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Finding work

There are many benefits to employment; not only the financial benefits for the person but enabling people to develop their independence, social contacts, self-esteem and confidence.

Whether you're getting back to work after some time off, or starting work for the first time, finding the right job often can be difficult, particularly if you have a disability or health problem.

Thankfully, in Essex there are a number of organisations that can help you with information, advice, guidance and support in accessing work, and enable you to take the steps to improve your chances of employment. 

The list is not exhaustive and is subject to change:

Job Centre Plus
Provide support to employment across all areas of Essex. 
Telephone: 0845 604 3719

Realise Futures
Provide support for employment, social enterprise and work-based training across Essex and Suffolk.
Telephone: 01473 238601 
Email: Jenny.Brick@realisefutures.org

ecdp Works
Provides an employment programme on employability training, communication skills, confidence building, teamwork, leadership and networking. A six-week work experience placement matched according to needs and career aspirations and training, focusing on writing a CV, interview skills and job-search techniques.
Telephone: 01245 392300 
Email Rachel: insight@ecdp.org.uk

Catch 22
Delivers support for care leavers, education, apprenticeships and employability programmes across Essex. 
Telephone: 0203 700 0384 
Email: Edward.Colverson@catch22.org.uk

Volunteering Matters
Provides support to people including supported volunteering and employment. They cover a wide area across Essex. Fill in the form on the contact page.
Telephone: 01268 413292

Signpost
Provide support across Colchester, Tendring and Basildon with CV writing and job searching, via computer-equipped centres, with staff to help. 
Telephone: 01206 861800 
Email: sprc@sign-post.info

Salvation Army
Provide support with Employment, Training, Work-based Training in Catering, Carpentry, Horticultural across Southend and Castlepoint areas. 
Telephone: 0800 652 4276 
Email: employmentplus@salvationarmy.org.uk

Royal Association of Deaf
Provides support with advocacy, employment, transition, health and interpreting across Essex. 
Telephone: 0845 688 2525
Email: info@royaldeaf.org.uk

Mencap
Provide employment support for people with a learning disability across Essex. 
Email: Dee.Napier@mencap.org.uk

Frontline
Provide support for work-based training and supported employment across Brentwood, Billericay and Basildon. 
Telephone: 01277 218902 
Email jobryant@frontlinepartnership.org 

This section will give you further advice on how to get a job, what help is available, and what your rights are in the workplace.

And take a moment to find out about the Accessible Britain Challenge - a government-led scheme which encourages communities to be inclusive and accessible. That means working with disabled people to remove the barriers that stop them participating fully in their community.

The UK's 12.2 million disabled people make a positive contribution to employment and local economies. The Accessible Britain Challenge wants to share great examples of this so others can learn from them.

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