Mental Health Problems
Strathclyde Momentum Programme
Funded by the Big Lottery’s Life Transition programme, Strathclyde Momentum will benefit people from across the disability spectrum from Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. The programme has four primary goals:
•To help reduce the negative impact of the barriers faced by the service user
•To improve the service user’s academic performance
•To support service users to access open employment
•Further educate the community and provide information about the barriers people with a disability face
The goal of the Momentum Skills Strathclyde Momentum Programme is employment. Our staff work with business and community agencies to help them prepare their workplace to accommodate employees who come from a disabled background.
Momentum Skills staff are available to assist people from a Pan Disability background with individualised plans to meet their unique needs. Momentum Skills will provide vocational evaluations, job training, guidance and support. We aim to help service users to make the transition from rehabilitation to employment, and inform them about the kinds of technology available that could increase independence.
Each Service User will have a detailed assessment of their current learning skills and abilities that will form the basis of an agreed action plan. This will identify the level of support and guidance the service will provide to the service user to enhance their self-confidence and esteem and build on their abilities.
This action plan will also assist the user to develop their Personal and Social development skills and interests in order to pursue their goals. Finally the action plan will identify various options to enhance employment skills levels, monitor the degree of ongoing support and guidance until they are settled in employment.
The Strathclyde Momentum Programme will promote and utilise effective partnerships with external organisations that are better equipped to provide Vocational Certificated Programmes in the local community. The Strathclyde Momentum Programme will develop service user’s knowledge of the local labour market and job search requirements and gain a more realistic approach to employment.
Service users accessing this service will also receive support from qualified Momentum Therapeutic and employability staff throughout their programme. The range of skills embodied in the team includes occupational psychology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, as well as dedicated employment development officers.
The Social Group
The Social Group is a service provided by Momentum in Aberdeen which helps support both those with brain injury and mental health problems.
The Aberdeen Social Group runs on Thursdays.
The Social Group provides time and opportunities for people to become involved in different activities to help increase their confidence and social skills.
The Social Group is available to those with both brain injury and mental health problems on a self-referral basis.
The Social Group provides many different activities each week which can include:
• Guest Speakers guest such as local historians/ historic walking tours of Aberdeen
• Quizzes with prizes
• Day trips
• Cinema and museum visits
• Arts and craft sessions
For more information contact:
23 North Silver Street
Aberdeen Pathways (Mental Health)
Aberdeen Pathways offers a dedicated vocational rehabilitation programme for people who are currently experiencing mental health difficulties relating to anxiety, depression trauma or stress, to help them progress towards and into sustained employment.
The Pathways programme is funded by Aberdeen City Council.
Aberdeen Pathways is open to any adult (16 years or older) with a mental health diagnosis who lives within the Aberdeen City areas and runs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Those who wish to attend the programme should have the motivation to secure work, education or further training.
Pathways offers both group and one to one sessions which cover areas related to personal development, cognitive rehabilitation and employability. Each session is supported by staff to meet each person’s individual needs.
Some areas covered in the programme are:
• Health and Wellbeing
• Confidence Building
• Social Skills
• Managing depression and anxiety
• Work Placement
• IT and Employability College Course (On Wednesdays)
Most referrals are made from a professional such as GPs, social workers, Job Centre plus and community psychiatric nurses.
Clients can self-refer although they must get a professional to complete a referral and risk assessment form to clarify they are eligible for the programme. (They would not be eligible if they are currently on Government funded programmes e.g.: work choice or other funded work programmes)
Aberdeen Pathways is unable to work with people whose behaviour is assessed to pose a significant threat of self-harm or physical harm to others. The service is also unable to admit those whose substance misuse is affecting their daily functioning.
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For more information please contact:
23 North SilverAberdeen
Work First Scotland
The Scottish Government’s Work First Scotland programme works in partnership with other organisations to build best practice and establish support that achieves high quality success for disabled people and their employers.
Work First Scotland will provide high quality voluntary employment support for 12 months. This support will meet the needs of people with disabilities who need more specialist support to find employment and keep a job once they have started work.
The Work First Scotland programme will be tailored to the specific needs to each individual, providing a diverse range of specialist support that is flexible to the needs of the participants.
How will Work First Scotland Support you to find work?
Work First Scotland will give you advice and support to get you ready for work. You can choose the level of support that you want us to provide. We offer:
•One-to-one support that is tailored to meet your needs.
•Support to overcome any barriers you have to getting a job .
•Access to training, such as I.T courses, that will improve your chances of getting a job
•Support with work placements so that you can get valuable work experience.
•Assistance to look for jobs of your choice.
•Help to create a CV and complete application forms.
•Job interview training.
•Support should you want to become self-employed.
•Continued support once you are in employment
If you already have a job but want support to stay in work, Work First Scotland advisers can help.
For more information on Work First Scotland contact your local JobCenter or contact Momentum at:
Tel: 0141 419 5299
Glasgow Momentum Programme
The Glasgow Momentum Programme delivers services from three different locations across the City of Glasgow: Drumchapel, Yoker and Templeton. The programme supports people who are unemployed with a long-term illness or a disability to move towards economic and social inclusion.
The Glasgow Momentum programme is funded through the Integrated Grant Fund from Glasgow City Council and is free of charge to participants.
You can refer yourself to the programme, or you can be referred by a health worker, social worker or Job Centre staff. The service supports each person through a five-stage programme.
The five stages are:
Stage 1 is an initial assessment
Stage 2 is creating a personal action plan
Stage 3 is about career development
Stage 4 is developing essential employment skills
Stage 5 is aftercare
The programme is delivered in groups or one-to-one with support staff. The types of issues that people get support with are working with others, problem-solving, confidence-building, goal-setting and health management.
The programme is delivered in a supportive, friendly environment, which many people find helps their motivation and enables them to move forward in their lives.
Every person on the programme is supported to develop a personal action plan. This maps out what they would like to achieve, and how they can be supported to make this happen. Individual goals are set by each person, and this gives them a realistic guide for personal development and possible careers.
Each person is supported to develop their confidence, motivation and skills. This helps people to participate in their community and develop a plan to enter or re-enter the world of work.
Staff and participants work together to ensure that the next step towards a job or further training is solid and is in place when each person leaves the programme.
For further information, contact us on:
Glasgow Momentum Programme
The White Studio
Templeton Business Centre
62 Templeton Street
T: 0141 554 8822
Funded through the NHS, Glasgow City Council & European Social Fund, the service will benefit individuals with a wide range of disabilities or enduring health conditions by providing services throughout Glasgow.
The Bridging Service assists clients through a five stage employability programme, providing individualised support from induction, into employment and beyond.
The five stage programme
Stage 1 – Initial Assessment and Induction
This is carried out by an Employment Development Coach in order to gain a thorough understanding of an individual’s short/long term goals and occupational status.
Stage 2 – Barrier Removal
A range of group workshops are provided within this stage including - Confidence Building, Communication, Health Awareness and Personal Boundaries plus many more.
Stage 3 – Vocational Activity
Delivered by the Employment Development Worker & Job Coach; identifying individual skills, strengths and abilities with a view to initially exploring the next steps on the road to employment.
Stage 4 – Into Employment
Delivered by the Employment Development Coach, covers sessions in Good Interview Practise, CV Building and the Application Process. Individuals in this stage are also encouraged to attend our Job Clubs to assist in their search for employment.
Stage 5 – Aftercare
The Bridging Service offers aftercare support to Individuals in employment.
Returning to work after a period of unemployment or entering the work place for the first time can be a scary thought but here are just some reasons why it could be good for you:
• It will increase your confidence in yourself
• It will keep you busy and allow you to develop yourself
• It will enable you to socialise more
• It can give you a sense of pride and personal achievement
• It can be beneficial to your physical and mental health
The Bridging Service engages with vulnerable people diagnosed with chronic long-term health conditions i.e. Physical Disability, Learning disability, Mental Health Sensory or other conditions which affect the client in setting a vocational goal and who are struggling to access services in their local area.
Unfortunately we cannot engage with people participating on the Work Programme.
Making a referral
Referrals are made from Health Professionals OR Glasgow City Council Social Work Department directly.
Email Referral form to:
Post for attention of:
The Bridging Service
The White Studios
Room 206, 62 Templeton Street
What does the service provide?
The Bridging Service provide a pathway to employment for individuals with disabilities or enduring health conditions. This service offers individuals the opportunity to identify aims and objectives through the development of individualised action plans. The programme is delivered by our multi-disciplinary team which consists of:
• Employment Development Coaches
• Occupational Therapists
Our programme provides support in breaking down any pre-existing barriers (particularly those associated with a clients disability/health condition) to employment by providing personal development and training workshops, job
matching, signposting to qualification providers and training opportunities. Momentum will also offer an aftercare service once employment has been secured providing tailored, individualised in-work support
The Energiser Programme is a personal development programme for adults with a mental health issue and/or who are recovering from substance abuse issues; and who want to start making positive steps in their lives.
Energiser aims to help you break out of your existing routine and to give you the motivation and confidence to move forward with your life.
Who can access the Programme?
The Energiser Programme is targeted at adults of working age (16-65).Anyone can access the programme who had a clear pattern or diagnosis of mental health problems. It is designed to provide the first steps on the ladder back to social and economic inclusion.
What is involved in the Programme?
The Energiser Programme runs from Tuesday - Friday, from 10am -3pm.The programme provides a variety of pre-vocational activities which are 40%center based. Working in groups of up to 10 people activities focus on personal development including communications, health management, problem solving, team building, time management, persistence, leadership and health and safety.
Activities are based on improving well-being and discovering or re-discovering skills to develop personal strength and experiences. You will be encouraged to identify what you want to achieve and to set personal goals. The programme has healthy living, community engagement and environmental emphasis. There is also a vocational module which prepares for moving on and identifying possible vocational pathways.
23 North Silver Street
Tel: 01224 625 580