Volunteer Required: WorkFit Local Support Network Lead

Friday 5th June 00:00 (2 years ago)

The DSA’s Workfit Programme www.dsworkfit.org.uk

This is a service which turns the ‘supported employment’ concept on its head. It’s a tailored service dedicated to training employers about the learning profile of people who have Down’s syndrome. Finding the right employment opportunities, for the right people. Supported employment is not an end destination but a stepping stone in a career pathway. The DSA want to move away from the concept of ‘giving people something to do’ to an approach which progresses employees towards new outcomes, through training, confidence building and skills development. We recognise paid work is not right for everyone. The employment solution may include; Work Experience, Voluntary Work, Apprenticeships, Paid work.

Following discussions at the DSA’s Workfit consultation meeting in February, the DSA is offering training to a volunteer who would like to help expand the DSA’s Workfit programme here in Greater Manchester and the Northewest.

Volunteer Required: WorkFit Local Support Network Lead

Job Description

The Local Support Network Lead will set up a local support network (LSN) which will bring together employers, support group members, schools and colleges, supported employment agencies and statutory and third sector providers to share knowledge and experience. They will provide a source of comprehensive localised support for people with Down’s syndrome and employers.

Main tasks will include:
Engage with HR and line managers of prospective employers to ensure that individuals with Down’s syndrome will be adequately supported, encouraged and managed within the workplace.
Develop and maintain a database of local supportive employers, arrange employer site visits and arrange employer training with the national DSA.
Work with others to expand the network of employers who are willing to develop work opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome.
Engage with people who have Down’s syndrome who are seeking work, and set up a steering group for people who have Down’s syndrome and their parents/ carers.
Engage with schools and colleges of FE where people who have Down’s syndrome access work experience.
Build networks throughout the learning disability community, specifically those that address employment issues, and attend relevant network meetings.
Provide progress reports to the Employment Development Officer (Veronica Mulenga at the DSA) and an evaluation from employer, employees and steering committee.

The DSA is offering the individual 12 days training (2 days a month for 6 months) to nurture work opportunities, assess employers, identify and assess candidates and explore local support provision.

The DSA has also offered to support SMDSSG and the Group Liaison Lead to source funding to make this a paid role.

Interested? - contact Bernadette:
phone: 07593 542 107 email: contact@dsmanchester.org.uk