Job Centre Plus

The local Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) can advise you on various support programmes that are available. For further information about the DEA click here
Some of the programmes are described below. For access to these schemes, contact:
Eastbourne Jobcentre Plus
St Annes House
2 St Annes Road
East Sussex
United Kingdom
BN21 3XX

Telephone: 0845 604 3719
Textphone: 01323 417954

Work Choice

Work Choice can help you get and keep a job if you’re disabled and find it hard to work.

It’s voluntary – you don’t have to do it. The type of support you get depends on the help you need. This is different for everyone but can include:

  • Training and developing your skills
  • Building your confidence
  • Interview coaching
  • For further information vist the Gov.UK website click here

    Work Choice is delivered by different providers across the country. Providers offer 2 levels of help.

    Specialist Employability Support

    Specialist Employability Support provides mentoring and training to help you into work if you’re disabled and can’t use other employment programmes. For further information click here

    There are 2 types of support available. The one best suited to your needs will be determined through an initial assessment. You’ll get either:

  • The Specialist Employability Support Start Back Provision, which provides intensive support and training for up to 6 months
  • The Specialist Employability Support Main Provision, which provides longer-term support and training for an agreed length of time (usually 12 months)
  • Access to Work

    If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:

  • Talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
  • Apply for Access to Work if you need extra help
  • For further information click here

    Work Preparation Support

    Carers can volunteer for what is called ‘Work Preparation Support’ from the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) through Jobcentre Plus. For further information click here

    Work Together (Volunteering):

    There is also the ‘Work Together’ programme which can help you if you are unemployed and looking for work. ‘Work Together’ is a volunteering programme designed to help you get back into work. You can volunteer with a local organisation which can help you work temporarily and gain experience and skills.

    For further information click here

    National Careers Service

    Provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

    For further information click here

    Shaw Trust

    Shaw Trust is a national charity working to create brighter futures for the people and communities they serve. they provide employment opportunities, skills development training and health and well-being services across the UK. They operate charitable social enterprises, retail shops and work alongside Shaw Education Trust, which runs a diverse chain of academy schools.

    For further information click here

    Eastbourne Office
    Business Connections
    8-9 The Old Print Works, 20 Wharf Road
    bn21 3aw.

    Scope Employment Services

    Scope offer employment support programmes for working-aged disabled people. Helping them to find and keep a job. They do this through pre-employment support, job matching and in-work support.
    For further information click here

    People Plus

    People Plus are a leading employment support and training services company helping people to transform their lives and businesses through work, training, education and financial advice.

    For further information click here
    PeoplePlus Eastbourne
    3rd Floor
    Ivy House
    BN21 4QT

    01323 436650

    People Matter

    The People Matter Trust Limited is a charity providing information and advice on job searching and in-work support services for people looking for employment, returning to work or struggling at work. Free services include help with: CV writing; sources of job leads; letters to employers; application forms; interview techniques; exploring options.

    For further information click here
    17 Gildredge Road
    East Sussex
    BN21 4RU
    01323 431289

    British Association of Supported Employment (BASE)

    BASE is the national trade association for the supported employment sector. Its aim is to support, promote and develop the principles and provision of supported employment. While it does not provide employment support directly, its members work in close partnership with employers and other agencies to secure sustainable employment for people with a disability or other disadvantage. The BASE website provides a list of members’ contact details.

    For further information click here
    Unit 4
    200 Bury Road
    BL8 3DX

    01204 880733

    Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI)

    Offers support for returning to work if claiming any health-related benefits through the Work Programme and Access to Work schemes.
    Specialised employment courses are run at offices across the south-east including:

    • CV building
    • Interview preparation
    • Job searching and application
    • Confidence building

    In addition, RBLI’s Condition Management team provide a range of additional modules focused around managing a disability or health condition in the workplace.

    For further information click here

    Hall Road
    ME20 7NL
    01622 795900

    RBLI also help people back to work.

    For further information click here