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Help finding a job if you're disabled

There is extra support available to help you get into work if you're disabled, have a long-term condition or mental health problems.

You can ask for help at your local Jobcentre. The advisers there may refer you to our Employment Support Service or help you to join a work programme or apply for a grant.

Programmes

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There are government supported employment programmes designed for people who due to their disability may find it difficult to find or keep a job:

  • Work Choice - to help you find a job, and get support when you start work
  • Specialist Employability Support – help if you have more complex barriers to work which mean you are not eligible for other programmes such as Work Choice.

Grants

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

If you get support from our employment support service your employment officer will be happy to help you complete your application.

Cancer and work

If you're affected by cancer you can get support, advice and guidance to help you stay in or return to work.

Visual impairment

If you are eligible, your work coach at your local Job Centre may refer you to Specialist Employability Support (SES) at RNC (The Royal National College for the Blind).

A team of experts in visual impairment and employment will work with you every step of the way to help you find a permanent job. For more information, please see the RNC SES brochure (PDF).