Getting you back into work: our Directions & New Horizons projects

Unemployment and neurological conditions

Becoming unemployed after being diagnosed with a neurological condition can have a huge impact on self-esteem. Many clients tell us being unable to work makes them feel like they have nothing to contribute to society. 

This isn't true - and help is out there.

The Brain Charity can assist you with taking the first steps towards new opportunities by putting you on the pathway to further education, training and new employment. 

What are the Directions and New Horizons projects?

While you may feel discrimination or a lack of skills, experience or opportunities may be holding you back from getting a job, we find low confidence is the major barrier people with neurological conditions face when re-entering the workplace.

To combat this, we have launched two innovative projects within our employment service; Directions and New Horizons. 

Both Directions and New Horizons were created to support thousands of unemployed people in the Liverpool City Region who have barriers to getting into work.

They aim to build confidence, develop skills and explore pathways back into employment. Both are part-funded by the European Social Fund. 

How will this help you?

Through Directions and New Horizons, we will give you back the confidence you need to come to terms with your change in employment situation, and forge a new path.

By using a motivational person-centred approach, our specialist advisers hope to be the springboard from which you can achieve the goals we know you are capable of. You will be able to set your own pace without any pressure.

We can improve your confidence and self-esteem by linking you to a variety of different types of practical and emotional support. 

Provided through The Brain Charity's Directions & New Horizons projects and employment service: 

  • Flexible individual support and personal mentoring to help you access volunteering, work experience or employment opportunities in a suitable working environment for you. 
  • Private one-to-one and group confidence coaching to improve self-esteem and reduce lack of self-belief. 
  • Pathways to training and education if you want to retrain in a new type of work.
  • Access to adult education courses in subjects like literacy and maths.
  • Practical support with job searching and applications, CVs and interview techniques. 
  • Help with business plans, marketing strategies and publicity for clients who would like to become self-employed. 

Provided through The Brain Charity’s other services:

  • Free, in-house one-to-one counselling to address any specific emotional or psychological barriers to work you might have, such as anxiety or PTSD. 
  • Advice on rights, reasonable adjustments, health expectations, pain management needs and fatigue issues in the workplace for when you are ready to return to work. 
  • Benefits advice, financial education, and advocacy for people balancing employment with a caring role
  • Practical advice in other areas which may make finding work easier for you, such as housing, aids and adaptations, and managing your condition. 

Who is eligible for the Directions and New Horizons projects?

To be eligible to take part, you must:

  • Be living in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral or Halton)
  • Currently receiving a form of unemployment benefit
  • Aged 18 to 65
  • Have evidence of your economic status
  • Have evidence of your right to live and work in the UK, e.g. a current passport, birth certificate, national insurance number, residency permit or marriage certificate

Want to take part?

To sign up, please enter your details below. One of our specialist advisers will then be in touch to discuss your individual requirements, and whether you are a better fit for the Directions or the New Horizons project. 

Alternatively, call our free helpline on 0800 008 6417 to find out more.

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More information

The Directions and New Horizons Projects are being run by a partnership of different Merseyside organisations, including The Brain Charity, which are overseen by The Women's Organisation.

Both projects have been part-funded by the European Social Fund, which was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate economic development, as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. 

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