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Re-entering employment during or after experiencing a mental health concern can be scary.

About B.E.S.T

Our tailored programmes in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster provide emotional, psycho-educational and practical support, enabling service users to gain the confidence and skills to re-enter paid work, volunteering, education, training or any meaningful activity that improves their quality of life.

Anyone accessing our Building Employment, Skills and Training (BEST) service will start by taking part in an initial assessment with a Community Programmes Co-ordinator in order to identify his or her goals, and together they will start making a plan to achieve them. 

What do we do?

We provide one to one advice and guidance and a range of workshops, training sessions and support groups including CV workshops, job and volunteering search, confidence building, communication and presentation development, peer support groups as well as signposting/referral to appropriate support services where necessary.

We offer regular phone, digital support and progress reviews in order to promote useful events and activities including Mind’s Hub activities and workshops as required.

Who is it for?

Our employment and skills training services can be accessed by anyone in Westminster who has been affected by mental health problems.

Interested applicants can apply directly or be referred by their GP, social worker, care coordinator or another mental health professional.

We will require further information about your needs to ensure that the services are safe and suitable. This will usually include a risk assessment to be completed by a professional who knows you.

We aim to support people to build their confidence, self-esteem, improve their communication, life and workplace skills, thereby giving emotional backup as well as practical guidance on all aspects of finding and keeping a job.

What to Expect

You will attend an initial assessment with a Community Programmes Co-ordinator to identify your goals, and together you will start making a plan to achieve these goals. The Community Programmes co-ordinator will provide advice and guidance and will signpost you to appropriate support services where necessary. Throughout the programme, the Community Programmes Co-ordinator will continue to offer you digital and one-to-one support.

We provide a range of relevant services including:

  • CV Writing
  • Job Search Support
  • Interview Prep
  • Meaningful Volunteer Work Placements
  • Skills Development Workshops
  • Vocational Training
  • Adult Education Courses
  • Support in Placement/ Work

BEST at a glance

What: Support for people in Westminster, who have had experience of mental health problems, to find and engage in paid work, voluntary work, education or training, or any meaningful activity that improves their quality of life.

Where: Hopkinson House, 6 Osbert Street, London SW1P 2QU

Cost: Free

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