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Being financially secure

In a fair and equal society, disabled people will have the same opportunity to work as everyone else. And disability will not come with a financial penalty. Everyday Equality is about working hard to make sure disabled people can be financially secure.

For more than a decade, the rate of disabled people in work has remained around 30 per cent less than non-disabled people. This is known as the ‘disability employment gap’ (Labour market status of disabled people - November 2019). Our range of campaigns and services are supporting disabled people into work and creating inclusive workplaces where disabled people can thrive.

Across Britain, there are 1.1 million disabled people who can and want to work but aren’t given the opportunity (Scope, analysis of the ‘Quarterly Labour Force Survey’ from the Office for National Statistics - April to June 2019).

Being prepared

We tailor our support to the individual needs of each and every disabled person. There’s a wealth of support and information available on our website and among our online community. And we offer face-to-face provision in London and Leeds.

We arrange intensive group sessions for people who feel work is something still a long way off, and lighter-touch one-to-one services for those who are already almost there. We also offer bespoke advice for young disabled people.

How we're doing

Since 2017, we’ve supported 1,824 disabled people overcoming challenges to employment, 33 per cent of whom have gone into work, education or volunteering in the last year. 28 per cent of disabled people using our voluntary employment services have moved into work. On top of that, 56 per cent of disabled people who have used Starting Line, our service for those at the start of their employment journey, are now in work, education or training. Which means more people feel more independent and are on the road to being more financially secure.

Leading the way

We believe what gets measured, gets done. If we want employers to act in the interests of their workforce and become more inclusive, they need to know how many disabled people they employ.

How we’re doing

In 2018 and 2019, we influenced the government in the development of a new disability reporting framework, which makes large employers more accountable.

Scope was proud to be the first organisation to publicly report on our disability and wellbeing data under the new government framework. 17 per cent of our staff have said they identify as a disabled person.

Spotlight on #WorkWithMe and Support to Work

Supporting disabled people into work means collaborating with employers, and we’re proud of our strategic partnership with Virgin Media. Our shared ambition is to support 1 million disabled people with the skills and confidence to get into and stay in work by the end of 2020. In 2018, we launched Support to Work, our flagship digital employment service offering personalised, online and telephone support for disabled jobseekers.

But we haven’t stopped there. #WorkWithMe is a community of more than 60 businesses committed to thinking and acting differently about disability in their organisation. We bring members together online, and face-to-face, to support each other to take accountability for disability inclusion in their businesses. With organisations like Ford, Philips, JCB and Deloitte involved, we’re supporting best practice inclusive workplaces at scale.

We’re looking forward to meeting like-minded companies, learning and sharing best practice, and bringing more disabled talent into our organisations.

Emma Buckley from Guidant Global

We’ve already supported 541,549 disabled people and their families through Support to Work.

Charles' story

Charles is 25 and has 10 per cent sight. So he uses a range of assistive technologies to support him working, including computer screens that magnify text.

“I’d had 15 interviews, but to count the amount of actual job applications I filled in and sent off, and the rejection emails I’d got, I’ve lost count! It could be in the hundreds, if not thousands!

I knew that someone who’d give me pointers and maybe tips or tricks on how to approach applying for a job could be really useful. I read up on how Scope’s Support to Work service could help with things like CVs and writing for applications. I thought, ‘maybe that’s what I’m doing wrong somewhere’. So, I applied for Scope’s Support to Work service.

Within a day or two after applying, someone contacted me, to tell me they’re finishing off the Support to Work application and then introduced me to my employment adviser, Zaid.

Zaid helped me find job adverts online, suggested new ways to search for jobs, gave me advice to improve my CV and cover letters, and helped me prepare for interviews. We also discussed disclosing my disability in interviews and how to speak about that positively.

Whilst receiving support from Zaid, I secured an interview where I used the new skills I’d learned.

A few days later, I was delighted to receive a call saying I’d been successful in getting the job.

I’m now a year into my role, and we’ve had absolutely no problems. My boss says, ‘I forget. Except for the dog being a very big reminder’. But she’s, like, ‘I forget you’re blind’. I think because I work as hard and can do things just as quick and as easily as anyone else, my boss sees that I’ve never let my disability stop me from doing anything.”

Spotlight on Thrive

Thrive is our partnership with UnLtd, the organisation for social entrepreneurs. For disabled people, this means more jobs, more training, and more routes to financial independence.

Since receiving £8,000 from Thrive, Faye Savory from Bearhugsgifts.com has grown her business by employing disabled people in flexible and remote working roles. As Faye explained, “the support goes way beyond monetary value. It’s tailored to what you need.”

BearHugs’ business is built on selling thoughtful ‘hug-in-a-box’ gift boxes made up of treats such as candles, mugs and hot chocolate. It now sends out 1,200 ‘hugs in a box’ every month. And we’re proud of the role disabled people have played in Faye’s success.

Since 2018, we’ve been working together to fund and support 45 social ventures and entrepreneurs looking to grow their social impact.

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