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About the service

Rise2Thrive is a support programme for adults in North Yorkshire and York who are currently out of work and have barriers to engaging with employment and/or training or are in work but need support to thrive*

Through the programme, individuals receive tailored 1-2-1 advice, mentoring and employability support, and have access to specific interventions designed to help break down barriers. This combination of support is designed to improve people’s health, confidence, skills, circumstances and ultimately their employability, moving them closer towards a position where they are thriving in their life and in work.

Rise2Thrive is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity fund (UKSPF). The programme began mid-May 2024 and initially runs to the end of March 2025 with the possibility of continuation funding.

*individuals who are supported who are in work must be neurodiverse or have physical or mental health difficulties

You can find out more about RISE2THRIVE and what we do on our partner Better Connect’s website. 

How does it work?

Rise2Thrive is delivered through a partnership of community-based organisations spread across North Yorkshire and York, making access to the project simple and local.

The project uses a Keyworker and Intervention model. Interested participants initially arrange to meet with a Keyworker who discusses the project and checks eligibility and suitability. If the project is suitable, the Keyworker signs the participant up and becomes their main project mentor, providing them with tailored 1-2-1 support and mentoring for the whole time they remain on the programme. If specific barriers are identified, then Keyworkers can refer participants to access project interventions. Interventions cover a range of areas including; therapy and counselling, debt advice and financial support, housing support, wellbeing activities, basic skills and vocational training.

Who is RISE2THRIVE for?

Anyone over the age over 16 who is:

  • Economically inactive and not available for or not seeking work based on individual circumstances e.g. disabled, carer, in receipt of PIP or similar benefit and/or lack of confidence/distance from the labour market
  • Those currently in employment who may need support in sustaining work due to mental health, physical health or other difficulties
  • Not looking for work but need support getting closer to the work place, this could include upskilling and helping create purpose.

The RISE2THRIVE programme provides support to access volunteering, training and employment opportunities.

What we can offer

  • A key worker will work with other partner agencies to offer a tailored support plan
  • Flexible, sensitive, non-judgmental support
  • The opportunity to attend a variety of groups and training sessions aimed at raising self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Support with CV writing, job searching and finding volunteering opportunities in the local community
  • Help to career plan and make those positive next steps
  • Support with wellbeing and mental health


For enquiries and referrals contact us by telephone on 01757210415 or 07525910819 or 01423 795300.

Alternatively, you can fill out our referral form, here and send to joanna.donnelly@foundationuk.org or rise2thrive@betterconnect.org.uk

Delivery areas include, Selby, Harrogate, Craven, Richmond, Northallerton and Hambleton.



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