04 November 2015

Unemployed people affected by low self-esteem and mental health issues are being offered support with a new adult learning programme.

Run by Northamptonshire County Council, Pathway2b aims to help people experiencing depression, low self-esteem and any other mental health problems in order to help them back into work.

Special support

Experienced tutors will work with people whose mental health issues are having an impact on their ability to maintain a job.

Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning and families, said: “People with mental health problems can also suffer from social anxiety, ranging from mild discomfort when leaving the safety of your home to complete rejection of the outside world.

“Pathway2b supports them by helping them to establish a new routine of getting ready, leaving home, catching the bus and arriving on time – a routine that will apply when they find they’re ready to go back to work.

"Through the course, they’ll be given help and support to improve their social interaction skills and confidence to return to employment.”

Sessions are free and they take place at Far Cotton Recreation Centre, Towcester Road, Northampton.

Course dates

Each programme runs for eight weeks and starts on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 18 November from 10am to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 November from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 February from 10am to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 February from 1pm to 3.30pm

Further information is available by calling 01604 368023 or emailing pathway2b@northamptonshire.gov.uk.