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Carers Trust Thames

Carers Trust Thames has a 35 year history of providing respite breaks for carers, primarily by providing replacement care. This respite care is required for carers whilst they access advice about work and benefits, attend training, prepare for work activities and eventually attend work. Without respite care many carers will be unable to engage. Carers Trust Thames is part of the national Carers Trust network which includes carers centres across much of London. Carers Trust Thames also provides homecare services for people with a disability and elderly frail people, and assists them to continue living in their own homes.

Family Psychological Services UK is a charity based in South East London. We provide low-cost counselling and psychotherapy to adults, couples, families and children. We also offer parenting workshops. We work closely with Children’s Centers, GPs, IAPT and schools to offer and promote counselling for adults and children. As part of this partnership we will extend our work and provide sessions at various other locations.

“Making It Work” is a consortium of 11 organisations run by and for Deaf and Disabled people, providing services to over 15,000 Disabled people across 19 London boroughs. Over the past 3 years we have achieved a 37% success rate in getting Disabled people into employment. We are successful because of our existing engagement with local Disabled people; our specialist knowledge of barriers to employment (64% of our staff have lived experience of being Deaf or Disabled); our holistic and person centred approach to employment support; and our expertise in engaging employers and supporting them to overcome barriers and discrimination within work and recruitment practices. Within the consortium we are able to offer a wide range of employment and skills support options.

We are a Housing Association working in Hackney and Islington and other boroughs in North East London. PBHA’s mission is to enable vulnerable and excluded people to gain the confidence and skills they need to achieve greater independence.

PBHA has over 45 years’ experience supporting vulnerable and excluded people to achieve greater independence. We are lead partner for Working Futures funded by London Councils ESF Co-financing (£422,000 2013-15) which is supporting 420 people with mental health problems towards employment. The project was short listed for a National Housing Federation Community Investment Award in the Investors in People category in 2014. Our success in meeting targets meant we were offered additional targets as part of 3 month extension in 2015. Our offer includes work placements in our enterprises including a thriving retail enterprise and Creative Industries.

RAD promotes equality for Deaf people, mainly those whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language (BSL), through the provision of specialist accessible services. Services we deliver in BSL include Employment and Skills support (including in work support), pre- NEET and NEET programmes, Advice and Advocacy. We work in partnership with mainstream providers, adding value to their delivery through our ability to engage with this hard to reach client group who are often a considerable distance from the employment market. We are an SFA registered provider, we deliver employment and employability support to Deaf people through JCP’s FSF grants and our IAG and employment service are Matrix accredited.

The Children’s Society is changing the stories of this country’s most disadvantaged children and teenagers. We work hand in hand with them to directly change their own stories through delivery of over 127 frontline support services to over 34,000 children and young people per year. We target the most disadvantaged children who have the most acute needs and suffer poverty and neglect.
We engage with marginalised groups of young people e.g. Children leaving Care; those with Mental Health needs etc. that other organisations fail to engage with to improve their skills and knowledge and therefore employability.

CSTM offers a wide range of services from our building in central London and through outreach, seeing over 4,500 individuals every year so we have direct access to the target client group. We have 30 years experience of providing education, training and employment services to homeless people and a proven track record in delivering ESF funded projects, including for BAME and female clients. We have centrally located, purpose built and fully accessible facilities including training rooms, formal and informal IT training spaces. We also provide on site all the support services that homeless people need, from practical facilities to specialist advice.

The Parent House has 15 years’ experience of supporting Islington’s most disadvantaged and long-term unemployed BAME parents back into employment. Our extensive knowledge of the borough enables us to effectively target, engage and support parents that many providers consider ‘hard to reach’. Our effective and personalised delivery approach offers parents accredited language and life-skills training which is supported by offering childcare. Parents are further supported by trained volunteer peer-mentors. In acknowledging many parents starting point we broker work placements and mentor throughout. This approach has been invaluable in breaking down barriers to employment, building confidence to succeed in working environments.

A purpose built VCS-led legal entity to bid for and deliver public services. Track record of delivery engagement across service areas and a wide range of providers. Solid commitment to supporting local agencies to get involved in collaborative bids. Experience of working with private and public sector partners and whole systems approaches. Person-centred approach to service design and delivery.

Further information about the ‘hub and spoke’ consortium structure and functions are available at We have a strong commitment to involving smaller local providers with strong community connections where possible.