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Essex champions job opportunities for disabled people

Essex is championing employment opportunities for people who have a disability and aiming to find jobs for hundreds of residents. Essex County Council has pledged to become one of Britain’s first accredited employers under the Department for Work and Pensions’ nationwide Disability Confident campaign, and is now challenging other Essex businesses to close the disability employment gap. The local authority ... Read More »

Disabled students urged to apply for summer 2017 work placements

Leading companies are looking for talented disabled students, and recent graduates, to take on work placements in summer 2017. The Change100 internship scheme, run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, seeks to create career opportunities for disabled young people through three-month work placements. Applications for Change100 open today and close on the 25 January, 2017. Students and recent graduates are ... Read More »

Disability still seen as a barrier to career progression

More than a third (37 per cent) of UK workers believe disability is still a barrier to career progression, despite anti-discrimination legislation. In a study commissioned by PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson, nearly one in five (17 per cent) 1 also claimed employers fail to make adequate provisions to accommodate their, or their colleagues’, disabilities. “Companies have ... Read More »

Sense, the national deafblind charity, responds to research which highlights workplace disability discrimination

Sense, the national deafblind charity, has responded to new research which reveals that 1 in 10 businesses within the UK believe they are unable to employ disabled people. The survey, which was commissioned by Disability Rights UK, highlighted a range of negative attitudes preventing employers from offering jobs to people with disabilities, such as fearing possible discrimination claims (33%) and believing ... Read More »

Bield Welcomes Volunteers in West Lothian

Bield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care, is looking for several volunteers to support tenants by increasing their community involvement and helping to reduce isolation. Mansewood Court Retirement Housing Development in Whitburn is looking to recruit a Befriender to get to know and socialise with tenants, helping to broaden their horizons, as well as two Social Activity ... Read More »

Help Local Older People to Stay Connected

A Retirement Housing Development in Haddington is looking for a volunteer to provide valuable computing support for its tenants. Bield’s The Butts development is looking for a volunteer who will be involved in the popular ‘Silver Surfer’ project which helps tenants get to grips with modern technology, enabling them to become more confident with laptops, smartphones and general computing skills. ... Read More »

Teresa Scott Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Employability Services

Teresa Scott, founder and CEO of leading national employability service provider Kennedy Scott, was awarded the Employment Related Services Association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at a special event in London on Thursday evening. The announcement was made at ERSA’s annual Employability Awards ceremony, which was attended by the new Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt MP, and ... Read More »

Bield Values Volunteers in Bonnyrigg

Moorfoot Court Retirement Housing Development in Bonnyrigg is looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteer befrienders to help reduce isolation and increase the community involvement of their tenants. Bield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care, recognises the important role that companionship can have on improving the lives of residents by enabling them to participate in local events and become ... Read More »

Teen launches online quest for ‘Saturday job’

A wheelchair using teenager with cerebral palsy has launched an online job hunting campaign with the tongue-in-cheek catchline:  “Transport not a problem”. Iesha Manns, 17, from Poole, decided to take the more direct approach after applying for 20 part-time jobs without luck. She said:”I appreciate that my disability means I am not suitable for some jobs and maybe my chair ... Read More »

Scotland to lead international action on the inclusion and rights of disabled people

The countdown has begun to the Rehabilitation International (RI) World Congress opening ceremony in Edinburgh. This conference will be a unique opportunity to advocate the empowerment and inclusion of disabled people across the world. RI member organisations from over 100 countries will meet and debate issues with leaders from across the academic world, multi-national organisations and senior politicians from a ... Read More »

Autistic Actor Jules Robertson joins forces with Purple

Holby City’s Jules Robertson joined forces with leading figures from some of the UK’s largest public and private sector organisations at the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday to officially launch Purple – a new organisation set on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The actor, who was recently cast as Jason Haynes, a young man with Aspergers, on BBC’s ... Read More »

Housing and work needs for disabled people should be priorities for new Prime Minister

Leading disability charity Papworth Trust has called on new Prime Minister Theresa May to prioritise housing and work needs for disabled and older people. On the day Mrs May replaces David Cameron at Number 10, the charity has urged the new PM to continue with the Government’s public ambition of halving the disability employment gap. Addressing the social care crisis by ... Read More »