May 2018

An Erasmus project is seeking mapping information from providers. The survey is asking for an overview of what service providers currently offer and where there are gaps in training provision.

BASE has been working with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to produce some guidelines for local authorities to help them raise the employment rates of adults with disabilities.

The Mental Health Foundation has published a report on stress to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. The report looks at the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications. It also focuses on what we can do to manage and reduce stress and our recommendations for the government in creating a stress-free UK.


The Department for Education has published a SEND newsletter and is requesting information about the delivery of supported internships.

BASE has started its search for 2018 award winners. Nominations are now open for 5 award categories:

  • Team of the Year
  • Practitioner of the Year
  • Innovation Award
  • Best Employer Practice
  • David Grainger Award

You'll find an information pack and nomination form at

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has published a report looking at labour market outcomes of Londoners with a work limiting condition or disability.

The employment rate for disabled people in London stands at 46.5% meaning that around 370,000 disabled Londoners are out of work. The equivalent for the non-disabled population stands at 85%, meaning that the disability employment gap in London stands at 38.5 percentage points, slightly lower than the national average of 41.5 percentage points.

The construction engineering company, Costain, is holding an engagement event in Durham on 30 May. They are looking to engage with new suppliers, SME’s and social enterprises. The scope of works will be typical construction engineering but will be a vast requirement for support services to the project.

There will be opportunities for BASE members to collaborate with Costain through their supply chain for the provision of services. Details are on the attached flyer.

The Scotland First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced £1 million in new funding to support employers in recruiting disabled people.