The first Working Age Forum of 2019 was held on Thursday 25th April, at the offices of our corporate partner, DWF Law in central Birmingham, who kindly provided the venue, refreshments and guiding support. After the winter break, all participants were excited to mingle again and hear from the guest speakers. 

Our first speaker was Brendan Magill, a consultant expert on Access to Work (AtW). Access to Work is a government programme that assists people with disabilities to take up or remain in paid work. Following an assessment, the applicant is offered support based on their needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace including special equipment, support worker service and help getting to and from work. Brendan explained to the group what the service is and took questions from the audience, which led to an interesting discussion with some great points raised. 

Following on from Brendan, was Steph Cutler, Head of Employment at Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT). The focus of this talk was when and how best to disclose your disability to potential employers in the application process and pros and cons of this. The concept was well debated with great input from the various attendees. 

The next WAF will be held in July 2019. 

If you would like to suggest a topic or be a guest speaker at the WAF, get in touch. 

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