September 2011

BASE Scotland has been nominated for an award for its work with supported businesses in Scotland. BASE is one of nine finalists in the Government Opportunities (GO) Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award. Also included as a finalist is BASE member, City Building (Glasgow) LLP.

The Government Opportunities (GO) Awards Scotland aim to recognise excellence within procurement, and the benefits to the wider business and social community that smart, effective and sustainable purchasing can deliver.

Jeremy Moore has joined as the new Director of Independent Living and the Office for Disability Issues.

Shaw Trust Trustees have confirmed the departure of Chief Executive, Sally Burton. The oprganisation has since announced that it has appointed Chris Melvin, former head of Reed in Partnership, as Interim Chief Executive.

The Government has announced that 20 pathfinders, covering 31 local authorities and their Primary Care Trust (PCT) partners, will test out the main proposals in the SEN and disabilities Green Paper.

The Department for Work and Pensions has published research which explores the recruitment practices of employers in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular how these relate to disabled people.

BASE has been commissioned to support Warwickshire's supported employment team (WEST) to engage with employers as part of an ESF-funded project. BASE will assist in engaging over 100 employers, both individually and through a range of business forums. We aim to help improve employment rates for people with learning disabilities by raising awareness of innovative and flexible recruitment practices.