Group celebrates a year of helping disabled into work

Creswell Crags Dragonfly exhibition family fun day. Gracie 5, Freya, 3, and Jack 5 Morris enjoy some of the dragonfly themed activities.
Creswell Crags Dragonfly exhibition family fun day. Gracie 5, Freya, 3, and Jack 5 Morris enjoy some of the dragonfly themed activities.

During the last twelve months the Bolsover Disability Partnership has successfully brought together nearly 100 organisations that help local residents get back to work.

Through a series of partner meetings and training workshops they have shared their expertise and learned new practical approaches to supporting clients with the most difficulties.

Mandy Chambers, Chair of Bolsover Partnership, said: “I am hugely grateful to each of our partners for their participation and contributions during this project.

“What has become very clear throughout this year is that employment support really does need to focus on people with long-term health conditions and disabilities.

“The best help looks beyond the basic CV writing and interview techniques to include a holistic approach that considers every aspect of clients’ circumstances.

“The training workshops and information shared with the providers has helped them get a much better understanding of the needs of our local people.

“Working together means that we can really improve employment prospects in the Bolsover area.”

The project has developed an easy-to-use directory of all the help available, www.helptowork.bolsover.gov.uk, with a search option that puts all the information at your fingertips.

The partnership is now awaiting confirmation of further funding from the European Union which will extend its current activities to Chesterfield Borough and include new personal support for local people over the next 18 months.