Supporting young people with disabilities to break down barriers to work!

28/03/2017

By: Savita Vaid

Get Set has successfully supported 164 young people into bespoke and unique placements based within departments of Leicestershire County Council. The project aims to be inclusive in its approach and has successfully supported over 102 individual young people (63% of total Get Setters) who have a declared disability, with 35 having two or more disability issues (co-existing/co-occuring conditions). These include autism, mental health conditions (anxiety, depression and psychosis) sensory impairments, physical disabilities and learning disabilities or differences.
It is a common fact that people who have a disability (whether that be physical, learning or mental health) face more barriers than their counterparts in securing employment, and we’re not alone in our belief that it should never be this way.

Get Set aims to champion for the rights of young people, raise awareness of the barriers they may face and help break these down. In addition to our offer or work experience, mentoring, employability skills training, and personal & social development opportunities, some of the steps we have made to do this include:

 

The team organised and arranged for training on Autism for over 30 members of LCC staff acting as Get Set Mentors

 

 

Get Set facilitated a meeting between our Get Setters with a Leicestershire County Council HR Advisor to discuss what employers could be doing during the recruitment and selection process to ensure that people with disabilities are not treated unfairly or discriminated against, and that reasonable adjustment’s are in place.

 

Over 100 young people, partners and Mentors attended our End of Year event which helped to raise awareness of mental health issues and disabilities to encourage discussion in a safe and positive

 

Get Setters were involved in the recruitment and selection for the LCC Co-production Officer. ‘This new post would involve working with both social care users and young people, so I felt it was important that the selection panel reflected this and that young people played a part in the interview process.’

 

Find out what some of the young people have to say!

Get Set has helped me to own my Autism… I now feel confident speaking to employers about my disability because I understand it doesn’t define me. My Autism actually means there are certain skills and strengths I have that others don’t” – Stewart

“I have Autism and Get Set gave me the opportunity to share my views on how the council supports young adults with Autism and Learning Disabilities. Before this, I was unable to leave the house and didn’t feel like I could contribute to society, but through Get Set I have been able to help services to help vulnerable young people.” – Jon

 

The Get Set team look forward to continuing to work with our skilled and incredibly able young people this year to showcase their abilities and potential.

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