In partnership with RBLI, we deliver a rolling 10-week Employability Programme. Beneficiaries are both self-referrals and referrals from other agencies. Some of these men have a variety of both physical and/or mental health problems which have impacted on their ability to work, and have benefitted from the activities we have been able to provide in a safe, informal and supportive environment. For many, lack of confidence to leave the house and resulting high levels of anxiety have been the biggest hurdles, and attending the program provides the first step to show they can overcome this.
RBLI colleagues deliver the more specific employability element of the program, and the link between the formal information given from RBLI and the practical element delivered by The Octopus Foundation is clearly identifiable with participants continually highlighting the benefits of this model.