The Inside Out project will support people in West Cornwall who are not working, where emotional wellbeing has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 restrictions. It will help people to feel safe about reconnecting with their community, build emotional resilience, confidence and motivation and provide supported pathways into work and training.
The project will help with:
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Feeling safe and Covid confident
- Getting active and back outside
- Meeting other people
- Work experience through practical, fun community-based projects and activities
- Finding the work or training that is right for you
- Training in care, construction, hygiene and safeguarding
The project takes a blended approach with an mix of online and face to face support, 1-2-1 and group work – tailored according to individual circumstances.
The period of Covid-19 has affected people in many ways, and each person is different. Some of the effects CLEAR has noticed through our day to day work are:
- Many people who were experiencing poor mental health prior to lockdown have felt more isolated and vulnerable through lack of networks, social interaction and face to face support.
- Some people have been re-traumatised by past experiences coming to the fore.
- Some have increased anxiety through concern for family members working in keyworker roles or for the health of elderly relatives
- Others have had their livelihoods taken away very suddenly – through business closure, redundancy or inability to maintain work as a self-employed person.
- There are also a number of people for whom the lockdown period was more comforting through feeling safe in familiar surroundings and not having to go out into the world every day to face their anxieties.
- Overall, emotional resilience has been affected more severely in the latest lockdown period, resulting in increased mental health concerns, general fatigue and reduced motivation.
Many people will need additional support to regain confidence, build emotional resilience and gain the practical and emotional tools to find and keep a job even though there will be increased competition for the jobs available.
Inside Out will make a difference because it is addressing underlying issues of trauma, resilience and emotional wellbeing alongside helping people to feel confident about returning to work and providing opportunities for people to train for different jobs. This gives people the best possible chance of not only securing a job - but keeping it.
Inside Out is funded by the European Social Fund (through Community Led Local Development managed by Cornwall Development Company), Cornwall Council and the project partners themselves.