The Employment Support Service

Our dedicated employment support team can help you find work or support you in staying in/returning to the workplace. Our team has a wide-range of skills, experience in mental health and an in-depth knowledge of local employment support services and organisations.

Help to find work

Those eligible are offered a maximum of six 50-minute 'employment-focused' sessions, which take place either over the phone or at various locations across Greenwich. During your session, we'll explore employment aspirations and a plan to help you find or stay in work.

Clients may participate within a variety of employment-focused workshops to share experiences, exchange skills and receive support within a confidential environment.

Who is the service for?

Support is available for people accessing our Greenwich Time to Talk service who are over 16, registered with a Greenwich GP and who have employment support needs.

How do I access the service?

A member of the employment team will contact you following your referral from a therapist or counsellor to arrange an initial screening and assessment appointment.

The employment team works together with clients, clinical staff at Greenwich Time To Talk and external providers, to offer a range of employment support. This includes mentoring, finding work, employer mediation and help with redundancy issues. We also signpost and liaise with other services across Greenwich to promote health and wellbeing.

Maintaining wellbeing

Being out of work or losing your job can feel like a loss of status and may impact your identity, causing a lack of confidence and low self-esteem. Research has shown that people with high levels of mental wellbeing are more likely to be in work or full-time education. 

You can start taking small steps today to build your confidence and plan your route to employment success by adopting the five ways to health and wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice of things
  • Keep learning
  • Give

Help to stay at or return to work

You will be supported by a member of the Employment Support Team in their role as a retention case worker.

Retention case workers have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the practical implications of current health and safety legislation, employment law and the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Understanding of the roles of employer Occupational Health and Human Resources.
  • Knowledge of the full range of potential adjustments in the workplace.
  • Act as an early intervention to help move things forward, responding to the complex issues that you may be facing.

Retention case workers can:

  • Carry out a comprehensive workplace assessment. This includes job requirements, individual functioning and the working environment.
  • Liaise with yourself and your employer - linking with HR and union representatives (where available).
  • Through joint communication identify evidence that different agencies have.  Learn to respect the unique contribution of all parties in order to deliver a return to work plan more effectively together.
  • Work together with you and your line manager to plan a return to work and/or apply adjustments - adjustments and adaptations will be included in written return to work plans.
  • Talk confidently and knowledgeably to your employer, manager and colleagues about health and disability issues, especially those that are common and associated with social stigma/exclusion.
  • Have a factual knowledge about the impact of common health conditions, particularly mental health conditions in the workplace as well as the ability to relate to lay perceptions of mental illness (how your management team may perceive mental health difficulties). This also includes the ability to present positive images of people with health conditions and disabilities in the workplace.
  • Intervene to make best use of relationships in the workplace to support individuals with health conditions and/or disabilities, e.g. through mentoring or buddying - the frequency with which the wider work environment is brought into return to work planning.