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Karen Kingsland, Supported Employment Manager
Supported Employment Team
Brighton & Hove City Council
Tel: 01273 296090




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Meeting Notes


Work Plans





Work & Skills Sub Group


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What we do

Valuing Employment NowWe are a group of organisations that work with people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and, where relevant, carers.  We meet regularly to discuss topics relating to employment and to think of ways we can work together.  We want to help people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders to have more opportunities to get into work and to improve their skills for work.

The Work & Skills group reports to the Learning Disability Partnership Board and also to the city's Autism Stakeholders Group.  We help both of those to fulfill their plans for helping people to access work and skills activities.

The Work & Skills group follows the principals of Valuing Employment Now

We want people to have more opportunities to improve their skills.  This includes work skills and work experience and qualifications.  Having better skills and getting work go together.

We think getting into employment is like a path.  There are steps along the way.  The steps are:

  • Expect that people will want to work
  • Good advice and information supporting person centred planning
  • Individual support helping to address issues or barriers (for example:a travel buddy or help with personal hygiene, money management or basic skills)
  • Access to relevant vocational learning, work experience and voluntary work
  • Access to qualifications
  • Paid employment
  • Work based learning and support and career planning
  • Progressing in your work

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Learning Disability Development Fund

In past years the Learning Disability Partnership Board has given money from the Learning Disability Development Fund to our area of work.

Here is the report from our 2011/12 project:

Here are reports from our 2010/11 projects:

Here is the report from the 2009/10 project: 2009-10 - Learning Disability Together Network

Here are the reports from the 2008/09 projects:

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Sub Group Membership

Sub Group Chair:

Karen Kingsland, Supported Employment Manager
Brighton & Hove City Council


Work & Skills Group Representative to Partnership Board:

Jacqui Streeter, Operations Manager
Brighton & Hove City Council


Sub Group Member Organisations:

  • Grace Eyre Foundation (Chris Bland, Deputy Director)
  • City College (Yvonne Elliott and Julie Golding)
  • St John's College (Dale Brown, Head of Learning)
  • Southdown Housing, Brighton & Hove Vocational Service (David Harper, Team Leader)
  • Brighton & Hove Council, Supported Employment Team (Karen Kingsland, Supported Employment Manager and Suzette Attwood, Manager of Supported Voluntary Work) SET Newsletter May 2012
  • Brighton & Hove Council Day Options (Jacqui Streeter, Operations Manager)

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Useful documents and web sites:

Valuing Employment Now - easy read is the government's plan to help more people with moderate and severe learning disabilities get real jobs. Click Here to go to the Department of Health website to see all the Valuing Employment Now papers.


Aspirations for Life is a campaign funded by the Department for Education as part of the Valuing Employment Now strategy


CIC association  the Community Interest Company Association is the representative body for all CICs in the UK


Sayce Report In December 2010 the Department for Work and Pensions asked Liz Sayce to look at the support that is given to disabled people who want to work. This was called a review.  This booklet tells you what Liz Sayce found out and what she thinks needs to be done to make the system better. The full report is available at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/specialist-disability-employment.


Social Enterprise Awards is a website about social enterprise awards but there is some information on the site about social enterprises in general


Social Enterprise 2The se² partnership is the regional partnership of organisations and networks supporting the development and growth of social enterprise in the South East


Social Enterprise UKSocial Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise in the UK


Social Firms UK Social Firms UK is the national support organisation for the development of the Social Firm sector in the UK


Ways Into Work This link is for the short film made by the Royal Borough of Windsor Maidenhead’s Ways Into Work team.  It is good to show to potential employers.

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this page was last updated on: 31 July 2012