2014. PLACE AND TRAIN
PLACE AND TRAIN – PROVIDING PRODUCTS FOR PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES TO ENABLE THEM TO PLACE THEIR SERVICE USERS IN EMPLOYMENT AND TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT THEIR ACCESS TO ADULT EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING.
Project title:Place and Train – providing products for professionals working with people with mental health issues to enable them to place their service users in employment and to encourage and support their accessto adult education and lifelong learning.Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme Centralized, Grundtvig Multilateral ProjectsProject summary:The project will develop products aimed at our target group of professionals working with people with mental health issues which will enable them to support their service users i.e. people with mental health issues, into employment, and whilst in employment, to support them to develop personal and non-vocational skills and to improve their knowledge and competencies. The project is based upon the Individual Placement and Support model (IPS) and will develop products to help our target group work with employers and service users to “place then train”. Whilst the basis of IPS is “place then train” we have found the majority of emphasis is on placement with very little on supporting access to adult learning for service users whilst in employment. In addition our research has highlighted a lack of support for professionals working with people with mental health issues to place, then train.The project tackles both these issues with objectives to develop the skills and competencies of our target group to be able to place and train; provide materials for our target group to use with employers and service users; and to promote good practice and support better access to knowledge. Place and Train will comprise of a website; workbooks in hard format and CD ROM on (a) Place and Train training modules for our target group; (b) the provision of material for our target group to use with service users and employers; and a DVD, featuring case studies from each country. The impact will be the development of an understanding of mental health issues within the EU and the provision of training for our target group in the methods used to work with employers to place service users in employment and to encourage the on-going development of their competencies and skills. Long term impact will be to enable people with mental health issues to receive high quality services to enable them to work, and to develop non-vocational skills by access to lifelong learning opportunities.Project partners:– ELDONIAN GROUP LIMITED (UK) – project coordinator;– MERSEY CARE NHS TRUST (UK);– IASIS NGO (Greece);– VsI Socialiniu inovaciju centras (Lithuania);– GEK OP WERK (Netherlands);– FUNFACION INTRAS (Spain).Project duration: 2011-2013ACTIVITIESPlace and Train – Supporting Professionals Working With People with Mental Health Issues into.Work and Education