Authors: Gary Sutcliffe, Fleur Crarer & Heather Menzies, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Getting a Job, workforce, framework trust
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The intense desire of consumers to access a service that specializes in employment needs corresponds with a lack of National funding to meet the demand resulting in long waiting lists for these services. Recognising the impact that this can have on people waiting prolonged periods for access, Framework Trusts Employment Division Workfocus has created an employment Search and support group that has been designed and run by Fleur Crarer in her role as Workfocus Consumer Representative. Framework Trust has enabled this innovative approach to progress by supporting the development of this group, which is compiled of persons moving directly from the waiting list into job seeking activities. Utilising employment Internet web sites, sharing their own contacts and discussing employment strategies with their peers has led to success for many participants not only in employment but also with others moving into training. The presentation will discuss the process, the outcomes and possibilities for future expansion of this exciting and innovative programme, with its emphasis on peer support, co-operation, and an understanding that this is a process designed and implemented by a person who has a shared experience with those who use the service.