For over 30 years, Working Well Trust has promoted better mental health and supported individuals recovering from mental illness. Since being founded by a group of mental health professionals who were passionate about improving low employment rates for individuals that experience mental health challenges, we have grown to support clients through a variety of expert services. Since our founding, our work has expanded to supporting clients who are neurodiverse or who are disabled.
We are as committed as ever to promoting the personal recovery of people with mental health problems. Personal recovery is not about a clinical diagnosis but about people feeling empowered to make their own assessment that they are leading a life that is fulfilling, even if they continue to experience symptoms of their mental health condition. Our projects focus on enabling people to find out what they can do and achieve; acknowledging that their mental health condition is important but not allowing their lives to be limited by it.
Our services work with and support clients from all walks of life and are representative of the diverse cultural background that exists in the boroughs we work in. We work with adults aged 18 plus and inclusive of the spectrum of mental health challenges they may face.
We are committed to promoting the personal recovery of people with mental health problems. Personal recovery is not about a clinical diagnosis but instead focuses on people making their own assessment that they are leading a life that is satisfying, fulfilling and enjoyable even if they continue to experience symptoms of their mental health condition. Our projects focus on enabling people to find out what they can do and achieve; acknowledging that their mental health condition is important but not allowing their lives to be limited by it.
If you would like to know more about the recovery model and principles information can be found on the Mental Health Foundation website.
Employment is a key factor for many people on their road to recovery. Although work is often associated with negative experiences such as stress it can also be a highly beneficial experience. Work is the norm, it is a source of financial independence and provides for many a sense of identity and social status. Not working can limit a person’s experiences, restricts opportunities and the chance to take on new challenges. Employment is also linked to better physical health and improved life expectancy.
Working Well uses a broad definition of employment for our work, including full paid work, being in education and training, and volunteering.
Since we supported our first client over 30 years ago, we have since expanded to provide a range of specialist services aimed at providing support to individuals and organisations around work and mental health.
In work support
The In-Work Service exists to help employers effectively manage and support staff impacted by mental health challenges to stay well and in-work.
We work collaboratively with both employers and employees to promote the personal recovery of clients by helping to improve work conditions and reduce stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.
Getting back to work
Our range of services provide direct support to clients at every stage of their job search, attainment and retention process, all with a focus on honouring client preference.
We also provide support clients to access volunteering, apprenticeships, work experience placements and find free accredited training opportunities. In some instances, we can provide partial funding for courses.
Starting a business
For many individuals with mental health issues, self-employment can be very appealing. Allowing the client autonomy to set the work they want to do, how they work and what hours.
We provide specialist support for clients interested in setting up their own business. Clients who use this service can decide at what pace they want to progress their plans.
We are governed by a group Board of Trustees who are all passionate about the mission of Working Well Trust. The trustees have ultimate responsibility for our charities vision, performance and strategy, meeting regularly to discuss our governance and operations.Read more
Founded in 1992, Working Well has worked tirelessly to support clients and engaged employers.
“I think the service is a very good one. Having them in-house it makes it a lot easier for patients to meet with them and for us to support. It’s easier for the patients to trust and work with them which is a very good thing and the staff are fantastic, very personable and very good team players” –
“Your ES’s are both amazing and have made life so easy for us for supporting our client into work, really helpful, great to have this service integrated into our team”
“Service users in therapy leave your sessions feeling more confident and often reminded of their skills and abilities that hadn’t been at the forefront of their minds. This empowering approach is so valuable (especially so when conversations are often focused on problems) and really helps with therapy when goals are around feeling more confident and returning to work/activity. Thanks very much.”
“I’m meeting all different types of people and learning something that I still enjoy even though it’s not in my interest and field but I’m learning other things. Access has been very positive for me based on my enquiries helping me find my part time jobs. I’m feeling confident in a positive way.”
“I was struggling with my mental health and learn something new. It has helped me in many ways – more confident to ask for help when it is needed, communicate with other peers and enjoying sewing. The staff are brilliant, very caring, helpful and encouraging. Each day is difficult to get out of the house and stressful for me but when I attend Sew and Support course it helps me to relax”
“I have seen a difference within myself and am not afraid to attend events/workshop or meet new people by myself. This helped me to open up as a person and able to articulate what I would like to do,”
“Working with WWT Business & Enterprise has been an amazing and helpful experience for me. Due to my ongoing mental health struggles I was feeling very overwhelmed and anxious about starting my business, but communicating with Faisal from the get go really helped me clear my head and get a better understanding of what I need to do in order to be successful.
“I really am grateful for having Working Well Trust put their time and effort in supporting me on my employment journey. Not only did they help me to believe and have faith in myself, but they have guided me in a way where I don’t have to feel as if I am pressured to rush things. Where I can take on challenges at my own pace and still achieve my goals.”
“I finally feel as though the work has paid of and the support received has been incredible, I am hoping to continue in building my confidence’
I realised I could do so much better with my life than endlessly jumping from one job to the other without doing what makes me happy. Today, I am so proud to say I have a clear sense of direction and now I am putting my wellbeing first before taking any decisions. WWTrust really pumped my confidence, and I wouldn’t have had the guts to make decisions which are right for me without their intervention.