Past Events

Event Date Description
Scotland members forum Tuesday 20 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

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:

South East members forum Friday 25 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.

North East members forum Wednesday 23 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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue: Online Zoom meeting

Information and link via Dean Atkinson

Wales members forum Wednesday 22 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 Wednesday 6 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.