Barking and Dagenham Employment Service and Community Links

42-48 Parsloes Avenue

0208 9840613

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We assist people to find paid employment, unpaid voluntary work and to retain their jobs. In addition we also offer a Community Links service and peer support. We help individuals to:

  • Increase social interaction/inclusion
  • Develop of personal, social and work-related skills
  • Raise of confidence and self-esteem
  • Find employment, training, further education or volunteering
  • Stay in college and work.

How we help

We work with individuals to identify relevant pre-employment and job skills training, create/update a CV, support people in completing job application forms and interview skills/techniques.

We assist individuals to identify goals, take positive steps in their recovery, gain confidence and build on self-esteem as well as develop meaningful relationships and provide career pathways.

We’ll train individuals to become peer supporters so they’re able to facilitate peer led social activities within the local community.

Each individual referred to the service will be given a Community Links/employment or peer support advisor who will work with them on a one-to-one basis to provide individual tailored support to enable them to overcome barriers and achieve their desired goals. This could be for example, involvement in further education, training, voluntary or paid work, social activity and other activities to enhance quality of life and promote social inclusion.

Who we can help

Our service is available to people who live in the Borough of Barking & Dagenham, are aged 18 and over and who are eligible to use mental health services. Referrals should come via community recovery teams, community clinics or from any organisation providing services to people who meet the criteria. We also accept self-referrals.

Our approach

At the heart of everything we do lies:

  • Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
  • Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
  • Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
  • Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.