Project information

SDBM Back to Employment Service

SKIN DEEP Behind the Mask Back to Employment service is a rolling 3-month intensive programme designed to help unemployed skin disease patients get back to paid employment, self-employment or voluntary work. The programme also aims to help those in employment who face the threat of redundancy.

Three years

Charity information: Skin Deep Behind The Mask

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  • Need


    Skin disease sufferers often face difficulties finding employment. Very often, their self-confidence is low. They may have suffered other debilitating psychological and mental health issues, such as depression, caused by their experience of their skin condition. Some may have been out of employment for a long period, maybe years and therefore, are unfamiliar with the contemporary job market.


    The SDBM Back to Employment service project provides training in the form of workshops and one-to-one advice sessions. The service is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of skin disease patients who have been out of work because of their skin condition. The service will also create a database of employers that will be approached to provide job opportunities to skin disease patients. SDBM will seek to raise awareness amongst employers of the special needs of skin disease patients.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the employment opportunities available to skin disease patients


    » Self-assessment & self preparation, including skills audit & analysis, assessment of the potential impact of skin disease, building self confidence
    » CV preparation, what is a CV, when should one use a CV, what information should be included.
    » Online work search techniques,,, universal jobmatch, major jobsites, signing up for email alerts, online applications
    » Access to the National Careers Service, the National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people.

    What success will look like

    We will gather feedback from participants using assessment forms and individual interviews. We will record outcomes, e.g. got a job.

    Aim 2

    Raise awareness amongst employers of the abilities of unemployed skin disease patients.


    » Marketing and promotion to employers.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor contact and engagement with employers and ask for feedback (online questionnaire).

    Aim 3

    Show that the SDBM Back to Employment service is a cost effective and efficient route to employment.


    » Follow-up with participants after six months to record their status. For example, is the participant still in employment or self-employment.

    What success will look like

    We will record participant success with reference to each person’s objective, e.g. found a job or self-employment, gaining experience through volunteering, etc.

  • Impact


    We will monitor whether participants get jobs and how long they remain in employment. We will produce guidance for employers about employing people with skin conditions. We will report on employers take up of our guidance and candidates.


    The main risk is identification of eligible participants and recruitment on to the programme.

    We will work with Job Centre Advisers, community organisations, local authority Economic Development units, local employers associations.


    Donors will be able to visit and meet with participants. We will produce a comprehensive report on the project including an analysis of outcomes, feedback, etc,

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £201,594

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      Amount Heading Description
      £57,600 Workshop trainer The person who delivers the training sessions
      £71,394 Admin support this includes an administrator, laptops, monitoring & evaluation
      £21,600 Presentation equipment hire equipment for delivering the training
      £15,000 Room rental the place where the training will be delivered
      £36,000 Marketing & Promotion this includes activities to recruit participants, creative services for production of material, etc
  • Background


    Greater London and South east region


    People who are long term unemployed (more than one year) as a result of their skin condition. Employers in Greater London and South east region.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Skin Deep Behind the Mask is the only UK charity that addresses the problems of all skin disease patients.

    We have a deep understanding of how skin conditions affects patient economically.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kofi Dwinfour

    Kofi will manage the delivery of the project

"There are all kinds of discrimination against people with acne. Unemployment, for instance, is 45 per cent higher among people with acne.”

Professor Cunliffe, professor of dermatology at Leeds General Infirmary