Moving towards, gaining and remaining in work.
Status Employment is a registered charity which aims to assist disabled people in finding and retaining paid employment.
We support people with disabilities or mental health problems to find work or move closer to work; this can be through education; training, paid work or volunteering.
Founded in 1991, Status Employment was originally set up to help people with learning disabilities find paid employment and allow them to move away from the traditional day centre setting. Using a process called supported employment, the Employment Consultants were able to support people into paid work for the first time in their lives.
Using a method called Individual Placement and Support (IPS), we are now also able to assist people with mental health problems. The essence of IPS is that an Employment Consultant gets to know each individual. Together they identify the most appropriate jobs for that person, search for a job and then the Employment Consultant provides as much support as is needed to ensure that the person settles into the job and is able to carry out the job to the standards expected.
As Status Employment has grown to help more people with disabilities into work, our financial needs have also grown. We want to increase our level of work with job-seeking disabled people; therefore, we need to increase our funding and resources.
Recent changes by the Government, the introduction of Prime Contracting and the DWP has meant that no mainstream money is available. It has also meant an increase in demand for our service as candidates find they are unable to get help from providers with mainstream funds. This has made the work of our charity even harder.
As the recession has deepened, more and more candidates with mental health problems are finding it harder to access employment as fewer employers have jobs available. Nevertheless, we have established links with over 200 employers in Croydon and Lambeth and it is through these that we have secured over 500 sustainable jobs for people mental health problems. Such relationships are built on trust and mutual understanding of needs.
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