A special ‘back to work’ advice session will be held in Skegness early next month, it has been announced.
The Health Works event is being hosted by East Lindsey District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness on October 2 between 10am and 3pm.
Organisers say it will be aimed primarily at getting people with low level mental heath needs or physical ill health ready to go back to work - either in paid for roles, volunteering or setting up their own business. starting their own business.
The district council’s portfolio holder for communities, Cllr Sandra Harrison, said: “There are many people who really want to get into work but for various reasons feel they cannot do so at this moment in time.
“Working with the DWP we are aiming to help people access the support they need to overcome any obstacles in returning to work which gives people a huge sense of purpose – that itself can give people a great boost.
“There should be no reason why some of these issues need to come in the way of a worthwhile career, with the right support.”
Some of the activities planned for the day include a virtual gym, short walks leaving from the Theatre throughout the day, health MOTs and health checks to support those with health-related concerns.
The council’s portfolio holder for economic development, Cllr Craig Leyland, said: “This event will tackle some of the issues surrounding unemployment within the district among those residents with comparatively minor health concerns. Many people want to work and just need the right help and support to enable them to achieve this goal.”
David Margarson of DWP added: “This event is the first of its type in Lincolnshire and aims to point people in the right direction, whether it be help with a training need, health support or just an opportunity to gain experience in the world of work.
“For others, it may be an opportunity to see what type of work they could be suited to and the chance to speak to careers advisors, training providers and volunteering organisations.”
News of the session comes after new figures revealed unemployment in Lincolnshire has fallen to its lowest level since 2008.
As well as the district council and the DWP, other organisations taking part in next month’s session include Desire Change, Lincolnshire CVS, Studio 21, National Careers Service, Shaw Trust, Prince’s Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Seagull Recycling.
They will be joined by East Lindsey Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Forever, First College, Lincolnshire Credit Union, Fredericks Foundation, MAST (LCF), Community Lincs, Healthwatch Lincolnshire, Shine, Ingeus, Learning Works, The Boatshed Multi-Use Centre, Lincolnshire Libraries and East Lindsey Home Start.