We have various supported employment services in Cornwall.

Cornwall Supported Employment specialises in offering support to people with learning disabilities and difficulties, including Asperger's and autism, to find and keep a job, and to develop their skills and confidence through work-related activities including volunteering and work experience as well as paid employment.

We also support employers on an ongoing basis to give any placement the best possible chance of working and to support employers to diversify their workforce in Cornwall. One of the ways in which we do this is by providing effective support and training that encourages employers to offer work-related opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities, Aspergers & Autism (LDD).

Make a local support enquiry

Some of the programmes we deliver

  • Who Dares Works (WDW) is a partnership of 17 Cornwall based social enterprises delivering a ‘Building Better Opportunities’  project in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Led and managed by Active Plus, Who Dares Works is supported with £3.3 million investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and will help 850 people who face the biggest barriers and challenges to connecting or reconnecting with education, training and work.  17 organisations working as one team to help people to help themselves.

Download the WDW leaflet

  • Specialist Employability Support (SES) is a programme funded by the Department for Work and Pensions which supports people with a disability to prepare for, find and stay in work

Download the SES leaflet 

  • Skills for Young People (SFA) is a programme of training and support to ensure that young people aged 15-24 have the right skills to sustain education, employment or training

Download the SFA leaflet 

How we helped Ashley gain employment

Ashley started working as a Kitchen Support Worker at Pizza Hut in February 2016, washing pots part-time for 12 hours a week.

"Coming into the role, it was obvious Ash was really keen and hard working, but lacked self-confidence," says Damien, Ash's manager. "But as time's gone on he's really built up his confidence and has excelled in this role."

Ash's hard work paid off, and in summer 2016 he became a full-time Pizza Chef, as well as a key member of the team.

"It's changed my life a lot," says Ash, "my confidence has gone up a huge amount, I've made friends and I can save money and buy better things - I've recently bought a new bike. It also gives my mum a bit of peace and quiet!"

Pizza Hut were so impressed with Ash's ability and loyalty that they offered him a catering apprenticeship starting in March 2017. He's now working full-time, doing up to 40 hours a week.

"As an employer, I definitely underestimated what Ash might be able to do," admits Damien. "We wanted to support Ash and help improve his life, but it's proved to us that with the right support and encouragement, you can achieve great goals and be a very valuable asset to the team."

Download our leaflet

A day in the life of Shannon at work

Get in touch

For more information, please contact:

Sue Bartlett
Tel: 01872 250150
Mob: 07813 367 942

Email: sue.bartlett@unitedresponse.org.uk

Write to: Cornwall Supported Employment
United Response
Ella Court
Threemilestone Industrial Estate
Truro TR4 9NH

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