The Down’s Syndrome Association’s WorkFit Programme
The Down’s syndrome Association’s WorkFit Programme would like to inform you that we have been awarded funding from the Active Inclusion Fund to provide support to people with Down’s syndrome aged 25+ and their families and carers across Wales.
This funding recognises our success in supporting people with Down’s syndrome into meaningful work opportunities across Wales over the last 4 years. Whilst supporting people into work, we have also looked to provide a range of support that we know is important to our members and supporters across the country.
Although WorkFit has mainly focused on supporting candidates into work, this funding will allow us to engage with families and carers of people with Down’s syndrome aged 25+ and find out more about what is important to them and how we can best support them. We know that information and support can be difficult to find and access and this is an opportunity for candidates to talk to us and tap into over 10 years of WorkFit experience.
We have the opportunity to come out and meet with people with Down’s syndrome and their parents/carers to discuss a range of topics, including:
- Support in relation to employment – we have a long and successful history of supporting people with Down’s syndrome into meaningful work opportunities including paid work, work experience and volunteering.
- Benefits guidance – The DSA has a dedicated Benefits Advisor who can support families to not only maximise benefit entitlement but to guide them through the ever changing benefits system. This support is free and we are currently supporting families across the UK who are moving to Universal Credits and the move from DLA to PIP.
- Access to further learning – we can support candidates in finding out what is available and how to access it in their area.
- Services and programmes provided by the DSA: including DSActive, training about the condition, health information and so much more.
- The DSA will look to partner organisations for support and guidance in you area.
We would like to offer this service to people with Down’s syndrome and would appreciate it if you could pass this on to them and their support network in your supported housing facilities, adult services and any other provisions that you currently provide where people with Down’s syndrome could access some beneficial information and support on offer.
Please provide all candidates with the details of our Employment Development Officer for Wales listed below, if they wish to register or have any questions.