Volunteer to Work (V2W) scheme

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Volunteer to Work scheme (V2W)

This film describes how Oxleas supports people who use our services into paid employment through work placements, supervision and job search support.

Oxleas’ Volunteer to Work (V2W) scheme supports people who use our mental health services and are ready for paid employment. It provides an opportunity for them to volunteer for the trust and then supports them to apply for jobs both within the trust and with external employers.  

Since the scheme began in early 2010 it has been very popular with service users and over 25 people are now on work placements across the trust.

We are committed to V2W because the stigma associated with mental health conditions can make it hard for people to find volunteering opportunities, let alone paid employment.

V2W offers current Oxleas service users a chance to get a 12-18 month voluntary placement within the trust. The scheme helps people to work towards getting back into employment by regaining their social skills and building their confidence and self-esteem. After three months, people taking part are eligible to gain a reference from Oxleas.

People aiming for part time employment spend 16-18 hours per week on placement while those wanting to work full time spend 37 hours.

While on placement, they are supported by a network including the social inclusion project manager, placement supervisor and their care coordinator.

If you are a service user or carer interested in joining the scheme, you can apply by filling out an application of interest. You can tell your care coordinator you are interested or contact the social inclusion project manager directly. 

For more information, please call the social inclusion project manager on 020 8301 9487.

We set up the Volunteer to Work scheme (V2W) for people who use our services who have a current care coordinator or key worker. It provides them with an opportunity to embark upon a 12-18 month placement within our services. 

The aim of the scheme is to help service users back into employment by giving them the ability to regain their office based skills, allowing them to increase their level of confidence and self esteem. They slowly build up their hours along the course of the placement and the maximum hours they can do depends on whether they want to go back to part time (16-18 hours) or full time employment (30 hours).

They are supported in this process by the care coordinator for any clinical needs, the social inclusion project manager for any managerial needs and the placement supervisor provides them with supervision and training while in the placement.

At the end of three months they become eligible for a reference from Oxleas and can access all the training that any other staff member of Oxleas can.

If you are interested, would like more information or know/care for someone who may be interested in this scheme, please contact Debbie Goodson on 0208 301 9404 or email her at Deborah.goodson@nhs.net