Work & Occupation



“Work brings with it far more benefits than just a pay packet.  It gives meaning and purpose and reduces isolation.  Finding work can be difficult but certainly not impossible, when job-searching look for work that is a good ‘fit’ for your skills, lifestyle and aspirations. Above all get the right work-life balance that will continue to promote your recovery.” Dave, Neath

Being in work can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Employment affords dignity and respect as well as financial independence.

  1. 1.   What do you want to achieve?
  1. If you are of working age the long-term goal may be to enter into – or remain in – full or part-time employment. Alternatively your goal may be to take part in work-related activities such as volunteering.There are a number of options open to you if you would like to return to work. You could choose to work full or part-time, and to get specialist support to sustain you in employment. You could also use a specialist employment service such as an employment project or supported work scheme, or make use of occupational therapy services.If you are already employed you could set outcomes for returning to or remaining in work with your current employer. You can request reasonable adjustments from your employer using your rights under equality law.
  2. Other goals may include becoming a trainee or apprentice or setting up your own business.

2.    What actions need to be taken or services need to be provided to achieve your goals?
Next think about the actions that need to be taken to achieve your goals, and what services need to be provided to support you.

Services could include:
  Employment project/supported work scheme
  Occupational therapy
  Jobcentre Plus
  Advice, guidance and information from an agency such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.


Actions could include:
  Registering at your local Jobcentre Plus or with a recruitment agency
  Searching for jobs online and in the papers
  Writing CVs and job applications
  Identifying volunteering opportunities
Talking to someone about how employment will affect your benefits
●  Identifying the support you will need to sustain a job
  Finding out what training and education might help you get a job
●  Finding trainee or apprenticeship opportunities
●  Discussing with your employer any reasonable adjustments that can be made to accommodate you
  Talking to a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser about how employment may affect your benefits
  Getting advice on setting up a business.


3.   Who can support you to achieve your goals?
Your local Jobcentre Plus can provide a range of support to help you find a job.

Other supporters may include:
 Specialist employment service
  Occupational Therapist
  Shelter Cymru
  Work colleagues
●  Citizens Advice Bureau
●  Business Connect Wales
  Careers Wales
●  Shaw Trust
●  Remploy
  A family member and/or other carer
  Care Coordinator


More resources and links on Work & Occupation

●  Careers Wales is the best place to start: – extensive information on all aspects of work in Wales (not so good for actual vacancies except some opportunities for young people)
●  Universal Jobmatch is the latest version of the official Job Centre list of vacancies
●  Wales on Line (Western Mail) jobs section is here
●  Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s online volunteering service
●  See also our section on Education and Training
CLICK HERE to visit our Big Lottery-funded Short Steps site which provides practical tips, case studies and films of our clients explaining the barriers they faced in achieving their employment goals and how they overcame them.
CLICK BELOW to watch a video about our Big Lottery-funded Short Steps service which includes interviews with clients who have entered employment as part of their recovery from a mental illness.
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Download Hafal’s Recovery Guide (PDF)