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My Life Focus Group: 22nd February 2023

Meeting date: February 22, 2023

Focus Group:

Agenda items

  • Department for Work & Pensions
    Item 1.
    The support people are offered to find employment
  • Portrait photo of Mark Rolfe
    Item 2.
    Employment Film
  • Man working on a laptop
    Item 3.
    Employing People With Learning Disabilities and reasonable adjustment
  • Lady with her thumb up next to a list of 5 ticks
    Item 4.
    What do you want to talk about at future meetings?

Who attended

4

Self Advocates

1

Families & Carers

4

Key Organisations

1

Provider Organisations

1

Board Members

Agenda items

  • Department for Work & Pensions
    Michelle Nummelin
    Department of Work & Pensions
  • Ace Anglia Logo
    Kat Murray
    Ace Anglia
  • Ace Anglia Logo
    Stacey Riches
    Ace Anglia
  • Ace Anglia Logo
    Jemma Debenham
    Ace Anglia

Video

Item 1. The support people are offered to find employment

  • You Said
    There is an Accessible job search website called Evenbreak.
  • You Said
    It is a good place for disabled people to look for jobs for people with a health condition.
  • You Said
    How many Disability Employment Advisor are in Suffolk?
  • Response
    DWP have a Disability Employment Advisor in each of their 12 centres across Suffolk.
  • You Said
    A self-advocate used to work somewhere but was being asked to do too many different tasks and when he couldn’t do them, he was sacked.
  • Response
    An employer could have been spoken to about reasonable adjustments.
  • Response
    There is a Health Adjustment Passport – GOV.UK
  • Response
    There is a Health Adjustment Passport helps someone who has extra needs to show employers or potential employers of additional needs.
  • You Said
    Employers need to understand and be aware of people’s needs.
  • Response
    DWP can speak to potential employers about a person’s suitability and possible trial runs.
  • You Said
    Is there a section on the health passport for communication needs – there is plenty of space to put this – but can there be a specific section put in solely for communication.
  • Response
    Please email Michelle at DWP.
  • You Said
    Voluntary work should be work that is not taking advantage by having someone do work that someone would normally get paid for.
  • You Said
    Work experience should be for a fixed time, usually up to 8 weeks. Most of the time it’s unpaid but helps people gain experience which can be put on their CV..
  • You Said
    Can DWP help with self-employment for people with disabilities?
  • Response
    The Job Centre doesn’t help with this but there are other companies that can. Access to Work can also help with needs.
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