Durham County Council


DurhamEnable is a Supported Employment service delivered by Durham County Council. We support local people aged 18 years or over, who have learning disabilities, mental health needs, autism, or long-term health conditions, to help them progress into paid employment.

Jobseekers can be referred to us through other council services, JobCentrePlus, Durham County Carers Support, Mental Health services, educational establishments as well as self-referrals. 

Our job coaches offer 1:1, personalised support to help jobseekers gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed. We also work closely with employers to ensure they can be confident when hiring from our diverse pool of jobseekers. 

Once our jobseekers progress into paid work, we offer in-work support and training to help them settle comfortably into their new role.


Who we can support

We can support you if you continue to face significant barriers to entering work as a result of:

  • the long term nature of a disability
  • the potential long term impact of deteriorating mental health

This may be because of a long term diagnosis of a learning disability/difficulty, Autism or a physical or sensory impairment. Additionally, if you have difficulties with mental ill health you can benefit from one to one support to gain work and a progress to better health.

We can give you personalised support to help you to develop the skills and confidence needed to apply for jobs and get into work. We can also support you in work when you get a job.


How to get referred

You will need to be referred to our service by one of our council services (such as our social work team and our community health and education teams), JobCentrePlus or Durham County Carers Support.

To find out more information about your referral and the support we can offer you please contact us at durhamenable@durham.gov.uk

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Contact Details
Durham County Council
2nd Floor, Civic Centre
North Terrace
DL15 9ES