chester Council, will be adding to their offering. Each will be providing an innovative and evidence-based approach to employment support, called Individual Placement and Support (IPS). The teams will not only help get people with long-term mental health conditions into work but support them to stay happy and healthy in their new jobs.

Mental health is one of the biggest barriers to people entering into employment, and it is thought that over 45% of people with a long-term mental health condition are currently out of work. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is designed to help change this. IPS is an evidenced-based approach which provides 1-to-1 support to people with long-term mental health conditions to not only find employment but to work with their employers to help keep them in work for the long term.

Andy Rawlins, Project Manager for New Leaf said, “We believe that everyone should have the same opportunities to work, regardless of the history, disability or experience. The majority of the people we have helped through New Leaf have experienced poor mental health, so we know having Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust join our partnership will be tremendously beneficial”
New Leaf, which has already helped get over 2000 people from across Warrington and Cheshire closer to paid work, is a £10.6 million scheme led by Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

If you, or someone you know, has a long-term mental health condition and looking to get into work, or you are an employer who wants to make a difference to someone’s life, get in touch today:
Warrington – email jennifer.keenan@merseycare.nhs.uk or telephone 07585884344.
Cheshire West and Chester – email lisa.breakspear@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or telephone  07795 685180
Cheshire East – email arron.leece@standguide.co.uk or telephone 0161 8814826

New Leaf Lottery Funded