Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
The government's website offers a range of tips on how to prepare yourself for, and then find, paid employment.
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.
If you're looking for work, your local Jobcentre Plus is a good place to start.
Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department for Work and Pensions. Staff are trained to help you find the right kind of employment - full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent. They will also be able to help you to find training to develop your work-related skills, and give you advice on writing a CV and applying for jobs. They also offer people of working age the help and support they are entitled to if they cannot work and will advise on what benefits might be available.
Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) based at Jobcentre Plus provide specialist support on employment issues affecting people with disabilities and carers. Their personal advisers will give you details of suitable vacancies and explain fully the range of programmes and initiatives available to help you. They can support you to draw up an action plan to help you into work or help you keep your existing job. They can carry out an employment assessment to find jobs that match your experience and skills.
If you have a disability which is making it harder for you to get a job or stay in work, you may be eligible to join a Work Choice or Access to Work scheme through your local Jobcentre Plus. Your adviser will be able to tell you if these schemes are right for you.
Universal Jobmatch is a government-run database which allows you to search for full-time and part-time jobs in Britain and abroad.
As well as listing vacancies at the council, your local authority's website provides other information on employment support and local organisations that can help you:-
Libraries offer many services to help you look for a job, including free computer access, newspapers, magazines and books to help you, plus careers advice sessions:-
If you rent your property from the council or from a housing association, your landlord may offer support and grants to improve your skills and look for employment. In Kensington and Chelsea, the Housing and Worklessness project works with a number of social landlords in the borough. There is more information on the council's Housing and Employment web page.
Other information and advice
Disability Rights UK provide various work-related fact-sheets with advice on finding a job, and on claiming the right benefits if you are out of work or on a low income.
EmployAbility is an organisation supporting students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment.
The Daily Jobseeker website offers tips and advice to help give your job search a boost
The Disability Law Service is a professional organisation run by disabled people which offers support and advice on employment rights and other legal issues for people with disabilities. It aims to demystify the legal system by giving concise and timely legal advice and information.
The Accessible Britain Challenge is a government-led scheme which encourages communities to be inclusive and accessible. That means working with disabled people to remove the barriers that stop them participating fully in their community.The UK's 12.2 million disabled people make a positive contribution to employment and local economies. The Accessible Britain Challenge wants to share great examples of this so others can learn from them.Whether or not you have a disability you should check out the website to find out more.
The Department of Work and Pensions have produced a short video with job search tips.
Action on Hearing loss offer advice on accessing work.
Age UK offer information and advice on looking for work in later life.
Westminster Employment specialises in supporting people with significant barriers to find employment. Those people include people with learning or physical disabilities, and people with mental health problems.