Employment Links Routeway to Support Work

Published date: 
Wednesday, 12th February 2020

Employment Links Routeway to Support Work

Delivered in partnership with Big Life’s Community Champion’s, Rochdale’s Community Catalyst Team & Eduk8 the Routeway to Support Work course consists of;


Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 1 Award in Stress Awareness

Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness

Level 1 Award in Sexual Health Awareness

Level 1 Award in Awareness of Substance Misuse 

Award in Awareness of Dementia

Previous attendees have progressed on to successfully secure employment within support work environments or have utilised their knowledge and skills to work voluntarily, to supporting vulnerable residents with the community. Others have found the course a huge boost to their own confidence, motivation and self-belief. 

To provide onward and enriching opportunities for course completers, Big Life’s Community Champion Team and Rochdale’s Community Catalyst Team will provide meaningful and quality volunteering roles (or work with learners to establish paid support services), working with vulnerable residents, ranging from adults with learning and physical disabilities, the elderly, residents with numeracy, literacy needs, individuals needing informal support around substance abuse, domestic violence, parenting skills – and a whole host more.

Volunteering is flexible with commitment in days/hours determined by the volunteer; and within the Community Champion’s Team, expenses, training and support from an active volunteer network, is provided.

Community Catalyst are able to provide support for individuals wishing to work  set up a social enterprise or diversify a current business.  This can be on an employed or self-employed basis, voluntary, as a CIC or a charity, again with flexibility in hours.  Community Catalysts are looking for local people who want to develop their idea of how adults with learning disabilities could be supported to improve their wellbeing and quality of life (e.g developing a small enterprise to provide classes, groups or 1-2-1 support for service users in their own home).

The course will also benefit people who are currently volunteering but wish to validate the experience they have through gaining the accredited qualifications.

Course details:

Starts: Monday 2nd March

Ends: Weds 25th March

Times: 9.30am-2.30pm

Days: Monday – Friday

Venue: ELP, 99-101 Drake Street, Rochdale

Learners would need to be registered at least a fortnight in advance of the course so other support (delivered flexibly around learner availability) necessary to can be delivered before commencing the qualifications. 

Travel expenses will be provided if required.

Funded through the ESF Skills Support for Employment programme, learners must be unemployed, 16+ and not in full-time education, have a National Insurance number and have appropriate proof of ID to work in the UK.

To refer directly, please contact us to book an appointment with an adviser by one of the following methods:

Email: skillssupportforemployment@rochdale.gov.uk
or call the ELP team on: (01706) 646471
Customers can also text/call us on mobile:  07794210859