The Disability Network Engagement Campaign specialise in increasing disable people engagement and participation in elected and appointed governance, service planning and policy development. The emphasis is on understanding the effects of a proposal and focusing on real engagement with key groups rather than following a set process.

Interested in donating through your company? This a great way to support the Disability Network whilst gaining fantastic visibility for your company. Please email: support@disabilitynetwork.co.uk

Disability Network delivers critical expertise about disabled people, so it will be in line with the regulations. Our branded logo link allows clients to direct traffic to their website and maximise their reach online. The best 3 ways to use Disability Network according to our survey:

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If you live in your own home you may be entitled to a grant which will allow you to adapt your home to allow you to live more independently, and to purchase equipment which will help you in a number of day-to-day tasks.

Adapting your home

Local authorities are required by law to give Disabled Facilities Grants to eligible applicants to make houses suitable for disabled people. The Grants are available to owners and tenants in both private and social housing sectors.You may be expected to pay some of the costs, depending on your financial circumstances.

Contact your local social services department / housing authority to arrange for an assessment of the improvements and adaptations to meet your needs, and details of accessing Disabled Facilities funding. Your local council may also be able to move you to more suitable living accommodation if this is your preference, and would offer the same help as improving or adapting the existing accommodation.

Home Improvement Agencies

If you are arranging for the work to be carried out yourself you may be able to get help from a Home Improvement Agency. They are not-for-profit organisations which advise on what work needs to be done and then project manage it on your behalf.


The National Co-ordinating Body for Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs) in England. HIAs are not for profit, locally based organisations that assist vulnerable homeowners to improve, maintain or adapt their home. By improving people's living conditions, HIAs enhance their quality of life and enable them to remain in their home in greater comfort and security. Foundations, Bleaklow House, Howard Town Mill, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8HT - Telephone: 01457 891909


Senior Events and Partnerships Officer

Senior Events and Partnerships Officer


Hours of work: Full time, 35 hours per week
Salary: £27,120 per annum
Location: The Homestead, York

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is seeking a Senior Events and Partnerships Officer who will be responsible for the scoping, designing and delivering targeted and effective events and partnerships that engage stakeholders with our organisational strategy.

At JRF and JRHT we work to identify and address the root causes of poverty and injustice, whilst building resilient communities where people can really thrive. We have an ambitious agenda for inspiring positive social change in the UK through communicating and influencing effectively in the external environment.

As part of the Communications and External Affairs team this role will be key to supporting the positioning of JRF and JRHT as a leader in social policy through the targeting of relevant external conferences/exhibitions by designing relevant content/programmes. In addition, the role will be responsible for ensuring that the reach and strategy objectives of JRF and JRHT events and partnerships are maximised through the targeted use of multichannel communications.

In order to apply for this role you must have proven experience of managing events in a high profile communications environment and the ability to develop and deliver events as part of a communications and public affairs strategy. The role engages with a wide range of stakeholders including influencers and local communities, therefore, experience of this is essential. Additionally, the successful applicant must have an understanding of and an interest in JRF’s operating environment, including a high degree of political awareness. You will be a skilled team player with strong interpersonal skills including a positive and proactive approach with a focus on collaboration and finding solutions.

You will need the ability to use your initiative and prioritise your workload; high standards of presentation and accuracy; excellent communication skills and a flexible approach. Sound Microsoft office and IT skills are essential. Some overnight/travel will be required particularly to our London office. In return we offer a supportive working environment where variety is guaranteed.

Download an application pack and further information from our website at: www.jrf.org.uk/about-us/jobs or our 24-hour recruitment answerphone: 01904 615 943.

Closing deadline: 1pm on Tuesday 26 May 2015.
Interviews will be held in York on Thursday 11 June 2015.

No CVs or agency applications please.

Digital Communications Officer

Digital Communications Officer


REPORTS TO: Head of Communications

TERM OF CONTRACT: This is a fixed term contract that will run from July 1st 2015 to June 30th 2016

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To assist in the development of, and engagement with, an online community for writers. Includes sourcing, creating and uploading of multimedia content on the craft of writing across Arvon’s website, social networks and email channels.

How to apply

To help you in preparing your application please visit the Arvon website for further information about Arvon’s work. www.arvon.org

To apply for this post, please complete the enclosed application form and send with your CV, personal statement, equal opportunities monitoring form and evidence of receiving a maintenance grant:

EITHER by email to arvonjobs@arvon.org

OR by post to Arvon (Creative Bursaries), Freeword, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

Your application should arrive with us by 5pm on Monday 1 June 2015.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held in London on Friday 12 June

Please note that if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful – we regret we are unable to directly notify applicants who are not shortlisted. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you require notification that your application has been received.

If you have any questions about the post please contact George Palmer, Head of Communications on 020 7324 2554 / george.palmer@arvon.org.

About Arvon

Arvon is all about writers.

Arvon is a charity that works to ensure everyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing. We offer life-changing creative writing experiences to anyone who writes, from beginners to established writers, from school age upwards, and from all backgrounds.

We run a vibrant annual programme of weekly residential courses, open to the public, tutored by leading writers in genres from poetry to fiction to script writing, at our secluded rural centres. On Arvon’s five day writing courses, participants live, work and eat in one of our three historic writing houses in inspirational countryside settings. We are also developing Arvon city courses, and run a mentoring scheme for talented writers. Our grants scheme offers awards to cover some or all of the fee for those on low incomes; around a quarter of all course participants receive some support.

More than a third of our residential weeks are for schools and disadvantaged groups, including young people struggling with literacy, young people in care, ex-offenders, recovering addicts and refugees. These weeks often ignite a lifelong love of imaginative writing, build self-confidence and language skills, and help to develop the creative voice of each participant.


The communications team is responsible for the development of Arvon’s audience across a range of channels.

The role will focus on the delivery of a major new digital project for Arvon, an online resource section about the craft of writing, with premium content for members, and a new Tumblr website that highlights writing expertise across the web.

The post is based at the vibrant Free Word Centre in Farringdon, which houses seven literature, literacy and freedom of expression organisations.

Main Duties include

. Creation and curation of online multimedia content
. Uploading content to the Wordpress CMS
. Liaising with authors in the creating of online content
. Facilitating online writing events
. Maintaining Arvon’s social media
. Creating and maintaining a new Tumblr website for Arvon
. SEO work on website
. Digital marketing of Arvon’s residential courses to online writing communities
. Actively engage with existing digital writing communities
. Track and report on social media analytics



. Experience uploading content to a website
. Experience creating multimedia content, including audio and video
. Confidence on social media
. Passion for creative writing
. Strong IT skills including MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook

. Experience with Wordpress
. Experience with Tumblr
. Knowledge of the online writing community
. Experience creating enewsletters


. Excellent digital skills
. Ability to write well
. An ability to work with figures and spreadsheets
. Excellent verbal communication skills
. Sensitivity to Arvon’s tone of voice and discrimination around online communication
. Strong administration, planning and organisational skills
. Ability to work effectively across teams
. Ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines

. Self-motivated and pro-active
. Willing and able to work in a small team
. Positive and enthusiastic attitude
. Supportive of Arvon’s work and values


This post is supported by The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, which is run by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

This talent development initiative will identify gifted recent graduates who would otherwise not be in a financial position to work for free in order to get a foot on the competitive career ladder in the arts.

To apply you must:

. have graduated since summer 2013, from a first degree (ie a BA or an NVQ 6, or MA if from a Scottish university in the UK
. have received a full maintenance grant during the full period of your course and be able to verify it with the necessary paperwork
. have achieved a 2:2 degree or above
. be full-time resident in the UK
. MA students, ie those who have gone on to study for a second degree, are not eligible for this programme. The exception is those who studied at one of the older Scottish Universities where the 4 year MA is the equivalent of the English BA.

See Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries – FAQS document for questions about your eligibility.


The Digital Communications Officer will be line managed by the Head of Communications.
LOCATION: The post holder will be expected to work primarily in Arvon’s National Office in London, based in the Free Word Centre, Farringdon.
WORKING HOURS: this is a full time post, based on 37.5 hours per week. There is no paid overtime. You will be expected to travel within the UK to visit our centres from time to time.
SALARY: £18,000
HOLIDAY: 25 days, plus statutory holidays
CONTRACT: This is a temporary one year contract, from July 1st 2015 to June 30th 2016. There will be a one month probationary period for this position.




Duration: 6 months
(Monday 7 September 2015 – Friday 26 February 2016)
Salary: £17,037 per annum
Full time: 35 hours per week
Location: York (but could include travel to other locations)

Are you interested in a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your career? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust are offering seven graduates the opportunity to be part of the 2015 paid internship programme.

What’s in it for you? High quality work experience which will involve undertaking meaningful projects that will benefit our organisations. We want to tap into your knowledge and fresh ideas, and for you to gain an insight into how we operate as well as providing a useful introduction to the workplace which will help your further employment prospects. Our organisations span a range of work from influencing national policy to providing a wide variety of services, from managing social housing to care services.

Previous placements have included; a review of how people are allocated our rented homes, developing and running our staff survey, looking at how we could use iPads to improve our care service and investigating how people manage life transitions in an ageing society. Our internships for 2015 could be located in different parts of JRF or JRHT, such as policy and research, communications and external affairs, housing services or care services.

For more information on this year’s internships programme download an Intern Pack from the JRF website or contact Tabitha Galvez on 01904 752222. To apply, please send a CV which should be no more than two sides of A4, complete the supplementary information sheet (including details of two referees) along with the diversity monitoring form and send to: interns.programme@jrf.org.uk or Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Homestead, 40 Water End, York YO30 6WP.

For more information about the 2015 internships, follow us at @JRF_Jobs and @JRHT_Jobs

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 June at 12 noon.

Interviews will be held over two days – Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 July. All interviews will be held at The Homestead, York.

Diversity is at the heart of everything we do at JRF and JRHT. We believe that employing people with varying traditions, cultures, identities, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and racial/ethnic origins is essential to the delivery of our aims.

Mental Health Recovery Worker

Mental Health Recovery Worker
Rethink Mental Illness


Mental Health Recovery Worker 'b' (Employment)
£16,373 to £18,378 per annum pro-rata
37.5 hours per week
East Kent

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. For 40 years we have brought people together to support each other. We run services and support groups across England that change people’s lives and we challenge attitudes about mental illness.

We provide a wide range of employment support and training to people affected by mental illness, from CV writing to on the job support whilst someone is in paid employment. Our services help individuals to access employment, retain their jobs and regain their self-confidence and independence as part of their recovery. We also help employers, providing guidance on reasonable adjustments and raising awareness of mental illness in the workplace.

You will be expected to join a small Rethink Employment service staff team to:
- Work in partnership with statutory mental health partner agencies (Kent & Medway Partnership Trust, KCA) to deliver employability services to contract profile within Thanet.
- Establish and maintain links with local statutory and voluntary organisations, to ensure awareness and knowledge, and promote partnership working.
- Work within the Individual Placement Support and Recovery models.
- Aim to move clients with mental health issues into employment opportunities by addressing skill gaps, training needs and social inclusion.
- Promote independence to ensure clients take responsibility for their journey into employment

We're looking for a great relationship builder, working directly with the people who use the service. With a good understanding of mental illness – gained either through work or personal experience – you will have a good knowledge of the employment needs and difficulties of people who experience mental health problems - you will also be qualified to NVQ Level 3 (or equivalent).

Closing date: 11th June 2015
To apply, please visit www.rethink.org/jobs

Rethink Mental Illness is passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourages applications from under-represented communities.


Employment Rights.

Disabled workers share the same general employment rights as other workers, but there are also some special provisions under the Equality Act. Under the Equality Act, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against disabled people, for a reason related to their disability, in all aspects of employment, unless this can be justified. If you believe that your employer has treated you less favourably than others for a reason related to your disability, or if your employer has not made reasonable adjustments for you in the workplace, you may want to consider further action. There are a number of actions you might take.

Disability Toolkits.

The main barriers can be inaccessible information, inaccessible buildings, inaccessible transport, inflexible procedures and practices. Public services have a duty to consult on the likely impact of proposed policies to ensure they do not have an adverse or negative impact on people due to their disability, age, gender, race or ethnicity, sexuality, religion or faith. Our team provides strategic and practical advice on engagement. Contact us for more information.

Sports & Hobbies.

Contact local council to obtain details of accessible sports facilities, parks, arts, neighbourhood centres, museums, community facilities and entertainment venues in your area. Many national and local sports organisations, clubs and groups cater for people of all ages, with all kinds of disabilities. In addition there are organisations that are specifically for people with particular disabilities. 

Disability Engagement.

Effective community engagement and consultation can help ensure the Council is providing the services that residents really need, in the way that residents want to access them. It is crucial that those being asked to take part in engagement of whatever type understand what the offer is - whether it is the ground rules of a participatory budgeting event, consultation on service changes, or why it is important to register to vote. 

Accommodation needs.

Plan ahead and let the airline or travel operators know about your needs - it is their job to help you and make your trip as safe and comfortable as possible. Choose your method of transport with care, and when flying, go with the most direct route so that you are not left trying to change flights at numerous locations around the world. Discuss with the airline if you will need any assistance.


A British registered charity which provides sporting and adventurous activites for people with all forms of paralysis. Activities include everything from Archery to Canoeing, Gliding to Shooting, Quad-biking to Scuba-Diving, Land-yachting, Falconry and Fishing.


If you are disabled and need motor transport to get out and about, contact Motability, an independent not-for-profit organisation, which provides options on car transport solutions for disabled people. In addition The Disabled Drivers' Motor Club (DDMC) is a specialist voluntary organisation in the UK run by and for disabled people who have an interest in motoring and independent mobility.

Reasonable Adjustments.

Under the Equality Act your employer has certain duties to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to ensure that you are not put at a substantial disadvantage by their employment arrangements or by any physical feature of the workplace. Examples of the sort of adjustments your employer should consider in consultation with you, are set out in the Equality Act.


Your Rights in Health


The Equality Act 2010 is the law protecting people living with a disability from any form of discrimination as a result of their disability. Under the Act health and social services must give disabled people the same access as all other service users. 

Health Consent


You must be given the opportunity to grant or deny your consent to any health procedure that is suggested, provided you are mentally able to give it, are in possession of enough information to allow you to make a decision and your consent is given freely and not as the result of pressure from anyone else.

Disability Health Services


If you are disabled, or care for a disabled relative or friend it is important that you understand what health related services are available to you from social services, the Health Service and voluntary organisations. 

Occupational therapists


Occupational therapists work with people of any age with physical or mental health problems to promote their independence in caring for themselves, in employment and in leisure activities. Occupational Therapists work with disabled people, their families and/or carers, to resolve any practical problems or restrictions on lifestyle that might be experienced.




Disability Network is dedicated to promoting equality for people with a disability in the United Kingdom. Often society can disable people more than health condition or disability, with attitudes and assumptions preventing people from reaching their goals.

We have re-launched Disability Network with better web-publishing technology. You will see us focus on two areas: disability awareness information and employment. The job search section remains the largest independent and most successful section. The Disability Network is dedicated to ensuring that people with a disability have immediate access to all relevant information, resources and advice that the web can offer.

The site is fully committed to helping advertisers gain a better understanding of equality and to help them get the best out of our unique service, the Disability Network offers a competitive pricing policy and a clear focus on achieving results.





References to "we", "us", "DisabilityNetwork.co.uk" or "our" are references to Disability Network and our address for correspondence is: 6th Floor, 223 Regent Street, London W1B 2QD, United Kingdom.


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The contents of this Site are subject to the matters set out right. All users acknowledge and accept the disclaimer right in order to obtain access to this site. English law and jurisdiction applies with respect to contents of this Site.

Contents are only for general information or use by our clients (as indicated). The information on this Site is updated from time to time. However, we hereby exclude any warranties (whether expressed or implied), as to the quality, accuracy, efficacy, completeness, performance, fitness for a particular purpose of the Site or any of its contents, including (but not limited) to any curriculum vitae contained within the Site.

We shall not be responsible for any failure to provide the Services, or unavailability of the Site, as a result of circumstances beyond its reasonable control but the Client accepts that it shall still be responsible for the payment of the Fees as if the Services had been properly provided.

We will not be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for any consequential loss or loss of business opportunities or projects, or loss of profits) howsoever arising and whether in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of or inability to use the Site, or any of its contents, or from any action or omission taken as a result of using the Site or any such contents. We make no warranty that the contents of the Site are free from infection by viruses or anything else which has contaminating or destructive properties and shall have no liability in respect there of.

You should note that certain links on the Site lead to resources located on servers maintained by third parties over whom we have no control and accordingly we accept no responsibility or liability for any of the material contained on those servers.

Where part of the Site contains advertising and other material submitted to us by third parties please note that those advertisers are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on the Site complies with all legal requirements. Although acceptance of advertisements on the Site is subject to our terms and conditions which are available on request, we do not accept liability in respect of any advertisements. All liability is excluded to the extent permitted by law including any implied terms.

These Conditions are deemed to be fully read, understood and accepted by the Client. No variation or alteration to these Conditions or any representations about the Services shall have any effect unless expressly agreed and confirmed in writing by a director of Disability Network.

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We reserve the right, from time to time, with or without notice to you, to change these Terms and Conditions at our sole discretion. The Terms and Conditions applicable to your access to and use of this Website and your use and/or purchase of our Products and Services will be the version that is current and displayed on this Website as at each date you access this Website or use and/or purchase our Products and Services (as applicable). Your use of this Website or your use and/or purchase of our Products and Services after changes are made means that you agree to be bound by such changes.

Services Generally

We shall be entitled at anytime without notifying the Client to make changes to the Services which are necessary to comply with any applicable security or other statutory requirements and shall determine the manner in which the Services are provided.

All copyright, database rights and other intellectual property rights in the site and the material available on the site belongs to us or its third party suppliers. Use of the site does not give you any proprietary rights in such materials. Any intellectual property, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques developed by us or obtained during the execution of the Services will be owned exclusively by us.

With effect from the Start Date we shall provide the Services for the Term subject to the provisions of these Conditions. We shall not be responsible for any failure to provide the Services, or unavailability of the Site, as a result of circumstances beyond its reasonable control but the Client accepts that it shall still be responsible for the payment of the Fees as if the Services had been properly provided.

The Client accepts that: we shall not be liable for any failure to provide the Services (or any part thereof) as a result of the Client's failure to comply with the Contract; If any quota of Services which are to be used with any period of time specified in the Service Agreement are not used within that period of time; then in each case the Client shall still be responsible for the full payment of the Fees as if the Services had been properly and fully provided (and for the avoidance of doubt us shall not be liable for providing any unused Services and such Services may not be carried over to any subsequent period).

The Client: authorises us to accept instructions in relation to the Services (without having to refer to the Client) from any person agreed between us and the Client to be an authorised user;

accepts that we shall not be responsible for any breach of this Agreement, any delay in performance of the Services or defect or error in the Services which arises as a result of us accepting instructions from such an authorised user;

shall be responsible for all acts and omissions of any such authorised user as if they were acts or omissions of the Client.

Advertising And Sponsorship Services

The Client agrees to provide us, in such a format as we may request, any information, design work, artwork and logos necessary to enable us to provide those Services.

We shall not be obliged to provide those Services until the Client has supplied it with the information, design work, artwork and logos necessary to provide those Services. Such information shall be supplied within 10 days of the date of the Contract, or such later date as agreed by us. If the Client fails to supply us with the information then clause 1.0 shall apply.

We shall make such modifications to any Advertisement as are reasonably requested by the Client provided that us reserves the right to charge at the rate of 25 Pounds Sterling per hour for the time involved in connection with such modifications.

Advertisements will become live on the Site only when the Client has approved the design work, set-up, artwork and logos. If a Client has been authorised to approve any design work, artwork or logos on behalf of the End Client, then the Client must provide proof of this in writing to us on request.

The Client agrees us from time to time will use their logo in its promotional campaign as part of its awareness campaign. The client reserve the right to request their information and logo to be removed.

The Client accepts that we cannot guarantee the number of occasions on which any individual Advertisement appears on the Site and that no obligations are imposed on us in this regard.

Advertisements placed on the Site may be cancelled and removed following written notification from the Client and will be charged for the Term as described in the Contract as if such cancellation had not occurred and the Services had been properly supplied in full. We have the right at its sole discretion to decline to publish or omit, suspend or change the position of any Advertisement accepted by it.

We may refuse, withdraw, or require to be amended, any artwork, materials or copy for or relating to an Advertisement which is illegal, immoral, obscene or offensive or so as to comply with the legal or moral obligations placed upon DisabilityNetwork.co.uk or the Client or to avoid infringing a third party's rights or any statutory or regulatory requirements.



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If you are committed to making the best decisions in very difficult times, it is our responsibility to understand all communities and use the most appropriate ways of achieving this. Please contact us at: 0207 183 7548 or support@disabilitynetwork.co.uk to discuss ways in which we can develop a bespoke package to meet your needs.



Disability Network Sponsorship


Sponsorship is a great way to support the Disability Network whilst gaining fantastic visibility for your company.

Disability Network Will


Leaving a legacy for the Disability Network is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support us.

Disability Awareness


The Disability Awareness partnership provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition.

Disability Network Profile


Company profile page gives advertisers a mini website within our niche coverage dedicated to promoting their organisation.


Disability Network Termn and Conditions


Disability Network Media Information





With commitment to equal opportunities for the disabled community at its core, the Disability Network brings together jobseekers with employers committed to equality in their recruitment practices. We believe everyone should have the right to work. That’s why we’re committed to supporting disadvantaged people into employment and to live more independent lives.


The Disability Awareness Partnership provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their commitment to disability and demonstrate to target candidates. The benefits of the membership include to demonstrate your achievements to your customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders and competitors. The annual membership fee at £2750 and open to both large and small businesses.


Links are non-animated advertising which appear at the home pages,
providing a high visibility short-cut straight to your information result or your website. Now only £2100 for 6 months.


This is a value added option, allowing advertisers to uniquely position
their organisation’s name at the centre of the home page, with a
dedicated link to your advertised positions or Company Profile. Now only £3000 for 12 months.


Company profile page gives advertisers a mini website within our niche coverage dedicated to promoting their organisation, its opportunities and career development policies to interested candidates. Now only £3600 for 6 months.


Press releases enable diversity friendly organisations to get their diversity news out, to promote the work their people in the business or organisation are doing, or to announce changes. Cost £750 per E-Shot