ESF Pathways Behavioural Change Programme launches in Sheffield – registrations and referrals sought

From 2019-21 Sheffield City Council is delivering two large employment projects supported by the European Social Fund (ESF). Pathways to Progression (P2P) and Pathways to Success (P2S) are aimed at improving employability skills and supporting unemployed and economically inactive people towards and into the labour market.

As part of this provision, Sheffield City Council has commissioned four behavioural change programmes, accessible on a voluntary basis to ESF-eligible individuals who have been allocated a P2S or P2P keyworker.

Big Ambitions (Motivate Your Mind), Manor and Castle Development Trust (Aiming High), Sport Works (Nu Futures) and Yes2Ventures (Tell Me About It) will deliver a series of behavioural change courses in Sheffield during 2019-20.

About the programme

Big Ambitions – Motivate Your Mind

Motivate Your Mind is a ten-week course designed to improve participants’ wellbeing, confidence and mental health.

Who the programme is for:

Individuals who are lacking in motivation, confidence and self-esteem, or showing signs of low mood, stress, anxiety or depression. 

 E:  enquiries@bigambitions.org.uk      T:  0114 276 0039                           

Manor and Castle Development Trust – Aiming High

Aiming High delivers a varied programme of group-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a focus on lifestyle change.

Who the programme is for:

Individuals across Sheffield who are out of work and facing barriers of low confidence and self-esteem that are preventing them returning to the workplace.

E:  employmentteam@manorandcastle.org.uk    T:  0114 265 5145

Sport Works – Nu Futures

Nu Futures combines classroom-based training and confidence-building with light exercise and group activity in a gym setting.

Who the programme is for:

Individuals who are unemployed and/or economically-inactive and can benefit from a boost to their physical and/or mental health through exercise.

E:  mark@sportworksltd.co.uk    T:  07967 889 343

Yes2Ventures – Tell Me About It

Tell me About It offers a menu of activities designed to help disabled people develop work-based skills and confidence.

Who the programme is for:

Individuals who face a physical or mental disability barrier in moving towards or into the labour market.

E:  mark.powell@yes2ventures.org.uk   T:  07904 586584 / 0114 232 2597

Eligibility and referrals

Registration and referrals are now being sought for four courses, which will run periodically over 2019-20.

Any ESF-eligible candidate who has been assigned a keyworker under the Council’s ESF Pathways Programme can register on a behavioural change course.

Candidates can be referred directly to a behavioural change provider and then assigned an ESF keyworker, to ensure they are able to participate.

Candidates who are enrolled on an alternative ESF programme in Sheffield are not eligible.

ESF keyworkers

Sheffield City Council has commissioned the following organisations to provide keyworker services on the ESF Pathways Programme:

P2S keyworkers

Big Ambitions, Manor and Castle Development Trust, Reach, Sharrow Community Forum, Work Pays, Yes2Ventures

P2P keyworkers

Big Ambitions (Disabilities), Sharrow Community Forum (Ethnic Minorities & Over 50s), SOAR (Ethnic Minorities & Over 50s), Yes2Venutres (Disabilities), Zest (Economically Inactive)

Once allocated an ESF keyworker with one of these organisations, a candidate can enrol on the ESF Pathways Behavioural Change course.

Further information

To find out more about the ESF Pathways Behavioural Change Programme, please contact kevin.owers@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 2296 168.