Welcome to Better Pathways
Better Pathways has been supporting people in improving their mental health since 1963. We exist to help and inspire the people we work with to believe in themselves and to achieve their full potential. We do this through our education, training, volunteering and employment programmes and through our social enterprise.
What we do:
Better Pathways is a charity supporting people with poor mental health, learning difficulties and with disabilities, on their pathway to recovery and well-being. We work with local care partners to ensure that those needing our support receive it when, where and how they need it. We provide a range of education, training, volunteering and employment opportunities to people in our local communities: across Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull. We also deliver a therapeutic work programme through our packing and assembly social enterprise. We use a person-centred approach so that our clients are equal partners in the design, planning and delivery of the services they receive.
OUR EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICE:
INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENT AND SUPPORT (IPS)
Our Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service works with clients, from a range of backgrounds, on an individual basis to get them into competitive employment and to help them stay in work. This service embodies our ethos that employment, and the journey towards it, is central to wellbeing and to recovering from poor mental health.Our experienced employment specialists place the client’s needs and preferences at the centre of a jointly produced support plan, and they work with clients to find employment at a pace which works for them.
Employment specialists work with clients to set out an action plan which can include: access to training, work experience and education, and access to job preparation skills (e.g. interview, CV writing, career planning, etc.), benefits advice, as well as mental health services.
What our clients say about our Employment Support service:
Since using the service my confidence has improved. I feel respected and listened to by my Employment Specialist
The service has allowed me to explore my job opportunities. I’ve now been exposed to new employers I was not aware of before.
Our Social Enterprise: Better Assembly Services
Need help with packing, assembly or light engineering work?
At Better Assembly Services, we have a capable, reliable and efficient team based at our central Birmingham site in Digbeth. We have a long track record of delivering high quality services to upwards of 25 local customers, and some further afield. These are customers who have been with us for many years. We pack and assemble a wide range of products and can undertake light engineering work. Our work is competitively priced, and we can collect and deliver, undertake one off jobs, or enter long-term partnerships.
What our social enterprise customers say about us
Steve Parker – Manufacturing/Site Manager, Marlux Medical Ltd
Since 2009 Marlux has worked with Better Pathways, who undertake ultrasonic welding and light engineering work for us as well as packing and assembly. They are price competitive and very service-oriented…… We’re very happy with the great partnership we’ve have. Long may it continue.
Manel Roura - Quality, Safety & Sustainability Manager, Lyreco UK
For more than 5 years Lyreco have worked with Better Pathways who assemble our “prison pack” which is given to every newly-released prisoner in the UK. As a responsible partner in your day-to-day life, at Lyreco we are delighted with the partnership with Better Pathways because we share the same social responsibility to improve society.