A £7.9m pilot has been officially launched to help South Yorkshire people with disabilities and health conditions to stay in employment and rejoin the workforce. The 'Working Win' scheme aims to assess the best type of support for those who are out of work, or struggling in employment due to health problems.

Channel 4 is seeking applications for their 4Talent work experience programme. They have a variety of departments involved this time around including Content Management, Sales, Film4, Legal and Commissioning.

The Ministry of Justice has issued a Call for Evidence to improve their understanding of:

1. Inclusive Recruitment Practices

What are employers doing, if anything, to create fair opportunities for ex-offenders to compete for jobs within their organisations in the UK?

What information or support would help employers to make the decision to remove the criminal conviction declaration tick-box from their job application forms?

The Camden Society’s fulfilment and distribution social enterprise, Mailout, has 787 square feet of warehouse space available to rent in Central London from August 2018. The Camden Society is looking for an ethically minded partner who would like to take advantage of a great storage and work space in Kentish Town and who is excited by the prospect of offering opportunities to people they support.

Please see the attachment for further details.

From late autumn 2018, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to release regular experimental statistics about the Work and Health Programme (WHP). These will provide information about the number of:

We can announce that Sean Russell, Director of Implementation at West Midlands Mental Health Commission, will address the BASE conference in November.

Sean Russell is Superintendent within West Midlands Police and is the Force lead for Mental Health. He is seconded to the West Midlands Combined Authority as the Director of Implementation for the Mental Health Commission. Recently he has been appointed at the Director for implementation of the Mental Health Commission Action plan and is working across the West Midlands Combined Authority footprint to reduce the burden of mental ill health, improve people’s lives and encourage healthier more productive communities.

This includes the Thrive IPS initiative. Thrive Into Work will see individual placement and support (IPS) specialists placed in GP surgeries and health and community settings across the region. Under this research trial they will work with primary and community health teams to integrate employment support and health services. 

We are delighted that Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health & Work has agreed to speak at the BASE conference in November.

Sarah Newton was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 9 November 2017. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office from 17 July 2016 to 9 November 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth in May 2010.

NDTi has announced the appointment of Paul Marshall as the new Chief Executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).


Paul has nearly 20 years’ experience in leading social change and joins NDTi from Liverty, one of the country’s largest social housing providers, where he was Director of Community Engagement. He previously worked in local government and housing in the North East, driving inclusion, community benefit, service transformation and decentralsation.

We are delighted that Richard Elliot, a senior human resources manager with Manpower Group, will be presenting at our 2018 conference

Richard has over 20 years’ experience of supporting large organisations with their HR strategy. He currently sits on the steering committee of Aspierations, a CIC set up to support individuals with Asperger’s in the workplace, and is also a member of the Disability Confident Business Leaders Group, a group comprising of leading figures in the business community who work with government on its aspiration to halve the disability employment gap.

NDTi is establishing three collaborative action learning networks to support greater working across local authority and post-16 providers. The SEND reforms have brought about a number of opportunities for the post-16 sector but have equally meant local authorities and post-16 providers face making many systemic changes that can create challenges and cause some barriers to effective partnership working.