April 2015

Dimensions has just released Dimensions, I found the results of this very disappointing with over 60% disagreeing or undecided.

Guernsey's supported employment service is set to be taken over by a newly formed charity, the Guernsey Employment Trust. Mike Evans has been appointed as temporary Chief Executive.

Interwork, which was previously run through the Government's Health and Social Services Department, provides employment opportunities for islanders with disabilities and will now be run by the newly formed Guernsey Employment Trust. The trust say they want the service to become respected in both the disability and business communities.

The Guernsey Employment Trust will take over from HSSD on the 1st May.

The Labour Party launched its manifesto for disabled people at an event on Monday. BASE arranged the launch venue at the London offices of National Grid where Rachel Reeves, Kate Green, David Blunkett and Emily Brothers met with interns from National Grid's successful internship schemes.

You can find details of the manifesto at http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/a-better-future-for-disabled-people-...

Employability and Skills at City of Edinburgh Council are commissioning a Supported Employment service for Edinburgh job-seeking clients who have a disability. This service contract will be expected to commence from April 2015 and deliver for a period of 4 years.

Coventry's TESS service has been told that funding is now secure until the end of 2015. The service had been under threat of closure due to funding restrictions. The announcement was made just one hour before a public meeting was due to discuss the closure. Leader of the city council, Ann Lucas, said she had asked finance chief Damian Gannon to identify cash which could keep the service going until the end of the year.

Ipswich-based social enterprise Realise Futures has won a contract to provide supported employment services for adults with disabilities across a wide area of Essex. BASE member, Realise Futures creates opportunities for people who are disabled and disadvantaged in learning and work.

This week's South East members network meeting has unfortunately had to be postponed. The next meeting is scheduled for 10 July. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Wrexham County Borough Council requires the provision of a service that supports and develops people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have participated in the Foundations and Foundations + schemes from the geographical and target group areas listed below, and progresses them into unsubsidised employment.

The successful Provider will need to demonstrate how it will deliver the following through the medium of structured and relevant supported employment;
• provide paid work;
• develop participant motivation for work;

Coventry's award-winning supported employment service, TESS, is apparently under threat. The Council’s Place Directorate management are proposing to discontinue the flagship service for vulnerable adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism and severe and enduring mental ill health. In addition the proposals could implement post cuts at the highly successful Job Shop.

Fifteen jobs have been created thanks to a grant awarded to Elite Supported Employment Agency. The £63,500 grant from the EU-funded South East Wales Community Economic Development programme will fund machinery and staff costs in the setting-up of ELITE Paper Solutions in Merthyr Tydfil.

Andrea Wayman, chief executive officer of ELITE, said:

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