Past Events

Event Date Description
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

South West members forum Wednesday 10 June 2020

Meeting to be held via Skype.

Information: Alex Seddon

South East members forum Thursday 28 May 2020

Venue: Online meeting using Zoom

Information and meeting link via David Stenning

Midlands members forum Thursday 21 May 2020

Venue: Online Zoom meeting

Information and link via Dean Atkinson

Autism and Employment Conference Tuesday 7 April 2020

Venue: De Grey Court, York St John University Campus, Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7EX

Cost: £40 (£20 concessions)

This conference is promoted by National Autistic Society and delegate places are available at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/harrogatedistrictbranchnationalautisticsociety/336229

North West members forum Friday 27 March 2020

This members forum has been postponed.

Information: Rachel Jones

South West members forum Tuesday 25 February 2020

Venue: Shire Hall, Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2TG

Information: Alex Seddon

The Scotland Excel conference Thursday 20 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

The Scotland Excel Conference was established in 2009 as a platform for local authority procurement professionals to come together to learn and share best practice. From small beginnings, it has expanded to encompass a broad selection of topics relating to the delivery of public services, and has attracted expert speakers from a variety of sectors.

This year, our conference theme is ‘inclusive growth’.  For the first time, we are opening up attendance to delegates from across local authorities and other public or third sector organisations that share an interest in local development.  

Scotland Excel’s Inclusive Growth conference brings together an exciting roster of speakers who can provide an overview of the latest thinking or have had first-hand experience of translating policy into practice. The programme includes a presentation from Alistair Kerr, Chair of BASE Scotland, on the social business perspective.

With a combined total, annual spend of approximately £6.5bn, local authorities have the means to drive forward inclusive growth in towns, cities and rural areas.

 

South East members forum Thursday 30 January 2020

Venue: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, London SE11 6DN

Information: David Stenning

Midlands members meeting Thursday 30 January 2020

Venue: Northgate House Conference Centre, Saltisford, Warwick, CV34 4JL

Information: Dean Atkinson

North East members forum Wednesday 29 January 2020

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

Information: Ramsay Taylor

Wales members forum Wednesday 22 January 2020

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

Information: Petra Kennedy

Scotland members forum Wednesday 27 November 2019

Venue: City Building, 350 Darnick Street, Glasgow

Information: Alistair Kerr

North West members forum Friday 15 November 2019

Venue: Seetec, Beckwith House, 1 Wellington Road North, Stockport SK4 1AF

This meeting is now POSTPONED and will be rescheduled for the New Year.

Information: Rachel Jones

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.

Supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace Thursday 17 October 2019

Venue: Central London
Cost: tbc BASE members can get a 20% discount by using code BASE20

With the business case for diversity in the workplace now universally recognised, employers hoping to achieve true inclusivity cannot exclude such a significant demographic as the neurodiverse. This includes members of the population who live with forms of largely innate neurodivergence, such as autism, ADHD or dyslexia. A lack of understanding has left a significant proportion of recruitment processes and workplaces being designed only with neurotypicals in mind, however, studies show that likely more than 10% of the population is considered neurodivergent, with this figure likely to increase.

The Supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace event will enable delegates to learn about simple changes that can be made to their workplaces in order to create an truly inclusive company culture, and boost the productivity of this growing demographic.

Delegates can book their place at https://www.eventsforce.net/dods/7938/register. BASE members should use the code BASE20 to get a 20% discount on the delegate place.

http://diverseworkforceseries.dods.co.uk/supporting-neurodiversity-workplace

Scotland members forum Thursday 10 October 2019

Venue: Boardroom, Low Moss Prison, 190 Crosshill Rd, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2QB

Information: alistair.kerr@shaw-trust.org.uk

Wales members forum Wednesday 2 October 2019

Venue: E-Cycle, Unit 4, Dinas Isaf Industrial Estate, Williamstown, Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF40 1NY

Information: Petra Kennedy

South West members forum Wednesday 25 September 2019

Venue: Freeways, Leigh Court Centre, Pill Rd, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA.

Information: Matt Britt

South East members forum Thursday 19 September 2019

Venue: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington SE11 6DN

Information: David Stenning

Midlands members forum Thursday 19 September 2019

Venue: Northgate Conference Centre, Warwick CV34 4JL

Information: Dean Atkinson

North East members forum Wednesday 18 September 2019

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

The meeting is scheduled for 10.00am.

Information: Peter Keeley

North West members forum Friday 5 July 2019

Venue: The Growth Company, Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU

Information: Rachel Jones

Wales members' network Wednesday 3 July 2019

Venue: Norman Industries, Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest SA61 1JB

Information: Petra Kennedy

EUSE Conference 2019 Monday 27 May 2019 to Wednesday 29 May 2019

The 13th Conference of the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) takes place at the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 27-29 May 2019.
The Conference is hosted by The Dutch Organisation of Supported Employment (NVS Support). It offers an unique opportunity to empower the transitions for inclusion and become inspired by employment experts and network with colleagues and peers from around Europe and the world. Over 600 professionals in Supported Employment are expected to attend from 40 different countries.

The overall theme – Transitions in Supported Employment – aims to empower everyone to increase the possibilities for the employment market with innovative solutions and best practices.

The conference programme lines are:

  • Policy making and change of results
  • Delivering quality support - what works?
  • Transitions: careers and supported employment.
  • A Digital Future for Supported Employment

Further information, including the call for abstracts, is available at https://euse2019.eu

South East members forum Thursday 23 May 2019

Venue: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington SE11 6DN

Information: David Stenning

Midlands members forum Thursday 23 May 2019

Venue: Northgate Conference Centre, Warwick CV34 4JL

Information: Dean Atkinson

North East members forum Wednesday 22 May 2019

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

The meeting is scheduled for 10.00am.

Information: Peter Keeley

Wales members' forum Wednesday 3 April 2019

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

Information: Petra Kennedy

North West members forum Friday 22 March 2019

Venue: The Growth Company, Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU

Information: Rachel Jones

South West members forum Wednesday 6 March 2019

Venue: Freeways, Leigh Court Centre, Pill Rd, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RA

Information: Matt Britt

North East members forum Wednesday 30 January 2019

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

The meeting is scheduled for 10.00am.

Information: Peter Keeley

Midlands members forum Thursday 24 January 2019

Venue: Northgate Conference Centre, Warwick CV34 4JL

Information: Dean Atkinson

South East members forum Wednesday 23 January 2019

Venue: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington SE11 6DN

Information: David Stenning

Wales members forum Tuesday 11 December 2018

Venue: DAC, Unit 18, Llan Coed House, Darcy Business Park, Llandarcy, Neath SA10 6FG

The meeting is scheduled for 10am to Noon

Information: Petra Kennedy

North West members forum Friday 16 November 2018

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

Please note the change of venue.

The meeting is scheduled for 10am to 1pm

Information: Rachel Jones

South East members forum Thursday 4 October 2018

Venue: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington SE11 6DN

Information: David Stenning

Midlands members forum Thursday 4 October 2018

Venue: Northgate Conference Centre, Warwick CV34 4JL

Information: Julia Green

North East members forum Wednesday 26 September 2018

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

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

South West members forum Thursday 13 September 2018

Venue: Wyvern Club, Mountfields Road, Taunton TA1 3BJ

Information: Matt Britt