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United Kingdom

Working With Disability

By Action For Kids Charitable Trust

Registered Charity

Working With Disability

Executive Summary

Young people with special educational needs & disabilities face huge employment inequalities. Of the UK’s 1.4m learning disabled people, just 6% are in paid work. 16-18 year-olds are at least twice as likely as non-disabled to be not in education employment or training and by 26, four times more likely to be unemployed. We look at barriers and deliver training & opportunities to increase skills and aspirations so work is a real option. We consider individual skills, preferences and learning style and work together to fill the gaps in their CV, source relevant placements and help with finding and staying in work. We support the employer and employee and have negotiated working interviews for those ready to fill a vacancy but perhaps unable to ‘pass’ an initial application process. 

Covid19 forced us to close our centre. Roles & placements we worked to enable were put on hold, but it’s critical to maintain momentum and skills and continue services so we moved to virtual mode.

Impact Indicators

People: Social Impact

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Female, Male


12-17, 18-25

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Planet: Environmental Impact







Topic and Activity Grid




Children & Youth




Goods Provision

Infrastructure Provision

Services Provision

Research & Development

Raising Awareness




United Kingdom

Project Outcome Indicators

Short Term:

— Young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) improve their employability skills.

By the end of July 2022 60 young people with SEND will have taken part in at least one employability training project.

— Young people with SEND engage with external employers

By the end of July 2022 35 young people with SEND will gain skills and confidence and improve their aspirations through undertaking external work placements.

— Young people with SEND gain a paid or volunteering role

By the end of July 2022 18 young people with SEND will gain paid work and a further 10 will move into regular volunteering

— Young people with SEND  gain the knowledge and confidence to travel independently

By the end of July 2022 15 young people will learn to travel independently.

— Improve employers confidence to employ disabled people

AFK to deliver training for 50 employees from at least 6 organisations by the end of July 2022.

Long Term:

— Support more young people in a wider geographical location by delivering online training

AFK will carry out a feasibility study to determine need in other London boroughs and offer support where necessary.

— Raise awareness and collaborate with more employers

We will continue to source and support employers in a range of sectors in order to gain training and employment for young people with SEND.

— Raise awareness and support more educators and organisations

AFK will present at regional and national events to promote our services.


a) Maintain/grow employability support for disabled young people
Online job coaching & employer sessions e.g. mock interviews, CV clinics, digital / presentation skills. Employer access is integral to fill a gap in statutory delivery, providing sought after valuable work experience, enabling clients to be work ready and develop skills & traits employers value. We’re committed to keeping employability at the forefront of services so young people don’t lose heart or momentum and to drive workplace diversity & inclusion on the agenda post-pandemic.
b) Practical and emotional support for disabled children, young people and families
Closure of schools and removal of care, activities and support networks is a catastrophe. The Lancet lists this group as highly vulnerable & to experience a profound impact on mental health during and post-pandemic. We are delivering online activities and opportunities to socialise and share experiences with peers, to alleviate isolation and loneliness and improve mental health. Experienced staff are available as needed and for regular 1-2-1 check-ins.
c) Employer / disabled employee advocacy
We facilitate and support employer / furloughed employee dialogue and advocate for those in frontline work who need additional support & guidance.

Wider reach and improved digital offer were mid / long-term strategic goals but are now a reality. We can now achieve these strategic goals and help more people during the crisis and beyond.


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UPDATE #1 | 2 years ago

AFK grows reach by developing a hybrid model of service delivery

As we move away from strict lockdown periods students have returned to the training centre and have started to experience face to face training, interviews and supported employment. 

It is our aim to deliver all of our regular face to face work but to also assess need in other locations and with other organisations and to provide virtual job coaching where there is demand.

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Goal 1: No Poverty

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Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 4: Quality Education

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

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Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth

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Goal 9: Industry Innovation And Infrastructure

This goal supports the building of infrastructure and innovations to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation. The focus is on equality of access to economic development within countries, regions and across borders. There is specific promotion of research and development of technologies both in country and cross-border, and in turn increase access to connectivity, information and communication through access to the internet.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

This goal seeks to reduce inequality within and among countries, in terms of economic, social, and political inclusion. There is a commitment to achieve and sustain the income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than a national average, reduce and eliminate discriminatory laws and practices, monitor international financial markets, encourage development assistance and financial flows, from nation states to individuals in the form of remittances.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities

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Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production

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Goal 14: Life Below Water

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Goal 15: Life On Land

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Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

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Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals

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Your project is addressing the following pillars:


An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.


Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.


Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.


Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.


To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.

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