Having a paid or voluntary job can make a real difference to your life. It can help you become more independent, build up your confidence and start new friendships.

If you want a job, we may be able to support you to find one. We help as many people as we can to find work, but this isn’t always possible if there isn’t funding available to you. 

How we can help you

We can support you to make applications, write a CV (using multimedia or alternative formats if that works better for you), prepare for interviews and get to work. We can also support you on the job - and that includes helping your employer to know how best to support you.

As well as providing support into paid work or volunteering as part of our wider support packages, we also run a number of dedicated supported employment services and a growing range of social enterprises. Additionally, we run learning and skills development projects to help you gain the skills, qualifications and confidence you need.

Supported employment in action

Aishah was supported by United Response to get a job at the Lowry Vue cinema in Manchester. In this video, Aishah, her manager and a United Response support worker describe the process and the benefits for all involved:

Read more about Aishah in this blog


Support into work and volunteering through United Response can be paid for in different ways:

  • Your local authority might put you in touch with us. If this happens, they will usually pay for your support on your behalf.
  • You might be referred to United Response by Jobcentre Plus, in which case our services would be free to you.
  • United Response’s services might be recommended to you by another locally funded route.
  • If the above don’t apply to you, you can choose to spend part of your personal budget or direct payment or other money you have on being supported into work.

With funding from any of these sources, we will work with you to find out what you want to do, and help identify your skills and talents. We'll then look at what opportunities are out there that match these so together we can find something that is right for you.

If we are unable to support you into work ourselves, because there is not enough funding, we will give you as much information as we can about the other options that are available to you in your local area.

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