Evenbreak wins UnLtd Award for making social change happen

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Evenbreak, as pioneers of disability-specific recruitment, has secured support from UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs. The funding and tailored support package will help us continue to drive lasting social change at a time when the UK is finally beginning to wake up to the value of the purple pound.

Founder Jane is a strong believer in ‘nothing about us, without us’.

In 2011 she created the UK’s first and only jobs board to connect inclusive employers with an untapped pool of talented disabled candidates. Evenbreak’s entire team is disabled, providing unique insight and valuable expertise to both the candidates and employers that they serve.

Savvy organisations seeking to address the looming skills shortage are well aware of the benefits that employing a diverse workforce has to their bottom line. Once an employer commits to employing disabled people, they open the doors to a wider talent pool, a more loyal, engaged and productive workforce and an increase in revenue, profits and market share.

But what if employers need advice too?

However, taking that step can be daunting for some, so Evenbreak also supplies employers with a best practice portal to guide them through their disability confident journey. The portal is packed with resources and advice from disabled people themselves and leading disability employers and clients, such as Channel 4.

Jane Hatton, Evenbreak, said: “We know that our specialist job board allows talented disabled candidates find opportunities with inclusive employers who will value their skills. But we can only help the disabled candidates who know we exist! The grant from UnLtd will enable us to reach out to far more disabled people so that they have the opportunity to find jobs with inclusive employers of choice too!”

Delivering social impact by harnassing potential…

Nas Morley, UnLtd Director of Partnerships & Influence, underlined the importance of the expertise and support on offer and said: “Enterprising people are at the heart of so much positive change across the UK, so it’s wonderful for UnLtd to be able to provide support for this social venture. We hope that our tailored package of support will help to develop many more sustainable businesses that will deliver lasting social impact. We’re living in particularly challenging times, so some of these ideas and innovations are urgently needed.”

UnLtd is working hard with partners from both the public and private sectors to help deliver social impact by harnessing the huge potential of social entrepreneurs to solve society’s biggest challenges. The organisation is focused on three big impact areas; resilient communities, employability and solutions for an ageing society.

More information on UnLtd’s latest funding opportunities is available online here.

Lloyds Banking Group Student Insight Evening

Evenbreak and Lloyds Banking Group are working together to support disabled students.

Join us for two valuable hours of career discovery and networking with Lloyds Banking Group professionals on Wednesday, 6th December at 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Find out about your career choices, build your employability skills, network with current graduates and discover how we support graduates and colleagues with disabilities across the Group

This insight event aims to help you upskill and discover more about life at Lloyds Banking Group through our former interns and graduates, like Louis and Ross from our Group Disability Programme. Learn how we can support your disability or long term health condition through our Group Disability Programme and Access Disability Network, as well as develop key employability skills to help you excel in your career. Expect activities that will help boost your confidence, improve your communication skills and develop your personal impact.

If you require any adjustments for the event, related to your disability or long-term health condition, please indicate this on the registration form. We will then contact you to make these arrangements.

Register to secure your place here

To advertise jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/employers/

To find jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/jobs

Aspire announces first partners to lead InstructAbility

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GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise which has pioneered new ways of delivering and investing in community sport, leisure and cultural services, is the first leisure operator to lead the InstructAbility scheme at a local level.

The project, delivered in partnership with YMCA Training and funded by Sport England, enables disabled people to become fitness professionals. The London-based course will start in June at Poplar Baths Leisure Centre, with qualified gym instructors taking up placements across various GLL leisure facilities to support inclusive community engagement.

Katie Ellis, National Community Engagement Manager at GLL says, “This seems like a natural development for GLL which has offered placements to InstructAbility students since the scheme’s inception in 2011. The partnership with Aspire and the opportunity to lead the InstructAbility Programme, links with GLL’s commitment to equality and diversity, and supports the aims of our new National Inclusion and Access Forum.”

Following hot on the heels of GLL, is the Leicester Centre for Integrated Living, with its InstructAbility Programme due to run at the Peepul Enterprise Centre, supported by ‘Choice International’.

Daniel Ball, Sports Broker Coordinator for LCiL, said, “We are really looking forward to starting the programme in July and urge disabled people to apply for a chance to be selected for this free scheme. This is a great opportunity for disabled people to gain professional training and qualifications, whilst also supporting others in the local community to get active. All the local leisure operators are on board and keen to offer placements to newly qualified instructors. Creating a local workforce that understands fitness and disability from a personal perspective will also complement our work with Disability Rights UK and the ‘Get Yourself Active’ project in Leicester.”

Hilary Farmiloe, who manages the national InstructAbility Programme at Aspire, is keen to see the programme embedded within organisations that understand their local communities. She says, “Organisations such as GLL and LCiL are best placed to lead the project for local people in their area and link it to other employment, physical activity and health initiatives for disabled people.”

Aspire is due to announce further courses run in partnership with local organisations in 2017 and is also encouraging parties such as leisure operators, health organisations and disability charities that would like to lead the programme in their area to get in touch. Disabled people who wish to apply for a course can get further details on the website www.instructability.org.uk

To advertise jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/employers/

To find jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/jobs