These local organisations are able to offer one-to-one support to candidates who are searching for work or training opportunities. You can find a list of National organisations here.
We are always adding organisations to this list - please contact us if you know of an organisation that provides tailored employment support to disabled candidates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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 – email@example.com or John via email – firstname.lastname@example.org 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.