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Out of Work Service - Peer Mentoring

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Social Services and Public Health Minister, Rebecca Evans has announced an extension of funding for the Out of Work Service programme to August 2020.
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Specialist employment support for people in recovery from mental ill-health, substance misuse and / or alcohol misuse. 

Testimonials (video) 

Introduction (external link) 

Peer mentors tell their own stories  (external link). 

The Peer Mentoring Service can support people who live in Wales and:

  • Have struggled with mental ill-health, or substance or alcohol misuse  
  • Are aged 16-24 and not in education, training or employment or
  • Are aged 25 and older, and have not been looking for work, or have been unemployed for longer than 12 months.
  • Are in recovery but would like some help to keep going  
  • Would like to talk to someone who has recovered and has been trained to become a mentor, supporting others in their recovery journey
  • Would like to volunteer, or go on work placement, back to education, or find paid work

This service offers free, confidential peer support, from trained mentors who have personal experience of substance misuse and / or mental ill-health.

Peer mentors are trained to provide practical help with specialist employment support. It addresses specific issues that people in recovery face when beginning or returning to: 

• training 
• education 
• or paid employment 

It also offers support for up to three months to participants who find work.

The service is funded by the European Social Fund, Welsh Government and the Substance Misuse Area Planning Boards in Wales, and can support up to 14,100 people until the summer of 2020. 



Gofal (external link) (Cardiff & Vale and Cwm Taf areas) on 01443 845975

Cyfle Cymru (external link) (remaining areas of Wales) on 0300 777 2256 

Dedicated automated line Tel.  03000 25 5000





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