National Disability Support

Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project

Disability Confident

Overview

Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behavior and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities.

How it can help you

  • draw from the widest possible pool of talent
  • secure high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
  • improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly

It also helps customers and other businesses identify those employers who are committed to equality in the workplace.

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Access to Work

Overview

Access to Work (AtW) is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs help or adaptations beyond reasonable adjustments.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help your employee stay in work, or to support you if you are self-employed.

How it can help

Access to Work can help you:

  • hire disabled people with the skills you need
  • retain an employee who develops a disability or long term condition (keeping their valuable skills and saving both time and money recruiting a replacement)
  • show that you value and will support your employees by having good employment policies and practices.

Your employee can get help paying for support they may need because of their disability or long term health condition, for example:

  • aid and equipment in the workplace
  • adapting equipment to make it easier for them to use
  • travel to work
  • travel in work
  • communication support at interviews
  • a wide variety of support workers, and
  • the Mental Health Support Service
  • other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a sign-language interpreter.

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Fuller Working Lives

Overview

Fuller Working Lives is a government lead partnership approach which encourages businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers.

As the workforce ages, employers are increasingly having to retain the valuable skills of their older workers. With many people leaving the workforce before they reach State Pension age, it’s important for employers to offer opportunities, such as retraining and flexible working, to keep them.

How it can help

It sets out a number of new recommendations directly from businesses to support older workers to remain in the workforce and to help employers retain, retrain and recruit older workers so they have fuller working lives. Recommendations around flexible working, retraining for a new career, self-employment, volunteering and phased retirement are put forward in the policy paper.

They intend to take the following actions to support older workers:

  • empowering change through others – developing an evidence-based case for action
  • supporting those who need more help – including women, carers, people with long-term health conditions and disabilities and black and minority ethnic groups
  • reforming the Adult Skills system
  • improving the Jobcentre Plus offer for older workers

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Investing in Mental Health

Overview

Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer, together with Lord Dennis Stevenson, were asked in January 2017 by the government to carry out an independent review into how employers can better support individuals with mental health problems remain in and thrive in work. The results of the extensive review were published on 26 October 2017.

  • Thriving at Work, an independent review of mental health and employers found that the potential cost of mental ill health to you as an employer could be as high as £1,400 for each employee per year.
  • Investing £1 in the wellbeing of your staff can result in a £10 saving in return to tackle the cost of mental ill health to your organisation.

How it can help

All employers, regardless of size or industry, should adopt the six simple mental health core standards below. These have little or no cost and encourage an open, more transparent organisational culture allowing you to monitor wellbeing, and provide all employees with the right conditions to thrive at work. These are:

  • Produce and implement a mental health at work plan
  • Develop mental health awareness among its employees
  • Encourage open conversations about mental health and what support is available when people are struggling
  • Provide good working conditions
  • Promote effective people management
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.

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For further details about disability support please consult the following pages:-

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