Monday, 01 September 2014

DSA Response to Proposed Deportation of Wadih Chourey

The DSA is aware of the plight of Wadih Chourey and urge the Home Office to carry out an urgent review of this case. We have made contact with those supporting Mr Chourey and his family and will do everything we can to help.

Monday, 01 September 2014

WorkFit: Growth Leads to More Opportunities for People with Down’s syndrome

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WorkFit is a programme designed to improve access to mainstream employment and other meaningful activities for people with Down’s syndrome. The programme officially launched in 2012 and it is dedicated in supporting employers in creating work opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome and providing bespoke support to each organisation and prospective jobseeker throughout the UK.

The website www.dsworkfit.org.uk acts as the central hub connecting employers and prospective jobseekers. Through the website, employers can request profiles of available candidates looking for work, advice and guidance on developing roles and resources and aids. It also showcases various employment videos which bring to light the possibilities for employers seeking to employ an individual with Down’s syndrome and the dedicated support provision available. Prospective jobseekers have immediate access to employers who are offering jobs, information about how to get in work support and information on their welfare benefits. 

Since its inception, we have worked closely with employers taking them through our bespoke support service. The training gives each employer a detailed insight into how to work effectively with people with Down’s syndrome making sure that each placement is sustainable and offers future development.

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Our unique approach has led to high praise from our employers, who have said:

A very good positive impact – I now have a lot of knowledge and understanding that I never had before. This was a great session that has given detail in all aspects of how to work with this group of people Omega Training Services

Very positive and renewed my commitment Travelodge

Thought I knew a lot about Down’s syndrome but opened my eyes to the importance of work in their lives – and the extent of their aspirations. I feel that it is very positive and after initial implementation it can be very positive for employer and employee Cardiff University

Calling All Inclusive Employers

WorkFit is making a real and measureable impact to employers and people with Down’s syndrome. With two new Employment Development Officers based in Wales and North of England, we are looking to expand our reach and create more work opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome. We are currently looking for employers in the following areas; South East Wales, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, London, Devon and High Wycombe. Register through the website www.dsworkfit.org.uk and receive a free WorkFit assessment.

I think all employers that have a suitable position for a person with Down’s syndrome should sign up to the WorkFit programme. Any concerns or worries they may have shouldn’t be a problem as the process of employing Jenny has been simple and it’s changed our work place for the better. Everybody deserves the chance to work if they want to. Supervisor Morgan Richardson Ltd

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Our end goal is to provide a smooth transition from education into employment for people with Down’s syndrome. WorkFit has the interest and aspirations of people with Down’s syndrome at its core. We want employment opportunities to be built around the positive skills of the individual.

For more information visit the WorkFit website www.dsworkfit.org.uk or contact the Employment Development Manager 0333 1212 300

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Trust Fundraising Officer Vacancy (maternity cover)

Trust Fundraising Officer (maternity cover)

Location: Teddington

£30,000 per annum pro rata (dependant on hours)

Contract Type: 6 month part time

Hours: 21-28 hours per week

We are looking for a highly motivated Trust Fundraiser with at least 3 years' experience to do 6 month maternity cover in a busy fundraising office starting mid/end October.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently within a team, have excellent communication skills and a proven track record of generating income from Trusts.

The job will consist of researching new trusts and grant making bodies and writing creative applications as well as managing new and current funders.

You will also need to have a good knowledge of Raisers Edge and have excellent time management skills.

If you are interested in applying please send your CV with a covering letter to Lesley Alabaf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

DSA’s Response to the Care Act 2014 – Regulations and Guidance

The Department of Health consulted on the regulations and guidance on the recently passed Care Act (2014), which aims to reform social care law for adults and their carers. You can read the DSA's full response here

The DSA continues to monitor the Care Act, and we will update families with the government's response to the consultation

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Adam and Johnnie's Monster Marathon

Johnnie and Adam at the FinishOver the weekend of 19/20 July Johnnie Wraith and Adam Constable took part in the gruelling ultramarathon, The Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones.  The 100km route follows the path of the iconic Ridgeway, a path first forged over 5,000 years ago and known as Britain's oldest road.

The dynamic duo completed the route in 17.5 hours and have raised well over £17,500 in sponsorship.

Over the past 10 years, Johnnie and his dedicated friends and family have raised in over £100,000 for the DSA and we are so incredibly grateful for their continued support - THANK YOU!