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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 who are applying for jobs. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, sessions will be run online or by phone until further notice.


The programme is free and open to people who are:

  • disabled or have an impairment or condition
  • living in Leeds or London (if you live in Wales, you can apply to Working on Wellbeing)
  • aged 16 and over
  • looking for a paid job

Employment advice and support

You will get help from a specialist employment adviser 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

Sessions with your adviser will be held over the phone or online. We can provide adjustments if you need them, such as British Sign Language video interpretation or live chat.

I came into my first appointment feeling overwhelmed and demotivated. I left feeling positive, encouraged and motivated. I began to feel I can achieve my goal to get back into full time employment.

Kickstart customer

Working with local employers

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

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