The Bridge to Work programme aims to tackle the disproportionately high level of unemployment among young disabled Londoners.
The programme has three main aims:
- Supporting disabled people aged 16 to 30 into paid employment.
- Sustaining disabled people in paid employment through advice, support and developing good practice.
- Strengthening the links between potential employers and disabled young Londoners, including improving the recruitment process.
To this end, Bridge to Work offers bursaries for paid internships and access to practical support and guidance for employers and those seeking work.
Charity partners helping to deliver Bridge to Work include Mencap, Inclusion London, Action for Kids, National Autistic Society, Muscular Dystrophy UK and Whizz-Kidz.
In addition, Leonard Cheshire Disability is managing ChangeLondon, which will award bursaries of up to £4,000 per person on behalf of City Bridge Trust to smaller companies and charities that offer paid work experience to young disabled Londoners.
The full Bridge to Work programme brochure can be downloaded here.