Local Supported Employment Services
Stronger Together (Mencap)
Royal Mencap provides a supported employment service based in the Central Library in Reading, which is aimed at people who face significant barriers to employment and are aged 25 plus.
The project specifically works with people in West Berkshire who have a learning disability with other partners working with other disadvantaged groups.
Stronger Together is funded by Building Better Opportunities and the Big Lottery.
For further information about the service and to make a referral, please contact Andy Granata
Access to Work Grant
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability to help you:
The grant is not for business start-up costs.
How much you get depends on your circumstances.
The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.
To get an Access to Work grant you must:
One of the following must apply:
You can’t get a grant for voluntary work.
The employer has to be in England, Scotland or Wales.
Your disability or health condition must either:
It must also either:
You might not qualify if you get any of these benefits:
You might still qualify for Access to Work if you earn less than £120 a week and either work:
This is called ‘supported permitted work’.
You change jobs
Tell Access to Work if you change jobs. You may be able to:
You have to make a new application to:
How much you will get depends on your circumstances.
The money can pay for things like:
For further information and to apply, please visit www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply