Support for those with barriers to work

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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.

Building Bridges
Community connecting
Wiltshire Employment Support team
Supported internship
Support for Carers
Care Leavers Support
Disability Equipment & Transport
Disability Rights
Other Local Support
Financial Support
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Building Bridges

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.

Find out more about Building Bridges

Community Connecting

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
  • Socialising
  • Joining a club
  • Further Education; including College courses and other training opportunities
  • Using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy
  • Meeting friends
  • Traineeships
  • Travel training
Find out more about Community Connecting

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.

Find out more about Wiltshire Employment Support team

Supported internship

Supported Intern Sean and his Manager

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.

Contact details

For more information about Wiltshire Supported Internships please contact either:
Wiltshire College
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

Find out more information about the Supported Internship programme and how to apply

Support for Carers

Information, advice and support for carers of all ages.

A major charity for carers across the UK, great for info and advice.

Advice, information and support for carers across the UK.

An online resource and community for Young Adult Carers.

Care Leavers Support

Care Leavers

The Leaving Care Service works with young people in local authority care to help them to prepare for independent living from the age of 16 up to the age of 25, for more information click here.

Support and information on your right’s as a care leaver from the children’s commissioner office.

Small grants are available from 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 or for those supporting care leavers with employment and skills:

Wiltshire Leaving Care Service
Wiltshire Virtual School
Catch 22
Career Pilot
The Care Leavers Association
National Network for the Education of Care Leavers
Coram Voice

Disability Equipment & Transport

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.

Find out more about disablity equipment and transport

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:

Equality Act 2010
Citizens Advice – Disability discrimination
Disability rights
ACAS – Disability discrimination

If you have a disability and require assistance returning back to work please contact the Building Bridges Programme:

Local Support

Local support

Would you like to know about what other local support that is for you in Wiltshire? Please click on the link below.

Find out more about other local support

Financial Support

Financial Support

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.

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