Do you have barriers to work and want to know what support is out there?
Have a look below at programmes and support being run in the Wiltshire area and see what you are entitled to.
The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. Taking part in the programme is entirely voluntary and all of our advice and support is offered free of charge.
Community Connecting assist customers with disabilities to find out more about their local community, and how they can access some of the following:
- Finding voluntary work
- Joining a club
- Further Education; including College courses and other training opportunities
- Using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy
- Meeting friends
- Travel training
Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST)
The Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) assists people with disabilities into finding and sustaining varying levels of paid employment with local employers.
WEST look at the different types of paid employment that will suit the person; this is based upon their skills, interests and experience. Then aim to match individual skills to available jobs including apprenticeships.
Wiltshire Supported Internship Programme is a study programme which is delivered by Wiltshire College in partnership with Wiltshire Council.
Supported Internships are individualised Study Programmes which are designed to equip students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities with the skills they need to secure paid employment.
For a young person, the Supported Internship should fit into their long term career aspirations and fit in with their working capabilities. Progression onto a supported internship will have been a topic of conversation at the young person’s annual review meeting.
For the employer, the Internship must meet a real business need and provide the potential of a paid job at the end of the Study Programme, should the intern meet the required standard.
For more information about Wiltshire Supported Internships please contact either:
Employment and Community Skills (Wiltshire Employment Support Team)
Postal applications returned to:
Sarah Davey, Wiltshire College, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QD.
Tel: 01225 350035 main College number
Support for Carers
If you provide unpaid support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour because they are ill, frail, disabled or have mental ill health, eating disorder or substance misuse problems and this person could not manage at home without support then you are a carer.
You may be providing practical help such as cleaning, cooking or physical tasks such as bathing, lifting and dressing. You may be giving emotional support or have to keep a close eye on the person you care for. Caring for someone can be demanding and being identified as a carer can be important to get the support you need to continue in your caring role.
Care Leavers Support
What are my rights and entitlements as a care leaver?
Leaving care means that you are 16 or 18 and have previously been in care, but are now no longer legally “looked after” by your local authority Children’s Services. However, it does NOT mean that Children’s Services no longer has a duty to help you. You might not be “in care,” but you should still be cared for and supported until the age of 21 or 25 if you are in full time education or have a disability.
Small grants are available from Rees: The Care Leavers Foundation to care leavers up to 29. These are aimed at helping with personal development needs, crisis payments, education, training or employment needs. For more information please visit here.
Other useful websites for care leavers:
Disability Equipment & Transport
Do you or your company need help with getting disability equipment?
Do you need help with transport?
Follow the link below to find out more about what national and local support there is.
Disability Worker Rights
It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against anyone with a disability. Protection against disability discrimination can be found within The Equalities Act 2010 which covers the following areas:
- application forms
- interview arrangements
- aptitude or proficiency tests
- job offers
- terms of employment, including pay
- promotion, transfer and training opportunities
- dismissal or redundancy
- discipline and grievances
This Equalities Act covers the Police, armed forces and people on practical work experience, whether paid or unpaid. However some volunteers are excluded from the protection provisions so please seek specialist advice. It also protects those who suffer discrimination because they associate with the disabled, e.g. their carers. This is known as associative discrimination.
For further assistance please see the links below:
If you have a disability and require assistance returning back to work please contact the Building Bridges Programme:
Would you like to know about what other local support that is for you in Wiltshire? Please click on the link below.
Do you need financial support but are unsure what is available? Please have a look at our financial support section which includes information on benefits to see what you may be entitled to.
We have various pages detailing the support for the barriers you may face, the rights you have and financial support. If you would like more information please free to email us.
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Please use our interactive frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) to find the answers you need or ask us your own question.