I CAN WORK

I Can Work 

I Can Work combines health and employment support for people with mental health needs, who would like help with finding and sustaining employment. The service is aimed at helping people into paid employment in order to improve wellbeing and support recovery.

I Can Work is a pilot service, led by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in partnership with RCS and CAIS, with funding from Welsh Government.  I Can Work is being delivered across the six counties of North Wales. 

The service is based on the principles of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment programme, which is used across the world and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the leading model to help people with poor mental health into work. It is the first time that this approach has been adopted on a large scale in Wales. 

People can self-refer to I CAN Work or be referred by their GP or any other healthcare professional. For many of the 500 people supported over the past 12 months, making contact with I CAN Work has been the first step in improving their mental health and employment prospects. 

If you or someone you are working with has mental health needs and would like to find help with getting into employment, get in touch on 01745 336442 or email icanwork@rcs-wales.co.uk

“If I hadn’t had the support from ICW, I would not have got the job, they even helped me work out the best bus route to get to work. I feel I can ask my Employment Specialist anything and she will help me.”

“ICW has helped me work out what I want to do. It is a really good service. If I hadn’t had help I would still be looking for work.”

“It’s not a standard company, they work around issues for you. They support you as much as they say they will. They’ve really helped me become more confident and comfortable”

If you are looking for paid work and experiencing one or more mental health issues such as depression or low mood, anxiety or panic attacks, I Can Work may be able to help you.

You can access the service through any health or social care professional who is working with you, such as a GP, community mental health team or social worker, or through a community-based support service such as a social prescriber or community navigator. Or you can simply phone or email us.

You will meet face-to-face with an I Can Work Employment Specialist who will discuss your job goals and start work with you to find paid employment. This will include engaging with employers.

The I Can Work team can also provide in depth support with understanding how the impact of going back to work might affect your benefits and income

The I Can Work team will continue providing support until you no longer need it, even once you’ve found work.

To find out more about how I Can Work can help you back to work, contact Katie Vaughan on 07769 239607 or 01745 336442, or email icanwork@rcs-wales.co.uk

In-Work Support Service

The In-Work Support Service is part-funded by European Social Funding through the Welsh Government, providing free wellbeing support for employees and businesses in Conwy, Denbighshire, Anglesey and Gwynedd. To find out how we can help you or your business and to check your eligibility:

CALL: 01745 336442