Households Into Work

The aim of the programme is not just to help people find work but to help people get to a point where thinking of employment as a realistic option, is a major step forward. Households into Work started in March 2018 and is jointly funded by both the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Department for Work and Pensions. The programme employs a team of 25, comprising of 6 senior employment advocates and 19 employment advocates.

The advocates work across all 6 of the Liverpool City Region’s local authorities, mostly working on an outreach basis. The advocates provide people who start on the programme with 1:1 support, helping them tackle and resolve issues which are preventing them from seeking employment and for which they have no or limited access to people or services that might otherwise help them. The issues faced by people on the programme are complex and varied including debt and finance, housing, mental health illness, victim of domestic violence, addiction(s), isolation and disaffection. Until such issues are tackled, finding and sustaining employment is a very unlikely and unrealistic expectation.

People can remain on the programme for upto 12 months during which time the advocate will help the individual identify, prioritise and tackle the issues which are preventing them from seeking and sustaining employment. Unlike similar programmes, other members of the household will be encouraged to join the programme so that the issues can be addressed collectively as well as individually.

This whole household approach means issues which affect one member of the household but are caused by another member of the household, can be better addressed. This approach is much more likely to lead to a lasting solution when compared to approaches which work with the individual in isolation. Advocates also have access to funding, which can be used to purchase goods or services that can help underpin the work the advocate is doing with the individual or the household.

To be eligible for a place on Households into Work you must live in the Liverpool City Region, be aged 16 and over, be unemployed, be willing to join the programme and there be at least one other member of your household who meets the eligibility criteria. Referrals can be made by any organisation working with an individual who might benefit from a place on the programme (please be sure to get their permission first) or by the individual them self. Please note a referral does not automatically guarantee a place on the programme.

If you would like to know more about Households into Work please email the programme support team at hiw@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk or telephone 0151 330 1549. If you would like to make a referral to Households into Work or you would like to refer yourself, please contact your local Households into Work team:

  • Halton 07802378918
  • Knowsley 07384455388
  • Liverpool 07802378808
  • Sefton 07825793270
  • St Helens 07802378918
  • Wirral 07554227868