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Physical Disability

  • 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.