News from Action on Disability at Work – Access to Work project

News from Action on Disability at Work – Access to Work project

Last year Action on Disability and Work were commissioned by the Office for Disability Issues to run a project to raise the profile of Access to Work and offer advice on the scheme through peer support – they have just provided an update

Last year we were commissioned by the Office for Disability Issues to run a project to raise the profile of Access to Work and offer advice on the scheme through peer support. The funding was for one year and, after a very busy 12 months, the project has now come to an end but we will be continuing to offer support on Access to Work through our Advice Service. Access to Work is a Government scheme that funds support for disabled people in the workplace. It can help people with an impairment or long-term health condition overcome barriers into employment and also support them to remain in their jobs. Recognising that there was not enough awareness about the scheme, the Office for Disability Issues decided to put some funding into projects to promote it around the country. We were one of 13 Disabled People’s User-led Organisations chosen to run a project and last June appointed Eva Fielding-Jackson as our Access to Work Project Officer. Throughout the year Eva delivered a large number of workshops to disabled people, employers, educational institutions and employment support providers. She also attended events where there was an opportunity to hand out promotional materials and talk about the project. This has led to increased awareness about the scheme and generated numerous requests for further information and guidance. Along with a team of volunteers, Eva responded to these requests and provided dedicated individual support to people needing advice on how to apply for an assessment and how to negotiate with both their employers and Access to Work regarding their claims. As a Deaf person, Eva was able to provide specialist support to Deaf people, especially regarding changes in the rules relating to Access to Work grants for support workers such as BSL interpreters. Eva also produced a guide for our advisors with detailed information on Access to Work, which is a valuable resource as we continue to offer support on the scheme through our Advice Service. We can provide information on whether you may be eligible for Access to Work support, help you fill in claim forms, advise you on appeals and how to manage your Access to Work funding. Our involvement with this project meant that we were in a strong position to provide written evidence to the current parliamentary inquiry into Access to Work. Having sent in our submission, we are pleased to have now been invited to provide oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee and our CEO, Andy Rickell, will be presenting this evidence on 3 September. – See more at: http://www.adwuk.org/News-and-Events/News/July-2014/Update-on-the-Access-to-Work-Project.aspx#sthash.ZiwpROpg.dpuf

Check them out on their website http://www.adwuk.org/News-and-Events/News/July-2014/Update-on-the-Access-to-Work-Project.aspx

Posted July 30th, 2014 In Announcements

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