We are Access Dorset, a charity run by and for disabled people, older people and carers. We are the leading user-led, pan-impairment organisation in Dorset. Our services include peer-support, training, information and advice, and advocacy. Our key activities are our Centre for Independent Living, ‘DIAL Access Dorset’ advice line, our drop-in advice service, our Skills Development Projects, our Carers Services and our flagship lifestyle magazine which is distributed to more than 5,000 disabled people across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
We will use the funding for SkillWorks, a unique opportunity for disabled people and people with a long-term health condition to access structured support, goal setting, skills identification and accredited training to overcome barriers and return to employment.
Our SkillWorks project will build on and complement our existing Journey to Employment Social Job Club and will provide 48 unemployed disabled people with an opportunity to engage with each other in a peer support setting and address motivation, confidence, self-esteem, and self-management issues.
The work participants do during the programme will lead to an accredited Award in Employability and the skills gained will support progress into further adult education, voluntary work and employment.