Reducing Inequalties, Supporting Employment

Rise stands for Reducing Inequalities, Supporting Employment. It’s a free programme of support, usually lasting up to six months for each individual, and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The RISE project is designed and managed by Better Connect, with delivery across York and North Yorkshire by a variety of partners. This means various organisations are on hand to support; for example therapies, finance advice and skills courses are on offer.

We work on a one-to-one basis, helping participants achieve their employment goals by championing their strengths and breaking down any barriers on the way. Participants receive tailored support from an experienced member of the North Yorkshire Sport team who previously successfully ran our Action Towards Inclusion (link to third page) employability programme.

Who is RISE for?

Anyone over 18 years old* who is economically inactive: this means working-age people, not in employment, who have not been required to seek work within the last four weeks and are unable to start work in the next 2 weeks. Participants also need to be legally allowed to work in the UK to be eligible.

*or 16-18 and registered as Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET).

We have witnessed many different reasons for needing our support: life changing events such as bereavement, divorce, relocation, convictions and/or health related challenges such as diagnosis, recovery, disability, addiction, anxiety and depression. This list isn’t comprehensive; one, or a combination can be overwhelming, especially if facing alone.

It’s not unusual when out of work to be very self-critical, to suffer from a lack of validation, to feel a sense of loneliness due to the disconnect from others, to be frustrated by living on benefits, to be grieving the life you once had, to feel de-motivated without a daily sense of purpose, to feel a shame that affects your relationships, for the passing of time to eat away at your hope for the future. This is quite common, as unfortunately there is a tendency for people to base much of their own/other’s identity and worth on employment, education, financial and social status.

We can help you to combat the negative self-talk you may have slipped into, and to move forward. We want to help you in any number of ways; to explore your strengths, to recognise you’ve a place in society, to find opportunities to discover or grow your potential, to be a reason to get out and about, to be a listening ear that allows you to vent rather than ruminate on your worries, to sign-post you to specialist services.
Our approach is personalised, no two people or circumstances are the same and needs also change.

I would like to be part of this programme how do I get involved?

Jane and Hayley are our RISE keyworkers, covering town and country areas in and around Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon. They’re compassionate, non-judgemental and want to empower you. Both staff have passed enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks with respect that many participants are vulnerable.

Both Jane and Hayley work part-time and can be reached by calling, texting or emailing.

07858 919293

07510 316338

If you prefer to complete a short form to show your interest please follow this link to enable us to reach you. If you are currently supported by a professional such as a social worker they may refer here on your behalf if you provide them consent.

I would like to refer a participant on the RISE programme how do I do that?

If you have a family member, friend or acquaintance that you think could benefit from this programme please have a conversation with them, and ideally direct them to this webpage. Please do contact us if you have questions. You may complete the referral form on their behalf, but should only do this if you have their permission to share their details.

What next?

One of our key workers will make contact with prospective participants, and from there arrange a time to meet up. Walk and talk meetings can work well, if you are able. These are informal chats, on neutral ground, intended to be honest and informative. It’ll be a chance to ask any questions and discover, without pressure, if the relationship could be right for you and your situation.


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