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SOUTH WEST BUSINESS NEWS inform Support for disabled workers


Gloucestershire County Council and the Forwards Employment Service are working to deliver fortnightly Forwards Work Clubs to support disabled people in the workplace. Forwards Work Clubs provide valuable support to disabled people


who want to find work. Forwards is an all age, all disability service, supporting people with disabilities to achieve their employment goals. Anyone can come to Forwards if they have a disability, health condition or need some support to gain confidence. Work clubs provide career help to identify skills and job goals, improve confidence, manage anxiety and overcome barriers. Jessica Davies started work as a customer service adviser with the SuperGroup in Cheltenham in October 2017. She said: “Forwards helped me to find a job that matched my needs and skills. “My job at SuperGroup has changed my life for the better. Working


has made me feel more independent. I’ve made a lot of friends and I get great support from my supervisors; they understand my needs which have enabled me to do my job.” Forwards has teamed up with adult education team at the county


council to make sure customers receive the best support possible. Forwards Work Clubs run on a fortnightly basis and are delivered by a tutor supported by experienced Forwards staff alongside partners such as 2Gether Trust, Barclays and other local organisations. Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery,


said: “The work the county council and services like Forwards are doing for people with disabilities and complex needs is inspirational. Working together to embrace disability benefits everyone and I hope that with continued support we can get even more people into the workplace.”


For more information about Forwards Employment Service, visit www.forwardsgloucestershire.co.uk


‘Work clubs provide career help to identify skills and job goals’


JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 insight 9


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