Work fair offers hope for employment

News: 1) Oxleas Work Fair 2011
Good advice was available all day at the many stalls at the first Work and Job Fair

Oxleas held its first ever Work and Job Fair for people with experience of mental ill-health in September at the Education Development Centre in Bromley. 

The event, which was coordinated and delivered by Oxleas service users, aimed to tackle the stigma and discrimination faced by this group when they seek work.

Over 150 people from Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich boroughs came along to find out about paid and voluntary work and to take part in interactive workshops. There was also the chance to practise interview techniques thanks to a virtual interview delivered via PCs .

The day was formally opened by the President of the South East London Chamber of Commerce, Clive Barker.

Visitors were able to get advice on CV writing and benefits and have face-to-face discussions with staff from organisations dedicated to helping people back into employment, including A4e, CDG and Seetec. Interest was so high that Jobcentre Plus ran out of forms for Christmas vacancies.

The event was organised jointly by Social Inclusion Project Manager Japleen Kaur and volunteer Julia Vater, who said: “Events such as the Work and Job Fair help to break down barriers and provide an opportunity for people to gain the confidence to deal with issues that really impact upon their lives. I am pleased with the fact that we were able to pay all volunteers for their contribution which was possible due to Waitrose sponsorship. It’s also great that Oxleas are championing service user led events.”

News: 2) Oxleas Work Fair 2011
Event coordinator Julia Vater with the Mayor of Bromley
News: 3) Oxleas Work Fair 2011
Oxleas Governor Mary Stirling tries her hand at the virtual interview

Published on 19th October 2011