An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you start working, stay in work, move into self-employment or start a business. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.
Access to Work is a Government initiative that provides advice and practical support to the disabled who are employed, self-employed or unemployed and about to start a job or work scheme. Jobs can be part-time or full-time or temporary or permanent.
The scheme has recently been extended to include disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and work academies.
You can’t get a grant for voluntary work.
Four local voluntary agencies have come together to deliver a new Information and Advice Service for Wirral. Funded by Wirral Council and Wirral Clinical Commissioning group, the new service ‘Ask Us Wirral’ is being delivered in partnership by Citizens Advice Wirral, Age UK Wirral, Wirral Change and Wirral Mencap.
We offer wide ranging help across subjects that include the management of debt, problems with housing and rent, relationship issues and consumer rights.
We provide advice in a range of different ways -
• Through information available to you online
• By help over the phone
• In pre-booked face to face appointments with our trained advisers
A Sixth Form College is an establishment which specialises in delivering education to 16-19 year olds. There are a total of 94 sixth form colleges in the country and it is the highest performing sector for delivering A Level and BTEC provision nationally.
Career Connect is a charity who are passionate about providing high quality independent careers advice, bridging the gap to learning and employment and better life chances for young people and adults. We provide a wide range of career management services, some funded by Local Authorities and schools and colleges in your area. We are also a provider of the National Careers Service for adults.
Our Not-for-profit Support and Community Development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people, by providing them with the information and skills they need to effect change within their communities.
At Community Action Wirral we can support new and existing not-for-profit organisations, from small user groups to Registered Charities and Social Enterprises. Our support varies from helping individuals form a charity to supporting long-established groups in addressing their organisational health.
With services such as employment support, welfare and benefits advice and domestic abuse support, Involve Northwest’s key objective is to continue to empower and enable local people through access to clear, concise information and guidance through a high-quality service.
Our advisors hold drop-in sessions across the Wirral, as well as arranged appointments at Royal Standard House in Rock Ferry. For more information on our services, or to find out where you can see an advisor, please call us on 0151 644 1100 or on our Freephone number 0300 330 0011.
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Linking Wirral people into employment, working together to provide jobs and training, Our support services assist unemployed people in the Wirral area to find and remain in jobs, while supporting local businesses to recruit a diverse workforce that will grow with their businesses. Working together, Remploy, The Social Partnership and Wirral Council, offer a fully holistic range of solutions that support communities in the Wirral to start or return to work. We also offer full funding for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and job specific training in a range of specialisms to develop the vocational skills of the people we support.
There are lots of volunteering opportunities available that might be relevant to your future career plans. For example, you might want to help out at your local leisure centre during the summer, holidays as a play scheme supervisor, be a conservation volunteer at a nearby park or National Trust site, volunteer at local festivals, sporting events and exhibitions, become a mentor to other young people or volunteer at one of Wirral’s youth hubs.
Volunteering in Wirral is a great opportunity to develop new skills and gain experience, whilst making a difference to people’s lives. There are lots of ways to get involved; from helping out in your local area to making a regular commitment to a community or charity group. For volunteering opportunities within the council, information or contact details can be found on the following pages ‘emergency volunteers’, ‘coach and volunteer opportunities’ ‘archivists’, ‘parks’, and ‘libraries’.
We offer a range of short, part time adult learning courses (19 years+) We offer courses at many venues across Wirral.
Whether you are a school leaver looking to continue your education and training, an adult looking to improve your career prospects or an employer who wants to recruit or develop your workforce, we can help! Whichever career you choose, Wirral Met College can help you achieve your goals. As well as providing you with the qualifications and skills for your career, we give excellent personal support to you as an individual. From apprenticeships and traineeships, introductory to advanced level study programmes, Higher National Certificates/Diplomas, foundation degrees, degrees and teacher training qualifications, we can help you improve your employment prospects.
There is a range of volunteer vacancies and whatever you may choose, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your participation will be enriching the lives of people who have experienced, or are experiencing, mental distress. The invaluable contribution made by our volunteers helps to play an enormous part in supporting the people of Wirral.
Volunteers play an important role as they contribute to the care and wellbeing of our patients.
The support that volunteers provide enables us to enrich and extend the range of services that it offers to patients and visitors.
There is an increasing range of opportunities available to prospective volunteers and if you are seeking a worthwhile and rewarding role helping to support and develop services and enhance the quality of our patients’ stay in hospital, then volunteering may be for you.