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Physical Disability

  • Strathclyde Momentum Programme

    The Strathclyde Momentum Programme benefits people who may have a range of disabilities or long term health conditions from Ayrshire,  South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery’s Life Transition Programme and consists of five stages:


    Stage 1 is an initial Assessment
    Stage 2 is creating a personal development plan
    Stage 3 is about career development
    Stage 4 is developing essential employment skills
    Stage 5 is aftercare available for up to six months after the first day of employment.


    Momentum’s staff members will assist people to develop individualised plans to meet their unique needs.
    The Strathclyde Momentum Programme provides vocational evaluations, job training, guidance and support. We aim to help people to make the transition from rehabilitation to employment, and inform them about the kinds of technology available that could increase independence.


    As part of the Strathclyde Momentum Programme each person will have a detailed assessment of their health needs and vocational aspirations that will form the basis of an agreed action plan. This will identify the level of support and guidance the service will provide to each person to enhance their self-confidence and esteem and build on their abilities.


    This action plan will also assist in the development of personal social skills and other interests in order to pursue their goals. Finally, the action plan will identify various options to enhance employment skill levels and provide ongoing support and guidance until the person is settled in employment.
    The Strathclyde Momentum Programme promotes and utilises effective partnerships with external organisations that provide vocational certified programmes in the local community. The Strathclyde Momentum Programme will develop people's knowledge of the local labour market and job search requirements and enable them to gain a more realistic approach to employment.


    Those accessing this service will also receive support from qualified Momentum therapeutic and employability staff throughout their programme. The range of skills includes occupational psychologist, occupational therapist and assistive technology adviser as well as dedicated employment development workers.


    For further information contact:


    Strathclyde Momentum Programme
    2A,Mirren Chambers,
    41 Gauze Street
    Paisley
    PA1 1EX
    T: 0141 813 7012
    E:skeegan@momentumskills.org

  • Glasgow Momentum Programme

    The Glasgow Momentum Programme delivers services from three different locations across the City of Glasgow: Drumchapel, Yoker and Templeton. The programme supports people who are unemployed with a long-term illness or a disability to move towards economic and social inclusion.

    The Glasgow Momentum programme is funded through the Integrated Grant Fund from Glasgow City Council and is free of charge to participants.

    You can refer yourself to the programme, or you can be referred by a health worker, social worker or Job Centre staff. The service supports each person through a five-stage programme.

    The five stages are:

    Stage 1 is an initial assessment
    Stage 2 is creating a personal action plan
    Stage 3 is about career development
    Stage 4 is developing essential employment skills
    Stage 5 is aftercare

    The programme is delivered in groups or one-to-one with support staff. The types of issues that people get support with are working with others, problem-solving, confidence-building, goal-setting and health management.

    The programme is delivered in a supportive, friendly environment, which many people find helps their motivation and enables them to move forward in their lives.

    Every person on the programme is supported to develop a personal action plan. This maps out what they would like to achieve, and how they can be supported to make this happen.Individual goals are set by each person, and this gives them a realistic guide for personal development and possible careers.

    Each person is supported to develop their confidence, motivation and skills. This helps people to participate in their community and develop a plan to enter or re-enter the world of work.

    Staff and participants work together to ensure that the next step towards a job or further training is solid and is in place when each person leaves the programme.

  • Access to work

    Momentum Skills is the sole provider in Scotland of the Access to Work Workplace Assessment Service for the Department for Work and Pensions.

    Disabled people are an extremely diverse population, and the impact that disability has on people is also very diverse. Momentum Skills treats everyone as an individual.

    The Access to Work programme is a JobCentre Plus grant scheme, which assists disabled people who are in paid employment, by providing practical support in overcoming work-related obstacles resulting from their disability.

    Access to Work grants will contribute to the additional employment costs resulting from disability that an employer would not normally be expected to fund. In some cases, this may involve an arrangement where the Department for Work and Pensions and the employer share costs.

    Suitably trained and experienced assessors visit the workplace to discuss the difficulties an individual is experiencing carrying out their work duties as a result of their disability or health condition. A range of potential solutions will be discussed at the assessment with the individual, and their employer if appropriate.

    Momentum Skills then recommends potential interventions to the JobCentre Plus Access to Work adviser for them to discuss the recommendations and any financial implications with the individual and their employer. Recommendations may range from work station layout and ergonomic advice, assistive technologies, job restructuring through to one-to-one coaching, strategy sessions, and disability awareness in the workplace.

  • Work First Scotland

    The Scottish Government’s Work First Scotland programme works in partnership with other organisations to build best practice and establish support that achieves high quality success for disabled people and their employers.

    Work First Scotland will provide high quality voluntary employment support for 12 months. This support will meet the needs of people with disabilities who need more specialist support to find employment and keep a job once they have started work.

    The Work First Scotland programme will be tailored to the specific needs to each individual, providing a diverse range of specialist support that is flexible to the needs of the participants.

    How will Work First Scotland Support you to find work?

    Work First Scotland will give you advice and support to get you ready for work. You can choose the level of support that you want us to provide. We offer:

    •One-to-one support that is tailored to meet your needs.
    •Support to overcome any barriers you have to getting a job .
    •Access to training, such as I.T courses, that will improve your chances of getting a job
    •Support with work placements so that you can get valuable work experience.
    •Assistance to look for jobs of your choice.
    •Help to create a CV and complete application forms.
    •Job interview training.
    •Support should you want to become self-employed.
    •Continued support once you are in employment


    If you already have a job but want support to stay in work, Work First Scotland advisers can help.

    For more information on Work First Scotland contact your loacl JobCenter or contact Momentum at:
    Tel: 0141 419 5299
    Email: workfirstscotland@momentumscotland.org