Papworth Trust is a well-established disability charity in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, which has been operating for almost a century. Recognising the importance of employment in supporting groups such as those with long-term health conditions and learning disabilities, the Trust has developed an employment programme which begins not with traditional employment support, but rather with an eight-week wellbeing course. This course avoids mentioning employment specifically, focusing instead on other life skills such as healthy eating and exercise.
Furthermore, the Trust has developed a strong in-work support function to ensure that people who do find employment are able to stay there and progress, including regular contact and reviews for as long as clients need.
Papworth Trust recently celebrated helping its 12,000th customer into work and also won the Disability Employment Award at the ERSA Employability Awards 2015.