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Scope Services: Supporting People with Health Conditions and Disabilities into Employment, Training & Volunteering

By June 22, 2020National News

During these difficult and uncertain times, disability equality charity, Scope, wanted to make people aware of some their services on offer. Their employment services – Starting Line, and Kickstart – are still running, albeit slightly differently to the usual delivery. Both services can work with anyone with any disability, physical impairment, mental health condition, sensory impairment, learning difficulty, or long term health condition.

Starting Line
Support from an Employment Adviser via phone, email, or Skype (or a combination of all three). This service is most suitable for people who haven’t worked before or not worked for a long time and are not currently working. They cover a course of modules in pre-employability skills, combined with one to one tailored support and guidance. Starting Line takes place over 7 weeks, and while usually a group course, the current one to one format allows us to completely adjust to suit a customer’s pace. We will typically contact customers twice weekly. Upon completion of the course, customers can expect to finish with; goal setting skills, an updated and improved CV, interview skills, sector specific job search knowledge, and guidance on how to talk about their disability / health condition. To refer, just go to the Starting Line pages (opens in a new tab) and complete the short online form. Alternatively, email startingline@scope.org.uk

Kickstart
Support from an Employment Adviser via phone, email, or Skype (or a combination of all three). This service is most suitable for those who have recently worked, have a consistent work history, and feel ready to work. The support is one-to-one and fully focused on the customer’s specific employment goals. Kickstart can work with customers for up to 6 months and we will typically contact customers every fortnight (while being a point of contact for customers with any queries between arranged meetings). Customers will receive an updated and improved CV, tailored guidance, and a regularly updated action plan. To refer, just  go to the Kickstart pages (opens in a new tab)and complete the short online form.

Alternatively, e-mail kickstart@scope.org.uk

Helpline
Scope also have a helpline, which provides free, independent and impartial advice and support on issues that matter to disabled people and their families. Scope’s information officers can answer questions and talk you through a wide range of topics connected with disability, including: benefits, finance, social care, work, equipment and assistive technology, housing and home adaptations. They can also put you in touch with local providers of information and support and other Scope services in your area. To find out more and for all the ways to contact the helpline, go to Scope’s website (opens in a new tab)

You can also call on freephone: 0808 800 3333 or email: helpline@scope.org.uk. All calls are free from a UK landline. If you are calling from a mobile, please check with your network provider. If you are calling from a mobile or phone box and are worried about the cost, let them know and Scope can call you back.

Donate
Scope urgently need your help. During this difficult time, disabled people are finding themselves isolated more than ever. Scope need your help to continue providing vital support for disabled people and their families right now. Please donate today (opens in a new tab)

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