New provision to help disabled customers with complex needs get into work now available
Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) aims to provide one-to-one support and training for those who are not in work, are disabled or have complex needs.
Open to both existing benefit and non-benefit customers, people interested in participating can discuss their circumstances with a jobcentre work coach.
The scheme provides:
How to apply
Ask your work coach if you’re eligible.
If you don’t have a work coach, go to your local Jobcentre Plus and ask to speak to a work coach about Intensive Personalised Employment Support.
Optalis Supported Employment Service
Optalis Supported Employment Service provides a friendly and confidential employment support service for people covered under the disability provision of the Equalities Act.
The team can help if you are looking for work but need extra support, if you are planning to return to work, require further training, or need support when meeting an employer.
Individually-tailored support packages include a wide range of services such as:
The Supported Employment Team is able to support people living outside Wokingham Borough. Please visit their website for more information about their services.
Telephone: 0118 977 8600
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