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New Route to Work for Londoners with Mental Ill Health

01 March 2017
Shaw Trust launches new employment programme to help get hundreds of Londoners with mental health problems into work.

On Wednesday 1st March, Shaw Trust will launch its new employment programme #Aim4Work, to help Londoners back into work.

The £4 million scheme, part of the Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, will work with people aged over 25 in the South, North and East Boroughs of London who are out of work and experiencing common mental illness.

Aim4Work will be delivered by Shaw Trust and its partner organisations: City & Hackney Mind, Resources Plus, Bromley by Bow Centre and South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust.

The programme will engage over 1,500 participants, supporting their progression into education, training or work over a two-year period, boosting the local economy and encouraging social mobility across 17 London boroughs.

The service is based on the well-established and proven principles of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model and Shaw Trust will be working closely with the Centre for Mental Health during the course of this programme.

London residents eligible for the programme will be able to access the programme through self-referral or clinical channels.

Shaw Trust is one of the largest third sector providers of public services in the UK delivering high-quality services including employment, skills and apprenticeships, justice, mental health and wellbeing provision, and community-led social enterprise projects.

Austin Hardie, Executive Director Operations & Enterprise Activities said, “We are absolutely delighted to launch this new employment programme - Aim4Work across South, North & East London.

“This further strengthens Shaw Trust’s position as a provider of quality programmes in the field of mental health and wellbeing and increases our ability to deliver IPS based services to a much larger audience. We look forward to working with our partners, local employers and communities as well as those encountering mental ill health to improve employability, achieve economic wellbeing, greater independence and a better quality of life.”

For more information about Aim4Work service, visit our website, contact us on 0800 389 0177 or email to

Building Better Opportunities
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • The project has received up to £4 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit
Note: AIM4Work is specifically targeted at adults over 25, who are unemployed or economically inactive experiencing mental ill health, but interested in seeking employment who reside, or access services, in the following London boroughs: Croydon, Bromley, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, Bexley, Enfield, Haringey, Redbridge, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, and Tower Hamlets.

For media enquiries please contact Shaw Trust’s media team at or 0207 592 3823‚Äč

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