About Belina

Belina specialises in supporting people who are long term unemployed and have considerable barriers to employment. Our unique approach motivates people to get ready for work through cost effective, community based, voluntary programmes.

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Mercedes Grant and Liz Sewell at the ERSA National Awards

We have strong retention rates, and on our two BBO programmes in London we are piloting new ways of measuring progression into work.

We were highly commended at the 2014 National Employment Related Services Association Awards for our innovative support to parents in local communities; the smallest organisation nominated across ten categories.

Our Get Ready for Work programme GRoW was developed to meet the needs of lone parents, but its person centred approach to engagement and retention and the use of the latest ideas in behavioural insight encourages people to take responsibility for their own return to work and chimes with the new ideas of the Work and Health programme.

Our Expression of Interest
We are seeking to partner with Primes who want employability programmes people value: programmes people  want to join and stay with, and we want to help them make projects more attractive and useful for the individuals taking part.

If you want to talk more about this approach please fill in the contact form. We will get straight back to you.

A little bit more about Belina

Belina Consulting has nine years’ experience running group session employability programmes- across London and in the West Midlands., We have supported over 2000  people and trained more than 250 staff form over 50 organisations

We design and deliver our own innovative programmes, and run a ‘Training the Trainers’ programme endorsed by the Institute of Employability Professionals. We have just started work on two BBO contracts in London West and South supporting BAME women into work.

Our programmes have a specific and measurable beneficial impact Over eight years we have a documented:

  • 85% retention rate
  • 93% of participants give the programme the highest evaluation
  • 95% say it builds their confidence and they would recommend it to others
  • 85% of said it motivated them to do something new

Get Ready for Work, GRoW, specially designed for people who need to gain the confidence and resilliance to return to work, comprises six two- hour group sessions,

Key aspects

  • Relaxed and supportive group sessions – we create an atmosphere that enables people to participate, which starts from the moment the first person arrives.
  • Dynamic and focused activities – these need to be enjoyable, so that parents participate, yet designed to ensure they get to think through the issues
  • Professionally designed and printed, high quality materials that give people confidence in the programmes
  • A structured approach to deliver outcomes.
  • Added value

All our activities have behavioural insights as a base and all are new, created by us, rather than using stock approaches. We have incorporated Nudge Theory and Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow” to boost involvement and outcomes. Activities like our “Timeline”, looking at the next 20 years for the whole family, can be revelatory.

Around half of our participants are bi-lingual, so our programmes have been designed to work particularly well for those with English as a second language, with easy-to-use activity sheets, chances to draw and act out as well as talk, and small group work.

We are a peripatetic organisation, used to going to local venues all over London. We bring with us small but important things that make the rooms we use more welcoming and the sessions more inviting. Instances of delight, such as fresh flowers, fairy lights and pretty napkins, make people feel special and valued.

We have a continuous improvement approach, regularly taking courses and attending conferences and we collaborate on sharing best practice through a blog and our social media project.

We have worked with primes, housing associations local authorities, charities, and JCP and in over 60 Children’s and Community Centres

Our long term partners include

  • EC1 New Deal
  • G4s
  • Family Mosaic
  • Future Excel
  • Future Skills Dudley
  • Kennedy Scott
  • Islington Working for Parents
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Paddington Development Trust
  • Peopleplus
  • Peopleserve
  • Prevista
  • Remploy
  • Seetec
  • Shepherds Bush Housing
  • Skillsmatch Tower Hamlets
  • The Centre
  • Tendis Hammersmith
  • Urban Partnership Group
  • Workplace Newham.

We have delivered programmes in 21 London Boroughs: 

  • Bexley
  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • Croydon
  • Ealing,
  • Enfield,
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Harringey,
  • Hillingdon,
  • Hounslow
  • Islington
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • Sutton
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Westminster.

 

We have also worked extensively in:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Dudley
  • Leicester,
  • Loughborough
  • Southampton,
  • Tipton
  • Wolverhampton

 

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