This website provides information for and initiatives to support, people with disabilities and employers in relation to employment in the Buckinghamshire area.
This site is designed to provide information for four main groups of people:
- People with disabilities
- Advisors and professionals
Please note that the information on these pages is aimed at providing just that: information — rather than direct support.
Wherever possible however, it does provide contact details for all services listed — who should then be able to provide both specialist information and support.
In addition to this, the site aims to provide information relating to: legislation, benefits, government initiatives and local/national support groups - as well as answers to general questions relating to employment for people with disabilities in Buckinghamshire.
There are also two sections citing testimonials from both people with disabilities who have successfully returned to work and from employers of people with disabilities.
The Bucksworkability Partnership is a non-funded forum representing some of those organisations in Buckinghamshire working with people with disabilities who wish to gain or retain paid employment. Both local and national organisations are represented, as well as employers and members of the business community.
The partnership consists of a number of sub groups, each with a specific focus but all working towards achieving the goals for disabled people. Each group has its own terms of reference and membership and all work is overseen by the steering group.
BucksWorkability Steering Group:
- To coordinate the provision of services aimed at assisting adults with disabilities living in Buckinghamshire to secure and/or retain employment.
- To oversee and steer work of BucksWorkability partnership through its members and groups.
- To communicate information and knowledge regarding employment for adults with disabilties living in Buckinghamshire; to advisers, services uers/customers, carers, employers, service providers and other professionals.
- Take into account the needs and aspirations of people with diabilities with regard to employment and seek ways to fulfil them.
- Understand the barriers to organisations employing people with disabilities and work together to overcome them.
- Statutory organisations to lead from the front by demonstrating performance.
- To ensure the sharing of knowledge and skills across the partnership through inter agency training/workshops/communications.
- To ensure that the views and experiences of service users/customers and carers of disabled adults are heard and that this directs the work of the partnership.
- To share information and knowledge that is of benefit to adults with disabilities living in Buckinghamshire wishing to secure and/or retain employment.
- To promote and share good practice.
- To provide opportunities for advisers to update their knowledge and skills through joint training and guest speakers.
- To promote joint working for the benefit of adults with disabilities in the labour market.
- Share and develop employer contacts and job opportunities.
- To provide an unbiased and confidential forum to discuss relevant topics regarding the recuitment and employment of adults with disabilities.
- To share good practice and provide opportunities to take on new ideas that have made a difference for other local organisations.
- To raise awareness of disability issues.
- To raise awareness of national and local initiatives and services.
- To allow like minded Buckinghamshire employers to network.
- Expand links with employers through existing employer networks and by establishing new ones.
- Identify information and support needs of employers and how best to address.
BucksWorkability Young People
- To identify groups of young people with disabilities.
- To ensure that services providing for young people engage with one another and strengthen links to develop clear pathways to employment.
- To promote employment in schools in order to raise the aspirations of young people with disabilities.
- To promote employment for raise parental expectations for their children.
BucksWorkability User/Carer Groups
- To provide and opportunity for adults with disabilities in or seeking employment to express their views and discuss their experiences.
- To provide a safe forum in which to share issues and concerns regarding disability and employment.
- To provide the opportunity for mutual support from peers.
- To provide an opportunity to seek the views and experiences for thos caring for adults with disabilities in or seeking employment.
- To share advice and information about employment (including benefits).
The Bucksworkability website was setup by the Community Head Injury Service department of Bucks PCT (with input from users of this service).