Kirklees and Dewsbury Employment Service

21 Old Leeds Road

01484 434866

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We are an employment service, including peer support, helping and advising adults aged 18 plus living in the Kirklees area who have mental health problems, autistic spectrum conditions or early onset dementia who want to access paid employment, voluntary work, work placements, education or training.

We have also launched a satellite service to support people living in the Dewsbury area.

Our staff are experienced and knowledgeable in a variety of work related areas. Our aim is to encourage each individual’s sense of independence, purpose and fulfilment, and to help them to develop the skills necessary to manage their mental health problems and return to work or training.

How we help

We provide one to one advice to people within their local community and run weekly ‘job clubs’. We enable people to reach their goals in relation to employment and training and in-work support.

We believe in emotional and practical support which can be offered through confidence, self esteem, anxiety, and anger management workshops.

Our peer mentors offer support to make changes for the better and learn new life skills. They share recovery orientated information and are positive role models, using their own experience of recovery.

We concentrate on individual needs, choices and aspirations, not diagnostic labels.

Our employment advisors work with individuals to agree an action plan which outlines the goals they want to achieve during their time with us. They then meet regularly with them to review the plan to reflect any progress or new goals.

We help people to take back control of their lives, move towards recovery, and reach their full potential.

Our service runs from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Who we can help

Our service is available to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in the Kirklees area and who has been diagnosed with a mental health problem, autistic spectrum condition and/or with other hidden impairments, e.g. ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia, or early onset dementia.

You can contact us directly or we accept referrals from community psychiatric nurses, psychologists, consultant psychiatrists, occupational therapists, Job Centre Plus and other partner agencies.

Our values

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.