Support Organisations

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 you

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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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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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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ACAS Overview 

Acas South West works with employers of all sizes, employees and trade unions in Bristol, Devon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Cornwall to improve organisational performance by providing practical, expert advice and training.

How it can help

Acas believes that introducing simple steps such as ensuring line managers have the essential skills they need to lead their people increases productivity and helps businesses to grow. This is exactly the sort of thing that Acas South West can help you with through our free advice and training events.

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Cornwall Healthy Workplace Overview

Healthy Cornwall aims to provide, support and encourage good health promotion practice across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Health promotion activity in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly aims to help people to live longer and raise life expectancy to that of the best levels in Europe, whilst reducing the gap between the health of the wealthiest and poorest in society. 

How it can help

Through the delivery of face to face training they aim to increase the skills, knowledge and understanding that underpin and encourage healthier lifestyle choices across the county and beyond.

Whether you want to develop your own understanding or that of your community or organisation, our training team has identified key areas of health promotion and developed relevant training that meets the needs of those who live and work here.

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People Skills Hub Overview

Your people are the most important part of your business but managing them well can be difficult and challenging in many ways. As a small business you may not have the time or resources to focus on HR issues or be able to access expert support from a qualified HR professional. 

How it can help you

  • selection of resources aimed at small businesses
  • information on managing and planning people strategy
  • A - Z fact sheets on people management 

The People Skills Hub has an online resource which can help small businesses handle their day to day HR tasks.

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