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Job Category
Community Wellbeing
Ipswich, Suffolk
£25,538 - £31,166
Closing date
Contract type
Total hours per week

“Shaw Trust promotes team spirit, inclusiveness and it is an organisation where everybody is somebody. I am proud to be part of this great organisation.” 

At Shaw Trust we believe everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life and an opportunity for rewarding work. We are a social purpose organisation challenging inequality and breaking down barriers to enable social mobility. 

For us being part of the solution is about creating the conditions for this to happen, advocating and delivering services that make a real difference. Working in partnership not competition, we are part of an eco-system of purpose-led organisations, striving for a fairer, more equal society centred on opportunity for all. 


Shaw Trust’s Retention Services sit within our Community Health & Wellbeing division and is a growing part of the business and our wider employment support offer to our beneficiaries.  

We work in partnership with mental health clinical teams, GP practices and other referral partners who refer clients that are currently in employment but are experiencing difficulties in the workplace and require assistance to help them return to work, remain in work, or find new employment.

This is an EAs in Talking Therapies role, which is a national initiative offering patients with low mood, anxiety and depression, a combined package of therapeutic and employment support. We deliver an EAs in Talking Therapies service in partnership with the Wellbeing Talking Therapies service, which is part of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. There are two sites in the Suffolk region located in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. In line with the EAs in Talking Therapies model, we offer employment support and are embedded within the Suffolk Wellbeing service, who provide the clinical aspect of support. This post is predominantly home based but there will be the need for travel within Suffolk for client facing appointments, presentations, or staff wellbeing away days on occasion.

We need an Employment Retention Adviser to provide highly effective support to individuals to guide them on their journey to returning, remain or find new employment while also supporting them to improve their health and wellbeing.


You will have: 

  •  Demonstrable experience of successfully working to targets
  • Experience providing case management support to a caseload of clients with 
    health and/or employment related barriers
  •  Ability to manage a caseload of individuals with different needs and goals
  • Practical experience in accessing external support services and well developed networking skill

Download the Job Description for full details. 


Homebased within Ipswich,Suffolk

Employee Benefits 

As an employee of Shaw Trust  as well as positively impacting people’s lives, you will have access to the following benefits: 

  • 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), with incremental increases post 3 years’ service up to 28 days, and the option to purchase additional holiday 
  • 2 days paid volunteering leave each year 
  • An enhanced pension scheme after 6 months 
  • Life Assurance at 3 times your annual salary rate 
  • Access to a suite of learning and development opportunities including paid for apprenticeship and masters’ levels qualifications, and management development programmes 
  • Opportunities to connect with our employee diversity networks (LGBTQ+ Support Network, Racial Equality Network, Disability Equality Network, Women’s Network) 
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including internal support, employee assistance programme and health cash plan 


Join a diverse and inclusive organisation 

Shaw Trust is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, where every employee, regardless of their background or lived experience, feels that they belong and can progress in their career. 

In addition; 

  • We are proud to be certified as an employer who meets the National Equality Standard, the accepted standard for inclusiveness in business across the UK. 
  • We are Disability Confident Leaders, support the guaranteed interview scheme and use of the government’s Access to Work scheme.  
  • Living our values, we are keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within our organisation. 

We welcome applications from all sections of the community including from people with lived experience and/or knowledge of disability or social exclusion. 

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Shaw Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.