Local Connected2Work events providing new opportunities for people with disabilities

Published: 16 May 2018

Finding the right volunteering opportunities or paid work is not always easy and it can be even harder for people with autism, or a physical or learning disability.

In May and June, the council’s Adult Care Services are offering a series of employment and volunteering information events in partnership with Hertfordshire Libraries.  These are especially targeted at young people who need extra support due to a disability, but everyone is welcome.

At our Connected2Work library events, visitors will learn more about:

•             how to find and apply for jobs and volunteer roles

•             where you can get extra help if you have a disability or autism

•             money and benefits advice

Advisors from Job Centres, the Volunteer Centre, HAFLS Skills for Work, Work Solutions and Youth Connections Herts, will be at events to speak to visitors who would like to find out more. There will also be demonstrations of the new Connected2Work webpage, practical support with CV’s and applications, and much more.

Some events include FREE Getting a job – skills workshops delivered by Work Solutions on:

•             how to boost your confidence

•             where to look for work

•             writing a good CV, applying and interviewing

Fiona Hill, Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Care Services, said:

“We are pleased to be bringing the Connected2Work informational events to a number of libraries in Hertfordshire, which are ideal local venues for these events, offering support and guidance to those who need it.

“People with disabilities have a lot to offer local employers and community organisations.  These events will hopefully bring people a step closer to suitable employment and volunteering opportunities in Hertfordshire.”

Charlotte, who has Down’s Syndrome, recently worked with Work Solutions to try to find office administration work.

Neil Wilson, Employment Adviser at Work Solutions said after successfully completing an apprenticeship at Hertfordshire County Council in the Finance department, Charlotte obtained a year-long apprenticeship at law firm HRJ Forman Laws.

“In January 2018, after working very hard and with support, Charlotte passed her apprenticeship and was awarded a permanent job as an Office Administration Receptionist. She now has a career, is learning more about ‘the legal office’ and undertaking new responsibilities as she progresses”, Neil explained.

Connected2Work Library event dates and times are:

  • Welwyn Garden City Library – 23 May, 11am–3pm – Work Solutions workshops are available on this date from 11.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–2.30pm
  • Hemel Hempstead Library – 31 May, 11am–3pm – Work Solutions workshops are available on this date from 11.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–2.30pm
  • Watford Library – 4 June, 1–3pm
  • Bishop's Stortford Library – 7 June, 1–3pm
  • Oakmere Library – 12 June, 1–3pm
  • Stevenage Library – 13 June, 1–3pm

No booking is required, and the events are free to attend so why not coming along and see if we can help you find your next step towards a brighter future.

More information is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/connected2work or by calling 0300 123 4049.