SCR’s Working Win scheme helps 511 people stay in work during pandemic

Written by Sheffield City Region

Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority’s trail blazing Working Win scheme, which has helped thousands of people find and stay in work, has helped 511 more people to stay in work.

This takes the total number of residents supported up to 3,570, helping the region’s fightback against the Coronavirus pandemic. The scheme has supported people in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw with physical and mental health issues to find or stay in training and work.

Working Win ran as a trial from May 2018 to October 2020, followed by the extension which runs until March 2021. It was one of only two national pilots of its kind funded by and delivered in partnership with Central Government and NHS England.

Working Win is a crucial part of the Mayoral Combined Authority’s Renewal Action Plan to support jobs and businesses in South Yorkshire and deliver a jobs-led recovery from the pandemic.

Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Education, Skills and Employability Board, said: “Staying in work is huge challenge for people with health issues. This has increased during the pandemic.

“Working Win supports people with health conditions who are at risk of redundancy, helping to stay in work. It’s helping businesses to retain great people and allowing residents with health issues to enhance their careers. I encourage all affected individuals and employers to come forward for support.”

Gary, an employee at Flexseal in Barnsley, initially found it difficult to talk about his mental health, but with support from his Working Win coach he could express himself more effectively. Gary told us:

“When I was in my darkest moment, Working Win understood where I was coming from and put it across to my employer, so that they understood more about what I was going through. I wouldn’t have been able to do that. I’m proud of being where I am today. Knowing that I’ve got people around me as well that I can speak to at any time is absolutely fantastic.”

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said:

“As we build back better, it’s vital that we respond to the different needs in communities. Some people with health conditions will need more support than others to say in work or find new jobs.

“Working Win has shown just how effective support like this can be and as a result of their efforts, there are hundreds of stories of personal renewal across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. That’s what our Plan for Jobs is all about – practical support that helps people back on their feet.”

Referrals to Working Win are now closed. For more information people can visit https://sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/working-win/