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Declaring disabilities on job applications, good idea or bad idea?

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IMO it's a bad idea, every time I apply to anywhere, first thing I do is declare my disability on the online application form, consequently my form gets insta-binned despite the illegality of discrimination unless it's somewhere like the Co Op or Tesco that offers guaranteed interviews for the disabled if you meet the criteria, trouble is I've applied to Tesco about 5 times and they keep saying I don't meet the criteria! So much for equal opportunities, I also can't help that 100% of my customer facing retail experience is in Charity shops, it's literally the only place that will take on a disabled guy in his 40s.

Thoughts? Any trolling will be reported.

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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,372 Disability Gamechanger
    I had this problem once and in the end I decided to tell them because I didn’t want it to be discovered after I’d got the job. I didn’t get the job but I’m not sure it was because I had a disability, I’d like to think it wasn’t due to that anyway. 


  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 798 Pioneering
    I always think it is the best option to declare, firstly if you meet all the criteria you can be given an interview under the guaranteed interview scheme if they adhere to this, secondly you can ask for reasonable adjustments and lastly they will be happy to assist in an access to work application with the DWP if you need extra help in your role if successful. 

    If you are turned down, your never going to know if it was directly because of a disability or the fact you just didn’t meet their criteria as no employer is going to admit that. 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 I think thst people  should say that they have a disability because if you got the job and there was something in the job you struggle with because in my opinion they may think you  just can't do the job properly 

    I have had jobs as a disabled person declaring  my disability  and I have had times where I havent been given the job and as @leeCal said I would  hope it wasn't due  to disability  but this is only based on experience and my opinion at the end of the day  the choice would be yours 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi 

    If they ask the question and you are not honest it may get you further through the application process but unless your disability isnt evident at face to face interview then it would be pointless to not declare it and would highlight you did not complete the application honestly 

    I would advise if they ask the question answer truthfully if they dont ask then dont declare but again will come to light further down the line 

    Also what would be the point of going through the whole process if it is a position you would be unable to do even with adjustments 

    You limit your own employability by the restrictions you have like hours , type if work , 

    Retailers normally need I high degree of flexibility in working hours due to their opening hours 

    Of course it's your choice this is just my opinion having over 30 years in retail recruitment experience 



  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    edited January 24
    janer1967 said:
    Hi 

    If they ask the question and you are not honest it may get you further through the application process but unless your disability isnt evident at face to face interview then it would be pointless to not declare it and would highlight you did not complete the application honestly 

    I would advise if they ask the question answer truthfully if they dont ask then dont declare but again will come to light further down the line 

    Also what would be the point of going through the whole process if it is a position you would be unable to do even with adjustments 

    You limit your own employability by the restrictions you have like hours , type if work , 

    Retailers normally need I high degree of flexibility in working hours due to their opening hours 

    Of course it's your choice this is just my opinion having over 30 years in retail recruitment experience 



    IMO you're damned either way, you don't declare, still don't get the job due to lack of experience, you declare, and your application gets insta-binned, especially when you declare that you have Asperger's, which nobody outside of the medical profession has ever heard of, and due to misinformation on the Internet, people think people who aren't Neurotypicaal are <moderator removed offensive term - please be mindful of your language - Cher> or worse.


  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,391

    Scope community team

    Hi @MrAllen1976

    I understand your frustration, being in a position of eagerly wanting to work but feeling that being disabled is ultimately a barrier.  Although it's easier said than done, keep persevering and try not to become too disheartened.  As our other members have advised, it's best to be open.  There's no shame in having an impairment and being transparent will allow for reasonable adjustments to be made when you find the right employer and job for you.

    To add - I've edited out a term in your post that could be interpreted as offensive. Although I understand this is your opinion, the term has discriminatory connotations and as such it has been removed to not upset others.  
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    I have answered your question with my opinion so will refrain from making any further comment on this 


  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 798 Pioneering
    From experience of working in retail management for many years previously, we recruited many disabled people and I can assure you there disability never caused us to bin an application. 

    In fact the way we worked was the declaration of disability was never provided to recruiting managers with the application form so we as managers could not judge purely on a declaration. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    @MarkN88

    You are spot on there 

    I worked in retail management for over 30 years mainly hr 

    Which company did you work for 
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 798 Pioneering
    janer1967 said:
    @MarkN88

    You are spot on there 

    I worked in retail management for over 30 years mainly hr 

    Which company did you work for 
    Worked for ASDA, TJ Hughes & Next. Variety of different supervisory, team leader & management roles, then I got out of retail. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    I did 30 years at sainsbury's worked my way up from yts scheme 
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 798 Pioneering
    janer1967 said:
    I did 30 years at sainsbury's worked my way up from yts scheme 
    Impressive. I’m not sure I could of lasted 30 years. The 12 I did was bad enough. 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    MarkN88 said:
    From experience of working in retail management for many years previously, we recruited many disabled people and I can assure you there disability never caused us to bin an application. 

    In fact the way we worked was the declaration of disability was never provided to recruiting managers with the application form so we as managers could not judge purely on a declaration. 
    Surely that proves my point though? If senior management aren't shown evidence of an employee's disability prior to being took on, this means the employee WOULD have been discriminated against if senior management had been involved!

  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 798 Pioneering
    MarkN88 said:
    From experience of working in retail management for many years previously, we recruited many disabled people and I can assure you there disability never caused us to bin an application. 

    In fact the way we worked was the declaration of disability was never provided to recruiting managers with the application form so we as managers could not judge purely on a declaration. 
    Surely that proves my point though? If senior management aren't shown evidence of an employee's disability prior to being took on, this means the employee WOULD have been discriminated against if senior management had been involved!

    No your misunderstanding. 

    To keep the recruitment process fair a recruiting manager would not be informed of a prior declaration so they can’t be judged. 

    If that individual then gets offered the job because of their skills, experience, qualifications and interview they gave, where’s the discrimination? 

    HR would still have access to the declaration and if the successful person had declared one, this is when it would be discussed. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    I've been disabled now for 23 years, before I had a career in and around retail since leaving school and I have to say I never worked with a disabled person, sorry but that's how it was. When it became obvious that my health would not allow me to work again I tried to put that world behind me, my attitude to life is that you can only live for today and look forward to tomorrow, what's happened in the past is history.
    In answer to the op I think there is a massive difference between working in a charity shop and working in the world of FMCG like e.g Tesco the leap is one that most people can never make, and that would i'm sorry to say lead to applicants being rejected especially in a time of quite high unemployment.
    @MrAllen1976 i'm not trolling but if you want to take it that way do what you must i'm past caring now.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,134 Pioneering
    @MrAllen1976 don't do what I did, i didn't declare it on purpose. Got the job then discovered I was having time off, because bits of  the work i was doing, I couldn't physically do. So only lasted 6 months as they told me too much time off.  Went off 3 times in 6 months. Plus other staff called me slow etc, but i couldnt say anything as noone knew my probkems. Lesson learnt 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,391

    Scope community team

    Hi all,

    Just to add some context, there's a well-established disability employment gap with this government research briefing from 2020 stating:
    Disabled people have an employment rate that is 28.1 percentage points lower than that of people who are not disabled. 

    This means disabled people are statistically working against the odds to gain employment.  

    While, reports on to what extent volunteering leads to employment vary, with this study from 2020 showing it can sadly have minimal impact and is further affected by social class.  

    Although this paints a bleak picture, @MrAllen1976 your determination to find work and keep on persevering is really to be admired.  Volunteering will have given you good employability skills to add to your CV and as a community we can keep on looking together for opportunities.  Don't give up  <3

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  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @Cher_Scope with bigger companies like tesco asda and places like that have a good reputation for employing  people with disabilities  i worked in tesco for 4 years  from 2010 and they are pretty good at putting things  in place frim my own experience 

    My own opinion working in a charity shop gives you some experience  of customer contact   but I think in my own opinion  that saying someone who has worked in a charity shop  wouldn't be able to work in tesco  is in my own opinion  is border line discrimination  as in my own experience tesco give full training and induction 

    Before I worked in tesci I worked in a burger factory makeing burgers  then I was a hairdresser  then worked at tesco  most of my working life has been advocacy  work and careing in the community  but now I am  getting help from scope to work in a job I havent worked in before  only touched on small parts of it in other jobs 

    @MrAllen1976 good luck with your job hunting 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    Hi all,

    Just to add some context, there's a well-established disability employment gap with this government research briefing from 2020 stating:
    Disabled people have an employment rate that is 28.1 percentage points lower than that of people who are not disabled. 

    This means disabled people are statistically working against the odds to gain employment.  

    While, reports on to what extent volunteering leads to employment vary, with this study from 2020 showing it can sadly have minimal impact and is further affected by social class.  

    Although this paints a bleak picture, @MrAllen1976 your determination to find work and keep on persevering is really to be admired.  Volunteering will have given you good employability skills to add to your CV and as a community we can keep on looking together for opportunities.  Don't give up  <3

    A few years ago I was told by some fool from an Agency that volunteering doesn't equal real work so is worthless on a CV.


  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 at best it gives you some customer faced experience  and as working as a team and thi gs like that are taken into consideration 

    Larger firms do provide training and induction and put things in place for people please don't get disheartened  by it all you will find a job that suits you please keep looking 
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 798 Pioneering
    Whoever told you that it doesn't mean anything or count for anything in my opinion doesn't have a clue. 

    Volunteering can help with maintaining skills and developing others, gaining the experience in an area where you feel you need more and you can use this to progress to paid employment, also a lot of volunteering opportunities give you the chance to work towards qualifications such as NVQs and certificates, which all look good on your CV.

    If you have been out of work for a while or never had a job it also provides you with a chance to use them on an application form for a reference which can then demonstrate to an employer how well you are doing.

    Alongside this it gives you a sense of achievement, you can feel part of society and part of the local community and that you are making a difference, help build self esteem and confidence and gives you the chance to build aptitude in relation to various tasks. 

    In my opinion that is all win win. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    I would disagree there @MrAllen1976 as volunteering shows your willingness to go out to work and follow a work regime as well as work as part of a team 

    As I recruiting manager for retail I always took it into account 

    I also recruited lots of volunteers and put them through the normal application process to give them experience of interview and gave them a reference on completion 

    But as others have said working for a large retail organisation is far different to charity shop work 

    You need to often be multi skilled to carry out lots different tasks 

    Also against popular belief retail is very hard work and challenging 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967 it is hard work in large retail stores but they do give training and inductions from my own experience  I think thst mr Allen would fair well on checkouts and large retail do have a good reputation for employing people with 

    Tesco where I live has a lovely lady on checkouts that has down syndrome  she has worked there for about five years  she loves it and in my opinion I think its fantastic 

    My cousin has down syndrome and works for barcleys  Bank with the right help and support most things in my opinion are acheviable 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    @lisathomas50 I agree the big retailers give excellent training and inductions and make reasonable adjystments for disabilities and have lots experience working alongside disabled 

    Not sure if would suit mrallen as I am not too sure on his individual disabilities and if he feels able to communicate with general public in a customer facing role but only he can make that call 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    janer1967 said:
    @lisathomas50 I agree the big retailers give excellent training and inductions and make reasonable adjystments for disabilities and have lots experience working alongside disabled 

    Not sure if would suit mrallen as I am not too sure on his individual disabilities and if he feels able to communicate with general public in a customer facing role but only he can make that call 
    I want to be facing customers, I do not want to be "hidden away" in the Warehouse because they're ashamed to admit they hired a disabled guy.

  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,210 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 that's good I wasnt saying you couldn't do this if you read it it says I didnt know if you felt able to

    Again anything I say to you is taken in the wrong context I am only trying to help 

    I wont waste my time anymore 

    Good luck 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967 yes I would agree there if Mr Allen felt he may be able to do that sort of job I my experience he would get support if he could get that type of job 

    Mr Allen has said in previous posts that he had applied for the co op   I only disagreed with a post that said some one who has worked in a charity shop cant work in a place like tesco  I worked in several charity pop up shops to raise money  and did several other different jobs before I worked for tesco for 4yesrs and then I did completely the opposite and worked in boots pharmacy part time for 3years  then went into care whilst still doing my advocacy work my point being where you have worked  before doesnt define where you can work 🙂 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @MarkN88 it was said further up the thread 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 25
    Sorry to say that your past experience has a lot to do with where you can work in the future, I'm sure that Tesco do employ some disabled staff but they also employ many many non disabled, its not a level playing field and probably and sadly never will be.
    My point about charity shop experience not being relevant for work in fast moving consumer goods is that one word "fast", charity shops even in the bigger stores are anything but fast.
    Don't get me wrong for many volunteering in the charity sector can be valuable even more so if it's backed up in some real world experience.
    And again all this against a backdrop of high unemployemt, Debenhams has been taken over today but all their physical stores will close with 12,000 jobs lost. Part of Arcadia will also be bought out later probably with 000's of jobs gone.
    All those very experienced retail staff looking for work
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,372 Disability Gamechanger
    I know someone who has cerebral palsy who works exclusively on the checkout of a major national supermarket and has done so for many years now. He has even won mini awards for his cheery style etc and is thought of as a valued member of staff. He has mobility problems and must use crutches, hence the checkout only.

    Prior to that job he had no job experience at all and he was twenty five or so, so it can be done. 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine I have done many different jobs and scope are helping me find a job and training for a job I have never done before  but it hasn't stopped me from trying 

    I agree that there is no level playing field  but it doesn't mean that if a person with disabilities  applys for a job that they won't get it  it may not be your intention but in my opinion it seems that your saying that we shouldn't bother applying  its not just people with disabilities that cant find work its also people who haven't  yes people from Debenham are looking for jobs but all stores and shops have different ways of doing things we will use tesco as an example  somebody from Debenham couldnt just walk in and do the job they would have to still be trained even if you have worked for tesco before 


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,449 Disability Gamechanger
    What experience have you gained from volunteering @MrAllen1976?
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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    i'm sorry @lisathomas50 that made no sense to me at all, you seem to misunderstand what i'm saying.
    But never mind.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    I found this interesting in the saga magazine  
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    @lisathomas50 where does agism come into this equation? 

    As for SAGA i saw someone on TV last week describe the acronym as                             Sex Annually Generally August           :):):)
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,372 Disability Gamechanger
    I remember getting a job doing shift work in a factory and they actually preferred older applicants because they thought they were more likely to stay in the job and be better time keepers. That was at a time when jobs were so plentiful that you could be unemployed on a Tuesday and in work by Thursday, especially if you simply had a drivers licence. Times have changed.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    Ami2301 said:
    What experience have you gained from volunteering @MrAllen1976?
    Customer service, Till work, typing experience, Telephone answering, Radio experience, Shelf stacking, crfedit/debit card handling, cash handling.


  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @leeCal that was done last year to be fair I was using it as an example that other people have problems with jobs  because of how wages are worked out  younger people are cheaper to employ but lack experience in my opinion and from experience  I just found thst piece interesting 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    @lisathomas50 yes younger people are generally less well paid but almost always lack experience it's a two edged sword really and a bit of a conundrum for many employers, after all in this day and age you could train a chimp to do many jobs, or in the big supermarkets a large % of checkouts are self checkouts and the number of jobs for check out staff have been cut massively, in our local asda strore 75% of their checkouts are done by the customers.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine sorry to here asda has done that tesco have created alot of jobs in my area and across Wales  I belive though that tesco only give part time contracts which is reaky good but plenty of over time is available the same with amazon  and delivery drivers  these tpes of jobs have survived the pandemic 
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 25
    @lisathomas50 they haven't survived the pandemic they have grown because of the pandemic, I could add that Tesco also have a large % of self checkouts and i'm sure Wales is no (Removed by moderator, profanity) different than the rest of us mere mortals.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine I can only comment on wales as that is where I live and wanted people to know thats where I was commenting  about  and there is no need to swear you should know better unless you have a condition that you have and can't help  it 
  • cupcake88cupcake88 Member Posts: 874 Pioneering
    Hi every one as some of you will do I ended up taking an employer to tribunal they settled before it got that far as they knew they were in the wrong and I would of won had it gone to court ,

    I personally told them at interview bout my mental illness the fact I hear voices the fact I have episodes of pychosis I was really honest bout my mental illness and explained how my medication effects me also and how I would need a patient employer they said they would support me ect and they treated me horribly the amount of discrimination and bullying I faced there was disgusting and the fact they thought they would get away with it was more shocking . I was covered under the equality act it’s there to protect Disabled people . The fact that my employer knew bout my disability and treated me the way they did ment I was most likely going to win in court . It’s disgusting I had to go threw all of that but from what my mental health nurse explained to me most places will just take you on and then when your disability effects you at work they treat you terribly. 

    But there are some decent places with understanding employers but I would highly recommend always being honest bout your disability. 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @cupcake88 I am sorry you went through that it must have been awful  I hope now that this problem is few and far between  I think alot of tribunals may now well be about how employers hsve treated employees  in the pandemic in my opinion time will tell  they are starting to trickle through 
  • cupcake88cupcake88 Member Posts: 874 Pioneering
    @lisathomas50 I’m not sure bout that . I’m guessing there will be a lot more tribunals to do with covid .

    unfortuently there are a lot of employers who treat employees like this not just to do with disability. 

    I think the only way to deal with This problem is if more and more disabled people take there employers to tribunal it will make that company think twice in how they treat people . 

    It was the support from this forum that encouraged me not to give up it Can be long and draining but bullies need to be stood up too . 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @cupcake88 I totally  agree in my advocacy work  I myself have represent 800 people in tribunal since  2003 and your right it isn't just disabled people  

    I totally agree that more people should take there employer to tribunal  no one should be bullied in the work place 

    I did alot of unfair dismissal  and sexusl hsrresment   aswel as bullying  the most interesting one was being overlooked for promotion because of age 

    I think alot of people start to do it but  they cant cope I know some people don't agree  but in my opinion  everyone who works should be in a union  its not just about when your job goes wrong they help eith alot of other things doesnt have to be in a work place you can join the union on line yourself  I was a union  rep when I worked at tesco I am just a member now 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    edited January 25
    Well I got rejected again, for the Alzheimer's Society... So even a (Removed by moderator, profanity) Charity won't take me on because I was daft enough to declare my problems!

    This is getting ridiculous now!

  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 798 Pioneering
    Well I got rejected again, for the Alzheimer's Society... So even a ****ing Charity won't take me on because I was daft enough to declare my problems!

    This is getting ridiculous now!

    What role did you apply for?
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 25
    @MrAllen1976 sorry about that, (Removed by moderator, comment may be offensive to others)

    and before anyone starts my MIL has dementia and i was only trying to lighten the mood for @MrAllen1976, i'm sure @MrAllen1976 will appreciate a joke.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 I have always found it harder to get voluntary  work  than paid work  if I wanted to be a carer i could walk into a job tomorrow  but  I cant do it anymore 🙃 
  • cupcake88cupcake88 Member Posts: 874 Pioneering
    @lisathomas50 I agree with you more people should go to tribunal . And yeh unions do help I wasn’t apart of one and I couldn’t afford legal representation only certain cases they take on for free when it’s a huge money case .
    i was able to get free legal advice but wasn’t able to get free legal representation. 

    It was a long and stressful progress lasted bout 5 months for me in total I wasn’t backing down , you think these places are gonna have some hot shot legal team but most of the time it’s just there admin dealing with it . So there’s no need to be put off , For what ever reason if you feel your work has mistreated you then I urge any one to take it further of course raise grievence with Employer but you only have 3 months from when the last incident took place to take it further . 

    I don’t think my employers took it serious until they had a letter from the tribunal with a pre hearing date . They decided to settle just before the pre hearing . What I’m saying is Because I had mentioned I was disabled on my application  they couldn’t argue they didnt know so my advice is to always let them know .

    keep on applying you will find a job soon . 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @cupcake88 I am glad thst you got what you deserved  they obviously  knew they were in the wrong to settle out of court 

    I am a voluntary advocate so I don't get paid I  do it for free so that I can help people   I have a law degree and a social work degree  as I cover alot of different problems aswel as representing people  who cant afford legal advice  

    I am happy that you didn't have to go to tribunal in the end hope you were happy with your settlement  thank you for sharing  it will help alot of people 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    MarkN88 said:
    Well I got rejected again, for the Alzheimer's Society... So even a ****ing Charity won't take me on because I was daft enough to declare my problems!

    This is getting ridiculous now!

    What role did you apply for?
    Information Officer, Home based.

  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,874 Disability Gamechanger
    @MrAllen1976 you just need to keep trying you will find a job that suits you 
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,449 Disability Gamechanger
    @Richard_Scope as your Scope's Cerebral Palay Information Officer, do you mind sharing what your role entails? :)
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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,731

    Scope community team

    Hi @Ami2301
    Well, my role as CP Information Officer is very varied. I will try to include as much as I can!
    I have to keep up to date with developments in treatments for CP and relay that to the community.
    I support parents that have just received a diagnosis for their child.
    I support adults that have received a late diagnosis and their mental wellbeing
    Create content for the community and Scope website
    Work with academics, universities and CP organisations from around the world to keep research into all aspects of CP researched
    I am a support for people with CP and their loved ones to call and discuss their problems
    I support our amazing colleagues on the Helpline
    I deal with sex and relationship queries for all impairments
    I (pre-covid) travelled around training organisations and educational institutions about disability and CP.

    That's all I can remember at the minute.
    Scope
    Specialist Information Officer - Cerebral Palsy

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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,449 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you @Richard_Scope :) 
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Listener
    @MrAllen1976 I have always found it harder to get voluntary  work  than paid work  if I wanted to be a carer i could walk into a job tomorrow  but  I cant do it anymore 🙃 
    I've had the opposite problem, most Charities are so desperate for help they'll take on almost anyone with a pulse of working age.

    However, when I apply for "proper" jobs, the first thing I do is declare my disabilities, and the fact I can only work limited hours due to the carers, and I get rejected like I got rejected by the Pet shop in Rotherham last week, and also the one at Wadsley Bridge.


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