We can help Hackney residents who have health and social care needs to find paid or self-employment, stay in employment and improve your vocational skills to help progress through your career.
Who is eligible
Supported employment is open to all Hackney residents managing a health condition or disability including:
- learning disabilities
- mental health conditions
- autism spectrum disorder
If you're a Hackney resident with health and social care needs, we offer tailored support to help you find work, as well as ongoing support while you're working, including:
- helping you work out what your ambitions, learning needs and individual skills are
- helping you develop a CV and fill in job applications
- providing job opportunities tailored to your needs and preferences
- support during the recruitment process and assistance to improve your interview technique
- in-work support - job coaching, negotiating reasonable adjustments within the workplace
Aaron Fry, Shoreditch
Aaron Fry, 27 from Shoreditch, approached Hackney Supported Employment for help seeking a new job in July 2017. Having worked as a shop fitter for several years, his career in construction came to an end following a severe glass laceration to the hand which rendered him out of action and in need of reconstructive surgery.
Aaron said: "I've spent the last five years undergoing surgery and rebuilding the tendons and ligaments in my last two fingers. I have worked in construction on and off since I was 15, but that is out of the picture for me now, so I needed to try something new."
After walking past the Hackney Opportunity Hub in Hoxton, Aaron registered with Hackney Supported Employment online and had an interview a couple of days later. He said: "I needed some extra help to get into work. I was at a stage where my benefits could've been stopped, so my house and everything was at risk. That's when I looked up the Hackney Opportunity Hub online and then it was basically just smooth sailing. It is a very easy and friendly service."
Aaron worked closely with his advisor who helped him with interview preparation, attended meetings at the job centre with him and supported him to access his benefits during his job search. Since his accident, Aaron finds the cold can really affect his hands, so finding a suitable indoor job in the warmth was important for him and his advisor helped him find suitable job opportunities.
Aaron said: "Hackney Supported Employment has helped me a lot with my housing and council tax benefits, helping me to be better off in work and supporting me with the transition into work. They're really helpful."
Aaron started working as a Head Baker at Sainsbury's in November 2017.
He said: "I love it. I only live down the road so it's convenient for me - less than a 5 minute walk, which helps with the early starts. I generally start work at 5 o'clock in the morning, but I've always been an early riser so it's ideal."
Aaron has hit the ground running and is already helping to train people, he would like to progress within Sainsbury's in the future.