These organisations are able to offer one-to-one support to candidates who are searching for work or training opportunities. We are compiling a downloadable resource of local and national organisations who provide Employment Support - please contact us if you would like to be included.
Some organisations provide support in more than one geographical area - please contact us if you can't find what you are looking for.
Diversity and Ability
Diversity and Ability can help you with assistive technology training, workplace strategy coaching and mental health mentoring to help you develop your skills, build effective strategies, and benefit from the fantastic technology that is available. We can provide a comprehensive workplace needs assessment and help you to identify any changes you may need to help you carry out your role confidently and reach your potential. Once in work, we are an Access to Work support provider, so the costs may be covered if you are eligible for Access to Work funding. Find out more about our services on the Diversity and Ability website.
The British Association for Supported Employment is a national membership charity that operates as a trade association for specialist employment support services. It promotes the principles and delivery of high quality Supported Employment services across England, Wales and Scotland. Visit their website here: www.base-uk.org
Visionary provides support to over 120 local organisations and the 225,000 blind and partially sighted people they work with across the UK. Their website includes a searchable map for you to find an organisation near you.
Visionary members invest over £122 million in services for blind and partially sighted people. We represent over 80% of all local sight loss organisations in the UK and, most importantly, the local organisations do some amazing and inspirational work for blind and partially sighted people.
Visionary is always open to developing productive and effective relationships as we believe that together we can deliver better services and reach more people. To find out more about our work and to search for an organisation near you visit www.visionary.org.uk
We Can Work is Inclusion Scotland’s project which aims to make work more accessible for disabled people. Many disabled people want to work but the inflexibility of the workplace and difficulty accessing support can be a barrier to finding suitable employment. By creating internships, we hope to give disabled people a career boost in the area they want to work in. Most of our current work in this area is funded by Scottish Government and forms an important element of their Disability Delivery Plan, which seeks among other things to halve the disability employment gap. Visit the website here. In addition you can read about Kiana's experience with Inclusion Scotland here.
Inclusion North exists to make inclusion a reality for all people with a learning disability or autism and their families.
We are a regional organisation working across the North East, Yorkshire and Humber. Find out more on the Inclusion North Website.
Pure Innovations support people with a disability or significant need to access paid employment on a 1:1 basis that matches their skills and aspirations. Referrals to the service are via health or social care professional.
We can also help if someone needs support in work due to their disability or a long term health condition.
Pure Innovations provide support to:
- Look at your skills and abilities to source the correct job match
- Build confidence and work preparation
- Speak to employers to build customised roles and paid employment
- Interview practice or working interviews so you can try the job role
- CV writing and application form completion
- Employer work to discuss reasonable adjustments
- On the job support
You can visit the Pure Innovations website here: www.pureinnovations.co.uk
BID Services works in partnership with deaf people and other communities to help them achieve greater control over their lives. Our services include British sign language interpreting and training, deaf awareness training, specialist equipment, residential placements, personal and social care, advocacy, support for Tinnitus, employment support and information on housing related needs.
We are a membership and user led organisation, run and controlled by disabled people. We promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield. By independent living we mean that disabled people have the same freedom and rights to exercise choice and control over their own lives as any other person. Find out more on the website: www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk
East of England
Work Well Suffolk
Work Well Suffolk is a 3-year project secured through Suffolk County Council and funded by European Social Funding. The project will work with participants on employability ,health, skills and wellbeing for the people of Suffolk. It will ensure that individuals can gain bespoke and timely access to relevant services, whilst blending in coaching, employability support, skills provision and advice and guidance.
The Work Well Suffolk team can be contacted on email@example.com
Lincolnshire Sensory Services
Support clients into paid work. The team provide support to people (18+) with all degrees of hearing loss (inc BSL users) and visual impairment.
Support given to write a CV, get it uploaded by various employment agencies such as Indeed. They also support clients in accessing the local Job Centre and provide awareness to Job Centre staff. Once a client is selected for interview the team will help them to register with Access to Work so that communication support can be provided at interview. If the candidate is successful they will then contact the employer and advise them on how to support / work with an employee with sensory loss.
In addition to this LSS have a specific initiative for employment; the Sensory Impairment Employment Initiative. This enables the team to identify employers who already employ or who are willing to employ clients with sensory loss. These employers are supported and advised by the team in employing people with sensory loss. You can find out more on the Lincolnshire Sensory Services website here.
AS Mentoring Ltd
ASM provides employment-focused support to adults with autism and other neurodiverse conditions. Their aim is to help their clients achieve their potential as individuals, and facilitate their social inclusion through employment. They work closely with employers to develop the provision of inclusive workplaces through advice, training, consultancy (including formal workplace assessments) and ongoing support.
They have a strong commitment to a practical and client-centred approach, tailored to the needs of individual recruits/employees and to the workplace requirements of each particular company. They will recommend specific Reasonable Adjustments, and be available to support their ongoing implementation. ASM has extensive experience of supporting a wide range of employees and employers across all sectors, throughout all stages of the recruitment and employment process. Areas covered are: London, Surrey, Bristol, Birmingham and Poole - Dorset. You can visit the ASM website here
South East & London
Balance helps disabled people in South West London to reach their potential. including employment support for people with mental health needs or a learning disability. See more by visiting their website: www.balance-cic.com
Ways into Work
Ways into Work is a Social Enterprise delivering supported employment services in South East England. Inspiring and supporting the business community to realise a society where equal opportunities and life chances exist for everyone; our mission is Changing Lives One Job at a Time. We have around 20 years’ experience of providing high quality supported employment to job-seekers and businesses. We spend time really getting to know the skills and talents of individuals with a disability or barrier, and the business needs of employers so we can effectively match the two. We then provide ongoing and hands on support to both parties to ensure that people don’t just get jobs, they keep them. And it works – over 60% of our clients are in work, 90% have been for at least 6 months and in many cases much longer. If you’re an employer, job-seeker or you already have a job but need support, please get in touch https://www.waysintowork.com/contact
You will find the Ways into Work eligibility criteria here.
appa offers a range of work based support which can be both in-person or via video call. Our service can start from interview stage, starting a new role or assistance in a current role. Our services for majority of the time can be paid for entirely by the DWP Access To Work Program, and we can help you through or even manage the application process.
We are based in South East London and work in London, Canterbury, Cambridge and Brighton.
We currently offer:
- Job coaching – Support in learning new roles.
- Support Assistants – On-going help to bridge any gaps in productivity.
- Mentors – Advice and guidance to help individuals collate their thoughts and idea
- British Sign Language Interpreters – Translating from spoken to visual language and vice-versa.
Contact us via:
Tel: 0330 9999 111
London Vision supports blind and partially sighted people find and stay in employment. The Works For Me programme is a free service which provides support to visually impaired people living in a London borough who are seeking paid employment, as well as those who are already in paid employment who want to retain work through sight loss or are navigating a career change. You can find out more about their employment service here.
Middlesex Association for the Blind
The Middlesex Association for the Blind is offering a free service to anyone who has a disability or a visual impairment. This service runs from Hanwell, West Ealing at The William Hobbayne Centre, W7 2HB.
- CV writing
- Covering letter, Speculative letter
- Time management
- Application form filling
- Telephone techniques
- Interview techniques
The course runs for six weeks throughout the year and is free of charge to all registered visually impaired and disabled people. It runs every Monday and Tuesday 10 am – 4 pm.
Please contact Ali via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or John via email – email@example.com so we can discuss your options.
We are disabled friendly and have good access for wheel chair users and support mild to moderate learning disabilities.
Please call 07720237830 during 9 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri to find out more.
Action on Disability
Action On Disability’s Employment Service supports disabled people looking for work, in work and on supported internships. They also help employers who wish to be more inclusive. They provide Job Coaches, Support Workers and Travel support and support candidates with Access to Work Claims. AOD also provide supported internships for young people aged 16-25. Visit the Action on Disability website here.
St Mary Magdalene Academy The Courtyard School is a free school for pupils with special educational needs. The pupils who attend the school have a diagnosis of autism spectrum condition and/or speech, language and communication needs. A personalised curriculum for up to 36 pupils, aged 14-19 is provided.
The Courtyard supports pupils to investigate different types of careers and the routes into these careers. This support is offered through academic guidance, social and emotional support and practical work experience placements.