Take Ten People
NIACE has produced a resource and training pack to enable you to support the employability skills of adults who experience mental health difficulties through an integrated approach to employment, learning and skills.
You can access an electronic version of the Introduction booklet to give you more of an idea of what these resources contain by following the instructions below:
Who is it for? Regardless of which sector you work in, or whether you work in a mainstream or specialist service, if your work aims to support people who have mental health difficulties to realise their potential in employment learning and skills, then this pack is for you. We've designed it so that you can use it any way that you like for the benefit of people who have mental health difficulties who want to access and succeed in employment, learning and skills.
An amazing group of people have contributed to and helped us develop these resources (thank you), which include:
- Ten people's stories - are the heart of this pack and act as a catalyst to learning and exploring the other resources.
- Introductory booklet - which explores the policy and practice context for this pack. The resources are designed to complement one another, but each can also be used as a standalone tool, a practical aide memoire and a training resource.
The Ups and Downs Board Game - based on ‘snakes and ladders’, it explores some of the barriers and opportunities for people with mental health difficulties in their employment and learning journeys. Use it to get a discussion going with people you work with or as part of a training session. There is a Dice and Counters Template on the CDROM. Just print these out on white card and then cut and fold as per the
instructions. The ‘board’ doubles as a poster, so we have included two copies.
- The Skills Wheel - one side helps you quickly show someone what the key employability skills are. The other side is an educational change model with example questions consistent with Individual Placement and Support, that you can use to help someone to think their way through change (in this instance, developing their employability skills), to make the most of opportunities, and to learn about action planning so that they can use these skills again in the future.
- The Toolbox - contains a series of cards with details of opportunities for people with experience of mental health difficulties to access employment, learning and skills. You can browse the contents by sector, programme title and the employability skills.
- The Local Address Book and Action Planning Guide - supports you to take an integrated employment and skills approach in your service and within your local area. It includes training activities to help you develop your own local address book and explore how you can think about, get and keep changes in your service and in local partnership working.
The Training Materials - This booklet is crammed with ideas on how to use the Take Ten People resources to:
Support continuing professional development (CPD) for an individual member of staff;
Support organisational planning related to staff development; and
Support collaborative working to promote integrated employment and skills.
The CD-Rom contains:
Electronic copies of the resources – in case you want to print off copies of some or all of them;
Blank templates so that you can add to or adapt the content to suit your clients’ needs and your local context;
Further resources that you can listen to or read. Bibliographic references a glossary, list of acronyms and useful websites.
To view the introductory booklet and/or to request a copy of the full pack
- Please go to NIACE Moodle
- If you don’t already have a Moodle account you need to register on Moodle (or you can login to the mental health virtual learning network (VLN) as a guest, without registering)
- Select the Mental Health & Learning, Skills & Employment VLN
- Once you are on the VLN page, scroll down until you come to another image of Take Ten People (it is in the 'Practice' section)
- To the left of the image you will see an instruction to 'click here' to download the introduction booklet. Click the link and another window opens with a PDF of the document
- If you want to request a copy of the full pack, then to the left of the image you will see another instruction ‘click here to get your hands on a copy’. Click the link
- Then click 'answer the questions' this will take you to a series of questions (i.e. what's your name, address, etc)
- When you have completed the questions, please remember to 'save'
- We'll do the rest. All you need to do is watch out for it in the post in about a week's time.
If you haven’t ever visited the Mental Health VLN before you might want to take the opportunity to look around. It is open to members of all of our regional mental health networks.
People who register receive a daily email digest each evening if anything new has been posted. You can use the VLN to network with other members around the country, to post your own news and to participate in discussion forums. Members receive benefits such as regular news updates, preview documents, early access to new resources and details of forthcoming events.