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How would you close the disability employment gap?
Since October 2017, Scope has been working with UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, to find, fund, and support social entrepreneurs with ideas to help disabled people (back) into work.
Today UnLtd are excited to share news of an opportunity which we think could be really attractive and interesting to many members of our community.
The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs awards grants to people with enterprising ideas to make the world a better place. They call these people social entrepreneurs: if you feel compelled to address a social issue, and you want to build a social business – one that has a way of financing its operations, then you might be eligible for UnLtd funding.
Unemployment has been steadily falling in the UK, yet not everyone who wants to work can gain appropriate, meaningful work. According to Scope, disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.
UnLtd know that people have enterprising ideas to change this and in the past 12 months, they've already supported over 20 people with ideas to address the disability employment gap.
People like Sue, whose venture Promise In Store stocks products exclusively designed, created, crafted, produced or packaged by (young) people with a learning difficulty or disability. Sue has blended her extensive experience in retail and customer services, plus her lived experience as a parent in the know, to create her social enterprise.
Or Paul, who set up Inyoni Bay, to empower his son and other young adults with Autism, to fulfil their professional and creative potential by becoming highly skilled, self-reliant and independent professionals. It operates as a creative film company making animations and explainer videos.
Sue and Paul are just two examples of UnLtd Award Winners, who have accessed funding and support through UnLtd's partnership with Scope in order to launch their social enterprises.
All the Award Winners receive a combination of cash and support to help you develop resilient, impactful social ventures. Now UnLtd are looking for more applications. If you have an idea to help disabled people into work, e.g. through paid employment, quality training & skills, meaningful work experience, vocational education & apprenticeships, recruitment services, or influencing more inclusive workplace practices, then UnLtd would love to hear from you!
The first stage of the three-stage application process is an Expression of Interest, which you can complete UnLtd's website. The second stage involves completing a few further questions online, and the final stage will involve you speaking with UnLtd, discussing your idea and answering some questions.
You can find more information on how to apply at https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-support/our/closing-the-disability-employment-gap/
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 19th July 2019.
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