Description of main aims of organisation: To support people to achieve their potential in moving towards, and into, employment if they so wish, to promote physical and mental well being through the activities provided.
Description of work experience, vocational preparation or vocational training activities: The centre offers real work activities and assessment in workshops specialising in the following: horticulture, ceramics, woodwork, packing & assembly, office Skills, catering and coffee shop.
Description of the population your services are designed for: People with learning difficulties, mental health needs, acquired brain injury or specific barriers to work.
Autistic Spectrum provision: A number of our clients have autism; however every client has an individual plan with personal achievable goals. In some cases our clients have a carer/support worker to accompany them.
Lengths of courses or duration of placements: This is dependent on referral source and individual need. ‘Placements’ can vary from 6 weeks to an open-ended period.
Moving on – what are the usual arrangements for helping people move into work? Qualifications are available in specific areas and a job-club is available on a weekly basis. External placements and ‘job trials’ may be arranged depending on individual progress.
Links with other services: Workbridge is a social enterprise and charity and is part of St Andrew’s hospital. Regular links are maintained with Social Services, Job Centres, Learning & Skills Council, Northampton College and various private organisations.
How are applications to your service made and policy re Autistic Spectrum applicants: Applicants are required to possess a reasonable level of functioning, especially when accessing the specialised workshops. Referrals are made via Social Services, Job Centres, St Andrew’s Hospital and self-referral.
Contact:The Service ManagerThe Old Laundry Bedford Road Northampton NN4 7AD
Telephone No: 01604 823460 Fax No: 01604 823461