Local (BUCKS) & National Organisations & Services Supporting disability Employment

There are many government efforts much as Access to Work Funding, Disability Employment Advisers, Specialist Employability Support. There are endorsed approaches like developing Vocational Profiles and Job Carving to develop jobs that work to peoples personal strengths, there are Associations and provision for Supported employment in different settings like garden centres and farms with support workers,  schemes like with the BBC aimed at those with disabilities, charities focused on working with disabilities in areas like work or life skills like Talk Back. National charities that have researcher, found case studies and advice for people with different conditions in the work setting.  

Independent and work ready CIC is part of the Make a Difference employment initiative run by Able Magazine the major disability lifestyle magazine. You can see our profile here: https://ablemagazine.co.uk/articles/be-the-difference/be-the-difference-employers/  You will also find other employers that may be able to help you as well as jobs and case studies. 

Back to Base Local help and Supported Employment to find work if you have SEND from Bucks County Council https://www.careadvicebuckinghamshire.org/s4s/WhereILive/Council?pageId=1602

BASE is the British Association of Supported Employment that has many members who provide structured supported employment project for people with disabilities to introduce them to work with support so they have Access to work funding for help like job coaches and support workers. The person with a disability gets support and training with a strict focus on health and safety and maintain standards. A Buckinghamshire member organisation is Back to Base https://www.base-uk.org/about-british-association-supported-employment

Job Centre Plus Disability Employment Advisorscan signpost you disability confident employers, employment programs like Access to Work for in work disability Support, they can look at your disability and its impact on work and look at reasonable adjustments, they can give you a work assessment see https://www.jobcentreguide.co.uk/jobcentre-plus-guide/34/disability-employment-advisors

The UK Government Health and Work programme

This helps people with a disability find and stay in work, it is voluntary (you do not have to do it unless you have been out of work for more than 24 months). They help you find suitable work, put you in touch with suitable employers, help you identify and match your skills to work , helping you get work ready. Help you manage your disability or health condition at work and get all the support you need and are entitled too. You can access the programme through a job coach at your local job centre plus. Remember your job centre will also have Disability Employment Advisors you can talk to and get help from that can help you with tasks like applying to Access to Work so you get support and and any adjustments or equipment to help you manage your disability or health condition at work. https://www.gov.uk/work-health-programme

Access to work Government funding official website if you have a disability or learning disability and need in work support like transport, support workers, job coach, equipment or technology to minimize the impact of your disability at work see https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

Building FuturesProvides employment assistance for the long term unemployed and those facing barriers to employment such as disability or learning disability who live in Buckinghamshire and are 15 plus. They work with different partners to provide employment and help being ready for employment such as working with the mental health charity mind. They help those facing disadvantage and challenges. Participants get a key worker to support them https://www.buildingfuturesbucks.org.uk/am-i-eligable-to-take-part

Innovations helps those with disabilities or disadvantage achieve social, enterprise and vocational aims through structured activities from socialising in the community to enterprise tasks developing creative or catering skills or animal care skills to education programmes to days out. They are based Innovations Hub
Stoke Hammond Community Centre
Bragenham Side, Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9DB See https://innovations-wow.com/a-homepage-section/

 Disability Confident employers information about the scheme : A Government scheme that supports and identifies employers that make extra efforts for employees with disabilities. Look out for the Logo when applying! Includes many well known companies like Asda, Marks and Spencer’s, BT and Royal Mail. This link gives the list and some case studies of the efforts made. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign

The Disability Confident You Tube channel provides lots of video case studies from Disability Confident Employers showing best practice and what works well for people with different disabilities at work https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNZ3ChU6HObW5KtMf4zFJlg

Disability Confident case study on Sainsburys https://www.about.sainsburys.co.uk/news/latest-news/2017/27-10-2017-disabilityconfident 

A look at Job Carving a strategy often used in disability employment to ensure a job role matches someone’s strengths and abilities. BASE explains how job Carving is a strategy often used in Supported Employment https://www.base-uk.org/employers-recruitment-jobcarving

A Vocational Profile like the one provided by Preparation for Adulthood gets you to consider what you want from employment, your work aspirations, the types of work you want to try. It gets you planning for your future and exploring the best work options for you, your skills and qualities. It helps you be realistic but in control and doing what interests you https://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/SiteAssets/Downloads/wpykaifl636379632195713341.pdf

Specialist Employability Support Government funding for higher need where access to work is not enough often for sensory disabilities or Autism delivered through providers like the Shaw Trust https://www.gov.uk/specialist-employability-support

BBC Disability recruitment schemes https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships/extend/extend

Disability Apprenticeships the Disability Rights Commission have developed a detailed guide about disability and apprenticeships. This gives detailed information about what to expect, the support people can get like Access to Work Funding and lots of disability and apprenticeships case study examples https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/IntoApprenticeships2017.pdf

 Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur award https://www.leonardcheshire.org/about-us/press-and-media/press-releases/bristolian-flies-high-win-stelios-award-2018

Different charities have provided very detailed information on working with different conditions so it is worth looking at charities relevant to your condition for relevant advice about work for example

Action for Epilepsy provide a publication about workplace issues with the condition. To put this publication together they have worked with the TUC  https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/EpilepsyInTheWorkplace.pdf 

This is also true of Action for ME with there 48 page guide to work with the condition for employees with ME and also a separate employers guide  https://www.actionforme.org.uk/news/new-employment-resources-for-people-with-me/ 

The National Stroke Association http://www.stroke.org.uk/sites/default/files/work_and_stroke_14pt_gi_v3.pdf

The MS Society give this advice http://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/everyday-living/working-and-ms/work-ms-and-you 

Shift.ms is the social network for people with multiple sclerosis  their MS Reporters do videos on the experiences, issues and barriers to work experienced by those with MS https://shift.ms/ms-and-work-series-1

Working with Arthritis  a guide from Arthritis Care https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/assets/000/001/575/Working_with_Arthritis_for_web_original.pdf?1478874660 

Employment and IBD a Guide for Employees from Crohn’s and Colitis UK have produced an information booklet http://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-inflammatory-bowel-disease/publications/employment-ibd-a-guide-for-employees 

Connexions Bucks help with work, training, counselling and education options for young people  http://www.connexionsbucks.org.uk

Bucks Workability for employment opportunities in Buckinghamshire http://www.bucksworkability.com

 Wannable Bucks offers apprenticeship and work experience opportunities for everyone www.wannabebucks.org 

The Hidden Impairments National Group considered how various hidden impairments impact on common work roles. These impairments included Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, Specific Language impairments and more and gives practical work examples and workable detailed solutions for minimising difficulties at work http://qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachments/422723/original/Uncovering%20Hidden%20Impairments%20Toolkit.pdf     

The Council for Disabled Children have developed a booklet for young people who acquire a disability and it helps with looking at education, training and employment options to help them adjust to disability and take control back https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/get-back-where-we-do-belong 

Disability Rights UK www.disabilityrightsuk.org information source for disabled people covering employment, careers, education, training and welfare issues.

Scope’s Online Employment service for people with any disability https://www.scope.org.uk/employment-services/support-to-work

Work Fit online simulation is an online hotel work simulation game that cleverly evaluates the type of work and the type of employer you are so you can find suitable work roles and try work via a virtual simulation to help you develop your confidence it has also been developed by Even Break. It has been designed to assess and develop your employability skills as it looks at your strengths, weaknesses and core abilities while giving you areas to develop and help with interview questions https://game.jobfit.me.uk/evenbreak/

Even Break Disability jobs board https://www.evenbreak.co.uk

Disability jobsitea Disability online jobs board focused on disabled recruitment www.disabilityjobsite.co.uk 

Thrift Farm a Buckinghamshire MK working farm, visitor attraction and cafe offering jobs and work experience for people with special needs or disability in Milton Keynes 

Click http://thriftfarm.co.uk/why-were-here.htm link to open resource.

Sunnyside Rural Trust Work placements for Sen and disability in horticulture based in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted see  Click http://www.sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk link to open resource.

Work Fit A Downs Syndrome supported employment service throughout the UK https://www.dsworkfit.org.uk link to open resource.

Community head injury service (NHS) provides a range of rehabilitation services that includes vocational rehabilitation looking into suitable job roles for those 16 plus that have experienced acquired head injury. There programme is called ‘Working Out’ and includes help retaining work, finding suitable roles, helping find work trails, placements, they have a jobs club and do group work employment sessions  https://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/Our%20clinical%20services/A%20to%20Z%20of%20clinical%20services/chis.htm

Community Impact Bucks Volunteering see http://volunteeringbucks.org.uk/general-volunteering

Youth Action Aylesbury Community volunteering for 14-24 year olds in Aylesbury. Click http://aylesburyyouthaction.co.uk They will make efforts to accommodate special needs like by budding volunteers together.

The Bucks Disability information service (Buds) on disability issues. They also offer work experience placements. They help make events accessible attending local events and providing information and advice. They also have volunteers working at these events. They are run for and by disabled people. Click https://buds.org.uk

Work Aid The Hub a supported employment charity in Chesham were people with learning difficulties work making tools see https://workaid.org/what-we-do/the-hub

Road Farm Countryways a working farm and visitor attraction offering animals and arts and crafts to visitors where people with disabilities or learning difficulties can volunteer on the farm, with the arts and crafts or in the office. Based in Great Missenden Bucks. See https://www.roadfarmcountryways.com

Missenden Walled Garden an supported employment and horticulture project in Great Missenden Bucks https://missendenwalledgarden.org/about-us

TRIANGLE PROJECT Marlow  Bucks Allotment Association horticulture gardening project for those with learning disabilities based in Marlow Bucks http://www.marlowallotments.org/the-triangle-project 

Mind Mental health charity Bucks Employment support https://www.bucksmind.org.uk/services/employment-support

Healthy Minds Bucks Employment service working with the Richmond Foundation see https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/healthyminds/getting-help/employment

Talkback a charity offering self-advocacy help people to build self-esteem, confidence and have more say and control over their own lives for those with Learning disabilities includes travel training and employment help. See http://www.talkback-uk.com

Macintyre working with and empowering those with learning disabilities helping with life long learning, and community support see www. Macintyrecharity.org has community projects like the Macintyre café offering work experience.     

Tool-shed see https://www.toolshedbucks.co.uk social enterprise offering construction skills to those who have SEND or are not in education 16-24

Lindengate offers therapeutic horticulture work to those experiencing mental health issues or that have other disabilities like Autism see lindengate.org.uk 

Animal Antics Animal assisted learning, volunteering and employability for SEND https://www.animalantiks.co.uk

MK Snap is a charity offering professional support, training, education, life skills, work and opportunities for individuals aged 16+ with learning disabilities see http://mksnap.org

Supported employment MK Equality Works involves supported employment at Café Civic, there is also a training kitchen, various employment options and travel training options https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/adult-social-care/learning-disability/equality-works

Training and Employment by The Autism  Teaching Company AuTC Help with employability skills, interviews, CVs, communication and social skills at work, helping making workplaces accessible for people with Autism and helping with life skills see http://autismteachingcompany.org.uk/autism-in-the-workplace/

Bucks County Council offers general work experience for up to two weeks open to all not specifically for those with a disability they have placements in different areas including business support, IT, Education admissions and transport http://jobs.buckscc.gov.uk/job-areas/work-experience (for specific disability support from the council see Back to Base) 

Time Credits Volunteer and earn time credits to use on activities like free tickets for visitor attractions and leisure available locally or nationwide https://timecredits.com

Chiltern Rangers offers conservation based volunteering in High Wycombe https://chilternrangers.co.uk

Whizz Kids is a UK wide charity for children and young people who use a wheelchairthey offer UK wide 2-week work experience with different employers they find for you. Helping wheelchair users aged 14-25. They work with individuals or will work with schools and colleges to find work experience. They also offer work skills days and have other services such as wheelchair skills and services http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/get-our-help/young-people/work-placements

Bucks NHS offer volunteer placements in many different areas for all abilities, and work experience placements also for those aged 17 plus doing A level or equivalent and considering a career in a healthcare area https://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/gettinginvolved/volunteering.htm