Reach
Reach Course - Rebuild South West

This is a practical 10 day course tailored for less able and Employment & Support Allowance customers to find their capabilities and purpose. Usually we run this course in a community centre and use a number of bespoke team building exercises before commencing the designated practical project. These projects will vary depending on the location, but will involve carefully monitored physical work to complete a task.. REACH is not like any other course. This practical based project directly tackles a number of issues and barriers preventing ESA customers from gaining and sustaining employment.

ESA REACH COURSE 2015/2016

This is a practical 10 day course tailored for less able and Employment & Support Allowance customers to find their capabilities and purpose. Usually we run this course in a community centre and use a number of bespoke team building exercises before commencing the designated practical project. These projects will vary depending on the location, but will involve carefully monitored physical work to complete a task.. REACH is not like any other course. This practical based project directly tackles a number of issues and barriers preventing ESA customers from gaining and sustaining employment.

1. Who is REACH for?

REACH is for those who want to see how far they can, without hurting themselves, find their limitations. Reach has been designed for a number of people and usually appeals to anyone who has forgotten or lost sight of what they are actually capable of. REACH is the platform for discovering again what your limitations, capabilities, and most importantly purposes are. The goal of the course is to deliver increased motivation, confidence, and realise abilities to help move forward the journey towards sustainable work.

2. Can I go on reach with any health condition?

There will always be a role for every client on the REACH programme irrespective of their capabilities and health limitations whether physical or psychological. The REACH programme is specifically designed to get a group of people together to form a team to carry out different tasks – some are big and some small – there is always a task for everyone.

3. What does REACH involve?

After a period of team building and establishing limitations, clients will be invited to support a local project where their efforts will directly help to promote local goodwill. The projects will vary depending on the project location, but will involve carefully monitored physical work to complete a task. It is either a 1 or 2 week programme that pulls together a group of people from all kinds of backgrounds who have found themselves in very similar circumstances to then carry out a really worth and appreciated community task.

4. Why does REACH work?

It works because people are able to establish their limitations in a realistic working environment whilst gaining support from other team members who collectively work to complete a real and tangible project.

5. Will I be made to do things I can’t do?

Never, although you may be made to explore your boundaries which can feel like you are being pushed to your limitations. No one will be made to do something they are uncomfortable with – all that we ask is that you attend all of the sessions you are able to.

6. What happens if I’m having a bad day and not coping well?

This happens often and the staff are very experienced and empathetic to this, however, other members of the programme will often beat the staff to offer support, encouragement and motivation. If you feel you are having a bad day we can guarantee you will not be alone, and we also guarantee that the bad days will get less as the course progresses.

7. Will the project be the same every time?

The programme will vary depending on the location, however the first two days have been fine-tuned to provide a period of team and friendship development. Each time we pull together a REACH programme, we spend a lot of time searching for a project that will be a specific, achievable and relevant task to those we are delivering to.

8. What happens after the course?

Often the group continue to meet and offer support to each other, the Rebuild Team will also be on hand to support where required. Ideally the people who have completed the REACH programme will have bonded so well they will undoubtedly continue to meet. The RSW team will continue to support the customers with the support of the JC in any way we can. In past courses the customers have formed social media groups and volunteered together at the venue.

9. How has Reach helped people?

By allowing people to establish their own limitations without breaking themselves. The social interaction is medicine in itself and this is often the benchmark for a reduction in medication. REACH is not like any other course. We have hugely empathetic and experienced instructors who are able to gauge each persons needs and tailor their role and involvement within the team. This practical based course directly tackles a number of issues and barriers preventing ESA customers from gaining and sustaining employment. Due to this, customers have been able to find their REACH and pursue it and leave the course in a far better place.