7 behavioural change programmes commissioned by Opportunity Sheffield for 2020-21

Opportunity Sheffield has commissioned seven new behavioural change programmes as part of its ESF Pathways employment support programme.

Three pre-entry and four intervention courses will be delivered by partners across the city between October 2020 and December 2021.

The pre-entry courses – designed for unemployed and economically inactive individuals who are at a distance from the labour market – are accessible to anyone who is eligible for ESF Pathways support (i.e. aged 18+, live in Sheffield, have the right to live and work in the UK and are unemployed.

The intervention courses are designed to help progress existing ESF Pathways participants towards and into the labour market.


Pre-entry courses


Big Ambitions – Pre-Entry

The Wellbeing Way

The Wellbeing Way is designed to help individuals to overcome barriers including a lack of motivation, assertiveness and self-esteem, poor mental health and low mood. It centres around the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ – evidence-based actions that people can do in their daily lives that should improve wellbeing: Connect, Give, Learn, Take notice, Be Active.

Audience

This is a pre-entry course for ESF-eligible unemployed and economically inactive Sheffield residents who are lacking in motivation, confidence and self-esteem and experiencing barriers to the labour market.

Course delivery

A mix of classroom sessions and external interactive sessions taking place in various locations across Sheffield. The course consists of 6 x 4 hour training sessions.

  1. Connect – classroom session, building relationships with other members of the group,
  2. Give – interactive session supporting local community groups e.g. food banks, gardens
  3. Learn – Classroom based session – group learning session on resilence and motivation
  4. Take notice – interactive session around Sheffield ‘noticing’ things, places and buildings,
  5. Be active – interactive session – guided group walk implementing skills learnt in sessions 1 & 4
  6. Review session

Key programme aims

  • Motivate and inspire clients to achieve and develop their skills
  • Support clients who may have specific needs and work creatively to overcome any barriers to learning
  • Enable clients to share responsibility for their own learning, setting goals that challenge where appropriate
  • Provide signposting information regarding Welfare Benefits, housing and additional services which will benefit clients

Sport Works Yorkshire – Pre-Entry

Step Ahead

Step Ahead is a health-based programme supporting hard-to-engage participants into a positive pathway towards employment, by challenging and tackling many of the barriers that may be holding them back.

Audience

This is a pre-entry course for ESF-eligible unemployed and economically inactive Sheffield residents who are experiencing barriers to the labour market, including significant emotional, mental and physical health issues.

Course delivery

3-day programmes in locations across Sheffield, delivered in the heart of local communities to remove barriers to participation. The three key areas of focus are designed to inspire participants to progress towards employment and committing to their own action plan. Detail of programme delivery and menu of activity or agenda:

  1. Health and well-being
  2. Employability
  3. Personal growth

Key programme aims

  • encourage learners to realise the benefits of an active lifestyle and how this improves both their physical and mental health
  • bring together those who would not normally engage in community activity to take part in our programmes and activities and linking them into their communities
  • improve learners’ confidence and self-esteem, physical and mental health so they feel better about themselves and progress into jobs or learning
  • inspire learners that a healthy, active lifestyle, combined with tools and strategies helps them to manage and cope with stress in their lives
  • inspire participants to make positive steps on their employability journey

Yes2Ventures – Pre-Entry

The Unit

The Unit sees participants join a new social enterprise in Neepsend comprising workshops in wood and textiles to support Yes2Ventures social supermarkets.

Participants will receive personalised training to use woodworking and fabrication tools safely, with the aim of producing a quality end-product. Training will centre around understanding real job roles that suit individuals’ dexterity, ability to concentrate, artistic flair or eye for detail.

Audience

This is a pre-entry course for ESF-eligible unemployed and economically inactive Sheffield residents who would like to find employment in the manufacturing, craft or retail sectors but are struggling to find the right opportunities. They may never have worked, or have lost confidence through illness, mental health or acquired disability.

Delivery

Participants will be on programme for 1 day a week for 12 weeks in Unit 116 Albyn Works, Burton Road, S3 8BZ. Three training courses will run concurrently – from 10am till 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week – with four participants being supported by two trainers and a support worker on each course.

The workshops will make high quality bespoke Items for sale at local artisan markets and online and to include footstools, coat pegs, candle holders, cushion covers and bookcases.

Each course will be slightly different to reflect the needs of group participants, all of whom will start some way from the labour market. All participants who show aptitude and reliability will be invited to apply their learning by attending for specific hours outside of their training.

Key programme aims

  • Build participants’ confidence and skill base
  • Re-motivate people by giving them the experience of relevant personalised training
  • Deliver training that is focused on realistic expectation of future employment
  • Create jobs and training opportunities for people who are distanced from the labour market for health related and social reasons

Intervention courses


Big Ambitions – Intervention

Healthy Mind 24/7

Healthy Mind 24/7 is designed to help participants overcome personal development barriers including poor mental health, low motivation and a lack of self-esteem to help make positive lifestyle changes.

Audience

This is an intervention course designed for existing ESF Pathways participants who are lacking in motivation, confidence and self-esteem and experiencing barriers to employment.

Delivery

A mix of classroom sessions taking place in Big Ambition’s training room at Exchange Brewery, 2 Bridge Street Sheffield alongside external interactive sessions in various locations across Sheffield. The six-week behavioural change course focussing on wellbeing related activities consisting of 3-hour sessions:

  • Mental health and a healthier me
  • Motivation
  • Communication and assertiveness
  • Confidence and Self esteem
  • Positive thinking
  • Resilence

All customers who complete the course will receive a 12-month subscription to 24 hour advice line, doctor line and the Big White Wall (a safe online space offering 24/7 support).

Key programme aims

  • Maintain and improve mental health and well-being
  • Provide 24/7 advice, support and guidance
  • Develop new skills and increase knowledge
  • Give participants the confidence to begin/continue their employment journey

Sharrow Community Forum – Intervention

Made in Sharrow – New Start

Made in Sharrow – New Start is a woodwork and computer design project with multiple access points for people with different interests, abilities. Each participant will receive an introduction to both traditional and contemporary wood working skills, and make their own personal item, based on the ‘Made in Sharrow Brick’. Participants will work on the development of feature spaces and walls within the community.

Audience

This is an intervention programme for existing ESF Pathways participants who may be low in confidence, disillusioned, demotivated or in need of refocusing either in terms of their goals or future thoughts regarding employment. 

Delivery

Delivery will take place in the ‘Made in Sharrow’ Workshop at the Old Junior School, utilising the adjacent IT suite for break-out space, computer design work, and work and training related activities and support.

The 6-week course consists of 6 x 3-hour workshops, plus a 1-hour induction and a 1-hour evaluation. There will be 2 courses running concurrently with a maximum of 10 participants on one course. The course design is as follows:

  • Weeks 1-3: Introduction to Contemporary Woodwork & Digital Manufacturing
  • Weeks 4-6: Designing & Building planters for the local area

Key programme aims

  • Increase confidence – self-confidence and confidence working with others
  • Improve speaking and listening skills
  • Build self-esteem, satisfaction and sense of achievement
  • Drive commitment, taking on roles of responsibility, and contributing to the community
  • Identifying and building on personal strengths and abilities
  • Work planning, making choices and enacting them

Yes2Ventures – Intervention

The Social

The Social is a new social enterprise operating as a supermarket and take-away café providing cheap and healthy eating options for local people on small budgets. Programme participants will be trained to prepare fresh food in a real work environment, help to stock a small social enterprise supermarket, provide customer service and/or deliver back office support. Participants will be trained to understand real job roles that suit their interests and capabilities.

Audience

This is an intervention course designed for existing ESF Pathways participants who are willing to find employment in the food sector but may be struggling to find the right opportunities. Some participants may have relevant skills and experience, but have lost confidence through illness, mental health issues or acquired disability.

Delivery

Participants will be on programme for 6 weeks and their hours of engagement will be tailored to the type of job opportunity that is appropriate to their wishes and their needs. Roles may include:

  • Food preparation – selecting, chopping, cooking, packaging, health and safety
  • Supermarket operations – pricing, stocking up, customer service, retail, health and safety
  • Deliveries / Back-office support – invoicing, stock control, liaising with suppliers

All participants who show aptitude and reliability will be invited to apply their learning by attending for specific hours outside of their training.

Key programme aims

  • Help alleviate food poverty while creating jobs and training opportunities.
  • Build participants’ confidence and skill base, and prepare them for the workplace   
  • Create jobs and training opportunities for people who are distanced from the labour market for health related and social reasons
  • Develop a successful model for social supermarkets which can be replicated in other parts of Sheffield and help to alleviate food poverty within the city

Zest – Intervention

Zest4Life

Zest4Life is a cognitive behavioural therapy-based package that aims to inspire, challenge and motivate improvement in mental and physical wellbeing. A varied, holistic programme of group and 1-2-1 activity provides a wellbeing toolkit.

Audience

This is an intervention course designed for existing ESF Pathways participants with significant, multiple or complex barriers to employment, including lack of confidence, disability, mental health etc.

Delivery

Zest4Life is primarily delivered in a group setting, although each participant receives a 1-2-1 the initial assessment, final session and MOT Health check with a health trainer. Delivery alternates between the Zest Centre and other community venues across the city, along with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service training rooms.

Each 5-week programme consists of:  

  • Mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy-based workshops
  • Food and Mood: incorporating five ways to wellbeing and a practical cooking session
  • Drama Workshops: using acting to improve confidence and communication      
  • Outdoor social activities and visits to historical sites e.g. Kelham Island                       
  • Volunteering: opportunities to explore and participate                   
  • Inspirational guest speakers & information about self-employment / entrepreneurship
  • Passport to leisure – All participants will be required to try at least one physical activity session alongside the core programme (e.g. swimming, cycling, Pilates, walking, bowling)

Key programme aims

  • For programme participants to come away feeling positive, inspired and motivated, better able to cope and feeling ready to take their next step towards employment
  • To enable participants to form or become part of existing support groups
  • To deliver social impact, including addressing inequalities, generating a positive ripple effect on families, communities and the economy