Big Ambitions CIC is a Community Interest Company established in 2010. The company was formed following our track record of delivering and managing commissioned support programmes that have helped people with mental health difficulties to gain and retain work and working with businesses in the Public, Private and voluntary sector to implement healthy business initiatives.
We can help individuals to improve to move towards your goals whilst supporting your mental health, whether they are re-entering employment, volunteering, accessing training and education or improving personal development skills.
At Big Ambitions we value well-being in the workplace and its effect on people within the workplace. We understand that having a routine and meeting others can improve our health and well-being and aim to support both people and businesses to make this happen for everyone!
Laura is Managing Director and founder of Big Ambitions CIC and has a passion to influence best practice in the health and employment field.
Laura has worked in the employment industry for over 10 years and has an extensive amount of experience directly supporting hundreds of people experiencing multiple health and social barriers into retained employment, which has enabled her to effectively understand client barriers and how these can be overcome.
Having worked in the private, voluntary and public sector, Laura has an in-depth knowledge of the different challenges businesses face. She has used this experience to develop and deliver bespoke training, consultancy and strategy development with businesses, focusing on equipping businesses with the skills to support staff, encouraging positive outcomes for the business and employees. This work has led to commissions from SME’s, large national and multi-national private organisations, public sector bodies, including local authorities, Health Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups, along with national charities.
Laura has a proven record of success of generating and managing contracts, grants and income for the organisation which have all fulfilled or overachieved targets and outcomes; delivering support to over a thousand people in vocational rehabilitation. She has extensively monitored, researched and evaluated outcomes and the impact made of projects to determine an impressive social return on investment level. Laura is responsible for Big Ambitions CIC’s operations and strategic direction to achieve the organisations mission, values and beliefs.
She is a qualified Life Coach and trainer, with specific training qualifications in mental health, including Mental Health First Aid trainer in Standard, Youth, Workplace and Lite. She has qualifications in Business, Management, Safeguarding, Information Advice and Guidance and NEBOSH Management of Health and Wellbeing at Work.
Laura uses her knowledge and skills base to create sustainable employment and healthy workplaces by:
- Developing innovative workplace health tools and programmes. to enable organisations to improve the health of the business and the workforce
- Motivate, guide and support individuals to gain and retain employment and empower them create healthier lives.
- Create and inspire a dynamic working team to provide efficacious services to underrepresented vulnerable groups.
Key Achievements includes:
- Developing and delivering Award Winning projects and services.
- Achieving over 85% retention rate supporting people to sustain employment.
- Devise strategies to support businesses to influence cultural change, improve attendance and retention rates and provide a ROI.
- Lead on Mental Health and Employment for Mental Health Alliance
Specialist Employment Manager
Alison is the Specialist Employment Manager at Big Ambitions, utilising her extensive managerial skills to ensure excellent provision is maintained for clients with Mental Health issues and Learning Disabilities. Her extensive experience in delivering welfare to work provision, has supported hundreds of vulnerable people into employment.
Alison has worked in both the public and private sectors, she has an excellent ability to manage customer relations, with established knowledge and understanding of the needs of small businesses and those of unemployed people. With a strong customer service background, an acute awareness of both customer and business needs she has an ability to achieve satisfaction on both counts.
Alison is trained as an advanced Job Retention Adviser and has a Level 3 qualification in Education and Training (PTTLS), First Aid qualified, including Mental Health First Aid, and has a Level 2 in Health and Safety, Customer Service, Safeguarding Adults, and she is level 3 qualified in IAG.
Her excellent management skills are demonstrated within the busy team that often face challenges working with vulnerable customers. Her ability to meet deadlines and consistently work towards achieving targets ensures that positive outcomes are maximised for clients and employers.
Key achievements include:
- 87% Retention rate for employees with mental health conditions sustaining work
- Continually exceeds profile of number of people supported into work
- 67% of customers achieve mental health recovery.
Health and Wellbeing Champion