Diverse Pathways Employment Service

The Diverse Pathways programme aims to empower individuals in taking steps towards employment, social engagement or improving their mental and physical wellbeing. This will be provided in the form of weekly 1-1 support, in venues close to participants and tailored to the needs of the individual.  The programme is aimed at those who are neurodivergent, have learning difficulties or disabilities or are experiencing poor mental health. Those eligible for this programme will be over 18, living in Gateshead and economically inactive.

  • A benefits check and support to apply for and claim eligible payments
  • A wellness action plan for managing physical and mental wellbeing
  • Support accessing community groups
  • Social skills development
  • Support to access mainstream health services, eg. GP appointments, social prescribing etc.
  • Support with basic skills (English, Maths, ICT)
  • Participation in work experience placements or work trials
  • Work trials – a placement in actual working conditions with a view to being employed
  • Pre-work preparation – including help with interview skills and CV writing
  • Bespoke skills development
  • Building confidence around positive disclosure
  • Travel Training to address identified barriers
  • Careers advice and advice on training/education
  • Ongoing in-work support

Diverse Pathways is delivered in partnership between North East Autism Society and Changing Lives. More information can be found at Diverse Pathways | Changing Lives (changing-lives.org.uk)