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Newham Employment Strategy

Employment for people who have health and care needs in Newham.

Employment is seen as a priority by many and it is good for people with health and social care needs.

Work helps

  • define aspects of people’s personal status
  • increase an individual’s self-esteem and sense of belonging.

Paid work also:

  • creates opportunities for health and social care users to gain independence
  • leads to psychological and social benefits
  • has clear economic benefits to both the individual and the community as a whole.

However, for people with health and or social care needs, finding and keeping employment can often be far more difficult than for other members of society.

Figures suggest that people with health and social care needs are among the most excluded in terms of access to paid or self-employment.

We want people with health and social care needs to have a range of opportunities available to support them into paid or self-employment.

Our key aim in Newham is to maximise the number of people with health and social care needs who secure and retain paid or self-employment.

Newham Employment Strategy for People with Health and Social Care Needs

Newham has developed a 3 year employment strategy (2014 - 2017) for people with health and social care needs.

The strategy explains how Newham aims to increase the number of people with health and social care needs gaining real jobs where they have the opportunity to earn equitable wages and other employment related benefits.

The strategy explores the issues, needs and barriers experienced by people with health and social care needs in accessing meaningful employment.

It also identifies for future actions, which are focused on removing or overcoming barriers to support more people in gaining and retaining paid or self employment.

The strategy was co-produced with the Newham Employment Task Group and is a collaborative effort by:

  • a number of partner agencies working in Newham
  • user-led organisations
  • people with support requirements, their families and carers.

Read more about:

Newham strategy for people with health and social care needs - PDF

Newham Employment Strategy Easy Read - PDF

Employment support in Newham


Workplace is the Council’s one-stop shop providing training and employment assistance to Newham residents who have been resident in Newham for more than one year It brings together, Jobcentre Plus (JCP), the Council and other key organisations to provide a comprehensive range of personalised, joined-up services to both job seekers and employers.

This includes

  • support for local unemployed and under-employed people
  • access to training provision
  • business support services
  • a free recruitment service to employers within the Borough and the wider travel to work area

Workplace operates from 3 sites in Stratford, Canning Town and East Ham.

Contact details
Newham Workplace
112- 118 The Grove
E15 1NS
Tel:020 8430 4331

Newham Workplace - more information

Day services for people with learning disabilities

We offer holistic support for you to:

  • get involved in work related projects
  • start your own business
  • boost your confidence and self-esteem
  • learn to work and communicate as part of a team
  • develop your own initiative and self-motivation
  • work towards paid employment
  • become self-employed

We also offer the following for people with learning or physical disabilities:

  • employment advice
  • information and support

LD employment support - more information

Education programmes and enhancement of employment skills

Newham’s 14-19 Partnership is nationally recognised for its work to extend opportunities available to local young people. Providing new qualifications and greater work experience opportunities. For example:

1. Newham College of Further Education (NCFE)

Provides a central plank of current vocational training and regeneration programmes in the borough.

  • e-Learning
  • childcare provision
  • apprenticeship training
  • and is also a major employer

The College works with employers to deliver training as part of apprenticeship programmes as well as work based learning through train to gain.

2.Birkbeck College

Provides a range of courses in Stratford, offering Newham students the opportunity to study locally for University of London qualifications. Parts of the London Metropolitan University City Campus are also located conveniently for Newham residents in and around Commercial Road.

Contact details
Tel: 0207 631 6000

3.The University of East London

Is a key educational asset for the borough. It has over 23,000 students and is located in the Royal Docks. It plays a central role in key partnership priorities including:

  • regeneration
  • business development
  • education and workforce development

Contact details:
Tel:0208 223 3000

4.Newham college

Provides employment related training and support to people with learning disabilities in the borough. The College also works closely with employers to deliver training as part of apprenticeship programmes and work based learning.

Contact details:
Address: Newham College of Further Education, Stratford Campus, Welfare Road, London, E15 4HT
Tel: 0208 257 4000 /4446

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham:

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham have been funded to deliver the following:

1. Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham Resilience Project (Generic older, unemployed men)

This project will support:

  • unemployed men
  • aged between 45 – 60 yrs
  • living in socially deprived areas in the Custom House and Canning Town area of Newham

The project will support men to increase their levels of mental wellbeing, social capita and control over their health and wellbeing through:

  • activity programme
  • workshops/training
  • one to one case management

The local Mind Resilience Programme is funded by the People’s Trust until March 2014 and involves eleven local Minds across England and Wales.

2. Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham Well being and Recovery project (adults in mental distress)

Funded until March 2016 by Reaching Communities, this project will be delivered across the Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham. This project will support adults with mental health problems:

  • to access employment and volunteering opportunities.
  • in overcoming obstacles and support them to access support from wider services

The project will develop and deliver a culturally sensitive training programme for existing and new user groups. It will promote their learning, build their self confidence and self-esteem.

Contact details
Address: 505 Barking Road, London E13 8PS
Tel 02085489037


Ellingham provides employment related support to disabled people.

They deliver the Work Choice Programme through their Prime Contractor, Working Links for:

  • Waltham Forest
  • Redbridge
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Havering

They can also take referrals from Newham. The Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at the Job Centre will have to make a request for this to happen.

However, Ellingham also have a contract with LB Newham for residents with Individual Budgets.

Contact Details:
Address: 5-11 Ellingham Road, Leytonstone, London E15 2AU
Tel. 020 8519 5234,



NewCo is a provider for Work Choice Programme for people with learning disabilities. The Work Choice Programme allows NewCo up to six months to get people into employment. NewCo is a very experienced service at working with a range of disabled people who do not break them down into different impairments. To date NewCo have found employment for about 100 disabled people.

Contact details:
Address: Bridge Road Depot, Abbey Road, London, E15 3LX
Tel. 020 3373 9506

Newham City farm

Offers opportunities for training and work experience to all people with health and social care need, including those who are not eligible for care in the following areas:

  • Animal care
  • Horticulture
  • Administration
  • Catering
  • Accredited training

Contact details

Address: Newham City Farm. Stansfeld Road, Tollgate Road, Beckton E6
Tel. 020 7474 4960​​​​​