Fulfilling Lives South East, a programme that is led by BHT Sussex and supported by a number of partners, has published a new toolkit for employers wishing to hire people with lived experience of Multiple Complex Needs (MCN). This is a comprehensive and engaging guide, bringing together the learning from the successful employment programme running throughout the Fulfilling Lives Project.
The toolkit illustrates the benefits of employing people with MCN, both to the employer and the employee, and offers direct insight from those who have experienced the Fulfilling Lives employment programme.
The toolkit contains helpful ideas and checklists around things to consider in order to offer valued employment opportunities, discusses what ‘good’ looks like in this context and provides support for employers and managers. It also includes some example templates for things like supervision, well-being action plans and inductions.
Who is this toolkit for?
It is primarily aimed at organisations and employers within the ‘support services’ sector such as charities and services supporting those experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol difficulties, domestic violence and/or mental health difficulties. However, the principles discussed here would fit any organisation wishing to better understand how to recruit and support people with lived experience of MCN within their workplace.
Working with staff who have lived experience is an integral part of building more sensitive, relevant and dynamic services.
Bernadette Lynch, Project Manager, BHT Sussex
This toolkit was co-produced with the people who took part in the Fulfilling Lives employment programme. You can download a copy below.