Work Wise: Supporting people to get work

What is Work Wise?

Work Wise is a free employment service available to any person with a mental or physical health condition, disability, or neurodivergence, who wants to work.

Work Wise supports people to find, maintain and sustain meaningful, long-term paid employment or to support people already in-work to continue their employment.


Who are Work Wise?

The Department of Work and Pensions have provided funding to Surrey County Council to deliver Individual Placement and Support in Primary Care. What this means is supporting anyone aged 16+ who have a physical or mental health condition, to help them to move into competitive employment, or if already in a job providing the support they need to maintain that employment.

Through a competitive tender process Surrey County Council selected the following organisations to help us deliver this program to residents in Surrey. Get Set UK, Richmond Fellowship Trust, Surrey Choices, and Citizens Advice. They have been chosen to be our trusted partners as have a wealth of experience supporting people with physical and mental health conditions with getting and maintaining a job.


How does it work?

As an individual, once you have registered you will be matched to a dedicated employment specialist who will work with you to identify your skills, help you find work, and support you to stay in the job.

You will receive a range of employment support including writing your CV, identifying your skills and experience to match to a role, interview training, and debt and benefits advice.

We also work with businesses to identify suitable roles that complement their needs, and we match individuals we are working with to roles available.

Support for individuals

We use your interests and current skills to match you to work that suits your needs and abilities, providing one-to-one support from a dedicated employment specialist.

Support for employers

Work Wise provides support to businesses and employers of any size who want to improve their workforce wellbeing opportunities. We can match our clients to fill your skills gaps, as well as provide training and advice to develop inclusive employee support services.

Benefits and outcomes for individuals

Being in work provides many benefits for employees, employers and our wider society, such as:

  • Improved mental and physical health over time
  • Increased financial stability and independence
  • Training and developing your skillsets through regular, personalised support
  • Having your needs met better at work
  • More opportunities for job progression
  • Learning to manage your finances

Eligibility

You are eligible for Work Wise employment support if you are:

  • Have a mental/physical health condition, disability, neurodivergence or learning difficulties.
  • Aged 16 or over
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Want to work or stay in-work
  • Live in or registered to a GP in Surrey or Northeast Hampshire
  • Not currently on another employment support programme

How to access Work Wise

You can refer yourself using the Work Wise referral form. If you're not sure, referrals can also be made by:

  • Your GP or another healthcare professional
  • Your community or support worker
  • The Job Centre
  • Your employer
  • Housing associations
  • Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise organisations

If you are a GP, a Primary Care Network (PCN) practitioner or social prescriber making a referral, please visit Surrey and North East Hants Employment Services.

If you would like to refer someone with a complex disability, please visit Surrey Choices.

For all other referrals, or if you are an employer interested in knowing more, please visit Work Wise referral form.


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