Two innovative projects have been launched to help young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition get the vital support they need. The projects were made possible by funding from Together for Short Lives’ Transition Awards Programme. 

Greater Manchester Talent Match is seeking support from specialist organisations to provide advice, guidance and direct support to Talent Coaches and young people on Greater Manchester Talent Match.
The provider will be required to:

  • Increase the awareness and knowledge of Talent Coaches relating to mental health and emotional wellbeing services and interventions
  • Direct support for young people in managing their mental health and wellbeing
  • Support the evaluation on the impact of the Talent Match programme.

The BASE conference was a resounding success last week. 220 delegates heard a variety of presentations and 20 workshops were available for delegates to attend.

Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt, was unable to appear after being called back to Downing Street while ion her way to the conference but her speech was ably delivered by Hugh Pullinger, Head of DWP's Disability and Work Opportunities Division. A number of positive announcements were made about the future of supported business. 

Sarah Newton has replaced Penny Mordaunt as MInister for Disabled People. Penny Mordaunt was called to Dopwning Street minutes before she was due to present to the BASE conference in Brightonb and has been named as the new Secretary for International Development.

Sheffield City Council is seeking to procure a suitably qualified and experienced independent individual or organisation to deliver a Supported Work Placement service as part of the Sheffield’s Working employment programme.

The aim of the Sheffield’s Working Programme is to increase the number of Sheffield’s residents facing the greatest barriers, especially those with disabilities and long-term health conditions (including mental health), moving into the right sort of work with fair terms and conditions, staying in work and progressing with their careers.

A report Barriers to Work, commissioned by Inclusion London, has found evidence of significant problems with the Government’s disability employment support programme, Access to Work

The report recommends ways to improve Access to Work and reduce the adverse impacts that changes to the scheme are currently having on deaf and disabled people reliant on it to stay in employment. The recommendations have been put together and are supported by deaf and disabled people under the #StopChanges2AtW campaign.

The Work and Pensions Committee has issued an urgent and unanimous report calling on the Government to reduce the wait for Universal Credit payments.

The Committee says Government should aim to cut the six week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit to a month, as this is a major obstacle blocking the potential success of the policy:

A report, commissioned by Prime Minister, Teresa May, estimates that up to 300,000 people have to leave their jobs each year in the UK because of long-term mental health problems. The Thriving to Work report also claims poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99bn each year. The report, authored by MIND CEO, Paul Farmer, and Baron Stevenson, estimates that around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition. 

The review makes 40 recommendations about how employers and the government can better support employees to remain at work, such as through creating an online wellbeing portal and using digital technology to support workers in the gig economy. Companies are also being encouraged to include a section on employee mental health in their annual reports. Currently only 11% of companies do this, the report found.

Applications are open for Channel 4's final 2017 cohort of work experience places. 

If successful, you will get the opportunity to spend a week at the Channel 4 HQ in London with a team who will teach you all things C4! You will have the chance to meet new people; gain knowledge of how we work, and most importantly

develop skills and experience that will benefit your future career. With experience available in a range of teams such as Finance, Channel 4 News and Factual Entertainment, there really is something for everyone!

Greater Manchester (GM) is re-opening the Ethical Learning Disability and Autism Purchasing System for Providers to become part of the framework.