Working closely with Walking with the Wounded
Working closely with Walking with the Wounded to support Veterans into paid employment:
Enable is working closely with the National Charity Walking with the Wounded and the Veterans Mental Health Network NHS in the Shropshire, Telford and South Staffordshire area to offer support to vulnerable veterans looking for paid employment. The service is designed to support a wide range of veterans, including those with mental health needs and/or disabilities.
Services available in:
- Telford & Wrekin
- South Staffordshire
We offer individualised support in finding the right job for each person, as well as time-unlimited assistance in the job, to both the veteran and the employer. We have Employment Officers who have previously serviced in the Armed Forces and therefore can offer clients an unparalleled understanding of military life. The scheme helps veterans to gain the skills and qualifications necessary to develop new careers outside the military – providing long-term security for themselves and their families.
Initially, this service was the first of its kind to use the IPS approach with veterans. We continue to support as many veterans as possible to achieve their goals and aspirations around employment.
Who qualifies for this service?
Any Veteran is qualified for this service if they are receiving support from primary or secondary care mental health teams, who is motivated to return to paid employment or to change their current role.
There is no time limit on the length of time after being discharged that an individual can apply – as long as the individual has served in the armed forces (full time or reservist) they can access this support at any time.
The referral process
Clients are referred to this service by speaking to their mental health worker. The mental health worker just needs to complete the referral form and return to Enable. They will be contacted within 7 days of receiving the referral to arrange a face to face meeting.
- Veterans Mental Health Network
- Community Mental Health Teams
- IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
- Substance Misuse Teams
- Crisis Teams
- We also work with other organisations such as Combat Stress, TACT, Royal British Legion, SSAFA, RFEA who can also refer you to our service.
How does this service affect people receiving benefits?
One of the first questions the Enable Employment Specialist will ask a jobseeker is what benefits they receive. We will then support them to access the right benefits advice to ensure that they will be better off in work. Signing onto this service does not affect the individual’s war pension.
It may be that the individual begins with only a few hours a week doing something called Permitted Work, which allows anyone to stay on Employment Support Allowance (ESA). Whatever the situation we will work out the best option for the jobseeker.