Past Events

Event Date Description
North West members forum Friday 8 October 2021

Venue: This forum will take place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Rachel Jones.

North East members forum Wednesday 29 September 2021

Venue: This forum will take place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Ramsay Taylor.

South East members forum Thursday 23 September 2021

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zoom and starts at 11am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from David Stenning

South West members forum Wednesday 22 September 2021

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and will start at 2pm.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Alex Seddon.

Midlands members forum Thursday 16 September 2021

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zoom and will start at 10am

Information and the Zoom link are available from Dean Atkinson

Wales members forum Tuesday 14 September 2021

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and will start at 10am

Information and the online link are available from Petra Kennedy

Scotland members forum Thursday 26 August 2021

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zoom and will start at 10am

Information and the Zoom link are available from Alistair Kerr

North East members forum Wednesday 23 June 2021 to Thursday 24 June 2021

Venue: This forum will take place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Ramsay Taylor.

Meet the Buyer 2021 Tuesday 8 June 2021

The 12th Annual Meet the Buyer 2021 will take place as a live, virtual event on 8 June 2021. Headline partners include the Scottish Government and Scotland Excel.

Meet the Buyer 2021 is the event of the year for engagement with buyers as the public sector turns towards economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Year on year, the Supplier Development Programme consistently facilitates suppliers with access to the public sector, and though virtual, Meet the Buyer 2021 will provide suppliers with the ability to raise your
profile as a business, as well as learn more about and prepare for upcoming bidding and supply chain opportunities.

Businesses will be able to meet procurement teams from local councils, alongside other public and private sector buying organisations, with new buyers still being confirme

Meet the Buyer 2021 is aimed at all micro, small and medium size organisations from across Scotland. Wherever you are based, and however big your business is, there is something useful to be found at this national Meet the Buyer event!

All suppliers, including non-SMEs, are eligible to attend and must register an account with SDP https://www.sdpscotland.co.uk/register/ to book a place.

Wales members forum Friday 21 May 2021 to Saturday 22 May 2021

Venue: This forum will take place on Teams and starts at 10am.

Information and the Teams link are available from Petra Kennedy.

Quality Assurance in Supported Employment Services Friday 30 April 2021 to Saturday 1 May 2021

This workshop is aimed at raising awareness of the need for quality assurance within Supported Employment services. Employers, jobseekers and funders need to understand the quality of service provision. The lack of inspection means that it is very difficult for them to do just that.

BASE has worked with European partners to develop the Supported Employment Quality Framework (SEQF) and this is now being adopted in a number of European countries. BASE has adapted the framework to provide a model fidelity self-assessment that gives an insight into the quality that customers and commissioners can expect. We offer an independent audit of your self-assessment and we're now issuing quality kitemarks to organisations that meet the criteria.

This training event is free to attend but is only open to staff working for organisations that are members of BASE. Registrations will only be accepted if made using a work email address.

You'll find booking details at https://www.eventbrite.com/x/quality-assurance-in-supported-employment-services-tickets-146581686771

South East members forum Thursday 29 April 2021 to Friday 30 April 2021

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zoom and starts at 11am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from David Stenning

Midlands members forum Thursday 22 April 2021 to Friday 23 April 2021

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zoom and will start at 10am

Information and the Zoom link are available from Dean Atkinson

North East members forum Wednesday 10 March 2021 to Thursday 11 March 2021

Venue: This forum will take place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Ramsay Taylor.

North West members forum Friday 5 March 2021 to Saturday 6 March 2021

Venue: This forum will take place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Rachel Jones.

This meeting has been rescheduled from 29 January to 5 March.

Practitioner Networking Event Tuesday 2 March 2021 to Wednesday 3 March 2021

We are excited to be able to bring you a National BASE Practitioners event hosted by BASE South East Region. This free to attend event is for practitioners working in organisations that are members of BASE and operate in any region. BASE is keen to engage with service practitioners and this event is aimed at them rather than service managers.

We recognise that working on the frontline can sometimes be isolating, given the pandemic and the changes we have all had to make to the way we work then it seems timely to get together to and learn from others.

We have put together a quality, packed programme of speakers and trainers within our industry and associated sectors. They will deliver engaging and interactive workshops aimed specifically at the needs of Supported Employment frontline staff who are working directly with job seekers and employers.

Why should you attend?

  • Hear from quality guest speakers and trainers
  • Recharge your batteries
  • Learn new ideas
  • Develop your network of contacts and ‘go to people’
  • Continuous professional development

This training event is only open to staff working for organisations that are members of BASE. Registrations will only be accepted if made using a work email address. Maximum or two people from each organisation.

Bookings are via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supported-employment-practitioner-event-tickets-136795291399

Scotland members forum Thursday 25 February 2021 to Friday 26 February 2021

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zoom and will start at 10am

Information and the Zoom link are available from Alistair Kerr

EU policy makers urged to create inclusive labour market Thursday 18 February 2021

The European Union for Supported Employment (EUSE) has joined up with a range of pan-European networks to form the Inclusive Labour Market Alliance (ILMA). ILMA held a webinar on 16 February to urge European Union policy makers to take active measures to support a more inclusive labour market. 

BASE Chief Executive, Huw Davies, was on the organising committee in his role as one of the Vice-Presidents of EUSE. The event was attended by the French Minister for Disability, Ms. Sophie Cluzel. Also on a discussion panel were Katarina Ivankovic-Knezevic from the Directorate for Social Affairs, and two members of the European Parliament, Jose Gusmao and Bruno Ribeiro Barata. 

ILMA has produced a briefing which urges the following actions from EU policy makers:

  • Incentivise innovation in building an inclusive labour market,
  • Boost the generation of opportunities for people with more support needs in the mainstream labour market,
  • Support employers, and especially small and medium sized employers, to encourage the co-production of policies based on the active involvement of persons with support needs,
  • Stimulate the growth of knowledge, research and data all aimed to enhancing employment options,
  • Work with member states to foster the re-engineering of social protection systems to genuinely protect all workers as well as open new opportunities,
  • Support the creation of a facilitating ecosystem for support services with sustainable funding, stable legal frameworks and structural involvement of all stakeholders at both EU and national level.

ILMA is an informal network established by the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE), the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR), the European Union for Supported Employment (EUSE) and Workability International.

Seminar: What role for the EU in ensuring an Inclusive Labour Market? Tuesday 16 February 2021 to Wednesday 17 February 2021

The Inclusive Labour Market Alliance (ILMA) is pleased to invite you to the policy webinar “EU role in ensuring Inclusive Labour Market in Europe.” The objective of the event is to call EU policy makers for action to ensure that every citizen has the right to decent work in an open and inclusive labour market. The event is a follow up to the joint call for action to European policy makers.

ILMA is an informal network established by the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE), the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR), the European Union for Supported Employment (EUSE) and Workability International.

https://www.easpd.eu/en/content/what-role-eu-ensuring-inclusive-labour-market

 

Policy Webinar “EU role in ensuring Inclusive Labour Market in Europe”

16 February 2021, 13.00 – 15.00 GMT

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NGXD6PZRTs-EX0cjV54qIg

 
Programme:

Event programme
Time Topic Speakers
13:00

Welcoming and Setting the Scene

Why is our message important? 

Interview: Why is it important? 
Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, France

Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of EASPD

 

13:15

Keynote: Employment of Persons with Disabilities: State of play, challenges and opportunities

 

Stefan Tromel, ILO Senior Disability Specialist
13.30

Joint statement on Inclusive Labour Market:

Key messages:

  • ENSIE: Incentivising innovation and generating opportunities for people with more support needs in the mainstream labour market
  • EUSE: Supporting employers, especially SMEs, to encourage the co-production of policies based on the active involvement of persons with support needs
  • EDF: Stimulating the growth of knowledge, research and data all aimed to enhancing employment options
  • Workability International: re-engineering of social protection systems to genuinely protect all workers

  • EASPD: developing an ecosystem for support services with sustainable funding, stable legal frameworks and structural involvement           

 

Policy discussion panel:

  • Katrin Langensiepen, MEP
  • Jose Gusmao, MEP
  • Bruno Ribeiro Barata, Counsellor of Employment and Social Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Portugal
  • Katarina Ivanković-Knežević,
    Directorate for Social Affairs,
    European Commission

 

Introduction by Laura Jones, Secretary General of EPR

Moderator: Luc Henau, President of EUSE

14:40

EASPD Employment Awards Ceremony

 

Fabrizio Fea, Chair of EASPD Member Forum on Employment
14:55 Concluding remarks EDF

 

Wales members forum Thursday 11 February 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and will start at 10am

Information and the online link are available from Petra Kennedy

South East members forum Thursday 28 January 2021 to Friday 29 January 2021

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zopom and will start at 11am

Information and the Zoom link are available from David Stenning.

Midlands members forum Thursday 21 January 2021 to Friday 22 January 2021

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and will start at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Dean Atkinson.

North East members forum Wednesday 16 December 2020 to Thursday 17 December 2020

Venue: This forum will take place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Ramsay Taylor.

Supported Business meeting Thursday 10 December 2020

Venue: Online using Zoom

Presenter: Mel Walls (BASE)

Guest speakers include Martin Davies, Chair of the Supported Business Steering Group

Following the success of our June workshop, BASE is organising a similar event on Thursday 10th December, from 2 to 3.30pm. The workshop will discuss the most recent developments from the Supported Business Steering Group and seek feedback from you on:

  • The operation of TESG
  • The ongoing challenges of Covid-19 
  • Funding for Supported Businesses from April 2020
  • The roll out of phase 2 of the Proof of Concept for future funding
  • Future engagement with public sector procurement opportunities

Registration is free for this event but it is open to Supported Businesses onlyRegistrations will only be accepted if a work email address is used when making the booking.

We will email your Zoom log-in details a couple of days prior to the workshop. We may need to limit places to 1 per organisation.

Book now  

South West members forum Wednesday 2 December 2020 to Thursday 3 December 2020

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and will start at 1pm.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Alex Seddon.

BASE Annual General Meeting Wednesday 25 November 2020 to Thursday 26 November 2020

BASE members are invited to join the 2020 BASE AGM. Registration is via Eventbrite and our accounts and annual reports are available to view at www.base-uk.org/official-documents.

This meeting is open only to staff employed by BASE member organisations. Registrations will only be accepted if the booking is made using a work email address.

Following the AGM we will have short presentations from a range of external speakers:

  • Hugh Pullinger (Head of Disability and Work Opportunities Division, DWP)
  • Katharine Davies (Team Leader, Preparation for Adulthood, DfE)
  • Matt Wood (Owner of Millwood Servicing)
  • Huw Davies (BASE)

Your registration will be noted and the organisers will send you a Zoom link around 23rd November.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/base-annual-general-meeting-tickets-124282824273

Midlands Practitioner Event Wednesday 11 November 2020 to Thursday 12 November 2020

This free to attend event is for practitioners working in organisations that are members of BASE and operate across our Midlands region. BASE is keen to engage with service practitioners and this event is aimed at them rather than service managers.

We recognise that working on the frontline can sometimes be isolating and hope that this event will be the launch of what will become the BASE Midlands Practitioners Network, an opportunity for people involved in our sector to get together and meet with like-minded people.

Given the pandemic and the changes we have all had to make to the way we work then it seems really timely to take a little time out and get together to share ideas and learn from each other.

Why should you attend?

  • Represent your service and promote the work you are doing
  • Meet with people who experience the same challenges
  • Share success stories and develop solutions together
  • Hear from guest speakers
  • Develop your network of contacts and ‘go to people’
  • Continuous professional development

This training event is only open to staff working for organisations that are members of BASE. Registrations will only be accepted if made using a work email address.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/base-midlands-practitioner-event-tickets-125500706993

 

Programme

2:00 Welcome Dean Atkinson (BASE Midlands)

2:10 BASE engagement with service practitioners Huw Davies (CEO, BASE)

2:20 Workshop - 3 ways to stand out from the crowd when calling employers Audrey Bodman (Outshine Telephone Training & Consultancy)

2:50 Comfort break

3:00 Workshop - Making the most of social media Gillian Parker (BASE)

3:30 Workshop – Supported Employment in a brave new world  Kathy Melling (BASE)

4:20 Review and close Dean Atkinson

North West members forum Friday 6 November 2020 to Saturday 7 November 2020

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and starts at 10am

Information and the Zoom link are available from Rachel Jones

Midlands members forum Thursday 5 November 2020 to Friday 6 November 2020

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and starts bat 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Dean Atkinson.

Scotland members forum Tuesday 20 October 2020 to Wednesday 21 October 2020

Venue: This forum takes place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and the Zoom link are available from Alistair Kerr.

South West members forum Wednesday 7 October 2020 to Thursday 8 October 2020

Venue: This meeting takes place on Zoom and will start at 1pm.

Information and joining details: Alex Seddon

Increasing Awareness And Visibility Of Disabilities In The Workplace Thursday 1 October 2020
  • Public Sector Rate: £389.00
  • Private Sector Rate: £575.00
  • Voluntary Sector Rate: £315.00

The public sector has an important role in setting an example for other sectors in creating a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. Only then, by sharing best practice originating from the public sector will wider change occur in all forms of employment. At this event delegates will hear of leading initiatives from public institutions and the third sector alike. Providing visible disabled leadership, training and educating staff of the challenges disabled people face and pertinently, discussing the appropriate manner in which to support those with disabilities and long-term mental health conditions in the workplace.

At this conference, chaired by Julia Green (BASE Chair), attendees will hear updates from both the sectors on the current state of play for disabled employees and from ACAS on the legal implications of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. This will be complemented by case studies from across the public sector on creating a work environment in which disabled people feel truly welcome and supported.

Booking details: https://www.governmentevents.co.uk/event/disability-awareness-visibility-in-the-workplace/

South East members forum Friday 25 September 2020 to Saturday 26 September 2020

Venue: This meeting will take place on Zoom and is open to all BASE members in London and the South East of England.

Information and joining details: David Stenning

Employability in Scotland Thursday 24 September 2020

Venue: Central Edinburgh, Live streamed
Cost: £325 to £595+vat

Holyrood Insight’s second Employability in Scotland Conference will explore the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce with an estimated 750,000* employees registered on the jobs Retention Scheme. Speakers include BASE NEC member, Alistair Kerr. 

Considering the achievements and opportunities of the Government’s flagship policy, Fair Start Scotland, we will review how employers can respond to the health crisis and what support is available at both a national and local level. 

You will hear innovative strategies that are helping to recover Scotland’s economy including utilising working from home, developing productivity and creating new opportunities.Gain insight from key stakeholders on the support projects designed to bridge the disability employment gap, reduce youth unemployment, reintegrate recovering individuals, and stimulate the social enterprise sector.

https://www.holyroodinsight.com/event/3467/Employability_in_Scotland__A_One_Day_Conference

North East members forum Wednesday 23 September 2020 to Thursday 24 September 2020

Venue: This meeting will take place on Zoom and starts at 10am.

Information and joining details: Ramsay Taylor

Midlands members forum Thursday 27 August 2020 to Friday 28 August 2020

This meeting will take place on Zoom and is open to all BASE members in the Midlands.

Details and log-in: Dean Atkinson

North West members forum Friday 21 August 2020 to Saturday 22 August 2020

This meeting has been postponed. We will give notice of an alternative date soon.

Details and log-in: Rachel Jones

South East members forum Thursday 6 August 2020 to Friday 7 August 2020

Venue: This forum will be held on Zoom. Joining instructions from David Stenning.

Information: David Stenning

Supporting the NHS to deliver on its 5-year recruitment pledge Wednesday 5 August 2020

Presenter: Mitch Mitchell (Kent Supported Employment)

Kent Supported Employment has been supporting Kent Community Health Foundation Trust with the NHS 5-year pledge to employ more people with learning disabilities as part of their Workforce Disability Equality Standard; particularly in recruiting more staff from a neuro diverse background.  This session will focus on the collaborative work undertaken and training delivered to the Trust which has led to in excess of 20 paid opportunities for the clients our service supports.  The session will cover:

  • how we initially engaged with the NHS Trust
  • how we supported and influenced the Trust
  • training delivered to Trust personnel
  • The outcomes achieved
  • Covid-19 considerations

 

Booking information: Eventbrite

Access to Work: consultation workshop Wednesday 29 July 2020

Presenter: Huw Davies (BASE)

What's working well with the Access to Work programme and what needs improving? 

We are in discussions with DWP about the Access to Work programme and need your support to highlight the issues faced by providers. This consultation session will give an overview of work to date and seek your views on potential solutions to solve the problems faced around:

  • Communication with advisors, third party consent and the role of appointees
  • Payment rates and advisors seeking copies of staff payslips
  • Application and renewal processes
  • job coaching and supported internships

Registration is free for this event but it is open to BASE members only. Registrations will only be accepted if a work email address is used. We will email your Zoom log-in details a couple of days before this event. We are limiting places to 2 per organisation.

Booking information: Eventbrite

SEQF - A framework for improving service quality Wednesday 22 July 2020

Presenters: Kathy Melling and Huw Davies (BASE)

How do employers know how good your services are?

This workshop will describe the Supported Employment Quality Framework (SEQF), a self-assessment tool for monitoring the quality of Supported Employment provision. The framework was used to assess model fidelity within the DWP Proof of Concept and will feature in the forthcoming Supported Employment trailblazer. BASE is now awarding 3-year kitemarks to organisations whose audited self-assessments achieve a score threshold.

The workshop will describe how SEQF can be used to assess quality and feed into quality improvement planning. We will discuss how to prepare for a self-assessment and how the external auditing works.

Booking information: Eventbrite

North East members forum Thursday 16 July 2020 to Friday 17 July 2020

Venue: This forum will be held on Zoom. Joining details from Ramsay Taylor.

Information: Ramsay Taylor

Education leading to employment - The big picture and current challenges Wednesday 15 July 2020

Presenter: James Whybra (The Castle School, Newbury)

This will be a very practical workshop so please come along to share your good practice, resources and questions in relation to the following areas (and any others that you want to talk about):

  • Current challenges and how we can overcome them
  • Employment EHCP outcomes and how to get them in to EHCP's
  • Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers and Enterprise Company Hubs  
  • Employer Engagement and how to keep those relationships in these challenging times

Booking information: Eventbrite

South West members forum Thursday 9 July 2020 to Friday 10 July 2020

Venue: This forum will be on Zoom. Contact Alex for details.

Information: Alex Seddon

Employer Engagement opportunities and good practice sharing during Covid-19 Wednesday 8 July 2020

Presenter: Mark Parrin (Kent Supported Employment)

This session will give you an opportunity to hear what The Education People’s specialist employment service, Kent Supported Employment, is currently doing during Covid-19 to support current and new businesses and how supported employment organisations are adapting to the current climate.  There will also be an opportunity to share ideas and good practice between workshop participants.

Booking information: Eventbrite

Reaching out to jobseekers online & digital safeguarding Wednesday 1 July 2020

Presenter: Andrea Randall-Smith (Little Gate)

Little Gate has always been a supportive, hands on and person centred Supported Employment Organisation.  The pandemic has meant we had to find digitally safe and secure means to communicate and engage with the LD and Autistic community we serve.  We will explain how we assessed and changed our working practices quickly working together to deliver Supported Employment support in a different way; through Zoom, Facebook and telephone contact. 

Booking information: Eventbrite

Supported Business developments Tuesday 30 June 2020

Presenter: Melanie Walls (BASE)

The workshop will discuss the operation of TESG and the recent changes following lobbying by the Supported Business Steering Group. It will also look at how businesses are responding to Covid-19 and future support needs. Topics to be covered include:

  • TESG funding for operational and furloughed staff
  • Interpretation of DWP’s definitions (released recently), queries and feedback you would like to share
  • Understanding the long term implications for TESG employees officially 'shielding'
  • What the next 6 months could look like
  • Challenges for Supported Businesses with a vulnerable workforce
  • Development of a strategy for the next 18 months / 2 years and how you can influence the agenda

Booking information: Eventbrite

North West members forum Friday 26 June 2020

Venue: This forum will be on Zoom. Contact Rachel for details.

Information: Rachel Jones

Using workplace buddies as trainers Wednesday 24 June 2020

Presenter: Alison Thwaite, WorkFit (Down's Syndrome Association)

This workshop will offer an overview of how WorkFit makes use of workplace buddies/mentors in place of a job coach. WorkFit supports a small number of workplace buddies in each location to effectively train and support their colleague who has Down’s syndrome. The workshop will describe the processes used by WorkFit and how they enable natural workplace training to take place without the need for a job coach on site.

Boooking information: Eventbrite

Midlands members forum Thursday 21 May 2020 to Friday 22 May 2020

Venue: Online Zoom meeting

Information and link via Dean Atkinson

Wales members forum Wednesday 22 January 2020 to Thursday 23 January 2020

Venue: Vision Products, Coedcae Lane Industrial Estate, Coedcae Ln, Pontyclun CF72 9HG

Information: Petra Kennedy

BASE Annual Conference Tuesday 5 November 2019 to Thursday 7 November 2019

Venue: Manchester Mercure, Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH
Cost: £320+vat (BASE members), £400+vat (Non-members)
A limited number of free places are available to parent carer networks.

Our annual conference features a range of speakers and a programme of 20 workshops. It's an ideal opportunity to network and gain inspiration and offers excellent opportunities for staff development within your teams.

Full details are on our conference pages.

The delegate fee includes attendance at our conference dinner and awards presentation on the evening of 5 November.