Your physical and learning disabilities need not prevent you finding a rewarding career. There are organisations that can help you to find training and employment opportunities.
Hampshire Futures is Hampshire County Council's apprenticeship training provider, supporting young people and adults in Hampshire to successfully take part in education, training and employment.
As a nationally approved employer training provider, on the Government’s national register of approved training providers, Hampshire Futures plays a key role in the delivery of high-quality apprenticeships across all the County Council’s departments, as well as Hampshire’s maintained schools.
Volunteering makes a positive impact in your community but it can also have many benefits for you. Volunteering can enable you to learn new skills. You can meet new people and gain valuable experience that you can take into your future career. It also gives you the chance to find out which types of work interest you or try something completely different.
Here are some ideas for volunteering opportunities in Hampshire.
You can find volunteering opportunities with Hampshire County Council and other local organisations on the Council’s volunteering web page.
Find thousands of volunteering opportunities on the Do-it volunteer database.
Age Concern Hampshire has a team of nearly 400 dedicated volunteers. They come from all walks of life to offer friendship, support and information to their service users.
Make a difference to people living with dementia in your community by getting involved with your local Dementia Action Group.
Hampshire Library Service has a number of volunteer roles, including for the Home Library Service.
Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Hampshire Good Neighbours Support Service supports independent voluntary groups which offer neighbourly help to people in their local communities.
The use of specialist equipment can make it easier for disabled people to use a computer for work or educational activities. The Disabled Living Foundation’s website Living Made Easy has information about computers and other equipment to assist you. Click on 'Communicating' on the top menu.
AbilityNetis a national charity which helps disabled people to use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. They also have a set of guides My Computer My Way for setting up adapted modes (such as text to speech, large print and switch access).
Everyone Can provides free and impartial advice and support on technology for disabled people.
Some equipment may qualify for VAT relief . The supplier will be able to tell you.
Hampshire Superfast Broadband - If your property is not included in the current superfast broadband programme and you can only access a speed of 2Mbps or less, there is a government scheme in place to help you access better broadband.