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Through our training and consultancy Disability Sheffield can help businesses by developing an inclusive workplace. As a disabled people’s user led organisation we know just how beneficial employing disabled people can be. Our experienced staff can support you in creating a diverse, knowledgeable, and confident team.

We are an organisation run by disabled people, and as such we carry a fair deal of expertise. Under our guidance, you will meet your equality duties as an employer or service provider. You may even increase output and productivity in having a cohesive workplace and truly inclusive environment for customers and/or staff alike.

Working with a wide range of private and public services and dealing with staff members from senior management and human resources, our services are tailored to support business to improve their understanding of equality and disability.

You can download a copy of our Training Brochure here

  • Autism Insight Training

    We are a small team made up of people with lived experience of Autism and Carers. We want to help our community have a better understanding of what it is like to live with Autism and the effects it can have on our lives so that together we can build and Autistic friendly community.

    Disabled people are have their own spending power of £80Bn but their experiences at retailers influences the behaviour of family, friends and social circles which increases the potential market to £212Bn per year so it’s in your interests to get it right. We can help service providers to make their services more Autistic friendly by making small changes that can have a massive effect the overall experience of someone with Autism and carers. —

    Our training aims to give an introduction to autism from personal insight. We can help learners to:

    • Have a better understanding of the wide variations of autism and how people cope in everyday situations
    • Gain an understanding of how to support people on the autistic spectrum so that they are offering a more inclusive service
    • Understand the popular misconceptions about autism and its related conditions and challenge these stereotypes

    This is what people say about our Autism Insight training

    ‘This session should be delivered to all private/public and voluntary sector organisations – we all need educating like this’

    ‘This has been the some of the best and most useful training I have ever taken part in. I would recommend it to any organisation who works with the public and provides a service’

    ‘Having training led by people with Autism is so very important. This is undoubtedly the best and most informative training I have ever been on’

    If you are interested in booking our Autism Insight training please contact Disability Sheffield on 0114 253 6750

  • Disability Confident and Inclusion

    We are now offering sessions to employers on Disability Confident and inclusion.

    This course would suit large, medium or small businesses/organisations.

    Courses run for 3 hours and can be delivered on your premises or at our office (cost will be more if we book room).

    Disability Confident Course Aims and Objectives

    • Have a solid understanding of disability equality and what this means in managing and recruiting disabled staff
    • Be confident in identifying barriers and access issues for disabled employees and working alongside them to remove these
    • Understand Disability Confident and how to register and become accredited understand the issues that disabled people encounter and the range of needs of disabled employees
    • Understand the Equality Act and your obligation as an employer
    • Appreciate the real benefit that supporting and employing disabled people can have on your workplace
    • Become more effective in accessing a pool of diverse, talented people
    • Have a set of tools that can help you to reduce sickness and stress in your workplace

    Contact Kathryn Littlewood on 0114 253 6705 or kathryn.littlewood@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for costs per head as this is based on how many people will book.

  • Disability Equality Training

    Our Disability Equality Training workshops provide the tools your organisation or service needs to become confident in how you work with disabled staff and/or disabled customers. The workshops are a mix of classroom and interactive sessions providing expert training suitable for people at all levels. The course is delivered in your own workplace venue/s or alternative location.

    Over 19% of the UK population have an impairment or long term health condition. With over 12 million disabled people in the UK there is an overwhelming business-case to have an accessible and inclusive organisation and workforce, offering appeal to hundreds of potential customers.

    After attending a workshop, staff will:

    • Understand how to overcome customer service barriers faced by disabled people
    • Understand the business case for employing and/or serving disabled people
    • Know how to ensure the workplace and service is accessible and inclusive
    • Understand the responsibilities of your employer under the Equality Act
    • Be confident putting the theory into practice

    For further information please email info@disabilitysheffield.org.uk

  • Training for Individual Employers and Personal Assistants

    2023/24 PA and IE Training Directory
    Disability Sheffield have created a comprehensive directory detailing national, local and online training training courses for PAs and IEs available from various organisations.

    Download the directory here: 2023/24 PA and IE Training Directory

    Please note, apart from the specific Disability Sheffield training listed, we DO NOT run any of the training courses listed in this directory; please contact the appropriate organisation if you have any questions concerning training detailed in the directory.

    Disability Sheffield PA/IE Training
    Disability Sheffield has once again secured some funding from Skills for Care to enable us to offer a programme of free training courses during 2023/24.

    Download the Disability Sheffield 2023/24 PA and IE Training Brochure for details of the courses currently available free of charge to IEs and PAs: 2023/24 PA and IE Training Brochure

    You can also browse the available courses and you can book your place by visiting by the Disability Sheffield Eventbrite Page.

    Individual Employers can apply for funding for training from Skills for Care. You can find out more information on Skills for Care Website

    Disability Sheffield also facilitates the Individual Employer and PA Development Group. The group meets on a quarterly basis and works in a fully co-produced way to identify develop and implement learning opportunities and resources for IE and PAs in Sheffield. The group is open to anyone.

    If you would like to join contact Disability Sheffield: info@disabilitysheffield.org.uk or phone Disability Sheffield on 0114 253 6750.

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