Update from the SES Consortium

Quarterly Newsletter !!! 

Greetings from the SES Consortium 👋And a Very Happy International Women’s Day 2024!!!

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SES – 7 Disability Organisations/Charities providing specialist and bespoke service delivery for people in work. 

Each Quarter we will share an update on the WorkableNI programme, delivered by the SES Consortium. (www.sesni.org.uk

 Key Highlights to February 2024

Consortium Participants – 260
New starts – 91
Progressions – 125

Would you, or someone you know benefit from Workable Support? We are currently open to new participants. Click here to make a referral into the WorkableNI SES Team Contact | Supported Employment Solutions (sesni.org.uk)

Good News Story 

NOW Group held a fantastic breakfast event at the Galgorm Resort. Over 25 employers joined in the room to hear tips on reasonable adjustments, recruitment, selection of staff, diversity and inclusion within the workplace and the key to sustainability of employees.

We also heard from two of the organisations that NOW Group works alongside, M&S and The JAQ Group. It was great to hear the collaboration between these organisations and the NOW Group increasing inclusivity within the workplace. 

SpotLight on Sign Language Week 2024 

18th march 2024- 24th March 2024

In northern Ireland there are 5000 Sign Language Users, the majority will use BSL (British Sign Language) or ISL (Irish Sign Language) SES Partner AdaptNI provide specialist Support to the Deaf, hearing loss and tinnitus communities throughout Northern Ireland.

SLW is a flagship awareness week for British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language, celebrated every year in March to commemorate the first time BSL was acknowledged as a language in its own right by the UK Government on 18 March 2003.

The week is organised by the British Deaf Association, which has chosen the theme of ‘Promoting BSL and ISL as indigenous languages of the UK’.

The campaign aims to celebrate and educate about BSL and ISL, to encourage more people to start learning it and preserve BSL and ISL for future generations.

BSL was legally recognised in law by the UK Government on 28th April 2022.

28 April will now be known annually as ‘National BSL Day’.

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Interested in learning more or to contact the team, email [email protected] 

Staff Spotlight on Mencaps’ Rosie 

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I’m Rosie, an employment officer for the Belfast and North Team of Mencap. A large part of my role involves supporting trainees enrolled on the Workable programme.

At the moment I am doing in-work support with a trainee who has recently been promoted within the catering department of the City hospital. My support involves helping her develop her confidence with her new duties, and manage her time effectively.

I also work with a gentleman who has taken a brand new role at the Mencap Centre – the role is not just new to him, but to the organisation, and he has a huge amount of travel experience as an advocate for the charity. We have been planning and following his routes together to help him develop confidence in independent travel, and to ensure he can plan for when things go wrong – such as a bus being late or a train being cancelled.

I love my role because I get to see people grow and realise how much they are capable of and start to believe in themselves.

Job vacancies within the Consortium 

Cedar vacancieshttps://cedar-foundation.getgotjobs.co.uk/
NOW GroupNOW Group | Jobs | N.Ireland | Belfast | Ireland | Dublin
Mencap Mencap Jobs – Careers – Vacancies – Our Values | Mencap Northern Ireland
OrchardvilleCareers – Orchardville

Date for the Diary – Supported Employment Awareness Day 2024 – 5th June 

Want to be kept in the loop and updated each Quarter?  please email [email protected]  


SES Supported Employment Solutions partnership is made up of seven disability organisations from across Northern Ireland who have come together to deliver the Workable (NI) Programme across the Region

SES aims to offer a Supported Employment approach in the delivery of specialist programmes to assist people with disabilities and health conditions to enter and stay in employment.

The Workable (NI) Programme is funded by the Department for Communities

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