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Disability Confident Training

The Camden Society has recently become a Disability Confident Leader (level 3 of Disability Confident accreditation) and can now act as a Disability Confident champion for other local and national employers. Our recognised Leader status allows us to provide support and assessments for other companies wanting to become Disability Confident on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

We recently ran an event in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions on accessible recruitment.

This was a really exciting and unique opportunity for employers to come together and meet our ambassadors, who are people with a lived experience of having a disability and looking for employment (these included job seekers, people in work, people in second careers and people setting up their own businesses). Employers included Royal Opera House, Firmdale Hotels, Springboard UK, The Breakfast Club, Pret a Manger and DWP staff themselves. They brought along their own application forms, HR documents, training materials and website links, and discussed the accessibility of these with our ambassadors, who then gave their ideas for how it could be improved.

Following the event, employers fed back their thoughts on the session. One noted that, 'It was great speaking to the ambassadors and understanding the challenges that people we a learning disability face looking for work'. Another explained that the session, 'made me consider areas in which our business can learn and develop our hiring process, such as changes to our website including font size and colour'. 

Due to high demand, we'll be hosting a further 3 similar events over the coming months. Please contact Terry de Willers or Suzanne Thomson to find out more.