Having a good job gives you economic security, a sense of satisfaction and wellbeing, it’s a place where we make friends and maybe meet our future partner. For disabled people and people with mental health difficulties, this world is often closed to them.

Disabled people and people with mental health difficulties are more likely to be out of work than the general population.

  • In 2016 only 48 out of every 100 disabled people were in paid work, whilst 80 out of every 100 non-disabled people were in paid work. (Dept. for Work and Pensions, Dept. of Health (October 2016) Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper)
  • For people with learning disabilities this figure is even higher with only 6% of adults with learning disabilities known to local councils in paid work. (Health and Social Care Information Centre, (2015) Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework: England 2014-15.)
  • A TUC report in May 2017 found that 1 in 4 people experiencing long term mental health difficulties were in work. (TUC, (May 2017) Mental health and employment)

Making work places accessible and supporting people when they need it, makes employment and career progression are a reality. In Changing Our Lives we create employment for disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties. In 2016-2017 we employed 15 disabled people and 4 people with lived experience of mental health difficulties. These individuals worked in different roles including Quality of Life reviewers, a range of paid leadership roles advocating positive change for their peers, training roles as well as a new role of co-researcher.

We also advise and train in best practice in recruitment and supporting disabled individuals in the workplace.