Households into Work was officially launched in February 2018 and will be delivered within each of the Liverpool City Region’s six local authority areas (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral). Households into Work will be aimed at people within a household, who because of their circumstances are unable to gain employment or even consider looking for employment.
Households into Work comprises of a team of qualified and experienced staff recruited from across a range of disciplines and professions. The roles within the team include six senior employment advocates, one for each of the six local authority areas and eighteen employment advocates split into six teams. The number of employment advocates will differ across the six local authority areas.
Employment advocates will work closely with each person on the programme and the members of their household, to help them overcome issues which may be preventing them from gaining or seeking employment.
Households into Work Overview
- Households into Work (HiW) is delivered across Liverpool City Region’s 6 local authority areas – these are Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
- The aim of HiW is to help people who are long term unemployed, find employment or at least help them to overcome the barrier(s) that are preventing them from seeking employment.
- Barriers that people on the programme might need help overcoming can include: mental health, homelessness, housing, substance misuse, domestic violence, crime, caring, finances, family and parenting.
- To be eligible for a place on the programme, a participant must be aged 16 years and above, unemployed and live in a household where at 1 least other person meets the same eligibility criteria and joins the programme.
- Referrals can be made to the programme by Jobcentre Plus workcoaches, partner organisations or self-referrals.
- Participants must be facing 1 or more barriers which are preventing them from seeking employment and which they are not currently receiving help with.
- Prior to the offer of a place on the programme, an additional check will be carried out to ensure places are only offered to people who are most in need of the support provided by HiW. Anyone not offered a place on HiW will be offered a place on an alternative programme.
- The employment advocate will carry out a needs assessment with each person who starts on the programme.
- The information collected from the needs assessment will help identify the participant’s specific needs and be used to create a support plan with that person. Additional assessments will be carried out with the participant during their time on the programme.
- Each household will be eligible for funding in the form of a household budget (HB). The HB can be used by the household to purchase goods or services that might help them overcome their barriers to employment.
- People can remain on HiW for up to 12 months and will be supported by the same employment advocate throughout their time on the programme.
- The employment advocate will provide direct support to the participant and in each case, the support will be tailored to the needs of the individual.
- The advocate will identify organisations/ services which provide additional/ specialist support that the participant might benefit from and make arrangements for the participant to receive this support.
- The advocate will work collaboratively with other organisations who are currently working with the participant or who the participant might have begun working with whilst on the programme.