Re-Instate

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Re-Instate's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Re-Instate is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.re-instate.co.uk

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Chief Executive Officer
SimonHart
Making W-rap
Re-Instate is a charity working to improve employment
opportunities, quality of life and well-being for
disadvantaged people in the London Borough of Bexley and
beyond. Chief Executive Officer Simon Hart tells
The Parliamentary
Review
that his team works with people experiencing mental
health problems, people with learning disabilities and young
people across the local area. Simon says that working from
the charity’s headquarters in Erith, Re-Instate has always been
passionate about remaining at the heart of the local community.
Our founder, the Reverend Basil Huett, recognised that a number of his
parishioners struggled with long-term mental health issues. To support their
recovery, he set up a project called Re-Instate, offering work experience within a
friendly and supportive environment. People could get back into the rhythm of
working again, building employment and social skills as stepping stones towards
good health, paid work and broader community engagement. In 1966, we became
a registered charity and company limited by a guarantee, helping to put the
organisation on a sound financial footing.
Over the following decades, we started a learning disability service, while
continuing to broaden our range of mental health employment services. Fast
forward to 2012: while many people loved what we stood for, it was becoming
increasingly clear that mental health provision was changing and that as a charity
we needed to modernise or risk becoming irrelevant. Therefore, we underwent a
fundamental review with the aim of making the charity fit for purpose.
FACTS ABOUT
RE-INSTATE
»Chief Executive Officer:
SimonHart
»Founded in 1966
»Located in London
»Services: Charity working
to improve employment
opportunities, quality of life and
well-being for disadvantaged
people in the London Borough
of Bexley and beyond,
including people experiencing
poor mental health, people
with learning disabilities and
young people.
»No. of employees: 19 paid
employees, 20 volunteers
Re-Instate
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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Highlighting best practice
36 | RE-INSTATE
Chief Executive Officer
SimonHart
Making W-rap
Re-Instate is a charity working to improve employment
opportunities, quality of life and well-being for
disadvantaged people in the London Borough of Bexley and
beyond. Chief Executive Officer Simon Hart tells
The Parliamentary
Review
that his team works with people experiencing mental
health problems, people with learning disabilities and young
people across the local area. Simon says that working from
the charity’s headquarters in Erith, Re-Instate has always been
passionate about remaining at the heart of the local community.
Our founder, the Reverend Basil Huett, recognised that a number of his
parishioners struggled with long-term mental health issues. To support their
recovery, he set up a project called Re-Instate, offering work experience within a
friendly and supportive environment. People could get back into the rhythm of
working again, building employment and social skills as stepping stones towards
good health, paid work and broader community engagement. In 1966, we became
a registered charity and company limited by a guarantee, helping to put the
organisation on a sound financial footing.
Over the following decades, we started a learning disability service, while
continuing to broaden our range of mental health employment services. Fast
forward to 2012: while many people loved what we stood for, it was becoming
increasingly clear that mental health provision was changing and that as a charity
we needed to modernise or risk becoming irrelevant. Therefore, we underwent a
fundamental review with the aim of making the charity fit for purpose.
FACTS ABOUT
RE-INSTATE
»Chief Executive Officer:
SimonHart
»Founded in 1966
»Located in London
»Services: Charity working
to improve employment
opportunities, quality of life and
well-being for disadvantaged
people in the London Borough
of Bexley and beyond,
including people experiencing
poor mental health, people
with learning disabilities and
young people.
»No. of employees: 19 paid
employees, 20 volunteers
Re-Instate
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COMMUNITY
Thriving at work
With a new CEO and Board Chair,
we professionalised our Trustee
Board, updated and implemented
new policies and procedures,
underwent a comprehensive staff
training programme and reached out
to important organisations and local
agencies in order to build partnerships.
Following extensive discussions with
existing providers, we went into
partnership with MIND in Bexley and
with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust,
and in April 2014 we were awarded
a contract to set up and run Bexley’s
Recovery and Well-being Service.
This was the catalyst for us to develop
a professional employment service for
people who had experienced mental
health problems. This dovetailed with
MIND’s Recovery College, and the
service has grown and evolved over the
past six years.
We now offer assistance in job
retention by helping employers
and employees reach positive work
outcomes. With a growing reputation in
this area comes increasing demand, and
each month we now support more than
50 people’s efforts to retainpaidwork.
We also provide guided volunteering,
which can be used either as a bridge
to paid work or as an end goal in
itself, in recognition of the fact that
volunteering can be a powerful tool for
enhancing well-being.
We work with people both in job
searching and preparation – helping
our clients to find specific solutions
to meet their work goals. In addition,
we provide training and education,
offering a range of accredited and
unaccredited courses as a stepping
stone towards employment.
Using the principles of Individual
Placement and Support and of
personalised case management
methodologies we have stayed at
the forefront of developments in
supported employment. Following
the 2017 Stevenson Farmer “Thriving
at Work” report, the need to assist
employers with good mental health
practices has become clear. In 2018,
we were appointed lead provider by
Bexley CCG on an Early Intervention
Employment project, to help local
people at risk of serious mental health
issues. In addition, we are advising
local organisations on these issues.
The project is run in conjunction with
the Bexley Voluntary Services Council
andMIND.
It’s a W-rap
In April 2016, we moved into a newly
refurbished building, though remaining
close to our original home in Erith. This
quickly developed into a community
hub, enabling us to design and
develop new services. Central to these
was Basil’s, our five-star rated kitchen
and refreshment area, named after
ourfounder.
The new hub has enabled us to create
the Living Well project, designed to
support adults with learning disabilities
who are unable to access statutory
services and who can consequently fall W-rap stall for World
Mental Health Day at
The Maudsley Hospital,
2019
We now offer
assistance in
job retention
by helping
employers and
employees
reach positive
work
outcomes
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between the cracks. The Living Well
project encompasses keeping fit and
eating well, along with being sociable.
The community hub allows clients to
gain accredited qualifications in food
handling, and to practice their skills as
a stepping stone to competitive work.
In 2019, we launched Spud Buddies,
a pop-up catering stall that allows us
to promote Re-Instate at community
events around the local area.
W-rap – Well-being, Recovery, Activity
Parcels – was created in 2017 in
response to clients who had suffered
difficult experiences after being
hospitalised due to their poor mental
health. W-rap offers five full-sized gifts
to help make a stay more positive,
which are associated with The New
Economics Foundation’s Five Ways to
Well-being: Connect, Be Active, Take
Notice, Keep Learning and Give. In
late 2018, we were commissioned by
South London and the Maudsley NHS
Foundation Trust to provide W-rap
throughout their hospital sites, and by
Bexley CCG to supply W-rap to older
people isolated in their homes.
Continuing to develop
We will continue to develop
services that are valued by the local
community. Increasingly, organisations
of all sizes understand the need to
support their employees’ well-being,
but may lack the knowledge of how
to do so. It is key to our future that
we build on our strong reputation
of helping people retain their jobs.
Additionally, we will develop our
provision of support to organisations
looking to implement best practice and
develop sound policies around mental
health and well-being. We are aware
that we are working in a mental health
arena that is currently high priority,
though we fully understand that this
may not last and that future funding
may be compromised.
With everything we do, we want to
support people to be the best they
can be, reach their goals, not be
stigmatised, and be respected for
what they can do rather than what
theycan’t.
W-rap offers
five full-sized
gifts to help
make a stay
more positive
I was deeply depressed and finding it difficult to convey how I felt to
my employer, finding even the most basic conversations daunting,
if not impossible. I had isolated myself to the point of not leaving
my house unless absolutely necessary. Although I worked for an
international company, their guidelines for dealing with people
experiencing mental health issues were lacking. I feel employers
need much more support in understanding the impact poor mental
health can have on an employee and the effect it can have in
theworkplace.”
Talking to Re-Instate allowed me to get my work-related fears in
the open. Being impartial was so helpful, ensuring that I was able
to discuss the anxiety and fear I felt about my job, my mental state
and what was happening to me in an honest and frank manner
withoutprejudice.”
The first-class support I received soon empowered me to take the
lead and eventually take control in conversations with my employer.”
I can’t convey the importance of a project such as this within the
local community. I don’t know where I would have been without
the support, kindness and understanding I’ve been shown.” Spud Buddies stall at
open day event, 2019

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This article was sponsored by Re-Instate. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development