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Flagship programme helps 1,000th resident find work

Local London’s Work and Health Programme is celebrating supporting its 1,000th resident into employment.

Sakariya Kisow from Redbridge has started a new career as a stock controller after three years out of work.

Sakariya, who experiences back pain and fatigue, could not return to his previous career installing alarm systems. Our team supported him to build his confidence, develop his skills and explore new sectors and roles.

After considering roles in security and retail, staff suggested he apply for a stock controller role as a post became available with the flexibility he required. Sakariya was successfully supported through the recruitment process and began work in August.

In his new role, Sakariya can adapt his hours around his health condition with support from his employer. He travels across the country working with a range of clients. He’s delighted with his new job and excited about the future.

The Work and Health Programme, which operates across nine boroughs in East and South East London, supports disabled people, those with a health condition, the long-term unemployed, and other disadvantaged groups to develop their skills and enter and progress in work.

It uses an innovative delivery model embedding health care professionals as key workers on the front line. Delivered by MAXIMUS and local delivery partners, it is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Emma Warren, Contract Director for Local London Work and Health Programme, said: ‘Sakariya’s story shows how the programme is transforming the lives of Local London residents. We understand that good health, including good mental health, is vital to finding and progressing in work.

“Our key workers include mental health professionals and physiotherapists, who can offer expert support to help participants overcome barriers to employment and thrive in the workplace”.

You can find out more about the Local London Work and Health Programme at www.maximusuk.co.uk/LocalLondon

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