Welfare to Work

Welfare to Work

Designer Life offers Coaching workshops to ‘Employment and Training’ projects in the public sector

With unemployment still on the high and many people economically in-active, our aim is to assist Providers with a specialist intervention service focused on helping people get back to work and/or, the all important, employment sustainability. This is carried out, not just using the traditional methods of ‘advice and guidance’ of cv writing, interview skills and job searching strategies, but to really coach service users to identify and break down barriers they are facing whilst finding work and also when in work. Coaching is a mutually agreed partnership and is goals driven. It’s difficult for a person to successfully find a job and then stay in it for more than 52 weeks if there are barriers in their personal life or state of mind. Coaching is a powerful and liberating technique that acts as a catalyst to people to release their inner potential and achieve goals much more quickly. It allows them to develop their own skills and knowledge and change their behaviour and attitude and raising their own self-awareness.

A4e - Improving People's Lives (now PeoplePlus)

We are pleased to be Specialist Intervention Partners with A4e on the work programme and deliver the following interventions:

  • Stressful to Blissful-a barrier busting motivational workshop, helping unemployed customers identify and understand their stress levels, and also what hinders employment. Customers leave less stressed and much more positive and empowered.
  • Verve-a 3 part wellbeing workshop for those customers on ESA benefit helping them to de-stress, become more positive about their health/circumstances and become ‘job ready’.
  • Personal Branding-a unique course that helps prepare customers  for interviews and employment, by looking at their image, body language, online profiles and overall communication.

We also offer:

  • 1:1 career coaching combined with advice and guidance.
  • Group motivational workshops on getting back to work.
  • 12 month Employment Sustainability Coaching/Personal Development programme.
  • Group personal development workshops for those recently started work. From; stress management to health and wellbeing and from budgeting to work, life, balance.

For more information go to http://www.workprogrammecoach.co.uk


Workmates in Hillingdon was a project offering In- work support and Employment sustainability. I was responsible for delivering workshops, coaching and advice to recently employed clients with a particular focus on work, life balance and in work training and support. This project was delivered by A2Dominin Housing Group working closely with Hillingdon Council and was one of the pilot projects of West London Working a city strategy pathfinder. This included vast partnership working and these included; Uxbridge College, Job Centre Plus, the JGA Group, Reed in Partnership, Hillingdon Council and other borough providers and projects plus the local chamber of commerce.

West London Working

The Business Partner Programme was new for 2010 and I was one of the Mentors on the Programme. I Mentored staff who were employed in the “Employment & Training” sector, coaching and mentoring them to improve their performance.

For more information go to www.westlondonworking.org.uk

p3 - People, Possibilities, Potential

Managing the Jobshop project and team, initially contracted by Heathrow City Partnership and funded by the LDA to deliver the ‘Routes to work’ Programme for service users seeking to work with BAA at the Airport. Also delivering a robust job search service (cv’s cover letters, application forms, work experience) to the unemployed and to NEET clients. Job shop became one of the recommended places for job seekers. Working closely with BAA, Job Centre Plus, HELP Project and many others in Hillingdon and Ealing Boroughs.

Here is a little photo of me and some of the team…


Inbiz is a market leader in supporting start up Businesses and Enterprise. I was working with Inbiz before the merger and growth with TNG and Avanta.  As a Business advisor I was coaching and advising clients from conception of an idea to marketing the business and generating clients and an income. Working closely with Jobcentre Plus referrals we helped the unemployed who had a desire to go into Business rather than employment. This involved working on a 1:1 basis and assisting them with all aspects of starting up a small business.

For more information on what Inbiz are doing currently visit: www.inbiz.co.uk

Life's Canvas

Working on the ‘Happy Parent, Happy Child’ Programme coaching mothers who have been victims of domestic violence. Coaching on personal goals for themselves and their children and thus aiming towards a happy and balanced family life.

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Home Start - Support and friendship for families

Introduced by Life’s Canvas, I was delivering workshops in Ealing on a range of topics such as; Budgeting & Managing Money, Assertiveness and Confidence. These workshops are delivered during term time only and are part of a programme of other Parenting workshops.

JGA - developing your future

Working with an established and well known provider on the ‘Next Steps’ programme. JGA provides training, advice and consultancy to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Based at a local Jobcentre plus offering information advice, guidance and coaching on career and related goals, such creating winning CVs, effective and innovative job searching, interview skills and increasing confidence and motivation with job hunting or those returning to work.