Thanks to an Awards for All grant from The Big Lottery, The Brain Charity has been able to extend their Employment Advisory Service and our Employment Officer, John Perry, is now available 9-5pm Monday to Friday.
John offers help and advice on a one-to-one basis whether you're looking to get into employment or already have a job. It may be that your current working conditions are affecting your ability to do your work. You have certain legal rights under the Equalities Act and John can ensure that your employer is adhering to their legal obligations to help you get the support you need. For example, you may need a modified work pattern because you tire easily, a specialist computer screen or a chair that supports your back or perhaps you may need internal redeployment to another job within the organisation so you can work in a quieter area away from the hustle and bustle of people?
John can work with you and your employer and advise on the Access to Work scheme which is a Government grant that helps disabled people retain and maintain employment. He will guide you both through the process to ensure successful outcomes for both parties and will continue to work with your employer to ensure they are adhering to their legal obligations. John who is blind and also has a neurological condition has been both employed and self-employed for many years has himself benefited from the Access to Work scheme and has found it invaluable in providing computer hardware and software that enables him to do his job, as well as a PA to give him the assistance he needs.
If you want to get into work, John can explore your options with you. Do you think you need more training to improve your skill set? Do you want to go to college and get new or better qualifications? Do you need to look at a new career but are unsure what direction to take? Perhaps you’re not quite ready to be in paid employment yet but would like to consider volunteering as a start to getting back out there, or do you want to start your own business and become self-employed? John can help you explore all of these options and many more, as well as guide you through the process to achieve your goals.
John is able to advise employers too and would love to hear from any employers out there who need advice with recruiting applicants with disabilities. He can also put together bespoke training packages that will assist both employers and employees with training for disabled people.