Maximus is embedded in local communities up and down the country through our delivery of the Restart Scheme.
Over the past 12 months, we’ve added more than 100 new organisations to our Community Partnership Network (CPN) — to help our participants move forward with their lives.
The Community Partnership Network brings together a wide range of organisations, who work collaboratively with Maximus to support participants to move closer to employment.
They provide expertise and added-value interventions for a range of services, including training and qualifications, debt advice and mental health support.
In Wakefield, we were recently joined by local CPN members, including Portland Training, Step Up Wakefield and Offploy, to celebrate the scheme’s success.
The event was the perfect opportunity to highlight the work of the CPN and showcase the difference it has made to people’s lives.
Charis Green, Head of Community Partnerships at Maximus, said: “We’re really proud of our Community Partnership Network. We have hundreds of partners that have joined the network right across the UK offering such a huge variety of services.
“We really can transform the lives of the people that we’re working with by collaborating with different organisations who bring different skills and expertise.
“Our first year on the Restart Scheme has been a great opportunity to develop and introduce new partners. Now, we’re really looking forward to continuing to develop our local connections with organisations embedded within the communities that we serve, to ultimately transform even more lives.”
The importance of building strong partnerships was echoed by our CPN members, who spoke of the success so far.
Joe Prest, Director of Services at Offploy CIC, said: “We’ve been working with participants to be able to give them the skills and knowledge to be able to move forward with the disclosure process and go back into employment.
“Our partnership with Maximus is key because we want to give a real collaborative approach to our candidates.
“It means we can give specialist support around the criminal conviction side and help them with our employers. It also means we can work in conjunction with Maximus to be able to give them a good candidate experience and move them closer to the employment market.”
Sharon Marshall from Wakefield Council Step Up said: “It’s really important that we work together and that we use each other’s skills to best effect. That way we get more value out of the resource for the residents and they get what they need regardless of what their background or what their barriers might be.
“By working in collaboration with Maximus, we’re now able to target everyone in the district, to better everyone’s lives.”