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Are you eligible for FREE work based coaching through Access to Work?

This is a guide to help you through the process of applying for an Access to Work (ATW) grant. When you are first starting out, it can be a little overwhelming, but I’m here to help guide you through the process.You may be entitled to help and support if you have a physical or mental health disability, including conditions such as ADHD, anxiety or any Chronic disease, etc.

So, what is ATW?

ATW is a grant that funds practical and/or financial support if you have a disability or a mental health condition, it is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The aim is to help you start work, stay in employment, to help move into self employment or even to start a business. The support will accommodate your individual needs and it will ensure that all the reasonable adjustments for you to be able to do your job are in place.

Who is Eligible?

Grants are available as part of Access to Work.

  • a grant to help pay for practical support with your work
  • support with managing your mental health at work

For these types of support, you must:

  • have a physical or mental health condition or disability that means you need support to do your job or get to and from work. This includes ADHD, Anxiety, depression, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, etc.
  • be 16 or over
  • be in paid work – employed or self employed (or be about to start or return to paid work in the next 12 weeks)
  • live and work (or be about to start or return to work) in England, Scotland or Wales.

Your disability or health condition must affect your ability to do your Job on a day to day basis, or you may be having to pay others to help you complete tasks to stay in your job.

What support might I get?

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant, as the recommendations of support are tailored to your specific needs. What you get depends on your circumstances, however, grants are capped to a certain amount each year.

The grant you receive can pay for things like:

  • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
  • a support service if you have a mental health condition and you’re absent from work or finding it difficult to work
  • adaptations to the equipment you use
  • special equipment
  • fares to work if you can’t use public transport
  • disability awareness training for your colleagues
  • a communicator at a job interview
  • the cost of moving your equipment if you change location or job

What can I do to help?

I am able to help you throughout the process, including answering initial questions, going through the application forms online and giving advice where needed – I am happy to provide as much or as little support as you feel you require. I can also offer Coaching sessions afterwards if these form part of your award.

If you are currently struggling with organisation, admin, etc. in your job and feel you might be entitled to ATW, please do get in touch – there is a lot of help available!

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