Local Supported Employment Services
Stronger Together (Mencap)
Royal Mencap provides a supported employment service based in the Central Library in Reading, which is aimed at people who face significant barriers to employment and are aged 25 plus.
The project specifically works with people in West Berkshire who have a learning disability with other partners working with other disadvantaged groups.
Stronger Together is funded by Building Better Opportunities and the Big Lottery.
For further information about the service and to make a referral, please contact Selina Ahmed on 07931 788 938 or email Selina.email@example.com
Supported Internship Programme
Royal Mencap deliver a supported internship programme in Reading for young people aged 18 - 24 who have, or are eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This is an intensive programme, primarily based in the workplace, aimed at equipping young people to get a paid job at the end of the course.
Telephone: 07984 391 613
Access to Work Grant
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability to help you:
The grant is not for business start-up costs.
How much you get depends on your circumstances.
The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.
To get an Access to Work grant you must:
One of the following must apply:
You can’t get a grant for voluntary work.
The employer has to be in England, Scotland or Wales.
Your disability or health condition must either:
You might not qualify if you get any of these benefits:
How much you will get depends on your circumstances.
The money can pay for things like:
For further information and to apply, please visit www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply
Adviza - Lucky Break Mentoring
Adviza works with young people to help them progress in learning and work.
It offers a Lucky Break Mentoring service.
Are you worried or unsure about what to do when you leave education?
If so then a mentor could help you!
A mentor can:
If you or someone you know would benefit from having a mentor, please call, text or email Kat on 0774 747 6820 firstname.lastname@example.org