We are very proud to be running a week of programs from the 28th June to 2nd July focusing on employment. This event will take place over a series of free to access webinars, live Facebook streams and specialised focused events for those aged 16-25. Although this event is focused on those served by our Youth Group, any events which are free to view can be attended by anyone with an interest in the subjects involved.
Please see the list of the events below, and links (if required) to attend them, if a link isn’t available for the event that you are interested in then please check back to this page later and keep an eye on our social media channels for when the event is available to book.
Monday 28th June
6.00pm – Access to Work: A DWP programme that really works
This session will be led by Richard Lamplough, Founder of My Employment Passport and MD of Won’t Ever Be. Richard is a community connector committed to finding hard-working, reliable young people (who happen to have communication difficulties) with employers keen to find potential diamonds! There will be the opportunity to pose questions, a short video and advice on the application process, how the employer is part of this, Action Plan, how long you can access ATW and much more.
8.00pm – Youth Employment UK
A pre-recorded video from Youth Employment UK all about who they are and what they do to support young people into employment.
Tuesday 29th June
6.00pm – The Equalities Act with Richard Todd – Dyspraxia Foundation Facebook
Trustee and Employment Advisor Richard Todd to talk abut the Equality Act; how does it apply to you, how reasonable adjustments might affect applications, interviews, ‘trade tests and starting work. Open to all on our main Facebook Page, this session will be packed with useful information.
6.30pm – C.V. Writing Workshop – with DyspraxicMe
Join Jess Starns and Louise McAward-White from Dyspraxic Me for an interactive session about writing your CV.
Jess and Louise will talk you through the key things to include and avoid; ideas for how to structure your CV; and ways to describe your experience in the best way. There will be exercises for you to take part in so by the end you’ll have the start of your new CV.
Wednesday 30th June
5.45pm – Disclosure with Lauren Garden – Dyspraxia Foundation Facebook
Lauren Garden talks about her working life as an adult with dyspraxia and her life long campaign for social inclusion and belonging. Lauren was diagnosed with dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD at ages 17, 23 and 27. She now works for ‘No Isolation’ a start up that designs products to reduce social isolation and is actively shaping their HR policies and holding lunch and learn sessions on neurodiversity. Lauren will talk about finally finding her ‘fit’ Aimed at anyone with an interest in dyspraxia in the workplace.
7.15pm – Qualities, Skills and Passions – Three keys that can open the door to employment
As part of Dyspraxia Youth Employment Week we look at ways to highlight the positives traits. An opportunity to learn about how to link Qualities, Skills and Passion together when thinking about what sort of job you may want/like to apply for. Richard Lamplough will lead this session to help you pull a CV together and promote the qualities of dyspraxia to an employer. Suitable to anyone with an interest in dyspraxia.
Thursday 1st July
6.00pm – Life Story: Finding my Fit with Lauren Garden – Dyspraxia Foundation Facebook
Lauren Garden to talk about her working life as an adult with dyspraxia and her life long campaign for social inclusion and belonging. Lauren was diagnosed with dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD at ages 17, 23 and 27. She now works for ‘No Isolation’ a start up that designs products to reduce social isolation and is actively shaping their HR policies and holding lunch and learn sessions on neurodiversity. Lauren will talk about finally finding her ‘fit’ Aimed at anyone with an interest in dyspraxia in the workplace
8.00pm – Access to Work, tips & tricks – Dyspraxia Foundation Facebook page
Ensuring you get the support you need, Access to Work processes and how best to work with them, Pitfalls to avoid
Friday 2nd July
6.00pm – An introduction to the Kickstart Scheme
A short video from Youth Employment UK explaining all you need to know about the latest Government Scheme for young people.
7.00pm – How to improve my odds with Richard Todd.
A session led by Richard Todd aimed at young people (16-25 years old) with dyspraxia to enable them to improve their chances of employment.
Richard is a Trustee and the Employment Advisor for the Dyspraxia Foundation. He is a past committee member of the Dyslexia Adult Network and recently sat on the Westminster Achievability Commission looking at barriers to employment for Neurodivergent people.
Richard has a background in manufacturing industry, process consultancy, IT and management training. His wide ranging experience of working with people who have ND profiles, includes managing the Access to Work assessments across the SouthWest of England and Wales, personally conducting over 1000 workplace assessments for ND people.
He was a Disability Advisor for The Foreign Office, managing their achievement of a Silver Award in the Business Disability Audit.
Richard is the author of the Dyspraxia Foundation’s Employers Guide and contributed to the Hidden Disabilities Toolkit published by Key 4 Learning and used by the Cabinet Office and Prospect Union among others. He has spoken at conferences in the UK, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Luxembourg.
In all his activities Richard leans heavily on more than 40 years of relevant experience living in a family who have dyslexia and dyspraxia.
Dyspraxic Me – http://dyspraxic.me.uk
Are a a peer group for young dyspraxic people aged 16-25. They usually meet in London but as of late have been doing things on-line.
Jess Starnes voluntarily founded ‘Dyspraxic Me’ in 2013. Jess was awarded a place on the Shaw Trust ‘Power 100’ 2018 list of the most influential and inspirational disabled people in Britain and is the 64th Points of Light.
In 2019 Jess completed an MA in Inclusive Arts Practice exploring neurodiversity through art, and created a Neurodiversity Museum.
Louise McAward -White
Dyspraxic Me Trustee
Louise works in the museum and heritage sector, delivering system and procedure improvements to improve peoples working lives. Louise co-founded Fair Museum Jobs to advocate for improved recruitment practices in museum and heritage work and has previously chaired the trustees of a community library
Louise became involved in Dyspraxic Me to work on policies and procedures, volunteer and trustee recruitment and to help with admin!
Lauren is a researcher and and a life-long campaigner for social inclusion and belonging, starting years before being diagnosed with Dyspraxia, ADHD and then ASD at ages 17, 23 and 27 respectively.
Going through her own process of finding her fit, and due to other sudden changes in her physical health, meant that she has changed career 4 times in 7 years, including under Covid-19 lockdown, and is a regular customer of Access to Work!
In her previous roles she provided consultation services to businesses on culture and inclusion, and was the Dyspraxia lead of the Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network for employees. She has held speeches on about inclusion, belonging and neurodiversity in the workplace and advised individuals on HR issues and appeals, disclosure, assistive software and more. She has authored articles for the charity Scope on digital inclusion.
She now works for for ‘No Isolation’, a start-up that designs products to reduce social isolation, and is actively shaping their HR policies and holding lunch-and-learns on neurodiversity to ensure inclusion is embedded in the organisation as it grows. She is glad to say that she thinks she has finally found her fit.
Richard Lamplough is founder of My Employment Passport and MD of Won’t Ever Be Ltd. Richard has a background as a community connector, connecting hard-working, reliable young people (who happen to have communication difficulties) with employers keen to find some potential diamonds.
As the Employment Project Manager, for Generate Opportunities in Wandsworth, between 1997 and 2006 his role included managing an Access To Work contract and submitting tender opportunities for employment support initiatives, many of which drew down substantial amounts of funding. In 2014 he went “back to his roots” in the county where he grew up, dividing his time between a community drop-in centre in Horsham, an FE college in Crawley and a special school in Crawley. When he waved goodbye to his West Sussex pals at the start of 2020, he was proud that approximately twenty-five young people had moved into paid employment in the previous six years. He was also proud that he had built the foundations of an initiative from a point of zero funding in 2014 to a place today where it now has sustainable financial backing from West Sussex County Council. From the spring of 2020 to the spring of 2021 Richard turned My Employment Passport from a “physical” offer into an online offer for schools, colleges, day services, the voluntary sector and parents’ groups. The initiative will be available from September 2021.
Youth Employment UK – www.youthemployment.org.uk
Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment. As experts on youth employment and unemployment, we are ideally placed to understand the complex landscape facing young people, employers and policy makers.