Employment Sheltered Work Vocational Guidance Self Esteem Training Work Experience QualiďŹ cations Support
Celebrating 45 Years 1963-2008
Our mission statement:
â€œTo provide a supportive environment for people experiencing mental ill health, oďŹ€ering work, training and support, which promotes personal development and opportunities for progression towards employment.â€?
tel: 0121 773 1455
fax: 0121 771 0568
Support Department The support team provides a range of support designed to enable individuals to beneﬁt from the rehabilitation available at BITA Pathways. Primarily this would include encouragement to take advantage of the vocational skills and training that helps individuals to progress. Speciﬁc support includes regular reviews involving carers, family and relevant health professionals. Service users are encouraged to set individual goals and these are reviewed by staﬀ from across the organisation and will include an assessment of skill level, attendance, personal presentation and engagement. The support team also oﬀers limited help with beneﬁt and housing advice and other related issues that may aﬀect Service Users. Support staﬀ routinely work in close partnership with other agencies so that support can be oﬀered that is tailored to individual needs. Diversity issues remain a high priority and we endeavour to meet the needs of individuals in relation to cultural, dietary, social and other needs.
Warwick Training Centre The centre delivers a range of vocational and pre-vocational accredited training programmes in a wide range of subjects with experienced tutors. All classes are in small groups between 6 - 8 with individual support as required.
Vocational Guidance Our guidance worker oﬀers individual conﬁdential information advice and guidance. We have an accredited provider status.
Employment Support The Employment Support Team oﬀers a service to help our Service Users achieve their vocational aspirations. We work with Service Users to identify their goals, not only with open employment, but also with voluntary work, or vocationally relevant courses.
User Involvement User involvement is enabled by means of a users forum that meets monthly and is wholly service user led. Representatives sit on the Board of Directors and its sub-committees. A women’s group also meets regularly. Both groups organise a variety of social and leisure activities.
The Garden Pathway This is a project which is an inter-related set of activities employing volunteers in gardening, primarily to grow vegetables which are used as the main ingredients in making our own brand of chutneys which are then marketed at diﬀerent outlets. Service users can participate at any stage of the project and in any aspect. New developments will include a ‘Green Gym’ involving walking groups and outdoor exercises plus taster sessions and cookery demonstrations aimed at improving physical health and ﬁtness.
tel: 0121 773 1455
fax: 0121 771 0568
Work Placement Opportunities to learn new skills, using a range of machinery in a production workshop providing packing and assembly work. Service users work at their own pace in a structured but supported environment. Access to BITA work placement can be gained via a formal referral from a health care professional. Our newly opened craft centre oﬀers a wide range of craft workshops including; wood craft, pottery, candle craft, ﬂoral art and picture framing. The craft centre provides another opportunity for service users to engage in work experience.
St Anne’s Centre The centre occupies modern, purpose built premises in Saltley. Housed on the ground ﬂoor, the centre is fully accessible. A wide range of courses is oﬀered, from Personal Development to Sewing. The centre boasts a fully equipped computer room with specialist tuition available. There is a textiles workshop available for both students and Service Users seeking a supportive work environment. There is also a canteen where students and Service Users can purchase snacks and sandwich lunches. All the tutors have experience of working with people experiencing mental ill health.
BITA Pathways 201 - 206 Alcester Street Digbeth Birmingham B12 0NQ e: oďŹƒce@bitapathways.co.uk w: www.bitapathways.co.uk t: 0121 773 1455 f: 0121 771 0568
BITA Pathways gratefully acknowledges ďŹ nancial support from Birmingham East & North PCT, Heart of Birmingham PCT and Birmingham City Council Adults & Communities. We work with a range of partners, to deliver a quality training and development service, including South Birmingham College.
BITA Pathways is the operating name of Birmingham Industrial Therapy Association Ltd. Registered in the UK No:748773 at 201-206 Alcester Street Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0NQ. Registered Charity No: 244866