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Services Directory

UK (nationwide)


Remploy aims to transform the lives of disabled people and those experiencing complex barriers to work by providing sustainable employment opportunities. Through working with many leading employers and through their own businesses, they enable individuals to identify, develop and make the most of their abilities to enjoy rewarding and fulfilling work. Their wide range of employment services are tailored to the needs of employers and jobseekers, and employees experiencing long term sickness absence. Services include development, training, learning and rehabilitation to help individuals prepare for, gain and remain in sustainable work, whilst providing employers with the skilled staff they need to realise commercial benefits.

Area of operation: UK

Email address: margaret.barton@remploy.co.uk

Telephone number: 07776 245491

Website: www.remploy.co.uk

Submitted by: Margaret Barton, Regional Partner Development Manager - Scotland



AnyDriver offers funded training courses to individuals who are unemployed and in receipt of JSA or ESA. The range of courses on offer include BTEC certificates in Work Skills, to training to become a self-employed driving instructor or to gain a LGV licence.  Click here for more information

Area of operation: England

Email address: unemployed@anydriver.co.uk

Website: www.anydriver.co.uk

East of England

New Beginnings UK Ltd

New Beginnings UK Ltd provides life planning, career information advice and guidance, redundancy support and pre-retirement courses for individuals and groups. Linda Taylor of New Beginnings UK Ltd has experience in working with people of 50+, delivering a pilot project on behalf of Life Academy for DWP. In addition, New Beginnings UK Ltd has delivered courses to unemployed adults, career changers, and re-entrants to the Labour Market, helping to develop Covering Letters, CVs, Interview Questions and Techniques, Action Planning, and the value in Networking. New Beginnings UK Ltd has planned and delivered pre-retirement and mid-life courses covering generic money matters, transition and change, relationships, use of time, further work opportunities, and also has experience in providing IAG to adults.

Area of operation: Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire and London

Email address: info@new-beginnings-uk.co.uk

Telephone number: 07740 478802

Website: www.new-beginnings-uk.co.uk

Submitted by: Linda Taylor, Director

Workwise (Suffolk) Ltd

Workwise offers employment training, re-skilling and education alongside employability workshops. It also currently delivers FND.

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Email address: workw@aol.com

Telephone number: 01284 755261

Website: www.workwiseuk.org

Submitted by: Valerie Beresford, CEO


Provides free, impartial business advice and support to start up and growing businesses in Suffolk.  MENTA also has business units available on easy in / out terms in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and holds networking lunches (some for women only)  across Suffolk.

Location: Menta Business Centre, 5 Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 7AB 

Email address: rosanne@menta.org.uk

Telephone number: 0800 085 5090

Website: www.menta.org.uk

Submitted by: Rosanne Kilbourn, WoMenta Development Manager 


The Directory of Employment Services for the East and Southeast London City Strategy Pathfinder 

The directory has been designed by Experian with the guidance of frontline advisers. This website enables advisers to search for appropriate services to support individuals back into work. It is a fully funded and well supported partnership website that contains the latest available information on publicly funded employment and related services in the five east London boroughs of Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

50plus Employment Link

Supports the London ESF priority to improve employability and skills in London with specific focus on providing greater employment opportunities to excluded individuals in the community.  This project equips individuals with the personal and occupational skils they need to access and compete effectively in the labour market..

Location: Haringey, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham

Email address: darren.nullatamby@cdc-net.co.uk

Telephone number: 07852 720103 / 0845 510 0104

Submitted by: Darren Nullatamby, National Business Sales Manager

A4e FND Camden

Flexible New Deal service provider working with the long-term unemployed , many with complex barriers to finding sustainable work.

Website: http://www.a4e.co.uk

Location: Camden, London

Email address: angelarichards@a4e.co.uk

Telephone number: 020 7482 9150

Submitted by: Angela Richards, Personal Adviser

A4e (Elephant & Castle)

Services provided: Training 

Website: http://www.a4e.co.uk

Location: Elephant & Castle, London

Email address: cclaire@a4e.co.uk

Telephone number: 020 7091 1500

Submitted by: Christine Claire, Trainer

LionHeart in The Community

Lionheart in the The Community provides the following services: advocacy. social inclusion, welfare to work, outreach and accredited training.  They are currently running a programme Chummy Chums, a new social inclusion group for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues.  They welcome anyone over 18.  If you have any customers who might wish to join, please email or telephone using the contact details below.

Location: Brixton, London

Email address: info@litc.org

Telephone number: 020 3397 0303

Website: www.litc.org (currently under construction).

Submitted by Lionel Foy, Operations Manager, LionHeart in The Community

Open Age

The New Futures 50+ Employment Programme at Open Age supports 50+ unemployed clients in Kensington / Chelsea and neighbouring boroughs into work and training. We provide free, confidential one to one IAG, Work Clubs, Back to Work Seminars and Basic and Intermediate Computer Courses for Employment.

New Initiatives: We are also currently delivering on the REACH West London Programme, as sub-contractors with Ingeus, targeting 50+ people unemployed for 12 months or more and on health related benefits, e.g. Incapacity Benefit, Income Support and Employment Support Allowance, supporting them into training and work. We are delivering from local centres in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and planning coffee mornings in February where clients can speak to us informally about the current changes in benefits and the opportunities offered by REACH to work out solutions to barriers to training / employment. Please call us on 020 8964 1900 or e-mail us on reach@openage.org.uk for details of local dates/venues for coffee mornings or to refer individual clients to REACH.

Location: 1 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL

Email address: mwaterman@openage.org.uk

Telephone number: 020 8964 1900

Website: www.openage.org.uk

Submitted by: Mary Waterman, Employment Co-ordinator / Adviser 

Trading Times

Trading Times matches the skills and availability of people aged 50+, family carers and single parents with ad hoc resource requirements of local businesses.  It is a free online service.  Users enter their profile, or post a job, and Trading Times finds a match.

Area of operation: Currently North London but with plans to extend services to the UK

Email address: info@tradingtimes.org.uk

Telephone number: 07887 624385

Website: www.tradingtimes.org.uk

Submitted by: Dr Jonathan Collie, Founder

Room for Work

Room for Work offers an employablity skills course for older (45+) skillled workers, managers and professionals struggling to re-enter the job market.  The free 12-week course is held three times annually.  The course provides an active, participatory learning experiencee through a series of presentations and workshops conducted by professionals who are experts in their respective fields.  Room for Work teaches a range of skills with an emphasis on social media and Linkedin, networking techniques, developing confidence in speaking and self-presentation, extracting transferable skills and applying them to career goals, CV improvement and gaining an understanding of contemporary recruitment and interview processes.

Area of operation: London Borough of Richmond

Email address: room4workinfo@gmail.com

Website: www.roomforwork.org

Submitted by Robin Bell, Founder and Programme Leader

North East

Resources NE Ltd

Resources NE provides IT practitioner (repair work) and IT user (administration) training for people on New Deal.

Location: North Shiels, Gateshead, South Shields, Hexham

Email address: dwatson@resourcesdev.co.uk

Telephone number: 0191 4695511

Website: www.resourcesdev.co.uk

Submitted by David Watson, Senior Employer Liaison

JHP Employability

Builds customers' skills and confidence to help them back to work.  Assists a wide range of people from all backgrounds and ages - up to retirement.  Have a team of employment solutions consultants.

Location: Sunderland

Email address: laura.tokell@jhpemployablity.com

Telephone number: 07800 594693

Website: www.jhpemployability.com

Submitted by: Laura Tokell, Employability Coach

North West

Starting Point

Starting Point is a place where people receive free information, advice and guidance on jobs, education and training in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All of our services are completely free. We offer assistance and coaching to help them get a job, write a CV or start training. In some instances, we can also provide funding to help them get there. Our main office is in Hardshaw Street in the town centre, but no matter where people live in the Borough of St Helens, there will be a base nearby where they can see us if it is more convenient. Our bases include rooms in community centres, schools, libraries, children's centres and church halls. Starting Point is part of St Helens Chamber and is able to offer a number of additional services provided by the Chamber. This also gives us strong links with local employers. Starting Point is a member of St Helens Information Advice and Guidance Network and is Matrix accredited by the Guidance Accreditation Board. 

 We strive to deliver a friendly, flexible and professional service which is confidential, impartial and non-judgmental.

Location: St Helens

Email address: cathryn.barton@thestartingpoint.org

Telephone number: 01744 698800

Website: http://www.startingpoint.org

Submitted by: Cath Barton, Guidance Manager

Work & Beyond


Work & Beyond offers advice and guidance for mature clients facing redundancy, retirement or returning to work after a break. All services are offered in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which is based on a foundation of substantial local expertise, knowledge and contacts. This ensures that every client is able to access the best possible opportunities to meet their individual needs through exploration of options and provision of any required support. This includes identification of transferable skills, personality style and interests in order to enhance confidence, personalised CVs, exploration of training and associated funding sources, development of job search techniques or leisure opportunities as required.   Work & Beyond' charges for its services.

Area of operation: Stockport/Greater Manchester

Email address: adrienne@workandbeyond.co.uk

Telephone number: 07946 424 013 or 0844 8870383

Website: www.workandbeyond.co.uk

Submitted by: Adrienne Conway, Lead Trainer/Adviser



Over 50s Work Club 

The Over 50s Work Club in Southampton is free to attend. The Club can help point jobseekers in the right direction to get the additional help they need. Its aim is to provide a relaxed and supportive environment to help jobseekers deal with the highs and lows. The Club offers friendly non-judgemental group sessions as well as regular one to one sessions. It meets every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at Southampton Central Library.  Click here for theiir leaflet which provides more information..

Location: Southampton

Email addresss:  phil@ageconcernsouthampton.org.uk

Telephone number: 020380 368636

Submitted by: Phil Williams, Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, Age Concern Southampton.

Windsor & Maidenhead Executive Job Club

Has weekly meetings in either Maidenhead or Windsor and is a registered charity.

Location: Covers, Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor

Email address: brian-murphy@bpsemconsultants.com

Telephone number: 07785 378383

Website: www.executivejobclub.org.uk

Submitted by Brian Murphy

South West



Cornwall Works

Provides all of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly's back to work support in one place, the Cornwall Works Hub, to make it easier for workless people and the organisations supporting them to find the right help in the right place at the right time. It brings people, organisations and funding together to help more people trial news services and new ways of delivering them. It ensures that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly make the best use of all the programmes and services available. The Cornwall Works website is a resource for jobseekers, people looking for help to return to work, service providers and policy makers.

Area of operation: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Email address: info@cornwallworks.org.uk

Telephone number: 01872 355015

Website: www.cornwallworks.org.uk

Submitted by: Rob Buckley, Programme Manager, Cornwall Works 50+

Working Links

Runs a wide range of services across the country including community engagement, mentoring, employment support, training, health, housing and more.  Their customers often face a wide range of complex barriers to progression in life and they work with hundreds of organisations, large and small, to help them help others.

Location: 7 Lower Bore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2JR

Email address: billy.mackellar@workinglinks.co.uk

Telephone number: 08009179262

Website: www.workinglinks.co.uk

Submitted by: Billy Mackellar, Partnership and Provision Co-ordinator

Grey Hair Management

Based in Cheltenham but operates across the UK. GHM helps senior professionals find employment through coaching, mentoring and personal-touch networking. If they are having difficulty articulating their value and currency to a prospective employer or having little success in getting interviews, or just not winning the job, it may not just be a ‘50+' issue. The question is whether they have all the tools necessary to get a job in the 2010 marketplace, where the type of CV they may have written 15 years ago may go straight into the rejects pile. The "experienced" executive needs the tools to get out and promote themselves and which GHM provide with a mixture of very practical help but also without apology a dose of tough love.

Location: Maxet House, Lansdown Business Park, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham GL51 8PL

Email address: paul.kelly@greyhairmanagement.com

Telephone number: 01242 210212

Website: www.greyhairmanagement.com

Submitted by: Paul Kelly, Managing Director

Outset Torbay

Outset Torbay is a free intensive business start-up support programme available to help people aged 50+ in Torbay, and other groups disadvantaged in business, into self-employment. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Torbay Development Agency, they offer free flexible one-to-one advice, coaching, and practical workshops in venues across Torbay. They support local people through the first stages of a business idea through to planning and launching, and up to 18 months after the business starts.

Location: Torbay, Devon

Email address: info@outsettorbay.co.uk

Telephone number: 0800 032 2905

Website: www.outsettorbay.co.uk

Submitted by: Claire Landricome, Marketing Manager

Spinnaker Associates

Offers support for newly unemployed professionals in the form of a free of charge work club endorsed by, but independent of, the Jobcentre Plus network.. See the website for more details.  The Work Club runs from 11.00 - 13:00 every Monday.  The majority of participants are aged 40+.  Operates fluidly in terms of content and what is discussed on the day but one to one advice is available on CVs, the various job search avenues and interview skills and preparation.  The group is very participative and one of the greatest benefits is the peer networking and support offered through the group.

Location: Clevedon and Bristol environs

Email address: nicola@spinnakerassociates.co.uk

Telephone number: 01275 844856

Website: www.spinnakerassociates.co.uk

Submitted by: Nicola Jones, Founder

Four Reasons Personal Development Training

Provides Life Skills training. Four Reasons PDT offers training courses for the 50+ in the fields of Confidence Building, Employability, Motivation, Self Development and Loss. These courses can be offered indivdually or in groups.

Area of operation: South West

Email address: cynthiagiddings@talktalk.net

Telephone number: 01278 783 679

Submitted by: Cynthia Giddings, Director

Yorkshire and Humber 

Pertemps People Development Group

Works in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and the Department of Work and Pensions to support the Government's Welfare Reform plans - with a number of programmes funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), which aims to help unemployed people find long-term, sustained employment. PPDG delivers the ESF Flexible Routways programme in the Marches area, offering a uniquely individual service, providing a combination of one-to-one support and short training modules to aid progression into sustainable employment. We deliver a range of expert provision, from updating CVs and preparation for interview to advice about benefits and the travel, clothing and childcare costs customers may be entitled to help them move into work. PPDG also provide access to employment training and intensive job focused support, building self confidence and allowing customers to realise their potential. 

Location: Penthouse Suite, 37/43 Shirethorn House, Prospect Street, Hull HU2 8PX 

Email address: teresa.samuels@ppdg.co.uk

Telephone number: 01482 730140

Website: www.ppdg.co.uk

Submitted by: Teresa Samuels, Site Manager

Jobsteps Employment Services Ltd

Provides back to work support and guidance for anyone facing barriers into work, including for people aged 50+.

Location: South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, East Yorkshire 

Email address: info@jobsteps.org

Website: www.jobsteps.org

Submitted by: Jenni Sayer, Development Consultant

Just Education and Training Ltd 

Just Education and Training Ltd was formed to reach disadvantaged groups and individuals to offer a holistic aproach to enable them to gain greater social inclusion, reduce indebtedness and to get people one step closer to the job market through education and training. The organisation operates nationally as well as in Yorkshire and Humber.

Location: Yorkshire and Humber

Email address: laughton59@aol.com

Telephone number: 01709 815101 or 07895 387881

Website: www.justjet.org (currently under construction)

Submitted by: Michael Laughton, Director



Potential4Skills runs free courses in Maths, English, IT and Employability Skills for the unemployed.  The courses last for three full weeks with attendance everyday.  If learners complete the programmes within the three-week period, Potential4Skills offers them a number of free incentives: Free CSCS test and card; SIA training and tests, Provisional Driving Licence and driving lessons, Food Hygiene or Health and Safety courses which leaners take at home  - to help them get back into work.  See this leaflet.


Location: Castleford (West Yorkshire)

Telephone number: 01977 232008

Website: www.Potential4Skills.co.uk

Submitted by Ian Willams, Customer Service Manager



Remploy Employment Services

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