People need tailor made support ,the coach must listen to their clients and do not force them or make them feel down as if they do not want to work.
People who are on benefits looking for time being support to get back to work.
Another month passes, I can’t believe it’s May tomorrow. I feel utterly overwhelmed with every passing day, week, month and year. I don’t know how to slow life down! My children are happy and that’s what counts. I just wish my thoughts weren’t clouded with worries all the time. I always feel like I’m not giving them my full attention, like I’m not really in the moment. Instead I’m worrying about how I will juggle money, how I will pay for whatever is coming up next etc.
Understand the difficulties they face. Especially if it is a neuro-unique family. Some times the DWP only look at the adult, ignoring their neuro divergent needs and also ignoring their children having neuro divergent needs. Each one unique makes it a whole neuro unique family they need to accommodate for.
Money is tight but demand of children/society is the same. So lucky to have community centre or Changing Realities who include us without a price to pay.
From my perspective as a working person I believe support needs to start working outside office working hours. Support 9-5 Mon-Fri, isn't helping any working person progress.
There is a sense of work is work and we should just be grateful yet, the flip side of this is when you are on UC and you have kids the requirements change as your children age. Meaning many are facing the choice of leaving the job they have been in for years to earn more, yet it could be a family friendly work environment.
It's not always about education, for some of its confidence building and more emotional support and also about the practicalities of what kind of job we want or can attain to within the area we live in.
Living like royalty here. I ordered a surprise goodie bag from the local bakery on the "Too Good to Go" app. Not certain of the exact savings we've made but at a guess there's twice the price of what we paid. £3 got us 2 sausage rolls 1 cheese & onion pastie, 1 ham & cheese baguette & 2 chocolate éclairs!
I'm not personally a huge fan of this type of food however it was at least exciting to see what was in the bag if nothing else. According to the retailer we had picked a bad day to order so who knows what's on offer on a good day?
I think it's an ideal way to buy food cheaper, which would otherwise end up in the bin.
Far too much of that already happens on a daily basis in supermarkets alone. One year as a volunteer for a local family support charity, we helped collect all the supermarket produce disposed of on Christmas eve, to distribute to local families. There was so much of it we could have filled a small truck with it all. As it was, a handful of volunteers wasn't anywhere near enough people to help.
Truly shocking to see the amounts going to waste.
I had an appointment with my work coach recently, and she did a 'better-off' at work calculation for me, for a job I was interested in.
Once the calculations were done, it turned out that I would be only £200 a month better off!
This is after paying for childcare, medication, travel, clothes, food, etc.
This made me think to myself - are some of us really better off when we work, when those of us on Universal credit stand to lose so much when we do?
I think they should bring back the Work Trials, back to work bonuses and run-on benefits that they used to have.
The work trials were great because they gave both the employer and the employee the opportunity to explore whether the job was right for the employee, and also whether the employer felt the same way.
The trials were great because as a potential employee, you got to get a feel of the job, within a 3 month period, without losing all of your benefits.
Equally, the Back-to-Work bonuses were good too because it gave you the finance needed to pay for your first month of travel, new clothes for the job, etc. This was paid to people that were out of work for 6 months or longer.
Furthermore, the Jobcentre used to give people 4 weeks worth of run-on benefits, which gave you a head start with your first pay check.
I think all of the schemes that I've mentioned above, were great ways that the Jobcentre used to help and support people get back into work, but they no longer run, but should bring back, because they were really supportive and beneficial for many people.
I think the job centre and work coaches need to be more accommodating to peoples skill sets and interests. Not just throw “any job” at them, it’s demeaning and makes you feel invisible. I would like to see more effort made to develop training workshops and for job centre staff and the DWP to be retrained in how to respectfully engage with people.
There are a robust changes needed to attract more people in to workforce. Firstly benefit system needed to change. Current benefit system discourage people to go to work or to do more extra work. The benefit system needed to support those people who are at work or want to do more work by providing extra support. Secondly zero hour contract needed to be withdraw from employment contract. Employee needs at least permanent contract with fixed hours. Lastly more flexible hours of working and various employee benefits will attract more people back to work and retain them at work.
The process for getting a job needed to make easy for everyone. Government can help employer by providing on the job training rather than out of the job training. The working hours needed to make flexible for working parents and tailored to part time workers like student or single parents. In this living cost crisis, if employer can provide their worker a lunch with/without government help then it will be great to saving people's pocket. The working benefits such as good pension, paternity/maternity leave, child care facility, sick pay etc will attract more people into working force and retain them for the long time.
I would like to say they really need to rethink how they support people. The following points would be good to consider.
1 have a people centred approach.
2 don't have a judgmental approach.
3 treat people as individuals, we are all unique with our own life experiences.
4 offer tailored support to people
5 offer flexible, well organised training programmes in dual languages, easily accessible to gain work skills.
6 be consistent and clear with information. Provide easy read documents.
7 People want to progress when they have genuine dedicated support.