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Supported Employment

"Learn 2 Earn"

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OUR MISSION:

To create a society where everyone has the opportunity to work. As members of BASE (British Association for Supported Employment), we are committed to offering person-centred support strategies to open up the world of work and employment to our service users.

We aim to create work placements that provide value to  both our service users and their employers. We use job matching to ensure that suitable placements are established, with ongoing support which is reviewed regularly.

WHAT WE DO:

We encourage all service users to consider Supported Employment, regardless of which other service they are a part of. 

We work with our service users to build a 'vocational profile', based on skills, ambitions and experience. 

We network with placement providers, taking care to get to know them and their business, so that we can identify suitable opportunities. 

Once we have matched a service user to a placement, our job coaches equip the service user with the necessary skills, often with 1-1 support 'on the job'. This support is gradually phased out, as the service user displays competence and confidence in their role. 

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Service User Story - Joe - Goat Ledge Cafe

Joe attends our Friary Gardeners and Co-op services. He has achieved his first paid job through our supported employment programme, at the Goat Ledge Cafe.

Joe has learnt how to get drink orders ready, serve the customers, clean, and help with daily tasks. With great support from the staff, he has learnt new skills, independence, and grown in confidence.

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Service User Story - Jamie - Iberion Lighting

The supported employment team worked with Iberion Lighting to create a suitable paid role. Jamie's duties are to sweep the car park, to clean and tidy the unit floor, clearing away debris, and sorting into correct bins. He has been welcomed by the staff and they look forward to him coming each week.

Jamie now goes to work independently, knowing that he can rely on additional support from the supported employment team if needed.

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Our Job Coaches

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Heather Knoll

Job Coach