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Leek work club joins forces with mental health service for World Mental Health Day

A LOCAL work club has teamed up with NHS experts to help more people affected by mental health issues to find work.

Your Housing Group’s Work Clubs in Leek, Biddulph and Cheadle have brought in the Step On service so that more people gain skills and confidence to get back into work.

Over the last two years the clubs, led by Community Regeneration Officer Louise Harley, have helped more than 120 people into sustainable employment.

Step On supports people who have experienced mental health difficulties, but who are now ready to return to or look for paid employment. The team is made up of skilled employment specialists who provide advice and support on possible career opportunities, focusing on a person’s abilities and aspirations.

Your Housing Group owns and manages more than 28,000 homes across the North of England, including several thousand in the Staffordshire Moorlands area.

Andy Edwards, Your Housing Group’s Community Regeneration Manger, said: “The work that we do across Moorlands is superb and joining forces with NHS - Step On will give customers who have mental health issues in our priority neighbourhoods a clear advantage in getting that extra support and guidance needed to move forward in the hard climate of gaining employment.
“We are happy to welcome Maria and Dawn from Step On who will now attend our Work Clubs with Louise and focus on customers who need that little extra help.”

Work Clubs are free to attend and take place at the following times and venues:

  • Haregate Community Centre, Leek, every Wednesday 10am - 12noon
  • The Learning Curve, Biddulph, every Thursday 10am -12noon
  • Cheadle Firestation, every Friday 10am - 12noon