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Kickstart video transcript

Yousef: My name is Yousef Bassiouni, I'm 34 years old. I have a form of autism. It affected me more when I was younger, I was really shy and school and stuff. Now I'm trying to get over it with techniques. I was working in a presentation centre doing some admin and that lasted 4 years. That's when I needed the help of Scope.

It was initially through a Google search, I think I put in "help for people on the autistic spectrum". I just thought "why not?" basically. It as good to have someone to go to with the job search and to have your adviser there, and pushing you like Demi did. She set targets for me and it gave me something to work towards.

Demi: The Kickstart service is an employment service. My role is to support individuals back into employment, a lot of the customers I have had been out of work for a short period of time. They want to get back into employment, they just need the extra push. I support them with job searching, job applications,CV building, interview skills, interview techniques and mainly to build up their confidence and self-esteem.

Yousef: At Kickstart there were weekly meetups, looking at my CV, and they have CV workshops. The interview one was a big one for me. It gave me that enthusiasm because I lacked it a bit before getting Kickstart's help.

Demi: So anyone of working age is eligible for the service, and as long as you have a health condition then we would be able to support you back in to employment.

Narrator: Kickstart involves, in-person one-to-one support, help when you are ready to apply for jobs, and is located in London and Leeds only.

Find out how we can support you to get into, stay and progress in work.

Kickstart: employment support programme

Kickstart is a one-to-one support programme for disabled people in London and Leeds who are applying for jobs.


The service is open to disabled people who:

  • are of working age
  • are looking for a paid job
  • live in London and Leeds

Employment advice

You will get help from our specialist employment advisers to help you understand and achieve your career goals, including:

  • confidence building
  • writing your CV
  • searching for jobs
  • preparing for interviews
  • career advice
  • ongoing support once you've found a job, with things like pay and reasonable adjustments

Meeting your adviser

Important update!

Face to face meetings with individuals are being moved online and by phone, until further notice. This is in line with Government guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak. 

You can arrange support sessions with your adviser online or by phone.


The service is available in:

West London

In these boroughs: Brent and Ealing.

North East London

In these boroughs: Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Newham and Waltham Forest.


You can also access Kickstart in Leeds.

Wales (from April 2020)

In April the service will be available in Wales.


Working with local employers

We want to help local businesses employ more disabled people. Please contact us to find out more.


The Kickstart service in the London boroughs of Newham, Hackney, Islington and Camden is supported by funding from the City of London Corporation’s Charity, the City Bridge Trust.

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