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Self-Employment Academy

What we offer

Our self-employment academy is aimed at Croydon residents who have a disability and or long-term health condition and the desire/idea to work for themselves

  • Group work
  • Training
  • 1-2-1 support
  • The 3 Ms of Business
  • Business Planning
  • Benefits Counselling
  • Sign posting for specialist assistance
  • Graduation
  • Access to our self-employment academy alumni network

How we help

On receipt of your referral, you will be contacted by our Entrepreneur Facilitator who will offer you an initial induction meeting.

We then offer 5 group training and peer support sessions

This is followed by an initial 5 weeks of 1-2-1 support

People then receive ongoing support via our self-employment academy alumni network

Working with Status

Status has over 30 years’ experience supporting people with disabilities and health conditions to gain and retain employment. We have experienced staff and will utilise BSL signing and technology to communicate with you in the most effective way. We work in collaboration with multiple partners who will also add value to your journey and experience.

Healthy employment gives us:

  • Connection to others
  • Sense of achievement, purpose & identity
  • Routine
  • Improved finances
  • Distraction from negative thinking
  • The opportunity to break down barriers and stereotypes

Please contact us to find out more:

Meet our team

We are an experienced, committed and fun group:

Andy Villalba



I have a long-term mental health condition and have been supported by Status Employment. They gave me support, advice and guidance, and accompanied me during meetings with my employer. I am so grateful as it has been such a stressful time, and it has made all the difference knowing that they have been there to support me, offer me guidance, and to know that I am not facing this alone.


If it wasn’t for Status Employment, I wouldn’t have my job today. They’ve supported me in every single way through my job search such as writing CVs and furthering my education. My adviser, Carol, has always been there for me no matter what. Her advice was practical and she was never judgemental.

Anonymous, London

I very much benefit from the support I have received. Especially I have felt that my confidence to try new things (e.g. Zoom) has improved. I do not feel pressured and feel that the limitations of my mental health problems have been understood while at the same time focusing on what I can do.


Status has changed my life and got my life back on track as well.

Anonymous, Croydon