The relationship between mental health and unemployment is bi-directional. Good mental health is a key influence on employability, finding a job and remaining in that job. Unemployment causes stress, which ultimately has long-term physiological health effects and can have negative consequences for people’s mental health, including depression, anxiety and lower self-esteem.

Heather Wilson/David Finch

The Health Foundation


There are many ways that a person can develop their own pathway into work or self-employment.

Our aim is to support people, in particular those who may be considered socially excluded or disadvantaged in accessing the resources, the training and the support networks that can help.

Volunteering Experience

Volunteering is when you choose to give your time to help others without being paid for it. It is a great way to add experiences onto your CV/ Resume.

Volunteering can help you to develop new skills and try something new. It can help you prepare for paid work by increasing your confidence and experience.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in volunteering with Friendship Matters

(You can volunteer while receiving benefits as long as you continue to meet all the conditions of your benefit)


Access to Training for Business and Personal Development

There are many training courses that are available for people who are wanting to enter the world of work and to develop new skills both business and personal. Here at FriendshipMatters we can support you to source and access courses which might either be online or in some instances might require personal attendance.

(Please note:  We do not run the courses ourselves but we are able to support you explore possibilities, do some research and to gain access to providers.)

Jobs and Work Experience at Friendship Matters

Friendship Matters has capacity to create several jobs and we will advertise in the appropriate places as well as on our own website as each job is created and developed.

Our jobs will in the main be specifically to help persons who may be socially excluded or disadvantaged in society, enabling persons to get a foothold onto the world of work or self-employment.

Jobs for All

We are currently making more plans to create even more jobs in our Friendship Hub

This is also so very exciting so it’s time to just get the job done!