“Working here has made me more confident, and given me independence”

Realise Futures deliver a variety of employment programmes across Suffolk and Essex.

Our dedicated team of Employment Advisors help people learn new skills and find the right job for them, via a range of support activities.

The Work and Health Programme

The Work and Health Programme is a Welfare to Work programme commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). It is designed to improve employment outcomes for people with health conditions or disabilities.

The ​Work and Health Programme ​is a government funded service designed to help you find a job that is right for you. The programme will help you manage your health and wellbeing, build your emotional strength and resilience, get you into employment and make you feel good again.

Who is it for? 

  • People with health conditions or disabilities
  • People who have been unemployed for more than two years

How do I get more information?

Ask your Work Coach at the Jobcentre Plus to tell you more about the programme.​

DOWNLOAD: Work and Health Programme leaflet

This programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund.


Community Connections Essex

Community Connections Essex is a partnership of five organisations led by Papworth Trust. The project is supporting people with a disability, or long term health condition to move into work, training, or active job searching.

Through ‘Community Connections’ we are offering a personalised employment support service. With dedicated 1:1 support, our Advisors can help you to explore your options, gain new skills and take that next step towards a job or into training.

Activities include confidence building, personal and social development, signposting and advocacy, and employability skills.

‘Community Connections’ is being delivered in Tendring, Braintree, Basildon, Harlow, Southend and Thurrock.

Realise Futures are offering this service in Colchester, Harlow, Chelmsford, Basildon, Epping, Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill, Rayleigh, Canvey, Rochford and Southend.  If you live in one if these areas and:

  • are aged 16 years or over
  • are furthest away from the job market and/or have a long term health condition or disability
  • are looking for education or training opportunities and are not in employment

Then get in touch to see how we can help you. To find out more, or to make a referral, contact:

Liz Watson, Essex Coordinator
Email: elizabeth.watson@realisefutures.org
Tel: 07809 306318

Community Connections is a building better opportunities programme funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.


Restart Scheme

The Restart Scheme is a comprehensive support service for jobseekers with referrals being made by Work Coaches at Job Centre Plus. Realise Futures deliver the scheme in Ipswich and Mid-Suffolk. Together with one of our dedicated Employment Advisors we will make a plan that will help you achieve your goals and support you on your journey into employment.

For more information contact Melanie Hercus on 07738 704743 or speak to your Work Coach at the Job Centre.