Headway has a dedicated Community Re-Integration team that works with individuals on a 1:1 basis on a number of identified employment goals. This service provides vocational support to individuals with an acquired brain injury and potential employers, acquired brain injury awareness training, career guidance, vocational assessments, advice and support in relation to grants, benefits and entitlements and the creation of Individual Employment Plans, which ensures a smoother transition back into the world of work and a higher degree of success while back in the world of work.
We also run a Jobs Club Programme over a four-week period, twice a year. This programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals living with an acquired brain injury who are interested in returning to employment, further education or voluntary work. Our Jobs Club Programme is a system used to support people with disabilities to find and secure a job of their own choosing in the open labour market. Headway believes that every individual has the right to work. However, individuals living with disabilities sometimes face a lot more barriers when it comes to finding, securing and keeping a job compared to other working age adults.
Headway Jobs Club Programme can help an individual to:
• Write a CV
• Complete job application forms
• Find suitable work experience and work placements
• Search for jobs and give you job coaching
• Learn and practice interview skills
Once you’ve got a job, our Community Re-Integration Team will keep working with you to make sure you:
• Can travel to work by yourself safely
• Have any ‘reasonable accommodations’ made in the workplace
• Understand your work benefits and tax credits
• Continue learning new tasks and skills
Headway don’t just want to get you a job – we want you to keep it and have the chance to develop and improve in your role. The learning from the Jobs Club Programme initiatives has proved that many individuals with disabilities who are excluded from employment can join the workforce on the open labour market when the focus is on their abilities, and individual support needs. The role of employers has changed through a growing awareness of and experience with supported employment. Employers who have experienced diversity in their workforce are more open to employ persons with a disability.
Headway Jobs Club Programme has made paid work possible for persons with disabilities who, in the past, were perceived as unable to work. It enables them to earn an income, develop their skills and learn to recognise their abilities.
Headway have a new booklet ‘Returning to work after a brain injury’. It has lots of practical tips and advice for employees and employers. Click here to download a copy.