To mainstream “Acknowledged Lived Experience” in the region.
The DP has developed this concept of valuing the skills learned as a result of overcoming discrimination as a new pathway to employment. This pathway has been supported by the partnership organisations and the language of ALE discussed within the groups and their stakeholders.
Powys Mental Health Alliance has been successful in recruiting personnel and embedded this within their own recruitment processes
Responsible Employment Scheme
PCC has developed a scheme involving 8 people who had previous difficulty entering the workplace, the HR team identified mentors in the workforce prepared to support the new workers. The results are really good cohesion and positivity in the departments where short hour workers were accommodated, mentors undertook training as volunteers. Additionally the growth and development of the new member of staff and their skills and abilities was marked, with most wanting to extend their employment hours. The scheme is set to continue as it is embedded into the council structure. A support group of responsible employers led by PCC will develop and already sign up to the responsible employers forum is underway. This will embed the finding from PCC and encourage others to offer supported placements within their organisations. Further to this the recruitment toolkit offers additional guidelines for equality and diversity in the workplace
Seven organisations have recognised that social enterprise provides a vehicle for employment of people who have lived experience in delivering services to the community, that the skills of ale members can augment existing services and improve them. Each partner has developed a business which works directly within the community to increase equality and diversity, integration and acceptance.
Partner Cae Post has been working to set a precedent in Powys to develop legal structures which will allow social to tender for large contracts from the County Council . this work has not been achieved before in Powys and opens up tendering for other social businesses capable of delivering on a large scale providing the added value of employing people from the whole community. The County benefits as Cae Post is a significant employer in North Powys, has developed and integrated this employment philosophy into the fabric of its organisation, not only recruiting equally using the system it developed through Equals but also it is about to build its capacity to trade nationally and commercially along side non-equal organisations not able to offer the care service, support or opportunity to people who have previously struggled to find work.
The Recruitment Toolkit is a major work
It brings together the thinking of the partnership under one heading .It has many benefits and underpins more than one ongoing project. It offers support to both employers and employees alike, generating a better understanding of employment potential in Powys.
It is bi lingual English and Welsh, the major document Diversity at Work is also offered as an audio document on a CD. And visual documents showing the projects, responsible employment, integrated working and social enterprise illustrated as short movies.
Powys Alliance for Mental Health has been supportive in developing First Steps to Work.
People start the process of thinking about work at many levels, this booklet engages them to enter at any stage they feel appropriate to them. It offers f a directory of support organisations which help solve the problems faced by people managing discrimination and stigma, to help break down the barriers to work