Past Events

Event Date Description
North West members network Friday 7 July 2017

Venue: Kings House, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB


South East members network Friday 23 June 2017

Venue to be confirmed.

South West members meeting Tuesday 20 June 2017

Venue: St Loye's College, Exeter


1st World Conference on Supported Employment Wednesday 14 June 2017 to Friday 16 June 2017

Employment for All – A Global Perspective Conference

Venue: Belfast

EUSE and EASPD would like to invite you to attend the Employment for All – A Global Perspective Conference which will be held in the La Mon Hotel and Country Club, Belfast Northern Ireland from 14th – 16th June 2017.

The conference has a number of themes (Right to Work, The Economy and Employers, Tools and Methodologies and Legal Framework and Policy) which will appeal to and challenge a range of audiences from professionals working in employment initiatives and services and representatives of disabled persons organisations.

This is an opportunity for organisations and individuals working in the employment arena from NGOs, policy makers, government agencies, recipients of employment services, academics and researchers to share their knowledge, skills, innovation and expertise on a range of themes.

Bookings can be made by going to the conference website

Hosted by:
European Union of Supported Employment European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities

In Partnership with:
World Association of Supported Employment Canadian Association for Supported Employment Disability Employment Australia Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)

Organised by:
Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

Midlands members meeting Thursday 8 June 2017

Venue: Committee Room 3, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4RL

The meeting is scheduled for 10.30am to 3.30pm and lunch will be provided.
Information: Dean Atkinson

North East members' meeting Wednesday 31 May 2017

Venue: York Council West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA

The meeting is scheduled for 10.00am.
Information: Nerise Oldfield

North West members network Friday 24 March 2017

Venue: Kings House, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB


South East members network Thursday 9 March 2017

Venue: Scope, 6 Market Road, London N7 9PW

The nearest tube station is Caledonian Road. Information: Laura Davis

North East members meeting Wednesday 1 March 2017

Venue: York Council West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA


south west members meeting Wednesday 22 February 2017

Venue: St Loye's Foundation,

Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4EP



Midlands members meeting Thursday 9 February 2017

Venue: Committee Room 3, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4RL

Apart from the usual updates, we will be electing regional officer posts and choosing an NEC representative.

We will also be discussing our response to the Improving Lives green paper and the review of the National Occupational Standards for Supported Employment.

The meeting is scheduled for 10.30am to 3.30pm and lunch will be provided. Please let Dean Atkinson know by 3 February if you are attending so that catering arrangements can be made.

North West: consultation meeting Friday 27 January 2017

Venue: Pure Innovations, Sanderling Building, Bird Hall Lane, Stockport SK3 0RF

This regional meeting is open to members and non-members. We will be discussing our response to the Improving Lives green paper and the review of the National Occupational Standards for Supported Employment. The meeting is scheduled for 10am to 12.30pm.

Yorkshire & Humber: consultation meeting Wednesday 18 January 2017

Venue: York Council West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA

This regional meeting is open to members and non-members. We will be discussing our response to the Improving Lives green paper and the review of the National Occupational Standards for Supported Employment. The meeting is scheduled for 1pm to 3pm.

North East: consultation meeting Tuesday 17 January 2017

Venue: The Vault, Green Lane, Gateshead NE10 0EL

This regional meeting is open to members and non-members. We will be discussing our response to the Improving Lives green paper and the review of the National Occupational Standards for Supported Employment. The meeting is scheduled for 10am to noon.

South East members network meeting Friday 9 December 2016

The next regional network meeting of South East members takes place at the offices of Scope, 6 Market Road, London N7 9PW. The nearest tube station is Caledonian Road.

The agenda will include Improving Lives and the review of National Occupational Standards.

Further details:

BASE Annual Conference Wednesday 16 November 2016 to Thursday 17 November 2016

Venue: Manchester Conference Centre

Our annual conference will offer opportunities to discuss best practice in the sector and will feature a mix of presentations, discussion and workshops.

The event will be of interest to providers of specialist employment support, commissioners, and people working within education. We intend to offer a number of free places to parents. Further details will be posted as details are finalised.

RI World Congress Tuesday 25 October 2016 to Thursday 27 October 2016

The congress takes place in Edinburgh on 25-27 October and is designed to build on RI’s achievements to promote accessibility and inclusion across countries. Join 1,000 of the world’s leading disability researchers, advocates, government agencies, politicians and practitioners at the 23rd RI World Congress. Held every four years, RI creates practical solutions through inspirational projects and programmes.

Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with a Disability Saturday 19 September 2015

Venue: Izmir, Turkey Cost: Free Jugend am Werk Steiermark together with T-EST project partnership is pleased to invite you to the international conference on the employment of people with disabilities in İzmir, Turkey on September 19th, 2014. The conference is organized as a final event of a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Project titled ‘Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with Disabilities T-EST’ (LLP-LDV-TOI-12-AT-0011). The Project is supported by Austrian National Agency under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU. The conference will focus on the Supported Employment Tool developed by EUSE and its transfer to the partner countries Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. Project partners will discuss implementation process of supported employment in their countries. The conference will provide opportunities for the different stakeholders to exchange experiences.

BASE Annual Conference Wednesday 9 September 2015 to Thursday 10 September 2015

Venue: Queens Hotel, Leeds LS1 1PJ Cost: Members - £320+vat; Non-members - £400+vat; Workshop presenters (discounted) - £160+vat Ther 2015 BASE conference takes place at the Queens Hotel in the centre of Leeds. We are just planning the programme and welcome expressions of interest from workshop presenters. We are making advance bookings available so that delegate fees can be paid from slippage monies. Please use the booking form attached to this page.

Autism Show Friday 19 June 2015 to Saturday 20 June 2015

Venue: NEC, Birmingham This year's Autism Show comes from the Birmingham NEC and partners include BASE members Autism West Midlands and the National Autistic Society. It’s packed with informative talks, interactive features and specialist products and services. Details are available at

EUSE Conference 2015 Wednesday 27 May 2015 to Friday 29 May 2015

Venue: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. The Conference theme is “Improving Diversity through Supported Employment” and it will be an opportunity to share significant Supported Employment practices in Europe. Early registration is available until 31 December 2014. The conference organisers have issued a call for papers and this closes at the end of November.

Employment and Autism Thursday 7 May 2015

Venue: RAF Museum, Conference Centre, London, NW9 5LL Cost: Professionals - £175+vat People on low income - £75+vat We are delighted to invite you to our conference: Employment and autism: why it is important for employers to understand autistic perspectives, organised by Ask autism. This one-day conference organised by Ask autism will feature five speakers on the autism spectrum, giving authentic insight, experiences and supportive hints and tips for employers. The aim of this conference is to improve the understanding of autism in relation to employment, with the goal of equipping employers and support professionals with the tools to allow people on the autism spectrum to achieve all that they can achieve. Topics covered will include: * why you should hire someone with autism. * how to support someone already in employment * what are reasonable adjustments * if you are on the autism spectrum, how can you succeed in the workplace environment? Your attendance at this event entitles you to a CPD certification of attendance.

BASE Conference 2014 Wednesday 10 September 2014 to Thursday 11 September 2014

The 2014 BASE conference takes place at the Leicester Mercure Hotel on 10-11 September. Full details are available at

Capita Learning Disability conference Friday 11 July 2014

Central London Cost: Public sector - £350+vat; Private sector - £575+vat; Charities - £275+vat This event presents learning from the latest innovative practice in commissioning, housing and employment offerings for people with learning disabilities. Organised by Capita, it features a range of speakers including Kathy Melling of BASE.

What Works in Wales? Thursday 10 July 2014

Venue: Cardiff Bay Cost: Free Promoted by Learning Disability Wales, this event will examine the employment assistance offered, how it is funded and whether it is appropriate and accessible to people with a learning disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field through a mixture of presentations and workshops as well as discuss the way forward for improving the work prospects of people with a learning disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Places can be booked at

Working It Out Wednesday 25 June 2014

Venue: Woburn House, London This conference is for anyone who has an interest in improving the employment rates of people with severe mental illness accessing their services. Speakers from UK Centres of Excellence and service users will address: • Can people with severe mental illness really work? • What should healthcare’s role be in supporting people with mental illness into employment? • What are the evidence-based methods of support? • What is the business case for providing employment support? Further details are at

Youth Employment Convention Tuesday 13 May 2014 to Wednesday 14 May 2014

With just 12 months to go before the next election the Convention intends to create a dynamic conversation over two days involving young people, employers, providers of support services, commissioners, policy makers and stakeholders - culminating in a Call to Action intending to put youth employment and skills at the heart of the manifestos of all the major political parties. Despite a raft of new initiatives and reforms, youth unemployment and disengagement remain troublingly high. Unemployment has hovered around one million for the last five years with long-term unemployment rising to the highest it has been since comparable records began and an estimated one in five young people designated NEET – storing up problems for their future wellbeing, their families, communities and the economy. Meanwhile two out of three young people who get free school meals leave the education system without five good GCSEs including Maths and English, while we lag behind almost all other developed economies on literacy and numeracy. Too many young people are out of work, for too long, with too few of the skills they need to progress in to good, long term, jobs and careers. This event will give a voice to everyone who cares about the future prospects of the UK’s prime asset – its young people.

Health and Wellbeing at Work 2014 Tuesday 4 March 2014 to Wednesday 5 March 2014

Now in its 8th successful year, Health and Wellbeing at Work is all about improving the health and wellbeing of work-aged people. The conference and exhibition will provide you with new ideas and resources to ensure your employees are fit and healthy, return to work quickly following absence and stay in work. It also looks at pioneering strategies for getting vulnerable people into the workplace and enabling them to fulfil their potential. Profiling national developments, service innovations, examples of best practice and the latest research, it provides an unrivalled learning platform that will energise and inspire you. Register at

Tackling Health and Employment Together – Shared Clients, Common Goals Monday 18 November 2013

Venue: Avonmouth House,  London, SE1 Inclusion and the Centre for Mental Health are are jointly organising an event, Tackling Health and Employment Together – Shared Clients, Common Goals. The aim is to bring together health and employment policymakers and practitioners to share experiences and challenges around joint working and to highlight the potential to achieve results for both parties and improve outcomes for customers. There will be a chance to hear expert speakers, network with attendees and plenty of time for questions and discussion. Confirmed speakers include: * Jan Hutchinson, Centre for Mental Health (Chair) * Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England * Mike Munson, Richmond Fellowship * Alison Dunn, Transport for London * Richard Hunt, Shaw Trust * James Magowan, Tomorrow’s People * Christian van Stolk, Rand * Andrew Attfield, Barts NHS Trust Registrations are priced at £99 for the charity and voluntary sector; £138 for the public sector; and £210 for the private sector. These prices include VAT. Special discounts apply to Inclusion supporters. For more information, or to book your place, visit

BASE Conference 2012 Thursday 12 September 2013 to Friday 13 September 2013

Venue: Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street, Glasgow G2 3HN This year's conference is located in Scotland for the first time. Join us in Glasgow for two days celebrating the best of supported employment! Booking information is at

BASE national conference 2013 Wednesday 11 September 2013 to Thursday 12 September 2013

Venue: Bristol Marriott Royal, Bristol BS1 5TA Delegate prices: £290+vat (members), £370+vat (non-members) We are now able to take bookings. Further information is available at

DWP: Work Choice transition events Thursday 12 November 2009 to Tuesday 24 November 2009

DWP is organising three events across the United Kingdom for existing WORKSTEP providers. The events will focus on the transition to the new Work Choice programme. The events are scheduled for: 12 November 2009 – Edinburgh (Macdonald Roxburghe Hotel) 19 November 2009 – Leeds (Q Hotels Queens) 24 November 2009 – Cardiff (Parc Hotel by Thistle) The agenda during the morning will focus on transition and the afternoon session will be more relevant to representatives from supported businesses. A detailed agenda will be sent to delegates nearer the time. If you are interested in attending one of these events, please complete the booking form and send it by email by 16 October to Places are limited to two for each provider.