Catch up with H2E

We catch up with Rebecca McCreery for the latest on H2E

As some of you may not know, our Health 2 Employment division is currently very busy in many aspects of the business. To keep you up-to-date with all that we do, here’s a little overview of current projects and contracts:

Reed – this is where we deliver our usual full Occupational Health assessment. In the north east alone, over the past eight weeks, we have already received in excess of 150 referrals! In west London we are due to launch H2E towards the end of the month.

Shaw Trust – not only do we deliver the full Occupational Health assessment, but we also provide a Participant Assessment. This is a health-focused action-plan for participants to take away and use, with the focus on improving their health in order to move forward. We currently deliver this in the Home Counties and central England.

In addition to this, we still support the rest of the business with a full Occupational Health assessment for all contracts.

With the growth of H2E and referrals, our health team is growing too as we’ve welcomed three new nurses this past month!

Remember to keep those referrals coming our way!


Positive Feedback For Coventry

Deafinitely Independent, based in Leamington Spa, is a provider of residential support and social support to vulnerable, deaf adults who may also have a range of additional disabilities. i2i recently received this feedback from them –

“The courses provided by i2i offered our staff the chance to receive support and guidance from a dedicated team, from the sign up process right through to achievement.

Due to our residents being deaf, we also employ deaf colleagues and staff. This meant that sessions were co-ordinated with the use of sign language interpreters. i2i were committed to supporting the learners and were patient when liaising with interpreting agencies.

Following completion of the courses there has been a noticeable change in staff performance of customer service to their residents and because of this, Deafinitely Independent has gained a number of qualified staff who will continue to grow with the business.

As a personal attendee of this course, it helped me to gain a much better insight into the resident’s service from their perspective, and has enabled me to progress in my position at D.I.

Many thanks for all of your assistance from your lovely team!”

Following the feedback, Jamie Sidaway, Performance and Operations Manager had the following to say:

“It is a business who support people with hearing impairments and due to this a number of their staff have hearing disabilities themselves. We recently delivered Customer Service qualifications to a lot of their staff and one of the cohorts was a group of their employees with hearing impairments. Due to this we co-ordinated with a sign language professional who supported our delivery and got the staff through the qualification alongside our tutor. We delivered this through our SSW contract in Coventry.”

Keep up the good work!


MP’s Getting Behind i2i Stoke

The Work & Health Programme has got off to a tremendous start in Stoke on Trent. Area Operations Manager, Peter McCreery had the following to say:

“We currently have a referral/start rate of 76%, against an average of all providers in the CPA of 57%.”

“We have also to date managed to place six participants into work already which is above our target-set contract to date.”

“All across the area we are receiving extremely positive feedback on the programme from participants, JCP DEA’s and also local MPs.”

“We held a successful meeting between ourselves, Shaw Trust and the MP’s of Stoke on Trent South and Stoke on Trent Central. Both of the MP’s expressed that this programme is a great improvement from previous programmes, and are getting fully behind it. They want to offer advice and guidance around employment opportunities within the area.”

“I personally believe that this programme can really change the lives of the participants involved. We have access to some great specialist providers, including Health 2 Employment that we refer our participants to, in order to start battling the various barriers they have. The participants are going back to their coaches at the JCP and explaining that they now believe they are going to receive the right level of support they have always needed, and feel that they can achieve their goals in life.”


NCS Sees Biggest Influx Of Young People

With more than 315 young people already signed up, the NCS programme is oversubscribed for this year, with many others currently waiting on the reserved list. The success of the programme so far this year has meant that extra team members and volunteers have been brought on board, to keep up with the demand.

Two main locations have been selected for this year’s NCS course. Both The Marriot Hotel, and the Shankley Hotel in Liverpool have been assigned as the programme’s central base.

Once again, Matthew Worthington is taking lead as Project Manager, with Sarah O’Shaughnessy as NCS coordinator. In addition to Matthew and Sarah, five graduate volunteers have been designated to assist with the three waves of young people after the success of last year’s influx.

A big part of the NCS programme focuses on social action, which emphasizes and promotes community action within the young people’s local and surrounding communities. Not only this, but it encourages teamwork, communication and safer communities.

The feedback from young people on previous NCS i2i courses has been nothing but positive so far, with many feeling huge benefits in their lives.


BBO Football Promotes Positivity

As we already know, participating in any form of sport or physical activity is not only good for our bodies, but for our mental health. Playing a team sport, like football, is an excellent way to encourage good communication and working as a collective. It’s this kind of activity that can prepare you for functioning within the work environment.

The BBO team found that no team can win or perform without communicating to each other, which is no different to working; communication is key in the workplace. The players each found that their Football match was able to promote the rewards of hard work.

Their first 5-a-side match was against the Probation Hostel in Scunthorpe, at Premier Pitches indoor 5-a-side centre. Although the team did lose in a 22-4 defeat, spirits remained high after their first match. After the match a conversation was had regarding the employability skills which they had been collectively developing through playing football. It was a surprise to some and something many hadn’t even considered previously. Following the success of the football game, the team were eager with their requests to carry the event on a more regular basis. After speaking to various local services and projects, i2i Scunthorpe found that Mencap, Springboard, Ongo, CGL, Healthy Lifestyle and the Probation Hostel were keen to organise future matches.

The positivity surrounding this football match has further led i2i’s BBO participants to want to attend weekly football sessions with CGL (drug & alcohol services). CGL have started football sessions at Central Park for their service users every Thursday evening, which i2i Scunthorpe have been invited to.


i2i’s very own Chris Nagy has broken a Guinness World

Chris, an Employment Advisor at our Hull office has smashed the record for most number of neckties worn at once. Wearing a total of 280, he was able to beat the record by 10 which previously stood at 270 (achieved by Carrie Cort in Horsham, West Sussex 2016).


To read more about Chris’ attempt and to make a donation, you can use the following link:


Congratulations Chris!


Customer’s confidence goes from strength to strength

In the past, Nick had struggled with his reading and writing and often found that he wasn’t very confident around people, until he was able to build a trusting relationship with them. Before i2i he had been out of work for over two years, with no english or maths at entry level. He spent the majority of his time as a carer for his Mother, whilst volunteering any free time he had to the RSPCA, where for over 18 years he was a dog walker.

Suffering from mobility issues and dyslexia, he found himself seeking the help to upskill. His short-term goals were to get help with his reading and writing and to access voluntary work, preferably with dogs. His medium-term goal was to start an English course, and his long-term goal was to do a non-accredited course, training in something he’d never been given the opportunity to try before.

Working closely with his keyworker on a one-to-one basis, Nick was able to start by finding an English course to help him. Although illness set him back, he decided to begin an ICT course. Finding he struggled to write, with the help of his keyworker he decided to concentrate more on his reading skills. He was helped with joining a library club, where he could also meet new people. Nick has since gone from strength to strength with his reading and is now trying a more challenging book, ‘The Life of Pets’. He is also hoping to soon start the English course now that his health has improved.

Recently, Nick decided he is now also confident enough to return as a volunteer at the RSPCA to walk dogs and is hoping to be able to get one of his own very soon! He is very happy that his reading has improved and is confident enough to attend a feedback group which is being run by Action Towards Inclusion, in York.


i2i’s very own has sights set on a Guinness World Record

Chris plans on smashing the record on Sunday April 29th, at the KCOM Craven Park Hull, during the Hull KR clash against Super League Champions, Leeds Rhinos. His record attempt is to be staged prior to the 3pm kick-off, and hopes that all fans and i2i staff will get behind him.

Every penny raised from the record will go towards Viking FM’s Cash for Kids Campaign in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. The charity aims at making a real difference to the lives of local children and young people.

Wanting to do something a bit out of the ordinary Chris said, “Some people, when they turn 50, as I’m about to, decide they want to leap out of planes or get an unusual tattoo. But I’ve always wanted to enter the Guinness World Records.”

“I’ve always been known for my ties!” After watching YouTube videos of previous attempts, Chris is considering using a snorkel to breathe during the attempt. “I’d of thought it’s going to take about 45 minutes to put them all on. But who knows? I haven’t really practiced!”

The charity Dove House has loaned him the ties for the record attempt. To read more about Chris’ attempt and to make a donation, you can use the following link:


i2i wishes you all the best in your attempt Chris! We’ll certainly all be cheering you on!


i2i Recognised as Top Quality Training Providers in the New Register

We are pleased to announce that i2i have been registered as a top quality training provider of apprenticeships, in the recent register published  14th March by The Department of Education (DFE) and Skills Finding Agency (SFA).


Applications for the register are encouraged each year, which include a demanding assessment process, ensuring high standards of training are met for apprentices and meet the needs of potential employers. i2i are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to achieving high quality training, and will continue to improve our current and future apprenticeships with new programmes commencing May 2017.

If any employers are interested in training and apprenticeships – please give our Employer Partnerships Manager, Stephen Bland a call on 07809 341 820.

For full article, see below:



i2i Wins “Partner of the Year” at ERSA’s Employability Awards 2016

ERSA’s Employability Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work of people and organisations supporting people into or towards employment.

Natalie Keating, i2i’s Group Managing Director said, “The awards are to recognise excellence throughout the Welfare to Work sector. We were up against over 180 nominations, shortlisted to four finalists by a panel of key leaders from DWP and National Policy office.

Without all the hard work and commitment of our staff to the amazing industry we work in we would not of won this prestigious award.

Diane and I were extremely shocked and proud to receive this award on behalf of i2i. The level of congratulations and applause on the night from hundreds of people was extremely humbling.”

ERSA said – “Inspire to Independence, nominated by Serco Welfare to Work, is a Work Programme subcontractor to Serco in Coventry, Staffordshire and Stoke. i2i’s work with ESA customers is often described as ‘trailblazing’ thanks to their creative deployment of resources to better support customers with complex health needs to move into sustainable employment.”

This year the awards were judged by Nick Butler, Policy Lead for the Work and Health Programme at the Department for Work and Pensions; Andy Cook, Programmes Director at the Centre for Social Justice; and Christine Chang, Senior Director, Investments at Big Society Capital.