Employment Support for people with a visual impairment - Sustaining Employment

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Here are eight Support Organisations to help you sustain employment when you have a visual impairment 



Department of Work and Pensions - DWP

Employment Support Allowance provides financial support for people with disabilities or long term health conditions entering or retaining employment.

Contact details:

0800 055 6688

Website: https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance



Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) - Wiltshire Council Service:

WEST will continue to review those they have supported and find out how they are getting on in their paid work and support them in sustaining their employment until they are ready to do so independently. WEST can also support those people already in work who are having issues and who wish to sustain their paid employment. Access Criteria for the service would still be adhered to.

Contact details:

01380 729286

Email: west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk

Website: www.yourcareyoursupportwiltshire.org.uk/health-and-social-care/employment-support-WEST.aspx



Access to Work:

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you: start working stay in work move into self-employment or start a business.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/access-to-work



ACAS (Advisory, Concilitation and Arbitration Service)

ACAS is an independent and impartial organisation that does not side with a particular party, but rather will help the parties to reach suitable resolutions in a dispute. Acas provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. The Acas Helpline provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to both employers and employees. You can also use Helpline Online to ask a question.

Contact details:

Telephone: 0300 123 1100 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday)

Customers with a hearing or speech impairment may prefer to contact us using the Text Relay service by dialling 18001 0300 123 1100

Address: Acas South West, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6DG.

Website: www.acas.org.uk/



Work Choice - a government programme - via Jobcentre Plus

This can help you get and keep a job if you’re disabled and find it hard to work. It’s voluntary – you don’t have to do it. The type of support you get depends on the help you need. This is different for everyone but can include: training and developing your skills, building your confidence, interview coaching. You can apply if you have a job but are at risk of losing it because of your disability. This also applies if you're self-employed. To find out how to join Work Choice, speak to a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/work-choice/overview



RNIB / Action for Blind People

Advice/guidance for Access to Work assessments. RNIB can carry out their own work-based assessments and make recommendations on equipment, software and adjustments that will better allow your employees to do their job. We have a wealth of experience in providing assessments specifically for blind and partially sighted people. We offer Visual Awareness Training to new and old employers, this can be tailored to requirement. Communication, Common Eye Conditions, The Law & Disability, Environment, Hints & Tips on Guiding. Our Retention Service offers support with general advice & guidance and help with more complex issues when experiencing sight loss whilst in work, this covers all areas i.e. what to do if off sick, employee options and employer responsibilities. RNIB Legal Rights Helpline - Our Legal Rights Service can help blind and partially sighted people if experiencing discrimination whilst at work.

Contact details:

Telephone: RNIB Employment Line: 0800 440 2255

Email: employmentline@rnib.org.uk

Website: www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living/work-and-employment



Wiltshire Sight

Information Pack available via post

Peer Support groups working across Wiltshire and Swindon providing advice information and support.

One to One support including help with access to work application

Assistive Technology and Resource training at our Centre or your place of work

Specialist training and awareness for employers and work colleagues

Resource and Information Centre open 10am -3pm Monday to Friday (other hours by appointment)

Information is also available on our Website

Contact details:

Telephone: 01380 723682 (Our Help Line is open 10.00am till 2.00pm Monday till Friday)

Address: St Lucy’s Sight Centre, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes, SN10 2AT

Email: info@wiltshiresight.org

Website: www.wiltshiresight.org



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Page updated 15th May 2018