Work and employment

Preparing for and finding work is often a key stage in recovery from mental illness. One of the ways people can build their confidence and get ready for work is by volunteering, and Oxleas supports people to work through coordinated volunteer schemes. These help people to learn new skills and get used to a work environment and a regular routine.

People can encounter stigma and discrimination when returning to work after mental illness and the trust is determined to overcome this. Oxleas has signed up to the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative aimed at challenging discrimination in the workplace, and its Bromley clubhouse Horizon House has forged close links with local employers and arranges work experience placements for its members with them.

Research shows that it is in employers’ interests to hire people who have experienced mental illness as they work harder, are more loyal and less likely to take sickness absence than their colleagues.