Helping you take the first step on your journey back to work

Helping you take the first step on your journey back to work
25th April 2018 Amanda Bhavnani
Heads Up

If you’re unemployed (or know someone that is), thinking about returning to work and feel like you need some support, the HeadsUp Project could by just what you need.

The free project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund and is designed to help people who have a common mental health problem such as anxiety, stress or feeling low, find and maintain work.

Greenfields is supporting HeadsUp by referring our residents to this scheme, where our own Job Club may not be suitable for their needs.

People wishing to take part will be matched with a peer support worker (someone who has been in a similar situation and returned to work) who will help you to improve the practical skills you need to help you find a job, such as writing a great CV or practicing interview techniques. The programme also places a great deal of emphasis on exploring and dealing with the emotional barriers that could be standing in your way of returning to work.

So far 161 people across Essex have signed up to the programme, including Diana, from Colchester. Due to health and personal reasons she hadn’t been employed for several years, which impacted on her confidence and anxiety around the process of returning to work.

Since joining the HeadsUp Project last summer, she now works part time in a restaurant in Colchester and feels happier and more confident. She advises: “’Go for HeadsUp. It’s great to do as you’re not on your own and there are people there to help you get back whatever you feel you’ve lost.”

The support you receive will last for as long as you need it, even once you’ve found a job. You can move through the programme at a pace that suits you and be confident that you’ll be supported all the way through by your peer support worker.

If you’re ready to make some positive changes to your life and take the first step on your journey back to work, email at or visit to find out where you can access the programme in your local area. You can also follow the programme on social media @HeadsUpEssex.

Greenfields’ free job club is open to any resident needing a little help and guidance to get back into work. Our Financial Inclusion Advisor, Emma Faulkner, offers help with CV-writing and application completion, and advice on interview techniques and using Universal Jobmatch. Attendees can also use the time to search for jobs on the free computers available.

Martin, from Braintree, joined the club in February and began his new role at TGI Fridays in March. He tells us: “Emma, who runs the club, helped me as a lot – she was brilliant. She sorted out my CV, taught me some additional computer skills and coached me in a mock interview. I can’t praise her enough and I can’t wait to start my new job.”

To find out more about the job club, visit Financial Help or contact Emma Faulkner on or 01376 535400 ext. 4107