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 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.
My last past five months was plagued with personal tragedies. Thankfully, with the support of Access, I am again on the path of self discovery on personal fronts, as well as my training. My confidence is returning to normalcy, and my DTP training is progressing steadily. I thank all the staff for all their assistance during turbulent periods.
I had not worked for many years and my confidence was on the floor, I thought that no employer would ever consider taking me on. My first meeting with Upskill gave me a huge confidence boost and helped me to see that I had skills that an employer would want and that I just needed help getting job ready.
I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and long term, ongoing anxiety. Before meeting Working Well I believed I was not ready for employment. However, with reassurances, I became able to consider two positions with the NHS and with his help I applied for them. He also gave me benefit advice by letting me know about permitted work and then sourced the right kind of positions for me. I am now looking forward to the jobs outcome.
The Peer Support has been a great help. Thanks to the weekly discussions I’m able to unload my concerns and get the needed help where possible. For example, I have got help in getting direction to further my studies and even a little financial support.
The care, support, representation provided by WWT at a crucial time helped me feel reassured and alleviated the pressure of stress I was experiencing…they really helped my employer to understand my needs.
I have been speaking with… and she has told me how supportive you have been with her work difficulties, it’s clear having the support from yourself is really helping, in particular, to validate her experience of poor treatment.