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Paid support work and training on Elements programme

A social enterprise is on the lookout for recruits with lived experience of hardship for its 12-week Elements programme

Clean Slate, which produces the Quids in! Readers Club, is on the lookout for people with lived experience of hardship for work and training opportunities.

The social enterprise’s 12-week Elements programme – short for ‘Experts with Lived Experience supported by Mentorship’ – currently has places funded by Health Education England (HEE).

Recruits, known as Peer Workers, sign up for eight days of free online HEE training. 

The course focuses on mental health and is split across the three months that the Peer Worker spends with Clean Slate.

We’d also have the option to undertake extra training, such as a Level 2 in Information, Advice and Guidance.

And the paid work placements can be with Clean Slate’s own support services. Or they could be in a care/health centre focusing on support, catering or housekeeping.

The placements are available in the South West of England and Gloucestershire.

Before coming to the UK from Ukraine, Liudmyla was a social worker. She enrolled on Elements and was delighted at how it not only got her into work but also helped her improve her English.

“I think the Elements programme is very unique,” she says. “It works for people who don’t have the same experience professionally as me, because of this programme they can find their own way to develop.

“Clean Slate was an amazing part of my life and a great experience. All your staff inspired me and believed in me. I believe in myself.”

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