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Work and Health Hub opens in Acton

06 December 2018
Shaw Trust’s West London Alliance (WLA) Work and Health Programme Hub is Opened in Acton by Cllr Julian Bell
 
The leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell, visited Shaw Trust’s new service Hub in Acton on Monday, 3 December, which provides customer focussed support for West London residents to find lasting employment.
 
The Hub, set up by Shaw Trust as part of the WLA Work and Health Programme. It is a place where unemployed people and those with health conditions and disabilities and other people at a disadvantage in the labour market, can meet their employment support workers and access a range of services to help build their confidence and manage their health conditions as well as accessing practical help with activities such as CV writing and interview preparation. It is one of over 30 sites from which Shaw Trust’s Programme operate across West London.
 
The WLA Work and Health service started in February 2018 and continues until 2023, over the course of the Programme more than 13,000 people are expected receive support. 
 
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Kim has arthritis and can have anxiety when in public places. Additionally, she is not able to stand for too long as she has a spinal condition. Having previously worked for a local council in the admin field. Kim was determined to try a new challenge.
 
Since starting on the WLA Work and Health Programme earlier this year, Kim has been supported by her support manager to boost her confidence. Kim’s support manager also invited her to a few employability training sessions which included attending events at Indeed and Coutts. At the Coutts events Kim was very inspired by a talk given by someone with an anxiety disorder who detailed how he had made changes in the work place for himself and others who work there. After the event, Kim told her support manager if this person could work in a big financial company and overcome his barriers she could too.
 
Since then Kim has started employment with a food packing company where she can use her skills and past experience of working in team, and will shortly be starting at the Royal Mail. Kim is happy to have started employment and feels Shaw Trust has given her confidence and support with a positive push in the right direction to help her get back to employment.
 
Councillor Bell Leader of Ealing Council and Chair of the WLA Economic Prosperity Board said:
“I am delighted to see so many residents benefiting from the facilities offered in the Hub. Its informal friendly atmosphere is designed to be supportive of the most vulnerable and offer integrated help to those with multiple barriers to work. It is vital that our residents can benefit from the job opportunities in West London and reap the rewards that good work offers both financially and in terms of health and wellbeing.”
 
Karen Mitchell, Regional Operations Manager at Shaw Trust, who oversees the hub, said:
“The hub offers a lifeline to anyone who thinks that, for whatever reason, getting back to work is just too hard. Our support managers understand the obstacles participants face, whether it’s health or general wellbeing, and help them overcome them to find sustainable employment. And they continue to offer support even after they’ve started work.
 
“In 2017 The employment gap between disabled people and non-disabled people was 27% in London. Through our Work and Health Hub in Acton we are working to shrink that gap and helping people back into work to benefit not just them but the whole community.”
 
The £26m programme will run until 2023 and is funded via grants from DWP and the European Social Fund.
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors
WLA Contact: Kim Archer Archerk@ealing.gov.uk 07957 270633
Shaw Trust Contact: media@shaw-trust.org.uk  020 8315 1023
 
European Social Fund
The programme is receiving around £12m of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) programme in London. The Greater London Authority is responsible for managing the 2014-20 ESF Programme in London. Established by the European Union, ESF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
 
West London Alliance
The West London Alliance (WLA) www.westlondonalliance.org is a partnership between seven West London local authorities of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. With over 18 years' experience in partnership working, the WLA is committed to an enduring programme of collaboration and innovation to improve outcomes for West London.
 
The WLA is governed by a board of the seven West London borough leaders and steered by the councils' chief executives, who also directly sponsor individual WLA programmes. We share a vision that West London will be a thriving and prosperous part of the world famous capital consisting of successful residents and resilient communities.
 
We believe in an open approach and dialogue with public, private, voluntary sector partners and our priorities are shaped accordingly to achieve improved efficiency, reduce costs and reform public services.
 
About Shaw Trust
Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally.
 
Our specialist services help people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. As a charity we add value to every service we deliver by investing back into the people and communities we support.
 
Shaw Trust is one of the largest 25 charities in the UK. Comprising Shaw Trust, Prospects, Ixion and Shaw Education Trust, we use our 75 years’ combined experience to support people to develop their potential. By joining together we are working to reach one goal: to help transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year.
 
Our 3,500 staff and 1,000 volunteers provide joined-up services for government, local authorities, combined authorities, employers, stakeholders – including the Department for Work and Pensions, Education and Skills Funding Agency, clinical commissioning groups and NHS Trusts – and individuals.
 

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