Optalis Supported Employment Service
Supported Employment Service Optalis supports vulnerable adults and transition age to gain the necessary skills to access paid, work experience programmes, voluntary work, education and training. The service also enables people to retain their employment or return to work after a period of illness.
Our service works with clients who are covered by the disability provision of the Equality Act (2010), and clients with substance misuse issues. We also provide a service to carers.
Individual tailored support packages are provided through one to one support with an allocated employment coach, who assists clients to reach their goals through help with CV writing, application forms, IAG careers and job matching and interview training.
We also have a specialist job coaching team that works on a one to one basis in the workplace with people with learning difficulties or require additional support so they can access regular employment.
We have a specialist senior team who work closely with employers to raise awareness of disability issues, give guidance on reasonable adjustments and support with mediation for those experiencing difficulties within the workplace. We also provide training for staff and employers on mental health, stress in the workplace and disability awareness.
Who is the service for?
We help clients with:
* Physical disabilities
* Mental health issues
* Learning disabilities
* Sensory impairments
* Acquired brain injury
* Long-term health conditions
* Substance misuse issues
We also help carers.
Support for employers
We can offer the following specialist support to employers:
* Advice on employing someone with a disability
* Reasonable adjustment
* Confidential 1:1 telephone and online support
* Work experience programmes
* Specialist job coaching support
* Retention Advice
* Employee support in line with the disability element of the Equalities Act
* Dealing with stress related issues within your workplace
* Bespoke disability training packages
* Mental health awareness and stress in the work place training
Supported Employment Services also offer their specialist service outside of the Wokingham District. For more information, please contact Donna Morgans, Service Manager. For Transition advice and support contact Josh Hancock on (0118) 977 8600 or by email at employmentservice [at] optalis [dot] org