Employment services are non-statutory but aim to improve outcomes and wellbeing for people. We believe that employment is a key enabler to supporting wellbeing and independence and can help people become less reliant on statutory health and social care services.
In Essex we are fortunate to have a number of initiatives and provisions to support people to gain meaningful employment. Services are aimed to help, support and offer advice for adults with disabilities to build confidence and improve their skills and to find and sustain paid employment.
Essex Cares Limited (ECL)
A transformational contract between ECC and ECL. Seeking to deliver supported employment support to adults with disabilities who are aged 18+.
ECL will accept referrals from:
- Social Workers (transitions and adults)
- Voluntary and Community sector organisations
ECL will work with Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism with ambitions of gaining voluntary or paid work. ECL will enhance all opportunities available to adults by:
- Identifying possible employers
- Developing CV’s
- Arranging and mediating interviews
- Skills development
- Work experience
- Induction support and on the job coaching
Telephone: 0333 0135438
Learning Disability and Autism Business Grant Funding Scheme
Essex County Council run a scheme named the Learning Disability and Autism Business Grant Funding scheme.
This is an opportunity for new and existing businesses to apply for funding to create paid employment opportunities for people with a Learning Disabilities and/or Autism.
The scheme is aimed to stimulate growth in innovative sectors of the market.
In 2021 Adult Social Care funded five supportive businesses in Essex.
A second round of funding is planned for Summer 2022. For further information please email BusinessGrants@essex.gov.uk