The Surrey Supported Employment Fund supports people with disabilities or mental ill health to overcome barriers to work, contributing towards the social and economic wellbeing of our area.
Grants have supported individuals to obtain or renew necessary accreditation and memberships of recognised professional bodies, to undertake specific work related training, to purchase work equipment or meet other set-up costs for individuals becoming self-employed, and to purchase suitable clothing and to meet travel costs where this was a barrier to individuals accessing interviews, work placements and employment.
Grants are usually just a few hundred pounds, but these small amounts can be life changing. Examples include the following:
GIVE A MAN A BIKE…….AND A SMALL GRANT CAN GO A LONG WAY!
Funding of £79 enabled an individual with a learning disability to purchase a bicycle to travel to and from work each day for the early morning start, otherwise impossible due to a lack of suitable public transport. The grant not only helped this individual to attend an initial employment placement, but this small amount has had a lasting impact by giving him the confidence and experience to secure and sustain a substantive job afterwards. Referee and Employment Support Officer at EmployAbility, Carolyn Tucker noted:
Thank you to everyone who approved this grant, he really does appreciate everything you have done to help him keep his job which he is really enjoying.
SUPPORTING TRAVEL COSTS
A grant of £336 supported the costs of taxi journeys for an individual who is registered blind and also has a mild learning disability to attend employment. The grantee stressed:
Without this funding I would have lost my job
Other individual recipients of grants from the SSE Fund have commented:
The money was of great help, significantly reducing the stress levels
I have found it so difficult to get anywhere before, so your funding has greatly helped me to achieve something I would never have been able to fund myself… I really appreciate it, Many Thanks
The unlocking of opportunity for an individual to pursue goals and fulfill his or her potential in the world of employment, can be made possible by a grant of an appropriate amount.
Lady Elizabeth Toulson CBE DL – SSE Fund Panel Member