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Specialist employability programme for people with common mental health conditions

Welcome to Aim4Work #aim4work

A FREE specialist employability programme for people with common mental health conditions living in South London,  North London and East London.

Aim for Work is financed by the National Lottery and ESF

Aim4Work is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund ( (opens in new tab or window)) under the Building Better Opportunities programme and forms part of their commitment to invest in local projects to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive jobs and growth.

How does it work?

Once accepted onto the programme, one of our professional Aim4Work Employment Advisers will:
  1. Get to know you
  2. Draw up an action plan to get you into work
  3. Introduce you to interested employers
  4. Provide you with in-work support
  5. Be there with you every step of the way

Your action plan

Your action plan is tailored to your needs and will outline what you can do with support from Aim4Work to achieve your goal of getting back into work.

The plan may include support with CV creation and applying for benefits, discussion about disclosing a mental health condition and creating a disclosure statement. Job searching tactics will form part of your action plan and you can explore interview techniques. If you need general support with self-confidence, a dedicated confidence course may also be incorporated into your Aim4Work plan. Wellbeing support is available, so you may find that you can include courses in yoga or fitness to help you prepare for the next step. During Covid-19 we are continuing service delivery of Aim4Work in line with goverment safety guidelines.

And support doesn’t end with a successful interview! Once you take up a new role, Aim4Work will continue to provide in-work support to help you along every step of the way.

For more info e-mail

Aim4Work is delivered by Shaw Trust and partners

Shaw Trust partners:

Who is delivering the programme in your area?

Aim4Work will be delivered in South London, North London and East London and will run until June 2022. See the table below for details of providers and the areas they cover.
Provider South London North and East London

Shaw Trust

Croydon, Bromley
Hackney, Enfield, Haringey, Redbridge, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham

South West and St George_Mental Health NHS Trust

Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton

Resources Plus


City and Hackney Mind

Hackney and Waltham Forest

“I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression a few years ago and have been out of work ever since. Having someone dedicated to helping me find a job, who fully understands my needs and who can work with me and my employer will give me so much more confidence. My future already feels brighter.” 

How can I apply?  Are you:

  • Not working, but want to?
  • Living with a common mental health condition?*
  • Over 25 years old?
  • Living in South London, North London or East London?**
  • Legally entitled to live and work in the UK? 

*Examples of common mental health conditions include: Anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder.

**Covers the following areas: Croydon, Bromley, Kingston, Merton, Bexley, Hackney and Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Enfield, Haringey, Redbridge, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Richmond and Sutton .

If you answered yes to all of the above, you can apply to get onto the programme by completing the Aim4Work Enquiry Form (skips to enquiry form at the bottom of page).
Alternatively, email your name and preferred method of contact to (opens in new window) or call free on 0800 389 0177.
  • Aim4Work – North and East - Shaw Trust, 1 Rivington Place, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3BA
  • Aim4Work – South - Shaw Trust, 4th Floor, Davis House, Robert Street, Croydon, CR0 1QQ
Please note: Aim4Work is a free service that will not impact on any current government benefits you receive.


Other useful links

Health & Wellbeing

For more information on other Shaw Trust programmes

OneYou (opens in new tab or window)

TimetoChange (opens in new tab or window)

Moodzone (opens in new tab or window)

Big White Wall (opens in new tab or window)
Online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that cares. Free to join.



For more information on other Shaw Trust programmes

Fit for work (opens in new tab or window)

If you are in need of urgent support:

  • Samaritans (24 hour): 116123
  • Saneline (6am-11pm): 0300 304 7000

Client Leaflet

Information for individuals with common mental health conditions living in South London, North London or East London, who are interested in enrolling on the Aim4Work programme.

Download Client Leaflet (PDF, 241 KB opens in new tab or window)

Contact Aim4Work

Please complete the enquiry form below.

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