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Disability organisations and advocates

There are lots of organisations who we have worked with on disability employment and have expertise on specific areas. We would encourage you to contact them to find out more if you would like further information.

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Disability organisations and advocates

Scope and Virgin Media work with a variety of organisations in the disability employment space and we are keen to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practice where possible. Below is more information along with their area of expertise. We would encourage you to get in contact if there is an area you would like more information on.

Access to Work

Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs help or adaptations beyond reasonable adjustments.

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Business Disability Forum

They offer practical support, knowledge sharing, advice provision, training and networking opportunities for employers to work with and employ disabled people. They also raise awareness of key issues in the workplace for disabled people.

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Disability Confident

Disability Confident is a Government run scheme which offers employer’s guidance and resources about employing disabled people and how the scheme can help a business. It has three levels of accreditation which employers must meet to be considered disability confident:

  • Disability Confident Committed;
  • Disability Confident employer;
  • Disability Confident Leader.
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Freeney Williams

Freeney Williams Limited is one of Europe’s leading disability and diversity consultancies. They work all sectors to achieve long-lasting and self-sustaining change designed to meet the needs of employers and service providers in the real world.

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Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire offers training and consultancy to organisations – equipping people across an organisation with knowledge, skills and confidence on disability and provide support with disability strategy, policies and processes, resources, data collection, research and insight.

They also offer a paid internship programme – Change 100 – where Leonard Cheshire partners with employers to match organisations with talented disabled students and graduates to offer them three months internship, supporting both the individuals development and the organisations understanding and awareness.

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National Equality Standard

The National Equality Standard is an initiative that independently assesses companies against a set of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) criteria. Employers who take part receive a report outlining areas of strength and key areas for improvement, along with recommendations on how to drive change within the organisation.

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Purple Space

Purple Space aim to help employers “navigate the experience of ill-health, disability or the experience of an accident or injury, at the same time as flourishing at work”. They do this by:

  • Providing a professional development and best practice exchange
  • By supporting their employee network and resource group leaders to build vibrant disability networks
  • Helping employers to improve business performance by learning directly from disabled employees
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Sminty Ltd is a disability and diversity consultancy that works with major corporate organisations in the UK and internationally. The training and consultancy services they offer help clients deliver strategic and innovative programmes that improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of disabled staff and deliver better services to disabled customers.

Sminty’s services include range across training and consultancy, and coordination of accessible events and conferences.

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Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss has an online Employers’ Hub, designed to give businesses information and confidence to ensure employees who are deaf or have hearing loss are supported to fulfil their potential.

The practical guidance covers everything from making the recruitment process accessible, to creating an inclusive workplace culture that encourages employees to be open about their hearing loss.

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Business in the Community

Business in the Community is a business led membership organisation that helps businesses be responsible and sustainable. One of the areas they work in is disadvantaged sections of society. They offer three membership packages which include in-house support, workshops, training courses, performance management tools and community engagement advice.

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Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)

ENEI is an employer network who work with companies to promote equality and diversity in the workplace. They do this by offering their members training and bespoke consultancy services.

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Graeme Whippy - Consultant

Graeme provides consultancy to clients that helps them identify and remove employment barriers for disabled people. This means having an effective, efficient and sustainable workplace adjustments process.
Graeme’s services include:

  • Stakeholder/team engagement and buy-in
  • Disability employment strategy definition
  • Manager and employee feedback
  • Workplace Adjustment process analysis, definition, and implementation
  • Capability development, e.g. training, guidance, documentation
  • Policy review and development
  • IT & Communications Accessibility
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Mencap offers a free service to employers called Resources for Employers which is an online information hub containing information for employers on increasing employment opportunities for people with a learning disability.

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Purple is an organisation which offers four tiers of membership to employers to help them “change the conversation on disability”. They offer their members training, consultancy days, digital diagnosis and access to online information.

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Shiny People Company

Shiny People Company works with leaders to unlock the brilliance of their workforce by tackling the everyday barriers and bias that stifle human innovation and diversity. They consult and work with all sizes and types of organisation, providing solutions tailored to your business and building inclusive environments so everyone can belong, thrive and work together to achieve results.

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The Shaw Trust

The Shaw Trust runs a variety of employment related services, including:

  • National Government funded schemes that aim to help people from a wide range of backgrounds to find and stay in work e.g. the work programme
  • Social enterprises that offer training opportunities and work experience that support individuals to improve their skills
  • A recruitment service for employers
  • Advice and guidance for employers on accessibility, absenteeism due to ill health and training and consultancy for employers on working with disabled people
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