“My caseworkers motivated me and helped me regain my confidence as well as giving lots of practical advice. I finally have a purpose in life, something positive to get out of bed for.”
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Giving local people the knowledge and independence to create better lives for themselves and their communities through employment.
We know everyone is different, that's why we provide a local service, tailored around you and your needs.
We work with a range of people throughout Central London including health professionals, employment specialists and local community organisations to create a support package to help you find the right job, at the right time.
Central London Works is designed to help central London residents who have been unemployed for a long time, as well as people with health conditions, into work.
Our Services in your Community
Easy to access
What will you get out of Central London Works?
Your dedicated employment specialist will help you move into work at your pace. They can also offer support for skills, health, housing and local government services.
Access to a digital service that allows you to do things your way. Accessible 24/7, you can schedule your own appointments at a time and date that suits you, join online courses that you know will benefit you, and look for jobs that match your skills.
Physical and mental health support, not just from our in-house qualified professionals, but from local community and partner organisations, ensuring that you have access to a range of wellbeing support that best suits your needs.
Local community links
If we don’t specialise in it we will find you someone who does. Our local partnerships mean that we can put you in touch with the right people or work with your current support network to ensure you get an all-round service.
Support while in work
You will continue to have access to skills training and health & wellbeing support, as well as the ability to seek guidance and advice from your Caseworker and specialist organisations in your local community.
Flexible and easy to access service
Join us in one of our friendly, open office spaces or meet somewhere that you feel comfortable such as a coffee shop, community centre or maybe even your local library. We can also help plan your journey to and from our appointments and fund your travel.
Take part in online health and skills training packages including fit club, back care, sleep and routine, and creating a CV. Or join one of many face-to-face courses supporting you with anything from managing your health condition and how to address it with an employer, to setting up online banking, understanding your strengths and enhancing your IT skills.
You will have access to vacancies with local and national employers, who we can work with to explain your individual situation and help the employer make the right adjustments to job opportunities to support your circumstances.
If you haven’t yet joined Central London Works you can follow these simple steps to get involved:
Speak to your Jobcentre Plus (JCP) Work Coach about the programme to see if it is right for you.
If you are successfully referred you will be contacted within 48 hours to arrange an appointment.
You will meet with your dedicated Caseworker and talk about your personal circumstances, your health conditions or disability, and chat about your hopes for the future. The more your Caseworker knows about you the better support they can provide.
Your Caseworker will coordinate everything for you, from recommending group workshops to arranging one-to-one support from our qualified health professionals. They can also offer support for skills, health, housing and local government services. In-work support will also be provided as and when you feel ready to move into work.
Dinesh Arjal, lost his lower left leg in a childhood accident. Never one to be held back by his disability, Dinesh graduated from Greenwich University with an environmental sciences degree but then struggled to find work. After graduating he was unemployed for a year and half before he found employment as a floor manager at Clapham Common Jobcentre Plus.
"It was soul destroying not finding a job but with a disability and no practical work experience, it felt like no one would give me a chance. It was one of the lowest points in my life and seriously knocked my confidence. I hope to help many people change their lives through finding work.”
Debbie Daniels, a mum of two battled depression after losing her job in a care home. With a family to look after, Debbie tried to get another job but struggled to find something suitable.
“I shut myself off from everybody, including my family. Luckily, I sought medical help and being diagnosed with clinical depression proved to be the turning point. My Key Worker Janine understood exactly what I was going through, and she and her team spent a lot of time helping me come to terms with my anxiety and depression. Slowly I began to see there could be a future for me back in the career I loved most.”
Who We Are
Central London Works is delivered in Camden, the City of London,Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster. It is delivered by Ingeus alongside a range of partners:
Ingeus makes sure people have the skills, support and behaviours to get jobs, gain independence and become productive employees.
Renaisi’s vision is the creation of strong, cohesive communities, in which individuals are able to flourish economically and socially.
Pluss are an award winning Community Interest Company that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move towards and into employment each year.
Get Set UK is a people services provider that supports people to gain skills, find employment and enhance their career prospects.
Metropolitan provide quality housing – improving quality of life by strengthening and developing sustainable communities and enabling independence through employment, training, volunteering and wellbeing.
The Hyde Group provides more people with a roof over their head so they can make a home.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is a charity making a difference to disabled people’s lives by supporting them to develop skills through employment, volunteering and digital inclusion projects.
Should you be successfully referred by your JCP Work Coach you will join the programme nearest where you live. You will be informed of which office this is when you are contacted to arrange your first appointment.
You can see our locations below:
Ingeus/ Pluss/ Leonard Cheshire
26 Wharfdale Road
167 City Road
Haggerston Community Centre
8 Lovelace Street
Haringey Learning Service
Wood Green Library
65 Penwortham Court
Winkfield Resource Centre
33 Winkfield Road
65 Roman Way
26 Wharfdale Road
St Paul Street
The Abbey Centre
34 Great Smith Street
Unit 2 The Stableyard
Green Man Skills Zone
227 Coldharbour Lane
66 South Lambeth Road
132 Lewisham High Street
Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
Unit 239 Southwark Works
Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
Tower Bridge Business Centre
46-48 East Smithfield
Wandsworth Town Library
11 Garrett Lane
80a Church Street
Penfold Community Hub
60 Penfold St
If you haven’t been referred to Central London Works, please speak to your JCP Work Coach at your next appointment.
You need a JCP referral to join the programme.
This programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund