June sees the launch of Regain, a new innovative programme that will equip Job Centre Plus staff with specialised training to enhance their skills and knowledge to assist individuals facing challenges with substance use, that may be affecting them successfully gaining employment.

This collaborative initiative between Somerset Council’s Public Health team, the Department of Work and Pensions, Somerset Drug & Alcohol Service (SDAS) and Job Centre Plus provides additional support for job seekers in Somerset looking to re-enter the workforce.

One of the standout features of Regain is the introduction of SDAS Peer Mentors at key Job Centres across Somerset. Locations include Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton, Wells and Yeovil. These Mentors, drawing from their own lived experience, will offer invaluable guidance and support to individuals navigating similar obstacles on their path to employment.

Joseph Olubodun, Peer Mentors and Volunteers Team Leader, SDAS said:

Regain opens a world of opportunities for claimants’ post-treatment, including the chance to become a Peer Mentor, earn accredited qualifications, or volunteer in various capacities such as support work, clinical roles, or administrative positions tailored to their skill sets and experiences.”

Professor Trudi Grant, Executive Director of Public and Population Health, joint appointment between Somerset Council and NHS Somerset said:

This approach not only supports individuals in their journey back to work but also empowers them to make meaningful contributions to their communities.”

“Regain is poised to make a lasting impact on the lives of job seekers in Somerset, paving the way for a brighter future filled with possibilities.”

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June 4, 2024

Ella Bending


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