Welsh Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, has announced a new strategy to transform support for people with a learning disability to ensure they have what they need to lead successful lives.

The 13th EUSE Conference on Supported Employment, “Transitions”, is being held in Amsterdam from 27-29 May 2019. The organisers would like to invite all engaged in the employment arena from NGOs, policy makers, government agencies, recipients of employment services, academics and researchers to share their knowledge, skills and expertise on a range of themes intended to promote the model and best practice in Supported Employment. They have now opened the call for absracts.

ADASS has published its 2018 Budget Survey; an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances in England. The data and analysis are drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides contemporary, in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst managing resources in an environment where Local Government funding is reducing, the provider and labour markets are fragile and the impact is affecting, and affected by, what is happening in the NHS.  

As outlined in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, NHS England has committed to doubling access to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services nationally by 2020/21, enabling approximately 20,000 people who experience a severe mental illness (SMI) to find and retain employment.

Activa Foundation are involved in an Erasmus+ project regarding social and economic Inclusion. They are looking to understand the current situation for people with an intellectual disability across Europe and would like your help with completing two surveys; one for service users and one for the service provider.

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